While most Sydneysiders know about Cockatoo Island, few have ever visited, let alone stayed overnight. I was one of those people. I’d been by countless times on the Rivercat (ferry), gazing up to the heritage buildings, wondering about the history and the secrets from long ago. But I’d never set foot on Cockatoo Island. So, when the opportunity came along to go glamping on Cockatoo Island, I jumped at it.
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.
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.
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?’
Rich and I have wanted to stay at a lighthouse for a long time. Most lighthouses in Australia have lightkeeper cottages which can be rented for a night or two but the cost to stay is usually pretty outrageous.
Point Hicks is located on the north east of Victoria. While it takes an hour on an unsealed road to reach the lighthouse, it’s an off the grid experience you will treasure.
We share our lighthouse experience…through the lens.
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.
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…
We were reluctant to snorkel on the reef. In fact, after our initial research, we seriously considered not doing it. When we arrived in Cairns, I saw tankers and cruise ships, I found myself red-hot mad. But, it’s more complicated than that.
Snorkelling the Barrier Reef has been on our Living List for a while, but we wanted to do it consciously and with the health of the reef at the forefront of everything.
Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef…One of our Living List items and for many others. We almost didn’t do it. But, after a lot of research and a day in the water, we have 8 helpful tips to make your time less impactful and more enjoyable.
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…
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 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.
Experience the remote wilderness by getting off the grid on Orcas Island, Washington. It’s truly is like visiting another world.
Is the exhilaration of going vertically down a mountain in Katoomba, held on only by two cable wires worth the admission price?
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.
You’ve heard of a “winter wonderland”. In Australia, it’s more of a “Water Wonderland”. This certainly holds true with Port Stephens.
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.
What do you do to keep your teenagers engaged in your trip? Use technology to your advantage! We discovered Narooma on the N.S.W. south coast through Geocaching.
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!
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!
I love the connection camping brings. I feel like I can breathe again. And sometimes it can just save a marriage.
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.
We loved N.Z. It could be so easy to lose yourself for months exploring this beautiful place. Here are 10 Things You MUST See.
Queenstown is known for it’s adrenaline-pumping activities, but having a 69 year old along on our adventure limited our options. Here’s what we discovered – and loved.
Piha is a place I will definitely return to. It’s has that relaxed, chilled out beach vibe that always draws me in…
Road tripping the NSW North Coast from Sydney to Byron Bay (and back). Here’s our recommended itinerary for your own Pacific Wanderings.
Long stretches of thick, white sand encase your ankles like cake batter. Crisp, salty water laps at your toes. This is South Durras.
Sometimes you have to fight through the fear because otherwise you are missing out on great experiences. Your life matters too much NOT to participate.
This friendly park is located within Kosciusko National Park, close to skiing, biking and hiking. Picnic tables and fire pits are at almost every site. The bathrooms are clean with hot showers and flush toilets. Best of all, they are available year round.
Kids are connected to their devices like never before. Camping is a great, cheap way to get away and enjoy the outdoors.
Canyon of the Eagles is our favourite campground in Central Texas. If it’s not already on your list, it’s time you checked it out!
We’ve camped a lot and besides the tent, the sleeping bags and the matches to start the fire, here are the (other) 5 essentials we think you need to take camping.