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 […]

Top Sydney swimming spots

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One of my favourite things about flying into Sydney is looking down on all the backyards and seeing the pools – blue, green, kidney-shaped, round; the perfect highlight to all that brick and tile. Before summer packs up it’s sunscreen and leaves for another year, I thought I would share my top five favourite swimming […]

Daintree dreaming

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Imagine a perfectly preserved historical site that hasn’t changed in 110 million years. It isn’t made of stone and doesn’t bear the marks of humanity but it is undeniably sacred. This place was the home of a highly organised, intelligent civilisation that used hieroglyphs, advanced plant medicine and had a complex belief system tied intrinsically […]

Into the wild

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I am on a bit of a mission to convert non-campers into tree-huggin’, outdoorsy types that eschew make-up, personal hygiene and decent coffee in a quest to make nice with Mother Nature. Love it or hate it, camping is a great opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and drink wine out of tin […]

Kicking my heels up in North-East Victoria

I always like to give things two chances, just to be sure that I’m sure. The first time I visited North-East Victoria, I called The Future Husband and told him that we were going to move there (he was bemused, to say the least). I visited again this long weekend and the relationship has been consumated. I […]

Fun facts about Norfolk Island … Seriously. Fun!

I just found out that Norfolk Island has it’s own language! It’s called Norfolk (unsurprisingly) and it’s a mixture of platt Deutsch (whatever the hell that is), 18th Century English and Tahitian. This has been reappropriated aka stolen directly from the Norfolk Island website. Seriously, who knew?! Norfolk English Whutta-waye? How are you? All yorlye […]

Whale of a time: Kayaking with whales by Cath Reilly

Whale of a time: Kayaking with whales By Cath Reilly Well I’ve done it! My first Action Girl kayak-with-the-whales-adventure and all I can say is WHEN CAN I DO IT AGAIN?! It all started early on Sunday morning with Region X Kayaking at Mossy Point. We turned up at 7.30am as requested and when Josh […]