Sands of time


The world’s largest sand island is more than just a giant beach


There are no castles on Fraser Island but if there were, they would be built on sand. On the Queensland coast some 184,000 hectares of quartz grains make a platform for lakes, wildlife and a surprisingly flourishing rainforest. Dunes stretch up to 244 metres above sea level on an island that is 122 kilometres (75 miles) long and up to 22 kilometres (13 miles) wide. Some 250 kilometres (155 miles) of beaches surround the inland.

The island has formed over some 700,000 years. Yet sand started to accumulate long before. Some 700 million years ago, when Antarctica was attached to Australia, eroded mountain ranges turned to sand. Along with grains from south-east Australia, it travelled towards the Queensland coast through winds, waves and ocean currents. It settled on the continental shelf before drifting towards the mainland in a zigzag pattern.

The process was helped by changing temperatures regulating ocean levels. During low tide, more sand became visible and started travelling across the surface. The volumes were so large that plants could not stabilise it. Over time, it settled. This created a number of islands, though there is a reason why Fraser became the largest. It used to be a low, hilly terrain formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, and became an easy catchment area for travelling grains. Continue Reading…


Cambodia – Community Spirit

Contemplating Monk, Angkor Wat, Siam Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia, an explosion that has necessitate the development of ecotourism sites to help maintain the stunning environment that attracts people to the nation.

Cambodia boasts more than 60 species of rare and endangered wildlife, with many of these having reached extinction in other South East Asian nations. The extinction of species in neighbouring countries has heightened the need for action in Cambodia, with both the tourism industry and the natural environment relying on a plan to protect the country’s diverse and unique ecosystem.

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Kerala (India) – Nature Reserved

Kerala India  travel background - houseboat on Kerala backwaters

In a nation as large as India, it can be difficult for one small region to stand out from the crowd and establish itself as a bona-fide tourist destination on its own reputation, but that is just what the beautiful ecology of Kerala has allowed one of the nation’s smallest states to do.

In the past, Kerala was an important hub for the spice trade and it still contributes significantly to India’s national output of spices, tea, pepper and natural rubber, but tourism is rapidly taking over as the most important factor to the local economy.

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History and culture

Key West – To Have and Have Not

Key West Sunset

Located closer to Cuban capital city Havana than it is to Miami, Key West is one of the most curiously located towns in the USA – and it certainly has a cultural history that reflects its unique position. The last major settlement of the Florida Keys, before reaching Cuba, Key West seems at first to have more in common with its closest Caribbean neighbour than it does with the mainland.

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Food and drink

Morocco – Street Eats

Selection Of Very Colorful Moroccan Tajines (traditional Cassero

Morocco has long been the most popular destination for tourists looking to visit North Africa, as one of the most beautiful and stable nations in the region. Many flock to Morocco for the pristine beaches and the fascinating cultural history, but just as enticing is the range of flavoursome street food that has come to define destinations such as Marrakech.

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Ecology, Nature

Norway’s Fjords – Lighting The Way

Tourism And Travel. Mountains And Fjord In Norway.

When one thinks of the landscape in Scandinavian country Norway, it is almost certain that the stunning fjords, carved through steep banks of rock along the Norwegian coast, will immediately spring to mind.

Not only are the fjords beautiful structures of natural engineering, however, but they are also some of the most ecologically responsible tourist destinations in Europe, if not the world. Norway has made a significant effort to ensure that people can enjoy the nation’s landscape in a sustainable manner, which has led to the practice of eco-business certification.

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Oman – The Dead Of Night

Green sea turtle eggs in sand hole on a beach

Leaning the furthest out into the Arabian Sea of all the nations perched on the Arabian Peninsula, Oman has some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches that the world, let alone the Middle East, has to offer and is a haven for astonishing wildlife and natural beauty.

That Oman remains largely untouched by the behemoth of modern tourism is largely down to its location, with many wrongly believing that all countries in the region are beset by political instability and rising tensions, but this neglect from the mass market has opened up a cornucopia of relatively unexplored paths for the more adventurous tourist to explore.

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Palau – Under the Sea

Beautiful view of 70 islands in Palau from above

Many people may not even have heard of the tiny nation of Palau, a small archipelago located hundreds of miles off the Eastern coast of The Philippines. This miniscule island paradise, however, has emerged as a world leader in the ecotourism industry as it looks to concurrently protect its unique environment and attract increasing numbers of tourists to experience it for themselves.

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Ecology, Nature

Sarajevo (Green City Guide)

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA - AUGUST 13: The Museum of Sarajevo at night on

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with huge potential for growth in ecotourism, with the European nation having continued its recovery from the strife of the war torn 1990s in the region.

This new industry has been created around the country’s beautiful capital city, Sarajevo, which is one of few European capitals that remain relatively undiscovered by mass tourism.

Located in a country that still enjoys almost 50% forest coverage, Sarajevo is a hidden jewel for tourists willing to explore such a young nation, whilst Bosnia beyond the walls of its main city is also one of Europe’s undiscovered ecological delights.

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Destinations, Luxury

Tierra del Fuego – The End Of The World

Detailed Earth. South America. Tierra Del Fuego

Boasting imposing mountains, otherworldly glaciers and some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes on the planet, the very southern tip of South America should be a place for only the most intrepid explorers to tread. But is it possible to explore the incredible scenery of Tierra del Fuego, the Land of Fire, in a more luxurious fashion?

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