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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.


Segwaying Through the Rainforest at O’Reilly’s

When you think of the rainforest, what comes to mind? Lush green vegetation? Crystal clear streams plummeting off cliffs, creating cascades and waterfalls along the way? Leeches and other fun bugs? I can almost guarantee that one of the things you did not think of was a Segway. These two-wheeled contraptions are usually associated with…

An Eventful Trek to Chalahn Falls

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

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…

2014: Coachella to Queenstown and Everything in Between

Like most people, I am still struggling to comprehend that it is 2015. Where did 2014 go? As I sit here on a plane bound for my second adventure of the year–my first being the last few days of an amazing two-week road trip around NZ’s South Island with my family–I know that travel is…

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

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…

Whale Watching (With a Side of Swimming) on the Sunshine Coast

For years, going diving with humpback whales has been on my bucket list. Ever since I first saw Darren Jew’s exceptional underwater captures and realised that diving with these giants of the sea was a possibility — in a way that does not harass them — I’ve been enchanted by the idea. Unfortunately, there were…

Helicoptering Over Paradise With Hamilton Island Air

“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

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

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

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…
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