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Iain Lygo has been an adventure addict for more than 25

years and now he’s using his tourism industry experience to

bring like-minded travellers together in the Big Adventure

Club. In 2017 the club is offering six tours for members – back

country skiing in British Columbia, mountain bike trekking

from the Colorado Mountains to the Utah desert in North

America or over the Himalayas, surfing in Indonesia, cycling

in France and diving offWest Papua.

“The tours are basically a bucket list created by friends

who are seasoned travellers with a passion for surfing, skiing,

diving and riding,” says Lygo. “They are not sightseeing tours

but are designed for active people who want to experience

some of the world’s best adventure activities and they

would be quite difficult to do as individuals because of quite

complex logistics. They’re also more fun to do in a group.”

Club membership is free, but paying members get extra

perks such as booking priority and the best rooms on tours

and members with medical training may also qualify for

upgrades. For details see





| BNE January/February 2017


Fly direct between Brisbane and Vancouver

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Australian citizens now require an Electronic

Travel Authorisation (eTA) before flying to Canada.

The application process can be done online and

costs less than $10. Travellers are asked to provide

personal information similar to what is currently

collected when entering the country and most

eTAs are approved within minutes. The eTA is

electronically linked to the traveller’s passport and

is valid for five years or until the passport expires,

whichever comes first. An eTA is not required if

travelling into Canada by land or sea. Find out more

and apply at

Camping in


The Queensland State Equestrian Centre (QSEC), which provides

state-of-the-art facilities for some of the biggest rodeo and horse-

riding events in the country, is also a family-friendly campsite until

mid-March. It’s location at Caboolture, half way between Brisbane

and the Sunshine Coast, makes it a good holiday base for touring

the region’s best sights from Mt Mee’s forest walks to Bribie Island’s

beaches, bird watching at Toorbul, markets, local wineries, museums

and fruit farms. Spread over 30 hectares, QSEC has unlimited non-

powered camp sites from $16 per night and more than 50 powered

sites from $21 per night with access to a camp kitchen with electric

barbecues. To find out more about camping see

and find out more about touring the Moreton Bay region at