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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.


Australian Sponsored Work (457) Visas: A Primer

This post is about obtaining sponsored working visas for Australia. I will be posting about working holiday visas and skilled migration soon; in the meantime, yTravelBlog has some really good details about how to obtain a working holiday visa. The other posts in this series on sponsored work are Step 2: Applying, and Step 3: Special Cases and…

My 7 Super Shots

I have really enjoyed seeing the HostelBookers “7 Super Shots” meme going around the travel blogging community. It really shows off what great photographers these bloggers are as well! Even though I haven’t been nominated, the meme got me thinking. What photos did I have that would match each of the categories? This got me delving into…

I Was the Victim of a Drive-By Faith Healing

Last Thursday, I went to the first Brisbane Travel Massive event of the year. It was good fun, as usual, and I even got to meet a few bloggers like Jade from OurOyster.com and Emma Makepeace. I had a very obvious conversation starter as well — my giant leg brace for my broken leg. Yes,…

Photo of the Week: Elabana Falls

Lamington National Park is one of my favourite places in Queensland. I have not explored it as much as I would like, but what I’ve seen is gorgeous and very out of the ordinary. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat sits in the rainforest…but it’s on top of a mountain. This means that not only can you go…

Photo of the Week: Under the Moonlight

North Stradbroke Island is one of the two large islands that enclose Moreton Bay to Brisbane’s east. It’s an often overlooked location; once arriving in Brisbane, many people jet straight to the Gold or Sunshine Coast, or even head further north to Fraser Island. However, it’s a spot that I highly recommend, both for the…

Everyone Loves Tennis…But I Don’t Love Regrets

This week, it seemed like everyone was talking about the tennis. Not as usual, where a few dedicated tennis fans talk about the merits of Novak’s drop shot or Rafa’s heavy forehand. These were conversations that started with “I don’t usually watch tennis, but…” and then a description of how great the match was. People…

Celebrate Australia Day Like An Australian

Recently, an email went around our office about how odd it was that our US branch was having an Australia Day party without all of the Aussies. This, in turn, led to a discussion about what we’d have to do to have an authentic 4th of July party in return. All of this got me…

The Brisbane Floods: A Year On

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year (and a week) since the devastating events of January 2011. So much has happened since then, but it still seems like just yesterday that I was glued to the TV watching events unfold. It seemed so surreal, yet I could walk 100m down the street…

Twenty Eleven in Numbers

After writing the summary of my travels in 2011 and reading A Dangerous Business’ year by the numbers, I got a bit curious, so I did a bit of adding up and came up with the following stats on how 2011 treated me. Flights: 18 Long haul flights: 9 Miles flown: 59222 (94755.2km) Airports: 9…

Where Did I Go In 2011?

My 2011 would not have been considered a very busy travel year for a full-time traveller, but it was a busy travel year for me since I did it all in my allotted leave from a full-time job. That’s yet another upside of living in Australia: it’s legally required that we get 4 weeks of…

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