Around Australia: The art of the great Aussie road trip

Australia is a huge country, with a very, very long coastline (nearly 36,000km in fact - and a third of that is just my home state, Western Australia!). It's also pretty beautiful, and varied - as you'd expect across that distance - and it just seems to be sitting there on a map, asking you to drive … [Read more...]

Exploring Western Australia – Episode 67 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

My home state of Western Australia is one of those places that is extra special because it's really far from everywhere. While I (fairly often) complain about it being a long distance to get to "the rest of the world" from WA, I realise that this is probably one of the main reasons it's so … [Read more...]

5 reasons I keep returning to Melbourne

Next month I'm heading back to Melbourne for a quick trip. Little-known fact: when I moved back to Australia from Germany, I seriously considered making Melbourne my hometown instead of returning to Perth. At the time, Perth was still a bit of a boring city, to be honest (it is massively better … [Read more...]

13 suburbs of Perth to explore when you visit Western Australia

When we who call Perth home mention Perth, we mean far more than the city centre. For us, Perth is a vast sprawling city, now home to over two million people, and because of our love of living near the coast, it stretches more than 100km from north to south and it covers an area equivalent to well … [Read more...]

Bringing art to the people: Sculpture by the Sea in Perth

You know I love Perth beaches, but I tend to avoid the busier beaches like Cottesloe Beach except for this particular time of year - because the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibit opened this week, and I never miss it. I love to see the sculptures, because they're always so varied, but more than … [Read more...]

How to enjoy Perth beaches

There's a part of the coast road, heading north from Scarborough in suburban Perth, that I think plenty of Western Australian people will know: the moment when you've just curved around after the hotels of Scarborough, come up a bit of a crest and suddenly the Indian Ocean is just laid out before … [Read more...]

The Aussie bush – what Australians mean when they talk about the bush

When you grow up knowing something intimately - like the Australian bush - it's easy to forget that people in other parts of the world won't know what you're talking about. That's exactly what happens to me time and time again when I talk to non-Australians about "the bush". Australia is, after all, … [Read more...]

5 experiences I had in Perth to realise my home town has grown up

I have a recent epiphany to share: Perth, Western Australia, is now a really cool city. I was born in Perth (in the 1970s; population then around 800,000 - now over 2 million), the capital city of Western Australia, and arguably the only real city - nearly 80% of West Aussies live here and the … [Read more...]

5 ways Australia’s Coral Coast stretched my comfort zone (in a good way)

Last week I got a very last-minute call-up to join a group of UK bloggers exploring my beautiful home state of Western Australia. It was a hectic 24 hours of figuring out who would take care of my son and when, what I should pack and where on earth I was actually going, and I won't say it wasn't a … [Read more...]

Becoming a backpacker: My first budget trip in Australia

When I interviewed Laura recently about how her travel plans for her first big trip have changed from a long-term trip starting in Asia to a short-term trip close to home (which, for her, is Europe - lucky thing!) her comment about being a first time traveller reminded me of my first independent … [Read more...]