• Vanlife in Australia
    Australia

    Vanlife in Australia: The Statistics

    From late December 2017 to mid June 2018, I lived in a tiny metal box on wheels having the time of my life.  One small campervan gave Emma and I complete freedom; we could do what we wanted, when we wanted.  If we wanted to eat breakfast overlooking the coast, track down aboriginal hand paintings, explore prehistoric rainforests or simply sleep, we could.  Welcome to vanlife in Australia! I’ve said this before but there is absolutely no better way to experience all Australia has to offer than in a campervan.  From the unimaginable overnight heat, endless horizons and kangaroos coming to have a sniff around, these experiences all get under…

  • Noosa National Park
    Australia

    A Walk in Noosa National Park

    As we meandered our way up the East Coast of Australia in Max the campervan, there was one place that both Emma and I really looked forward to; Noosa.  We’d heard wonders about this tropical paradise especially the Noosa National Park. Noosa is located on the Sunshine Coast around two hours north of Brisbane in Queensland.  Noosa is a booming holiday resort and, in my opinion, is a more up-market version of Byron Bay.  There’s plenty of boutique shops, bars and restaurants and a beach that is out of this world.  We were told that Main Beach has a climate separate to that of the high street just metres away. …

  • A Guide to Street Art in Townsville
    Australia

    A Guide to Street Art in Townsville

    Townsville is a coastal city situated in Northern Queensland, Australia, approximately 350km south of Cairns. Often seen as a stop-off point simply to visit the beautiful Magnetic Island or the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is deserving of a few days of your time.  The city offers one of the most beautiful esplanades in Australia. You’ll struggle to find somewhere as nice for a sunset stroll; palm trees as far as the eye can see and Magnetic Island just off-shore. However, in between the esplanade and the giant red rock that towers over the city, you’ll discover some amazing works of street art in Townsville. I love street art thanks to…

  • Sydney's Best Walk
    Australia

    Sydney’s Best Walk: Bondi to Coogee

    When it comes to Sydney, Australia’s largest city, no traveller will be short of things to do.  Away from the hustle and bustle of the Harbour and the Opera House, lies Sydney’s best walk; from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.  There’s a reason this is one of the best things to do in Sydney.  The views are absolutely breathtaking.  The beaches are beautiful, not to mention the sheer cliffs, the rockpools and the turquoise ocean.  You might even spot migrating whales if your timing’s right. Whilst many walkers will walk no further than Bronte Beach, I promise you that it only gets better by going the full 6km to Coogee…

  • Australia,  Photography

    Australia From Above

    Now that my time in Australia is over, I’ve been looking through the thousands of photos I’ve taken.  I just had to invest in a drone whilst in Australia and believe that it offers such a different perspective for landscape photographers.  Whilst the quality of photos from the DJI Mavic Pro will not win any awards (you’re essentially getting smartphone camera photos from up high), I just love being able to capture things that normally you’d never see.  Australia from above is just incredible. So, without further ado, here’s my collection of drone photos covering all the way from Melbourne to Perth.   I hope you enjoyed looking at Australia…

  • Australia,  Journal

    Three Weeks in Perth

    After the nightmare of our van breaking down in the outback bringing an abrupt end to our adventures, you’ll be pleased to know that our stress levels have reduced to normal! The last three weeks have been spent in Perth recuperating.  A massive thanks goes out to Emma’s cousin, Natasha, who’s put us up and put up with us! Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is closer to Singapore than it is to Sydney. It’s winter at the moment so we’ve gone from promised 30 degree heat up in Darwin to temperatures that would ordinarily constitute a British summer. Looking at photos from back home, all I can…

  • Sailing the Whitsundays
    Australia

    Sailing the Whitsundays

    The second of the three main East Coast experiences (alongside Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef) is the Whitsunday Islands.  Named by, you guessed it, good old Captain Cook, these islands are practically paradise.  Sailing the Whitsundays was definitely on my bucket list. Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s top ten beaches and Hill Inlet dazzles with its swirling white sands and blue sea.  You’ve probably all seen the pictures, but somethings have to be experienced in person to truly be appreciated. After a lot of research, we decided to just do a day trip out to the islands instead of a two day/two night trip.  The difference…

  • Bundaberg Rum Distillery
    Australia

    The Home of Bundaberg Rum

    No trip to Bundaberg (or Bundy as its known to locals) would have been complete without a visit to the home of Bundaberg Rum. Bundaberg is an industrial city in Queensland approximately 350km north of Brisbane. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of sugar cane, its only natural that rum is produced here. Personally, I’d never heard of Bundaberg Rum before arriving in Australia although I was aware of their ginger beer being readily available in the UK’s supermarkets. It isn’t just me though, 96% of sales are generated in Australia alone (the majority in Queensland) and 3% is sold to countries for Australian tourists. The remaining 1% is then sold around…

  • Royal Stacks Burgers Neon Sign, Melbourne
    Australia

    Melbourne’s Top Three Burger Joints

    It seems everywhere you look these days, there are burger restaurants left, right and centre. To me though, that isn’t a bad thing. After all, burgers are my favourite food (closely followed by pizza). If I’m going out for a meal, I’ll most likely be ordering a burger so you can only imagine how hard I tried to sample as many as possible in Melbourne. For my fellow burger lovers, thanks to my professional research, I wanted to put together a list of Melbourne’s top three burger joints. It was a tough call and you might not agree with me but I’m confident you won’t be left disappointed no matter…

  • Maheno Shipwreck, Fraser Island, Australia
    Australia

    The Unique Fraser Island

    Just like the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island is high on every traveller’s bucket-list.  Fraser Island is situated just off the east coast of Australia approximately three hours north of Brisbane.  It’s the world’s largest sand island and the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. The beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie alone make this place not one you want to miss. I recently spent a day exploring Fraser Island with Unique Fraser.  Unique Fraser are a tour company offering one day 4×4 Land Cruiser tours with small groups of six.  If you don’t want to see the island on a…