Friday 25 January 2013

Lizard Island and volcanoes

Just back from Cambodia, and while I collect my thoughts (and notes and pics) of jungle camping, treehouses and ecolodges, here are links to my two latest travel stories, which ran in The Sydney Morning Herald last weekend:

No barrier to beauty - about Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef with its luxuriously natural resort and world-leading coral and climate change research station.

Low tide reef-walk on Lizard Is
Flying north of Cairns, the reefs below look like jigsaw pieces scattered on a turquoise tablecloth. Or a map of another world, in miniature, made up of coral continents and lagoon oceans. 

There are islands, too, uninhabited and hemmed on their southern edges by breakers of lace generated by the prevailing winds. Read more...

Step into the line of fire - eight of the world's best volcanic experiences, including lava-boat trips in Hawaii, eruption tours in random destinations, even volcano-boarding in Nicaragua.

Heli-volcano-touring in Kamchatka
From the ash-burial of the Roman city of Pompeii by Vesuvius in AD 79 to the Icelandic and Chilean ash clouds that affected millions of air travellers in 2010 and 2011, volcanoes have been toying with us for centuries. Now volcano tourism is the greatest show on Earth and the big top is not far away. Read more...

      Volcanic thought for the day: the largest volcano on Mars, Olympus Mons, is the highest mountain in our solar system – it’s 25 kilometres high (!).

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