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I had my heart set on coming to the Land Down Under from around the age of 11. I finally studied abroad in Brisbane in 2005 and that was all she wrote. I got back here as soon as I could (after graduating university and backpacking in New Zealand) and I’m now an Australian citizen.


An Eventful Trek to Chalahn Falls


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The best places are the ones that you can return to time and again knowing you’ll have a completely unique experience every time. O’Reilly’s Plateau, located in the heart of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, is one of those places. I’ve visited four times — far too few, given I’ve lived in…

The March of the Turtle Hatchlings at Mon Repos


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As dusk fell on the beach of Mon Repos, near Bundaberg on Queensland’s Coral Coast, hundreds of people stood milling about under the trees nearby. The mosquitos had come out in force but there was no escaping them; we had to wait until our number was called, and only then would anybody be allowed on…

The Best Photo Spots (from Dusk til Dawn) on Hamilton Island


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The names of Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays are synonymous with tropical relaxation. Every year, hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers make their way to this chain of islands — possibly the most gorgeous along the entire Queensland coast — so they can kick back with a cocktail under the palms and listen to the tinkling…

Helicoptering Over Paradise With Hamilton Island Air


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“Victor Tango Foxtrot to Hamilton Island.”  “Hamilton Island to Victor Tango Foxtrot. Weather is fine, 22 degrees…” The tinny voices of the pilot — who seemed so far away despite sitting right next to me — and the air traffic controller echoed in my ears. The deafening whirr of the helicopter’s blades provided a background…

Seaside Artistry at the Swell Sculpture Festival


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Currumbin Beach is one of my favourite spots on the Gold Coast. It’s a bit further away from the craziness that is Surfer’s Paradise and it’s got an awesome, laid-back vibe to it. Plus, Elephant Rock at the beach’s northern end provides endless photographic opportunities no matter what time of day, so it’s a spot…

The Many Faces of Cradle Mountain


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Cradle Mountain is one of the most well-known mountains in all of Australia (which, granted, doesn’t exactly have its fair share of tall mountains). Its unique craggy shape, reflected in Dove Lake below, features on plenty of postcards and seeing/climbing it has been high on my to-do list from the minute I set foot in…

Captain of My Own Boathouse at the Bicheno Hideaway


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How do you imagine your oceanside holiday? Would you stay in a hut suspended over the sea or in a yurt perched high in the hills above unimaginably tall cliffs? I would definitely be happy to stay in either of those options if I ever had the chance, but given my beach holiday was in…

A Nighttime Encounter With Tassie Devils


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There are plenty of distinctive animals on this planet, but Australia seems to have more than its fair share of them. From the much-feared dropbear to the adorable quokkas of Rottnest Island, there’s an animal in this country to catch anyone’s imagination. Of all those animals, I think one of the most famous yet misunderstood…

Conquering the Hazards and Mount Amos


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Usually, if something is called a ‘Hazard,’ people have a natural instinct to stay away from it. Driving hazard? Nope. Health hazard? Nuh-uh. Workplace hazard? Get me out of here before I have to fill out the paperwork! Yet, when I heard about the Hazards Range at the entrance to Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s…

Having Plenty of Fun at the Color Run


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Since the first Australian Color Run was held in Melbourne in late 2012, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of doing one. I know that it’s had its controversies — in particular, many people have accused it of cheapening the Hindu festival of Holi, where people take to the streets of India throwing coloured powder…
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