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...]

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...]

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...]

9 great things to do in northern Tasmania with kids

Ah, Tasmania. It's obviously a good spot because this was my third trip there, and it's not particularly close to my home base of Perth at all, even if it is all part of the same country. Actually, my son kept describing Tasmania as a different country, since it's an island apart from the mainland, … [Read more...]

South of Mandurah: Cape Bouvard Winery and the thrombolites

My home state of Western Australia really has a lot of hidden attractions to offer. This week my father took us to a small winery just south of his property, which itself is almost 20km south of the growing city of Mandurah. I'd been to this winery area once years and years ago, but I was surprised … [Read more...]