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I needed a break from blogging and there is no better time than Australian spring to give the energy pep needed to get back to publishing Travel Wonders.Below are a handful of beautiful springtime blooms photographed recently in Sydney's magnificent cool climate Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where rhododendrons, waratahs (the NSW state flower) and a broad variety of other flowers are celebrating spring's ....Continue Reading >>
The Sydney Harbour Bridge paints the water in rainbow colours as part of the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney. Celebrating light and art with sculptures and giant projections onto major buildings, Vivid greets winter with after-hours dazzling illuminated displays. ....Continue Reading >>
Compliments of the season to all my readers and best wishes for a travel-rich and inspiring 2014. Travel Wonders takes a couple of weeks off at this time of year so please return in mid January 2014 for more stories about the Travel Wonders of the World.Meanwhile, enjoy the lights on Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral which tells the Christmas story in a rich video technicolour along with fun tales ....Continue Reading >>
While the centrepiece of the Australian Navy centenary were naval vessels from around the world (see a photojournal of the naval ships), the grace of a flotilla of wooden tall ships reminded everyone of the golden age of sea travel. While wooden ships sailed from as far afield as Canada and the Netherlands, popular locally are the Endeavour, a replica ship to that sailed by Captain Cook on his ....Continue Reading >>
One hundred years ago in early October, Australia's first seven Navy ships triumphantly entered Sydney Harbour marking a significant stride in Australia's youthful history. With a sense of foreboding, within a year, these vessels were shipping young men to savage war fronts in Europe.To celebrate the centenary, seven Australian naval ships led by HMAS Sydney entered a glittering Sydney Harbour ....Continue Reading >>
In my home country of Australia, spring has arrived greeted by an outbreak of new growth and colourful flowers. Though trickier to find in the wild now, the spectacular New South Wales state floral emblem of the waratah is a welcome, iridescence red flower. ....Continue Reading >>
Almost 200 years old, Cadmans Cottage can be easily missed among the ritzy cafes and restaurants, grandeur of the Sydney Opera House, bustle of the ferries and excellent Museum of Contemporary Art. As the oldest surviving residence in Australia, it is worth a quick visit (it is free and only takes a quarter of an hour to see the modest house). Interestingly, although over two levels, there ....Continue Reading >>
Sydney, Australia’s first and largest city, buzzes with multicultural excitement. Draped across a sparkling harbour, crossed with a world-famous bridge, showcased by a unique opera house, fringed with sun-soaked beaches and glorious national parks and sprinkled with fine restaurants and bars offering food and drinks from across the globe, Sydney is a lively outdoor city to enjoy and experience.The ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Dan MatthewsAustralia and New Zealand are exotic, exciting holiday destinations, bursting with natural wonders and thriving, modern cityscapes - but finding your way around on the other side of the world can be exhausting. Escorted holidays are a way of ensuring your trip down under is filled with the experiences which make the countries memorable. Titan Travel's Antipodean Discovery ....Continue Reading >>
With impressive 3D mapped projections on Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House and interactive light sculptures including glowing igloos, a glistening Rubik's Cube, dancing lamps and a cacophony of colourful light, the centre of Sydney was transformed for a few weeks with the Vivid festival.The final photo journey highlights the spectacular ten minute projection by Electric ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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