The Great Escape: 4 Days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Stressed? Burnt out? Bogged down in the winter blues? Prescribe yourself an extra long weekend in Queensland. In four days, I got the dose of sunshine, blue skies and blessed humidity that I’ve been missing in chilly, drizzly Melbourne. Before last weekend, I’d never considered squeezing in time in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast in one trip. When friends from Melbourne asked … Continue reading The Great Escape: 4 Days in Brisbane, Gold Coast & Sunshine Coast

Cape Tribulation Queensland

37 Photos that will inspire you to explore Queensland

Queensland has more than its fair share of natural beauty. It’s famous for UNESCO World Heritage List heavyweights like the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest but it doesn’t stop there. There are scores of lesser-known islands and beaches just as worthy of your time. There are endless options for driving and hiking trails through rainforests and up mountains.  The stark beauty of the … Continue reading 37 Photos that will inspire you to explore Queensland

Skypoint Gold Coast Surfers Paradise

Skypoint: The best views of the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is built on a long, narrow stretch of beach, backing onto a vast network of canals. It’s a little like a sunny Venice, but instead of being lined with colourful, crumbling buildings it’s lined with multi-million dollar mansions. In place of the man-powered gondolas, motorboats and jet skis zip through the canals. You don’t really realise the city’s unique geography, until you … Continue reading Skypoint: The best views of the Gold Coast

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef from Green Island

It’s the Great Barrier Reef, but not as you know it. Green Island is a coral cay within the Great Barrier Reef, just off the coast of Cairns. We visited on a day trip from Cairns during our week in the Whitsundays & Tropical North Queensland. The reef here isn’t as bright or teeming with life as it is at the Outer Reef Station, but … Continue reading Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef from Green Island

Postcards from Hamilton Island

I recently spent one amazing week travelling through Tropical North Queensland and the Whitsundays. Our first stop was Airlie Beach, so we could visit some of the surrounding Whitsundays islands. There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays archipelago, but only a handful are inhabited. Hamilton Island is one of them. We took a day trip with Cruise Whitsundays to Hamilton Island & Whitsunday Island (where Whitehaven Beach is). … Continue reading Postcards from Hamilton Island