Rottnest Island. The water was turquoise, with patches of a deep cobalt blue where seaweed lay beneath the surface. It was a sight I’d never seen before, despite my extensive travels.
Visiting Rottnest Island is like entering another world. A world where life is a great deal slower and actually enjoyed. Sounds amazing, right?!
If you’re looking for some of the most stunning coastal places in Australia, I have some hidden – and not so hidden – gems for you. As part of our (re) Discover Australia road trip, I have been left breathless with much of the coastline Australia has to offer.
Everyone has their favourite playlist when they are on a roadtrip. I have a playlist that kicks off a roadtrip, but when I’m settled in, this is the playlist I reach for. I’m bound to catch some flak for some of the choices but I don’t care. I can sing them at the top of my longs because they are songs I LOVE. Some oldies, some current hits… all good stuff.
While the region is popular, it’s not only for the wine lovers. It’s foodie heaven. There’s local farm produce, down to earth goodies and gourmet offerings all over the place.
Camping is part of our frugal plan for travelling the world. It’s a great way to be outdoors, enjoying nature, while keeping the costs under control. We were constantly forgetting something though, every time we camped. One time it was the rubber mallet to bang in the tent stakes. Never again. Here is THE Ultimate Proven and Tested Camping Checklist.
Before we began our trek across the Nullarbor, the great expanse of desert that connects South Australia to Western Australia, I had heart palpitations. I had this massively inflated image of being remote and the possibility of being abandoned for days. I expected to feel isolated on the Nullarbor.
It couldn’t have been further from the truth.
To say Kangaroo Island is exceptional would be an understatement. It’s one of Australia’s hidden gems, although it is gaining a lot more notoriety due to their award-winning restaurants, lodges and produce. We spent three amazing days on KI and it’s a place that has lodged a place deep in my heart. It has character, charm not to mention scenery that will blow your mind. And, as I said to Rich, I’ve not seen so much Australian wildlife in one concentrated area – in my life. If this place isn’t on your Australian Itinerary, you need to add it. Seriously.
When it comes to road trips, we’ve been around the block a few times, as it were. Now we’re on a 10 month roadtrip, you know we’ve put in a lot of thought about this…
With 48 hours, we give you a clear itinerary for making the most out of your stay in Melbourne: Where to visit, how to get around, where to stay and even a restaurant or two. Melbourne is quite possibly the best city in Australia (and I’m taking a quite the risk saying that, since I’m from Sydney!) So pack your bags! It is seriously time you visited Melbourne.
It’s no secret that Australia is expensive, but there are ways to saving money while visiting Melbourne. Here are 4 ways to keep the budget in check.
After staying in a hostel recently, I believe I’m at the point in my life when I’m over the hostel thing. I just don’t see the value anymore.
Let’s face it, road trips can be costly but they don’t have to be budget blasters. Here are 10 ways to save money on your next road trip.
When road tripping, there is nothing better than an engaging audiobook. Here are some great books that have kept us entertained for hours.
Wilsons Promontory was one of the first places we put on our (re) Discover Australia itinerary, after reading rave reviews. We’ve been to New Zealand and Hawaii, along with various parts throughout Australia, places that match these kinds of views. Yet here we were, totally in heaven. Wilsons Promontory has stunning vistas, equalled with amazing bushwalks and wildlife. You feel like you’re part of the landscape. Here’s why you must add it to your Australian Itinerary.
Victoria has a secret: It’s the Victorian Highlands. Overseas visitors are seriously missing out if they don’t spend some time here. It’s absolutely gorgeous…another place for our ‘possible settle list?’
Northern Colorado – Boulder has a cool, hip vibe. Estes Park is so much MORE than winter skiing. The Rocky Mountains National Park is simply breathtaking.
A pretty lake on one side, 90-mile beach on the other, and capped by a National Park. Yet there was something about the place we just didn’t like.
When I asked where my daughter wanted to go on a road trip, I never thought South Dakota would be the answer. It turned out to be an EPIC roadtrip! As in life-changing.
People are often curious what life is like on the road for us. So, we’ve decided to start an ongoing list of the positives and negatives of travelling full time. This is a living, breathing being that we will add to, edit etc…as we travel. Our travels at this point are indefinite, so it’ll be interesting what’s added over time!
Staying within Kosciuszko National Park is perfect to base yourself when visiting N.S.W.’s Snowy Mountains. It’s beautiful and you can be one with nature.
