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Around Australia in a van: Canberra, our nation’s capital

I'm a big fan of Canberra. In fact, I'm quite a fan of the non-ostentatious capital city in general - you know, those capital cities that are actually a lot smaller than many nearby cities and just quietly go about doing the job of running the country (Brasilia, for example, or Bern).Parliament … [Read more...]

Around Australia in a van: Three Sisters with my one sister

Three sisters? That would be a bit much for me - I think I was lucky to visit the Three Sisters with my one and only sister! Of course, it was almost twenty-five years ago ...I've been terribly neglectful in continuing my Australia in a van series but here we are again, moving on from skateboarding … [Read more...]

Around Australia in a van: A happy Hervey Bay Christmas

In my series on our family trek around Australia I left you back in Far North Queensland, but just in time for Christmas we moved a little further south to a town called Hervey Bay (and it sounds like Harvey, despite the spelling. Can anyone explain that to me?). Kids being kids, we obviously wanted … [Read more...]

Around Australia in a van: Whitsundays wildlife

During my last Around Australia in a van recollection when we reached the Whitsundays I mentioned that I had a strong memory of a bird landing on my sister's head. It turns out this memory (unlike many others) was actually true, because I just discovered the photographic proof. Well, close to proof, … [Read more...]

Around Australia in a van: The road to Gundagai

If you've been waiting for the next instalment of Around Australia in a van, here it is. For some reason (perhaps the sun is in our eyes?) my sister and I both don't look entirely thrilled to be sitting here, but ignore us, and try to look closely at the dark lump on top of those concrete blocks. … [Read more...]

Travelling to meet online people offline and taking my travel blog to the Gold Coast for Problogger

I get to travel again next week - yippee! - although it's only a quick trip, over to the Gold Coast in Queensland, the other side of Australia, to attend the Problogger conference. I haven't been to the Gold Coast since I was twelve and then it was an extremely quick look. I won't have much time to … [Read more...]

A new direction for Not A Ballerina’s travels

In the midst of an internet crisis - yes, it's a first world problem but I had to survive with barely any internet at home for ten days, and I'm afraid to say it was not all that fun - my blog passed its seventh birthday. Suddenly this lack of enthusiasm for blogging I'd developed over a couple of … [Read more...]

Cruisin’ 4 a Cure: A unique way to drive around Australia

Meet Ness - a very cool traveller who, under the mantra "One girl, one year, one motor home, $1m target", is currently driving around Australia raising money for the Cancer Council to use in funding research grants aimed at finding cancer treatments. Ness has survived two battles with Hodgkin's … [Read more...]

Apologies to Spain and the Mas Nou swimming pool

I had another look through my old travel diaries (from 25 years ago in Europe) the other night and found what is probably the reason why my nine-year-old self was not impressed by Spain:See the fine print? Under this attractive-looking (well, for the 80s) swimming pool at Mas Nou Caravan Park on the … [Read more...]

Why I haven’t been to New Zealand yet (but really want to go)

When I'm travelling and people hear I'm from Australia, it's surprisingly often that they ask me about New Zealand. Fair enough, I suppose, since we are near neighbours, but coming from Perth on the far west coast of Australia, it's well over 5,000 kilometres to New Zealand - imagine how many … [Read more...]