Whale Watching on the Gold Coast’s Humpback Highway

One of my resolutions in 2017 was to spend more time in nature. While I’ve failed dismally for most of the year, I got October off to a flying start by whale watching on the Gold Coast with Spirit of Gold Coast. Sports-mad Melbourne has a public holiday for the AFL Grand Final at the end of September. I couldn’t care less about the Grand Final (shhh), so … Continue reading Whale Watching on the Gold Coast’s Humpback Highway

Wanderlist: Natural Beauty in the USA

My upcoming trip to the US has seen me devouring guidebooks, blogs, travelogues and movies. Getting ready to go is half the fun, right? Along the way, I’ve learned so much more about this enormous, diverse country and just how much it has to offer. I’ll be sticking to major cities on my first trip, but these national parks, mountains and lakes are officially on my … Continue reading Wanderlist: Natural Beauty in the USA

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

A Day Trip to Hamilton Island

When my best friend and I spent a week exploring Queensland‘s beautiful tropics, Hamilton Island was a firm must-see destination on our list. One of the few inhabited islands in the Whitsundays archipelago, Hamilton Island was a little out of our price range to stay on, so we stayed in a backpackers in Airlie Beach on the mainland. We visited Hamilton Island & Whitsunday Island … Continue reading A Day Trip to Hamilton Island

Cape Tribulation: The Only Place in the World…

Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland is the only place in the world where two World Heritage Listed Sites collide. It’s not every day you get to visit a place that is truly the only kind in its category, so walking along the beach at “Cape Trib” was pretty special. The whole “Australia is TEEMING with deadly animals” cliche does grate on my nerves, but … Continue reading Cape Tribulation: The Only Place in the World…

Postcards: Highlights from Melbourne Zoo

When my mum & little brother visited last weekend, my inner child had the perfect excuse to visit the Melbourne Zoo. I hadn’t visited since I was seven years old, when I visited Melbourne with my grandparents, but I remembered how much I loved seeing bears, Pygmy hippopotamus, monkeys and my favourite animal, the snow leopard. This time around, my favourites were the monkeys and the … Continue reading Postcards: Highlights from Melbourne Zoo

One perfect day in Southern QLD Country

Sometimes you just need the wide open spaces. Endless blue skies, rolling green and gold hills, plunging waterfalls, good ol’ country hospitality and roadside pumpkin stands. Wineries, distilleries, orchards & dairies with cheese-so-good-you-could-eat-it-with-a-spoon certainly don’t hurt either. Southern Queensland Country is at its most beautiful in Autumn when the crisp country air gets a little chilly and the trees erupt in flaming golden foliage. A … Continue reading One perfect day in Southern QLD Country