I’ve always loved the Southern Highlands. There’s just a certain class to the area, an elegance to it. Between the soft rolling hills, which always seem to be a luscious green, to the quirky shops and restaurants, there seems to be something for everyone. This is the destination for the romantic weekend getaway, the girl’s weekend retreat or even just a weekend to yourself. So, here’s how to spend 48 hours in The Southern Highlands.
We depart from Sydney in March (2017) for a 10 month road trip within Australia. Now, Australia is a damn big country – and obvious statement – so we’re focusing on the places that ignite us. We’re excited, aren’t you?! Here’s our plan…
While travelling indefinitely, we’re discovering AirBnbs to be invaluable. Not only do they provide space to spread out, constant WiFi and washing facilities, but some offer truly unique stays. For our Aussie 10 month road trip, we’re finding them to be cheaper than holiday parks and hotels! This is definitely the way to go!
Stingers (jellyfish) and Crocodiles are a real threat in Far North Queensland. Beaches are often closed because of one, or both, of these factors. It’s something that can be very frustrating when it’s hot and humid and you just want to dive into the sparkling turquoise water.
So where can you get out of the heat and dip into cool, refreshing water?
We found trying to find specific information on Kuranda very frustrating. We didn’t want to take a tour. We’re self-drivers. We just wanted to know: Was the historic railway and Skyrail worth the splurge? We would soon find out…
When booking accommodation, you now have a choice: Hotel or Airbnb. And it all comes down to providing travellers what they need – and want. Here’s our take…and what we prefer nowadays.
There are so many places in Australia to go for that “beach getaway”. Australia has some amazing locations for beach camping. There is one we’ve found however that surpasses the rest.
Despite all the planning, our departure wasn’t as smooth as anticipated. Here’s the realistic picture of starting a RTW Adventure.
Canberra is an interesting place. It’s not somewhere that’s high on the tourist list, but with extended time in Australia, it’s worth a visit. It’s both a University town and the Political Hub of Australia. It’s an interesting mix. But, I have always been on the fence when it came to Canberra. I have discovered why people who live there, love it so much.
With less than 30 days before we begin our 10 month (re) Discover Australia roadtrip, we’ve calculated our pre-trip costs. We’ve determined a way to travel comfortably, frugally that’s a lot cheaper than buying a campervan and a lot less stress than towing a camper trailer.
How do you find a cost effective solution to travel around Australia? Not buying a campervan, for one. We dug deep, looked at ways we could be frugal, and yet see and do everything we wanted to…
Natalie writes for the blog once again…After a year of learning about Pompeii and Herculaneum, finally seeing it right in front of me was a confronting experience. I expected something else…
After 3 weeks in Europe, we were ready to indulge in luxury before we began our 36-hour trek home to Australia. The Royal Court Hotel in Rome was just the place…
Weighing the pros and cons of choosing between train travel and renting a car can be tough. Especially when travelling around England. If you’re planning on staying in London, it’s a no-brainer: neither. But if you’re going outside of the city, it’s a decision you need to consider: Train or Car?
As lovely as London was, there was something about the British Museum. It could’ve been because of my love of history, but there was just something about it that drew me in.
As I looked around to others of her generation on our travels, I began to have this crushing sense of disappointment for future generations. Where is their curiosity? Where is their imagination and wonder of these places, without the internet revealing it to them? When are they going to put their damn phones down to just be in the moment?
The Colosseum and Forum are, inarguably, two of the most famous icons of ancient Rome. As the centre of activity in the ancient world, thousands of people gathered daily for entertainment, commerce and rituals.
When planning a trip to Rome, I found myself asking the question of whether we should invest the extra money on a guided tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum?
An afternoon in Paris. Sounds delightful, oui? We managed to see the Notre Dame, the Pont Neuf, the Louvre, the Jardin Des Tuileries, the Champs Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. We had walked over 18k steps and 16 kilometres, all in 6 hours. Yeah, we know how to make the most of our time.
I have finally unlocked the secret to finding the true essence of a city: food tours. My new mission, and I choose to accept it, is to explore food tours in each city I visit. I want to find the true essence of the city in this way.
I’ve come to realize that in order to get the best experience of a destination, you need to embark on a food tour. Especially when it’s guided by a local. Not only do you learn about the gestational habits, but you also learn more about the community and its unique history.
