Walking Alpacas on the Isle of Wight – cuteness overload

Walking alpacas on the Isle of Wight, UK

This summer I noticed a trend on my Instagram. A lot of my friends were standing next to the same animal. It was fluffy, had pointy ears, a better fringe than Marc Almond in the Soft Cell years and a lead around its neck. It seemed alpaca walking had become a thing, but not in …

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Love Wombats? You Have to See Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary

Baby wombat with bottle in its mouth at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary

Australia has some amazing animals, but my favourite has to be wombats. From the day I first read the book Diary of A Wombat I became obsessed. Their bucky-toothed faces, fat cuddly bottoms, those feet. The day I read about Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary near Canberra – a place where you wouldn’t just have a …

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The Ultimate Guide to Rabbit Island, Japan

Rabbit outside an ivy covered building on Okunoshima, Rabbit Island, Japan

Its official name is Okunoshima but it’s better known as Bunny Island or Rabbit Island – a magical land just off the coast of Japan where over 1,000 bunnies run free, demanding snacks, cuddles, pats and selfies with the people who come to visit them every day. Yep, it’s as cute as you think. ‘Don’t …

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Oceanic Victor: Swim With Tuna near Adelaide. We Did. It was Brilliant.

The Oceanic Victor circular floating aquarium in the middle of the sea

It looks like the lair of a Bond Villian, but Oceanic Victor’s floating HQ just off Granite Island near Victor Harbor, South Australia actually conceals something far more exciting – tuna fish you can swim with and sharks you can cuddle! We went in for a dip with both. Disclosure: I was given the chance …

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Cute Roos, Great Views: The Big Rocking Horse, Adelaide

The Big Rocking Horse, Near Adelaide

Just outside of Adelaide, South Australia in a town called Gumeracha stands The Big Rocking Horse, Adelaide. It’s officially The Biggest Rocking Horse in the World, was voted the No1 Big Aussie Icon by Wotif – and, guess what…you can climb it. But scaling the BRH isn’t the only thing to do here, there’s added …

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The Best Place to Swim With Wild Dolphins Near Sydney

Wild dolphin jumping photographed on the Dolphin Swim near Sydney

Did you know that dolphins are attracted to people singing? Neither did I until I got chatting to my friend and journalist Niki Waldegrave about her experience swimming with dolphins in Nelson Bay about two and a half hours drive from Sydney. Thankfully she was so thrilled with her day out with the pointy-nosed ones …

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7 Awesome Ideas for Jellyfish Lovers

Floating jellyfish

I love jellyfish. Well, in the confines of a tank that is – I’m not so struck with the concept of sharing actual sea space with them. So, I was super excited to hear that there’s a whole new exhibit dedicated to watching them risk-free coming soon to Birmingham’s National Sea Life Centre in the …

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Why Hiring A Clearyak Kayak is a Goat Island Must-Do

View from the front of a clear kayak in Goat Island, New Zealand

Goat Island is a marine reserve about 85km north of Auckland. It’s also home to New Zealand’s first clear bottom kayaks known as a Clearyak. Watching fishies while getting some exercise sounded awesome so we hopped in the car for the short 70-minute ride from Auckland to Goat Island ready to paddle. The Clearyak versus …

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Don’t Miss the Putaruru Blue Spring, New Zealand – It’s Stunning

Bright blue pool surrounded by ferns at the Blue Spring Putaruru, New Zealand

About a two and a half hour drive from Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island is the Putaruru Blue Spring. A pool and river so pretty it looks like a swimming pool for fairies. Here’s everything you need to know to discover it yourself including how to get from Auckland to the Blue Spring. I …

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