The Many Textures Of Fraser Island

As an designer/artist I’m often attracted to textures and things that other travellers may not notice. So when I visited Australia’s Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island located just off of the coast of eastern Queensland, I was overwhelmed by the amount of different textures that were present in this diverse natural landscape. Below are some of my…

5 Things To Do At The Farm Byron Bay

Just a hop, skip and a jump away from my home base in the Gold Coast, is a little gem called The Farm Byron Bay. This working farm is open to the public and collaborates with a collection of onsite micro-businesses to educate, support the environment and promote healthy lifestyles. If you are visiting the farm, here are 5…

Meet The Magpie Whisperer

Sometimes the most memorable travel experiences happen when you’re least expecting it. Recently I met a man in a park. I noticed him because he was holding a wild magpie, a bird that is known not to be very friendly in Australia. I thought he was probably insane… In Australia magpies are known to attack people when they are…

Top Secret Turtle Business In Bundaberg

Every year, from early January to the end of March, near the tiny town of Bundaberg, Australia, baby turtles are welcomed to the world by the visitors of Mon Repos National Park. I was worried that my 6 hour trip to this small North Queensland town would all be for nothing, as the park makes it clear that this…

The Yummiest Street In Brisbane

Is there a happier street in all of Brisbane than Eat Street? I really don’t think so. For those of you who have never heard of Eat Street, let me fill you in. While not technically a street, and set in an old container wharf, Eat Street is now a huge outdoor market filled with the most delicious international…

The Great BARFier Reef

When I found out I would be moving to Australia, seeing the colourful Great Barrier Reef topped my list of things to see. However, what I didn’t expect to see was so much… well ummm… barf. We woke up early in Cairns to board a large catamaran that would take us, plus 100 people, on an hour long trip to a pontoon,…

A Thousand Gold Coast Bats

This evening I witnessed a rare and incredible sight; a sky filled with thousands of bats flocking towards the south. It’s not uncommon to see large bats in the Gold Coast, but it is rare to see more than two or three at a time, much less a thousand. I wonder where they were going?…

Happy Australia Day- Top Aussie Adventures

Happy Australia Day! I’ve now been in Australia for over a year and a half and in that time I’ve done and seen a lot, including visiting 5 out of the 8 Australian states and/or territories. So, to celebrate this amazing country, here is a list of my favourite sights/activities in the 5 states I’ve visited: Northern Territory…

Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort

I’ve debated writing this post for almost a year now, not wanting to give away the secret of my favourite vacation spot, Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort. I’ve decided that it’s finally time to share, partially because not that many people read my blog, and partially because I’m currently coming off of a wild dolphin high….

The Race That Stops The Nation

Every year, on the first Tuesday of November, Australians stop everything to celebrate the event of the year, the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup is literally a 3 minute horse race, but really it’s a formal affair where men get dressed up in pin-striped suits and woman wear edgy fascinators and spring fashions straight from the runway. In…

A JUCY Roadtrip- Day 5 Mt. Tinaroo to Cairns

The funny thing about hiking is that everyone thinks they love it until you’re walking up a mountain, trying to catch your breath, and realize that you’re not in shape at all. As we climbed Walsh’s Pyramid, the world’s largest natural pyramid, just a few hours outside of Cairns, I wondered why on earth I…

A JUCY Roadtrip: Day 4 Archer Point to Cairns to Lake Tinaroo

We had arrived at Archer Point the night before in the dark. We couldn’t see anything around us, except a sign warning of crocodiles and a noose that we accidentally parked our JUCY van under, so at sunrise we were surprised to see that we had camped in paradise on a secluded beach surrounded by palm trees and mountains….