Rome is a crazy city. It’s ‘in your face’ at every turn. It’s fast paced. It’s crowded. It’s gritty.
Really. There’s nothing like it. Tourists and locals meld together where you hear a constant melting pot of accents. Locals gesture vividly as they speak, just as you would expect. Scooters zoom through the narrow lanes, fighting for their place amongst the zippy cars in the dense traffic.
All of these things make Rome fabulous.
Rome is very much an ‘in your face’ city. Everything is loud and brash. The streets are insanely crowded. Vendors incessantly harass walkers on the sidewalks, despite your emphatic shake of the head or polite ‘no’.
I can’t necessarily blame the Romans. I just have to wonder if some of the kindness found in other Italian cities can be brought to Rome as well someday?
Have you ever been on a guided tour and then found yourself continuously thinking about it? As in, it was THAT GOOD?! That’s was my experience with our Eating Europe Food Tour in Rome.
There are plenty of beaches to escape to in Australia. Sometimes you can find yourself asking: “but which beach?” I know. Hard, right?! But the Mid-North Coast…
I have been reading about hostels for years and for whatever reason, missed the boat on the hostel experience while backpacking through Europe in my 20s. Budget accommodation was found elsewhere, in cheap hotels or B&Bs. Yet, I was always fascinated with the concept because of my budget-travel mindset. After hearing about the Melbourne YHA (Youth Hostels Association) Metro from a number of sources, I thought it would add a different element to our Melbourne Adventure. After all, our travel mantra is “Try Something Different”.
For any travellers, there is inevitable downtime. Whether it’s sitting at an airport waiting for your next flight or cruising down a lonely stretch of highway, a good audio book serves as a great way to distract, entertain, or educate. The best ones do all of the above. Here is a list of some of our favourites we’ve enjoyed over the years.
Driving Outback N.S.W., the road stretches on for miles. It may seem uninteresting. Boring even. Unless you see beyond the bitumen.
Our latest Tip: Free Camping! It allows you to park just about anywhere your vehicle can take you. Most times, you’re free of people, noise, and light and best of all, it’s free.
The crystals found within the Jenolan Caves are thought to bring spiritual well-being. The most curative properties lie in the natural beauty of the place.
The Three Sisters and Govett’s Leap in the Blue Mountains, NSW are both spectacular lookouts. Here’s why we think you need to skip the Three Sisters and head straight to Govetts Leap.
High quality campgrounds are hard to come by, especially in the Australian Outback. Warrawong on the Darling was a delightful surprise.
When doing your research, there is one golden rule when it comes to hiring a campervan in Australia: You get what you pay for.
We are using this as an opportunity to test drive the campervan as an option for our even larger road trip: Our (re) Discover Australia road trip. Here’s the process we went through to plan our Outback N.S.W. road trip.
Santa Fe and Taos are beautiful, calming and spiritual. Culture springs forth everywhere you turn. It’s been written about a lot, justifiably.
Want a great, reliable site to book your next getaway? We’ve tried many, but these are the ones we love and use. Expedia, TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Trivago…
If you want the quintessential Australian country getaway, Broger’s End is it. I could sum up Broger’s End I would say: Relaxed. Settling. Eco-friendly. And, above all, peaceful. I could seriously move here.
Sometimes you just need – or want – to escape. It is probably the best things you can do for yourself. Here’s why…
I’m a big fan of the retreats. Sometimes you just NEED to get away. We talk about 4 different options. Which retreat is right for you?
With the smaller jaunts we’ve been taking, we’ve been testing out the apps we use when we travel. We’ve listed out the 19 apps we find we can’t live without. Many help us stay within budget too, which is always a bonus!
ANZAC Day. Today, we honour those who have served. Today I remember my Dad.
Captain Cook Cruises give you a great introduction to Sydney Harbour. Truly, there is no better way to experience Sydney than on her waterways.
Is the exhilaration of going vertically down a mountain in Katoomba, held on only by two cable wires worth the admission price?
From the unobstructed views overlooking the Megalong Valley to the attentive service, the Hydro Majestic High Tea is a magical experience.
I’m a sucker for a waterfall. So, it’s without surprise that we made our way to the Boulder River #734 trail on our recent visit to Washington State.
Do kids today know where the eggs they eat come from, besides from the grocery store? That’s what the Sydney Royal Easter show aims to address: ‘City meets Country’, allowing the rural communities of Australia to be celebrated once a year.
