When you leave here, you’re going nowhere by Stephanie Nuzzo

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Legend has it that the fountain of youth is hidden away somewhere in Florida. But I think whoever wrote that was wrong. I’m putting my own theory out there. If there is in fact a fountain of youth, it’s in Byron Bay. In Byron, everyone is young, everyone is on vacation and everyone is ridiculously […]

Camping in the rain at Mollymook, NSW

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Step one: Purchase marquee-sized tent online. Step two: Book pet-friendly campsite. Step three: Travel to Mollymook. Erect enormous tent. Attempt to manage hyperactive, free-range pets. Cue: Rain. This is the summary of our weekend camping trip to Mollymook, with the exception of all the fun bits; the BBQ’ed breakfasts cooked by our early-rising friends, the […]

Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Parade: Weirdy McFun

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Imagine if all the children of a small seaside town dressed up as blue-skinned Na’vi, beauty queens or gumnut blossoms and hoisted themselves up onto parade floats. Some of these floats will have an easily identifiable theme (Avatar) while some will be an awkward mish-mash of intertextuality (I knew I would get to use that […]

Jane Austen country: Milton, NSW

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Rolling green hills, magic mushroom sunsets and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Welcome to Milton, NSW. We drive into town after five hours stuck in The Long Weekend Exodus; traffic that crawls along the Princes Highway making you question your decision to leave Sydney.   For once, we are grateful for the snail’s pace […]

I want a country cottage in Orange, NSW

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I am completely in love with Orange. I never expected this. I am from country NSW and I never thought I would want to go back. But Orange has bewitched me. I am in love with its gold, ruby and claret autumn leaves, it’s graceful heritage cottages and its dynamic food and wine scene. Everyone […]

A clean weekend at Paperbark Camp, Huskisson

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Dirty weekends are a lot of fun but sometimes you need a clean weekend; a couple of days to breathe fresh air, drink pure water and  get lots of sleep. That’s what The First Husband and I did this past weekend at Paperbark Camp in Huskisson. Located in the middle of a wetlands on the […]

Why is accommodation in Australia so expensive?

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This week Sydney plays host to Australian Tourism Exchange, an enormous industry conference organised by Tourism Australia. Thousands of tourism operators are in town trying to figure out how to increase their sales. Here’s a tip: DROP YOUR PRICES! Consider this: You are thinking of going on holidays. You start Googling. Lots of packages pop […]

A tale of two tiny towns: Weabonga and Nundle

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There are two tiny historical villages up in the hills behind Tamworth. One is called Weabonga and is only accessible by a dirt road. The other is called Nundle and has a few more people, an operational pub and a pool (!). Weabonga is where my Grandmother was born. It is where my Great Grandmother […]

Two Hours In Lithgow

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I spent an unexpected 120 minutes in Lithgow last week. It might have actually been more like 135 minutes, if you include the 15 fateful minutes I stood in line at the Blue Bird Cafe. I was enroute to Orange, NSW for the Gardiner family girl’s weekend, a notorious affair characterised by drinking, pedicures and […]

Blatant plug for my awesome new client, TravelCandy.com.au

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So you know how I was whining about being broke last week? Well, something really cool happened. I met up with my friends Ben and Cass and it turns out that Ben has launched a new business called www.travelcandy.com.au with two of his mates, Sam and Raph. One thing led to another and they offered […]