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Summah Down Undah

When people think of seasons in Australia, the assumption is that the best time to visit is during our winter, due to the opposite seasons.  This is true for many regions like Sydney, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania.  However, Australia is so large that it has multiple distinct climate zones.  For example, if you were […]

Outback Tripping

I had the great pleasure of spending about two weeks in the remote Northern Territories (with a brief stint in the Kimberleys) this past August, and experienced a side of Australia that few (even Australians) ever get to see. Endless cattle stations (some upwards of one million acres, about the size of Rhode Island, or […]

Bang for your Buck Down Under

If you’ve ever considered a trip to Australia or New Zealand, now is an excellent time to start planning. Both the New Zealand and the Australian dollar, while always quite volatile, are lower than they have been in more than two years against the USD, making those beautiful (and pricey) hotels like Cape Kidnappers, Southern […]

Have a Bath

I don’t bathe often. That is to say, I don’t have a bath often. I’m clean, I promise. But never mind that. Throughout my travels, I have stumbled across a few choice spots to take a dip. Some had sweeping views over the ocean, some out to lush jungle, and one just plain outdoors. There […]

A Sandy Love Story

Love is in the air. Mostly because we’re trying desperately to ward off the snowy chill of February, but also because of that heart-shaped holiday awaiting us at the end of the week. Whether you think it’s a perfect time for romance or a total Hallmark sham, you can’t lose if you simply look at […]

12 Reasons to Visit Australia

Australia is amazing. So amazing in fact, that I felt it absolutely necessary to come up with probably the most groan-worthy, pun-laced post I have ever put my name on. So, why should you visit Australia? Because it is incredible, of course, and also for every reason below (and in the corresponding photo evidence above). […]

Not Your Ordinary Nanny

Every now and then we discover an organization or person who is doing something amazing for the area of the world that they live in. Jennifer Ridolfi is one of those people. In Mareeba, Australia, about an hour inland from the reef access town of Cairns, Jennifer runs the Jowajilla Wildlife Refuge. The refuge takes […]

Leaping for Lizard

The magical Lizard Island off the northeast coast of Australia plays host to a national park, a research station, and the stunning Lizard Island Resort (the only hotel on the island). That’s it, that’s all. With only 40 guest rooms, you never feel crowded and have heaps of real estate all to your suntanned self. […]

Southern Splendour

It’s safe to say that Southern Ocean Lodge is unique. Perched on the edge of a limestone cliff on the rugged southern coastline of Kangaroo Island, you can gaze out the window, cocktail in hand, and confidently be assured that there is nothing between you and Antarctica. But that killer view, with huge breakers crashing […]

A Day Down Under

Some vacation days are meant to be sipped slowly and sparingly like a delicious aged wine. Other vacation days are like a never-ending case of ice cold beer, best enjoyed by drinking deeply and frequently. It only seems right that a day on a vast sheep station in Australia’s Outback would be better suited to […]

Urban Walkabout: Melbourne

Melbourne is more deserving than ever of its ‘Most Liveable City in the World’ label. Incredible food, vibrant culture and a fantastic mix of old and new make the city, specifically its CBD (Central Business District) very walkable, with surprises around every corner. A highlight for me were the arcades and laneways, hiding the real […]

How Ya Going?

“How ya going?” I got very used to hearing that friendly greeting. While the dust is still settling, the laundry washing, and the jet lag still very much in full force, I thought I would put together a quickie about my recent incredible Australian experience. I just returned from over three weeks of exhausting research, […]