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.
I’ve travelled for years and I’m always curious what people take in their carry-on. So, here’s mine: What is always packed in my carry-on.
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.
What was a curious interest in the area, turned out to be interesting days of exploration. What a delight the Yarra Valley turned out to be! We even extended our stay. We headed onwards from there to Ballarat where I shared some of Australia’s gold history with Rich.
I have a condition called Misophonia.
I didn’t realize I had it until I was in my late thirties. I mean, I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know there was a name for it. Misophonia is a condition in which a person reacts extremely negatively to certain sounds that most people take little or no notice of. It’s not easy to live with, let alone travel with. Here’s what it is, how I deal with it, and where to find support.
While there’s more to Phillip Island, the highlight are the penguins at Penguin Parade. Yes, even over those Hemsworth boys. After a great trip prior with Nat, I was excited to share the experience with Rich. While it was memorable, not all of it was in a positive way.
Knowing we wanted to travel for as long as we could, we knew we had to find some way of keeping expenses down. No five star hotels for us. A fellow blogger told me how she saves a bundle with her long-term travels by housesitting around the world. After being on the road awhile, with a number of housesits under our belt, we share our experience.
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.
It’s amazing how different something looks in real life. Even Google couldn’t deliver the amazing reality of Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. The place was stunning. It made the photography in me have very itchy fingers. From whales, to wombats, to meandering hikes. We indulged in a cabin, which we were thankful of when a massive storm blew in, but I can see camping here for a while too.
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.
The latest Travel Journal Entry: Canberra for this trip was different. Rich and I had some shopping to do and preparation for Natalie’s birthday. Our girl was turning 18th. Life Changes.
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.
While Australia may seem laid back and easy to navigate, I’m here to set your expectations and give you some inside tips. The last thing you want is to look like an idiot because Australians will ‘take the piss’ out of you if you screw up.
I’m here to give you the insider’s guide, as it were. I share with you about distances, costs, give you a language guide, guide you to the best places to find the wildlife, help you navigate our way of life, including our sucky internet, and provide some other links to help you plan your trip.
f you’ve been following us awhile, you’ll know that we plan on walking the Camino de Santiago in 2018. I’ve been inspired to do this walk through books, blogs and friends. I’m the first one to admit: I’m not your pinup girl for a long distance walk, so I’m needing all the inspiration I can get! Here are a few books that I’ve read over the last year and recommend.
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.
Some recommended inspiring travel books to get your (travel) juices flowing! I’ve had my head in some of these books a few times now, always finding something new in them. I’ve picked the best of what I’ve read and they all come recommended.
Traveling is a lot like peeling an onion. The more layers you strip back, the more you reveal of yourself. Here I reveal how travel is affecting me mentally, physically and emotionally, 4 months after hitting the road.