Travel Journal: The Southern Highlands

We found ourselves spending the end of March and part of April (2017) housesitting near Bowral, in the Southern Highlands. We were looking after a home that was truly amazing and, after convalescing after a bout of the flu (or pneumonia in my case), we explored the areas. It was stunning. Truly gorgeous with green, rolling hills, cafés on offer everywhere … and then I started to feel old.

Port Douglas

Far North Queensland…Through The Lens

We really liked Far North Queensland. There were truly some breathtaking areas. We loved snorkelling the Barrier Reef. We loved exploring the Daintree Rainforest. This was definitely a dream trip for us – one of our Living List destinations. Hopefully the photos will convey how beautiful this area is.

Cairns

Travel Journal: Far North Queensland

Our trip to Cairns was to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. There would be no sponsored experiences, or opportunities. It would be a time to go with the flow and enjoy our surroundings.

Discovering Australia Through AirBnbs

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!

Potato Point

Travel Journal: A Week At The Beach.

Beachcomber was probably the best beach camping location I’ve stayed in. It was exactly what we needed to let go of the Treehouse and all the madness of the prior two weeks. We needed to just ‘be’ for a while. It was so relaxing. We were so drained, exhausted really, but by the time we left, we were refreshed and ready for the next adventure.

SwimCairns

4 Places to Swim Safely in Cairns

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?

Weekend in Canberra

Travel Journal: A Weekend in Canberra.

Exhausted from the last weeks, we begin our indefinite travel adventure in Canberra, spending the weekend with our daughter. Canberra is always a delight.

Is the Skyrail to Kuranda Worth The Splurge?

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…

Limiting Our Impact on the Great Barrier Reef

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.

8 Tips for Snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef

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.

Hotels vs. Airbnb

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.

How to Sign up (and Use) Airbnb for the First Time

I’m a HUGE fan of Airbnb. I love using Airbnb for my travels. I’ll take Airbnb over hotels any day of the week.

When you first sign up on the Airbnb site though, it can be intimidating. I’m here to help.

Our Secret Beach Getaway

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.

The Reality of Starting a RTW Adventure

Despite all the planning, the departure for the full-time adventure wasn’t quite what I had anticipated. Here’s the realistic picture of the start of our full-time, RTW Adventure.

Why We Decided to Donate All of Our Furniture

Have you ever read a piece of news that affected you so greatly you were compelled to act immediately? I was drawn to an article titled: “Farming family lose everything in the NSW fires”. Here’s why we’re donating all of our worldly goods to these victims of the Sir Ivan Fires in Central N.S.W.

43 Life Lessons I Shared With My Daughter

Throughout my daughter’s life I’ve always used thrown out the term “life lesson” when I wanted her to learn from what I was saying. Sometimes she listened. I’m sure most times she didn’t. So I wrote them down for her…

Pre-Trip Costs for a 10 month Australian Road Trip

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.