Deep within the rainforest, nestled upon the mountains, there is a small, but vibrant village ready to welcome you like a long-lost family member. There is colour everywhere. From the shops to the clothes, even the food is awash with colour. This is a place overflowing with life. Little hand-made trinkets, paintings and jewellery decorate many of the independent shops and market stalls that adorn the streets and around every corner.
I love this time of year. When the only reason you need to meet up with friends and family is its Christmas. The perfect reason to rekindle friendships that may have got lost throughout the busy year. An excuse to put on your comfiest clothes and get snuggled up under a cosy blanket watching those classic films that you re-watch every year. Yet at the same time the perfect excuse to get your sparkle on and celebrate the end of…
As I stood in the large welcome hall of the Tjapukai aboriginal cultural centre, I noticed a wall of photos. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that this was not just a wall of photos of the aboriginal people that work here like I had first thought.
In far north Queensland lies two world heritage listed sites, side by side. The only place in the world where this occurs. The first, and most well known of these is the Great Barrier Reef. The second is the Daintree Rainforest.
Most people travel to far north Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef but end up discovering that there is so much more to this tropical haven. They uncover the beauty of the rainforest and everything it has to offer. Despite being annually hooked to I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here…,
The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places that finds its way on to most travellers bucket list. I mean why wouldn’t it? It’s one of the 7 wonders of the world and the largest living thing on Earth. Incidentally, it is also the only living thing that you can see from space. It was definitely on my bucket list. So much so that on my East Coast Australia adventure I got to visit several different areas of the…
Mission Beach. I remember thinking that it sounded like some kind of military compound or operation. Perhaps i’ve just watched too many war films? “But what is there to do there?” I asked as I sat in the travel agents office planning my east coast trip.Clearly, I hadn’t put much thought into where I wanted to go on the east coast.
When you first sign up for the Australia working holiday visa 12 months seems like such a long time. Well, I’ve just hit the 6-month mark and oh my god has it flown by.
Just a 25-minute ferry journey from Townsville, Magnetic Island entices many a backpacker to its shore in search of their next island adventure. A part of the Great Barrier Reef Marineland, Magnetic Island first got its name for the apparent ‘magnetic’ effect it had on Captain Cook’s compass. Maybe he was just trying to cover his tracks because he actually had acquired Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass?
The Whitsunday islands are one of those places that appear on almost everyone’s east coast of Australia travel bucket list. A group of 74 islands that lie slap bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef and is home to one of the world’s best beaches? Yeah, no wonder over 200,000 people visit this breathtakingly beautiful place each year. Yet with so many different options of how to explore this stunning landscape how do you decide the which will…