Daytripping to Fraser Island

Confession: Fraser Island isn’t on our bucket list for a holiday – it has the incredible 75 Mile Beach, but you can’t swim there because of all the sharks. The Thirsty Travellers prefer our beaches swimable, but it’s a glorious place to visit on a day trip. We were staying at Harvey Bay after visiting…

Weekend away: Lady Elliot Island

The Thirsty Travellers just spent the most wonderful weekend on Lady Elliot Island. It is a very special place, nestled in the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, just off the coast of Bundaberg and home to 1200 species of marine life. The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a family run and…

The Warrior Christmas Party

As mentioned in last week blog post, I’ve become known as ‘DJ Dave’ among the Warrior workout group (also ‘Honey Prawn’ – because I’ve spent so much time in China on business trips this year). When I first started training with the group, one of the other guys would put on a play list –…

Working out with The Warrior

In May 2016, after gaining weight and battling chronic soccer injuries, I asked Brian the physiotherapist: “Do you know a good personal trainer?” I quickly added that I wanted someone who knew what a 50-something body felt like – I didn’t want a 20-something trainer apathetically giving instructions while checking Instagram on their mobile phone….

Sweltering in the Bay of Fires

Tasmania isn’t a holiday destination where you expect to encounter heatwaves, but we scored a scorcher on our trip to the Bay of Fires. When we pulled into the carpark at a place called The Gardens, near the top of the Bay of Fires, it was around 43C. The average temperature in Tasmania during summer…

Weekend away: Launceston

The Thirsty Travellers absolutely loved our laid-back weekend in Launceston. While it’s only home to 100,000 people, it’s the hub for half of Tasmania, so it has a thriving commercial centre, a gorgeous city park (containing a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, of all things) and is nestled on a riverbank in the shadow of the…

Weekend away: Margaret River

There were moments during our weekend in the Margaret River when our jaws would literally drop at the beauty of the scenery. Put it on your bucket list. In pen. The Thirsty Travellers only had three days to make the trip from Perth, which involved a seven-hour return car trip, but it was worth it….

Blitzed by the Bernina Express

The Thirsty Travellers love a scenic train ride, and the Bernina Express would have to be one of our all-time favourites. After spending a week in Tuscany, we were looking for a scenic, relaxing way to cross the Swiss Alps to catch our flight home from Zurich when we stumbled across the Bernina Express, which…

Bellisimo Bellagio

Our joy in driving from Florence to Brunate, a hilltop town overlooking Lake Como, crept up and caught us by surprise. The Thirsty Travellers weren’t expecting much from the day, just a long freeway trek, but it became one of our favourite experiences during our holiday in Italy. First we stopped for cappuccinos in the…

Tuscan escape: Villa Campestri

If you’re seeking a country stay within easy distance of Florence, Villa Campestri makes a gorgeous getaway spot. The historic hotel and olive oil mill is set in the sleepy Mugello Valley. During its 800-year history it has been a defensive fortress in the Middle Ages, then it was transformed into a Renaissance Manor House…