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David Johnston, Australian travel-tragic, photographer and blogger who writes about solo travel in the quieter pockets of Europe and the world.
Adding Viljandi to your Estonia trip 🌿 Visiting Estonia is just as much about its nature as it is history and culture, and with the central town of Viljandi you get all of that with equal measure. In Viljandi, old fashioned homes line open cobblestone streets and a crumbling castle ruin serves as an outdoor concert venue. But then there's the town's parks and lake that make it easy to go somewhere peaceful (not that Viljandi is a bustling kind of place anyway). Viljandi is exactly the kind of place that rewards tourists who make the effort to travel beyond a country's star attractions and is a great example of why love exploring the Baltic states when I get the chance. #visitestonia #estonia #travel #traveladventures #neverstopexploring #viljandi #baltic #travelsewhere #travelblogger #travelphotography #nature #discovereurope
What to do with one day in Narva, Estonia 🏰 Another stop on my Estonia trip and another castle. This time in the city of Narva, right up against the Russian border. The Narva River divides the two countries, with Narva Castle on the Estonian side and Ivangorod Fortress on the Russian one. It always feel weird being so close to another country and knowing you can't simply wander over there. Sticking to the Estonia side, you can easily fill a day with: 🏰 visiting Narva Castle and its tower 🏰 walking the riverfront and the overlooking bastion 🏰 finding the Town Hall, one of the few remaining historical buildings in the city 🏰 going in search of some the churches that dot the city's skyline #visitestonia #narva #travel #traveladventures #estonia #discovereurope #baltic #travelphotography #travelingthroughtheworld #travelsewhere #neverstopexploring
Visiting the scenic town of Rakvere in Estonia 🏘 My plans in Estonia revolved around traveling to different parts of the country I hadn't seen before, particularly the country's east and once I knew there was a castle in Rakvere, there was little doubt I was going to visit. Rakvere. one of the oldest towns in Estonia, has a rather eclectic bunch of attractions for visitors, including: 🏘 its medieval castle that's a bit of a theme park nowadays 🏘 interesting 20th century architecture in the town center 🏘 a highly popular indoor spa center/water park 🏘 plenty of parks, including one with a cemetery for German WWII soldiers #visitestonia #estonia #rakvere #travel #traveladventures #travelphotography #neverstopexploring #travelsewhere #travelblogger
A day trip to Lahemaa National Park from Tallinn 🌲 The forest and bogs of Lahemaa east of Tallinn are a common day trip from the capital for those seeking to see Estonia's natural side. What I wanted to find out was how doable a day trip was without relying on a tour and guide. The end result involved a lot of walking and several bus trips, but I was delighted with how much I managed to see. Over the day I managed to: 🌲visit the seaside village of Käsmu 🌲walk the coastal trails to the Vana-Jüri Rocks 🌲roam the boardwalks of the Viru Bog 🌲navigate the forest trails to Kolga Manor For advice on doing it yourself, see the detailed blog post on my website. #lahemaa #visitestonia #estonia #nature #travelsewhere #traveladventures #travelphotography #neverstopexploring #discovereurope #travelingtheworld
Sightseeing in the Old Town of Tallinn 🏰 My last trip in Europe before moving back to Australia was to Estonia, giving me plenty of time to re-explore the historical centre of Tallinn. Rain had really damped my mood the first time I visited the Estonian capital, so I was determined to do it justice second-time around and I feel like I covered every square inch of this captivating place over several days. Places not to be missed when sightseeing in the Tallinn Old Town: 🏰 the fortifications that divide the Upper and Lower towns 🏰 Katariina Lane, with its medieval feel 🏰 obviously the Old Town Square, and be sure to try the soup served III Draakon #visitestonia #tallinn #estonia #europe #discovereurope #traveladventures #travelphotography #travellingthroughtheworld #travelsewhere #neverstopexploring
Hiking to the top of Mount Roland 🏔 It's hard not to notice the sudden cliffs of Mount Roland when traveling through northern Tasmania, especially when heading past Sheffield to Cradle Mountain. It wasn't until the end of my time in Tasmania in 2021 that I finally made time to hike up the mountain and it sure was a rewarding experience. The terrain changes multiple times as you go, from forest to highland scrub, and the path devolves into broken rock paths that are often flooded. It's challenging, but in the fun kind of way! Even the way to the summit is hard to discern, with a bit of a scramble to reach it. That said, the considerable full-day hike is worth it for the views you get up there, as they even offer a unique vantage point of distant Cradle Mountain. A truly special, yet surprisingly accessible hike that way too many visitors to Tasmania overlook. Blog post incoming with more details! #tasmania #discovertasmania #seeaustralia #hiking #mountroland #travelsewhere #traveladventures #travelphotography #tourismaustralia #neverstopexploring
Walking the Two Bays Track from Cape Schanck to Bushrangers Bay 👣 Victoria's Mornington Peninsula is full of beaches and places to visit, but one I'd never been to before was Cape Schanck out on its very southern tip. Just before Christmas I drove down for the day, and after a quick look around the historic lighthouse there, took to the walking trail that hugged the coast out to the small beach and rocks at Bushrangers Bay (45 minutes each way) . Thoughts on the walk: 👣 not too challenging for the most part, with the hardest part being the long run of stairs leading up from the beach 👣 thick trees along the trail mean there isn't much of a view unfortunately 👣 best views are from down on the beach and up at Signal Tower Hill #seeAustralia #visitVictoria #travelsewhere #travel #morningtonpeninsula #outdoors #traveladdict #traveladventures
A long weekend down in the Otways and on the Great Ocean Road 🌊 Victoria's surf coast is always a popular place to visit in summer, but earlier in the year, I popped down there for a late winter getaway, staying in the seaside town of Apollo Bay. With the beaches out of play, I split my focus between revisiting the famous landmarks along the Great Ocean Road like the 12 Apostles, and heading along the various nature walks and waterfall trails hidden in the dense rainforest of the Great Otway National Park. Highlights not to miss include: 🌊 the secluded views of Beauchamp Falls and Hopetoun Falls 🌊 following the crumbling cliffs at Loch Ard Gorge 🌊 driving up to Marriner's Lookout for its coastal views #seeaustralia #visitvictoria #travelsewhere #waterfall #traveladventures #outdoors #otways #greatoceanroad
Doing a day trip to the Grampians from Melbourne ⛰ - [Gifted] Having returned to live in Melbourne after a decade away, I was keen to re-explore more of Victoria, with the Grampians National Park high on my list. But the opportunities to head out there kept falling through, which made the prospect of visiting on a tour with Viator just before Christmas so appealing and it was impressive just how much was possible in one day there. Leaving the logistics to someone else let me focus on enjoying the gorgeous surrounding mountain scenery, including: ⛰ hiking up to the Pinnacle Lookout over Halls Gap ⛰ admiring the rock formations of the Silent Street ⛰ watching the copious number of roos and emus just on the edge of town To read more, checkout the link in my bio to the article on my blog! #travelphotography #visitvictoria #grampians #grampiansnationalpark #seeaustralia #traveladventures