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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…

The SS Dicky: See It Before It’s Gone


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On the 4th of February 1893, the SS Dicky was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In a strong storm and heavy seas, the crew knew that the trader ship from Rockhampton was lost and beached it at what is now Caloundra’s Dicky Beach, mainly to avoid crashing into the rocks at Moffat…

My 13 Best Photos of 2013


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It’s the time of year that all bloggers start trotting out their “best of” posts to show off what they’ve been up to during the year. Since 2013 was quite an eventful year for me–one where I quit my job and travelled to 13 countries, only 4 of which I’d visited before–I felt that, of…

The Tale of a Riverfire Fangirl


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I’m not the sort of person that camps out waiting for the Apple store to open so I can buy the latest iPhone. I used to go to midnight movies but now I tend to value my sleep too much. However, there is still one thing that you could say brings out my inner fangirl:…

Brown Lake: Stradbroke Island’s Picnic Spot


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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


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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…

Photo Essay: An Evening of Burning Steel Wool


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In the early part of this year, I took hardly any photos at all because it was very difficult to hold a camera and a set of crutches at the same time. Since I’ve been off the crutches, I’ve taken quite a few photos, but last Tuesday was only the second time (the first being…
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