• A Beer Lovers Guide to the East Coast of Australia
    Australia

    A Beer Lover’s Guide to the East Coast of Australia

    Over the course of three months, I meandered my way up the well-travelled East Coast of Australia stopping at pretty much every viewpoint, beach and, most importantly, every pub. Now that might be a slight exaggeration but, with the heat of the Australian sun combined with living out of a small van, a nice cold beer can do wonders for you. Whilst a trip up the East Coast can be done in two weeks, I’d highly recommend slowing down. Even with three months to explore this region, I still felt as though it was rushed and left me wanting to see more! Now, to help plan your trip or even…

  • The Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton, Australia
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    2018: A Year in Review

    Well I can’t believe we’re here with only a few days left of 2018! I’m not going to lie but the last year, up until August at least, has been my favourite so far. The year started with fireworks in Sydney Harbour followed by a road trip half way around Australia and a quick stint in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Since August, I’m afraid there’s not really been anything of note. It took far longer to settle back to the English way of life than I thought. I’m not actually sure that I have settled back in. I’ve managed to find a desk job (with flexitime) which is helping build…

  • 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
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    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
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    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…

  • Uluru, Australia
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    The Lap of Australia – The End of the Road

    11th June to 17th June Uluru to Tennant Creek After the mammoth of a drive last week, we planned to stay one more night at Uluru so we could see the giant red rock from up close as well as the National Park’s other highlight, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Once we were done here, the journey would continue back the way we came straight through the middle of Australia and on up to Darwin. 1,945 kilometres! Monday – Uluru Our Monday morning started early with us joining the 6am convoy into the National Park. It costs $25 per adult to enter the park for three days which is worth it.…

  • Outback Queensland
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    The Lap of Australia – Week Twelve

    4th June to 10th June Cairns to Uluru If you read last week’s instalment, you’ll know that we finally finished road tripping up the East Coast of Australia. Next on our agenda was to travel right to centre of the Australian continent to Uluru. For those who haven’t heard of Uluru (most commonly known as Ayer’s Rock), it’s essentially a huge red rock in the middle of the desert. It is an extremely spiritual place to the local indigenous people and a world-famous tourist attraction. So, this week will mostly be taken up with driving 2,800km through a whole load of emptiness. Not the most exciting of week’s for you…