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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.


Aussie Aussie Aussie!

This is the first post on A Pair of Boots and a Backpack that’s being brought to you by a true blue Australian. And no, it’s not a guest post — I became a true blue Australian on Australia Day! After being approved for citizenship on August 28, I had to wait over five months…

My Twelve Best Aussie Photos of 2012

Despite a few setbacks, overall 2012 was a fantastic year for me. This showed through my photos; I took an incredible number (roughly 14,000 according to Lightroom) because I took a lot of opportunities to travel, both within Australia and abroad. Much of my travel within Australia was around South East Queensland, which was great…

Finding Beach Bliss at Broken Head

How many times have you gone to a city where you wished you knew a local that could show you around? Where you wished you could delve a bit further into the place itself, rather than just the touristy sights that your guidebook took you to? Even though I’m lucky enough to have family and…

Brown Lake: Stradbroke Island’s Picnic Spot

I’ve written briefly before about how North Stradbroke Island is one of my favourite places near Brisbane — and it’s one that many tourists never make it to, despite everything it has to offer. While not as popular as Fraser Island to the north, it’s a great island getaway with many of the same opportunities…

Photo of the Week: A Fisherman’s Sunset on Stradbroke Island

Unlike many cities in Australia, Brisbane doesn’t actually have a beach (unless you count Streets Beach at South Bank, which I don’t). There are plenty of beautiful beaches on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, which are only a short car trip away, but one of my favourite seaside spots is one that many tourists…

Six Months of Instagram: Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how much I love Instagram. I had stopped using my phone for photos prior to Instagram; I just didn’t see the point when I usually had a better camera with me to record the moment. Now I have thousands of photos stored on my little memory card, many…

5 Life Lessons Learned From Hiking

I’ve been thinking a lot about hiking recently, mainly because I’m intent on putting together the best possible entry for Air New Zealand and the DOC’s ‘Great Walker’ competition. The prize? Doing the nine Great Walks of New Zealand in nine weeks while blogging about it. To me, this is pretty much the Holy Grail…

Six Months of Instagram, Part 1

Being an Android user, I was a bit late to the whole Instagram party. My friends had been constantly taunting me with their filtered, retro-style shots for at least a year by the time the app was finally released on Android in April of this year. I was one of the over one million users…

Photo of the Week: The Coffee Combi

The Brisbane Festival is…well, what exactly? Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t paid any attention to the event at all. River Festival — a week of festivities along the Brisbane River that started with a huge fireworks spectacular called Riverfire — was the event I always marked on my calendar. In 2009, that festival was…

Sydney Tower: An Exercise in Patience

On my recent trip to Sydney, I had one free day and a few vague ideas on what I wanted to do with it. Only one thing was set in stone — a visit to Adriano Zumbo’s new dessert train near Darling Harbour. I figured I’d just play the rest of the day by the…

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