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Where To Swim in Perth: Beautiful Beaches, Pools and Hotels

Though Queensland has nabbed the title of Australia’s ‘sunshine state’, Western Australia runs hot on its heels. Perth is arguably one of Australia’s sunniest cities and boy, there are ample ways for you to make the most of it. From public pools with water playgrounds to picturesque beaches, these are some of the best places … Continue

Where To Swim in Brisbane: Pools, Bays + Heavenly Hotels

The beautiful-one-day, perfect-the-next Queensland capital was built for bathers. Boasting more than 280 days of sunshine every year, sub-tropical Brisbane may not have any surf beaches – unlike most of the other Australian capitals – but what it lacks in wild waves, it makes up for in wonderful watering holes in every other form. By … Continue

Atauro Island Snorkelling + A Stay at Barry’s PLace

Snorkelling The Reefs of Atauro Island, Timor Leste The sea snake leads us on a merry underwater dance, both as it glides sinuously through the open water and as it winds itself around and through the coral. Our twins have never seen one before and are riveted, hanging in the water over it, following the … Continue

Where To Swim in Cairns: Pools, Lagoon + Snorkelling

First things first, when in Cairns there is no swimming at the beach! Too many crocodiles and too many stingers from November to June. Luckily there are some great pools and the excellent Cairns Esplanade Lagoon. Cairns Esplanade Lagoon You can do early morning laps at Cairns Lagoon, dip in for a lunchtime cool down, … Continue

Five Australian Swimming Books: Great Presents for Swimmers

Swimming is both a childhood rite of passage in Australia and a national obsession. Surf beaches, harbour pools, rivers, billabongs, creeks and dams are where children learn to swim, keep on swimming and then visit with their own kids and grandchildren.  Australia’s record-breaking swimmers have been our heroes since the days of the original ‘million … Continue

Best Hotel Pools in Singapore

I am planning to stop over in Singapore on my next trip back to the UK. So now I need to work out which is the best hotel to stay in Singapore, and by best I mean the one with the best hotel swimming pool. A very quick online search suggests these ten hotels have … Continue