How beautiful are these faces of Myanmar? Open, inquisitive, intrigued, bemused, and for the little guy on the left, perhaps a little bewildered at us and our cameras. I visited Myanmar (formerly Burma) for the first time recently and was touched by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Burmese people. Tourism is still in its infancy here and the locals are as intrigued by foreigners as we are interested in them. Beaming smiles from faces painted with thanaka, the traditional sunscreen/makeup, greeted us at Ahara Thuka market outside the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw, where I captured this group of children looking after each other. The market was bustling with industrious families working together and offered and window in the life of the hard-working rural community.
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Instagram - BriarsTravelBeatWant to play postman for a day? Then get out on the #hawkesburyriver with @theriverboatpostman and deliver the mail (and cases from Dan Murphy) to remote water-access-only properties. Delicious Anzac biscuits and lunch included. Scroll ➡️ to see the view from the post boat ( a huge catamaran), stunning rock formations, and skipper Randall Ferrington regaling guests with fascinating anecdotes of life on the water. My story in Sunday Telegraph Escape today. #riverboatpostman #boatinglife #daytripCatch the summer breeze from the deck of @cottagepointkiosk as you tuck into delicious seafood or a burger. There’s plenty of entertainment as kayaks, tinnies, speed boats, cruisers and yachts come and go. We had fun rating people’s boating skills as they approached. If you’re inspired, you can hire a kayak or runabout for your own aquatic adventure. Just make sure to book. #cottagepointkiosk #restaurantaustralia #riversidediningWhat’s a bit of rain when your walk takes you past the tranquil lagoon at Avoca Beach. #centralcoastnsw #avocabeachnsw #umbrellasSuch an honour to write this story on Dr Tonia Cochran of @inala_jurassic_garden for @australiangeographic magazine this month. Her desire to showcase the Gondwanan connection through plants from different parts of the world led to her #jurassicgarden on @tasmania Bruny Island. It now has 700 species from 50 plant families and the garden is contributing to the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens. Read more at Australian Geographic. #brunyisland #botanicgardensaustralia #inalajurassicgarden Photo credit @brad.moriarty
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