You’ve heard of a “winter wonderland”. In Australia, it’s more of a “Water Wonderland”. This certainly holds true with Port Stephens.
After studying important architectural structures around the world during my high school days, it had been one of my life goals to visit Westminster Abbey. After 25 years, I was finally going to enter the building I had studied so intensely in high school.
Have you ever wanted to do something but knew you couldn’t because you didn’t have the money? Have you dreamed of a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but just couldn’t see a way through the financial maze to get there?
We are no longer AirBnB virgins! I’ve got say, we loved the experience. And, like that other experience, we had plenty of nervous anticipation…
From grunge bars, to Pike Place Market; from Bainbridge Island to finding nirvana, Seattle has it all. Join us on our 24 hour Seattle binge trip.
On a recent adventure, we decided to ‘test drive’ some new travel apps as well try out some ‘oldies but goodies’. Check out our MUST HAVE travel app list!
Humans are territorial by nature. We want our space. We need it. Most of the time, we get what we want. Camping is no different. Then, along comes the camper that thinks he/she is above all that. So, here are out tips on how NOT to be a git when camping.
There’s a saying amongst Aussie travellers that everyone should do ‘The Big Lap’. As in, taking a road trip around Australia. But is a road trip the only way – or even the right way – to see Australia? Check out our Pros and Cons List for all of the options!
Camping in the rain can be a drain because Mother Nature always has her way! By doing a little prep, your camping trip can still be a hit!
Phillip Island is located about 90 minutes from Melbourne. According to the Penguin Parade website, about 32,000 little penguins that call Phillip Island home. CUTE!
What I’ve learned about money through travel has been life-changing! Check out our Top 6 Lessons.
Travelling with a teenager can be done. It just takes some flexibility and communication to make it enjoyable for everyone.
We’ve travelled a bit. Picked up some tips here and there. Learned from our mistakes (alot). So, here are a few quick travel hacks for your next adventure!
We’ve taken many road trips and over the years, have worked out how to do it inexpensively without feeling like we’re missing out on anything along the way. Check out our 10 Ways to Plan a Budget Friendly Road Trip.
This is an app which makes it easy to find accommodation, rentals, flights and even activities, and lay the itinerary out for all to see. Better yet, it makes it easy for people to come together, understand what their portion of the costs are AND have a really clear way to manage expenses.
The south coast of NSW is truly one of the best destinations in Australia. Somehow it’s managed to keep what’s real and true about the Aussie lifestyle. Here are what we think are the best reasons to discover it!
Whatever the budget, a vacation in my mind is one of life’s necessities. Call it: “Living in the New Millennium: Air. Water. Food. Shelter. Clothing. Vacation.”
As soon as you drive through the gates to the Bower at Broulee, you can feel the tension ease from your shoulders. The drive winds around through a forest of thick gums, bringing you to an experience you will never forget.
We’ve discovered some unique gems in NSW for beach camping. Here are what we consider as the best of some really fantastic options available.
Heading to the Mount Cook Village was simply overwhelming. The water on Lake Pukaki glistened in the abundant sunshine as we followed its perimeter. In parts, the clouds and mountains were mirrored in the icy blue glacial water. The snow-covered mountains were lit in just the right spot to shine their brilliance down on us. It was gobsmackingly beautiful.
Tamaki invite you to enter their Maori world. And what a world it is!
There are ways you can save and travel further.
Life is short. Isn’t time to plan your dream trip? Here are some ways to save money so that you can fulfil that travel dream
What do you do when you have a huge long living list? How do you decide WHERE to go? Here’s how we decided on New Zealand.
If you’ve never had a girly getaway, you are missing out on something really great in life.
Some phenomenal retreats for you to escape to.
Road tripping the NSW North Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay (and back). Here’s our recommended itinerary for your own Pacific Wanderings.
Finally. Travel Tips that make sense! Here are our tips for planning and packing for your next adventure.
Sydney is a destination many dream about. If you’re heading this way, here’s the local’s guide to your ultimate day in Sydney.
Looking for an authentic Australian cultural experience? Sydney Outback offers an Indigenous education, gorgeous cruise, within a small-tour atmosphere.
Long stretches of thick, white sand encase your ankles like cake batter. Crisp, salty water laps at your toes. This is South Durras.