Camping in the Grampians

Camping in the Grampians

A breezy, three-hour drive out of Melbourne sits the Grampians Mountain Range and campsites. It's a beautiful weekend trip to take out of the city, to exchange skyscrapers for mountain peaks, and tram rides for hikes. I wanted to go here for a weekend since first arriving in Melbourne, but not owning any camping gear [...]

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Melbourne Cafe & Restaurant Highlights | Australia

Melbourne Cafe & Restaurant Highlights | Australia

As much as I dislike the word "foodie," I'm going to have to use it in this post. My friend Nayda, also known as healthywholebeautiful on Instagram, is a real foodie, with a mouth-watering gallery of posts of donuts, burgers, and all sorts of delicious things. She's fun to travel with because she takes a [...]

Christmas at the Swanston Hotel in Melbourne

Christmas at the Swanston Hotel in Melbourne

Christmas in Melbourne was delightful. I love seeing a city in the middle of its summer, under the sun and heat, get ready with Christmas decorations and holiday cheer. After living in Minnesota almost my entire life, the allure of a "white Christmas" has completely been lost on me. For Christmas Day, we enjoyed a [...]

Magnetic Island Day Trip from Townsville | Australia

Magnetic Island Day Trip from Townsville | Australia

A quick ferry ride from Townsville sits Magnetic Island, a beautiful destination to add to your Australia East Coast Road trip list. We almost skipped it to save on time, and I had heard from other travelers that it was expensive and wasn't an essential stop on the route, but I am SO GLAD we [...]

Whale Watching & Fraser Island from Hervey Bay with Tasman Ventures

Whale Watching & Fraser Island from Hervey Bay with Tasman Ventures

After a drive from Agnes Water/Town of 1770, we arrived in Hervey Bay, a sleepy beachside town in Queensland. It's known for being the jumping-off point for trips to Fraser Island as well as big beaches and whale watching opportunities. Many backpackers on the east coast road trip trek of Australia book a multi-day tour [...]

2018 Year in Review | Travel Highlights

2018 Year in Review | Travel Highlights

2018 turned out to be vastly different from how I expected at the start of the year, making the biggest lesson I learned to not plan too much, and to say yes to opportunities that present themselves as I go.  I hope to carry this lesson into 2019, continuing to travel and see more of [...]

The Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven Beach | Australia

The Whitsunday Islands & Whitehaven Beach | Australia

After about a week cruising south from Cairns in our rental car, we hit Airlie Beach, the jumping-off point for a visit to the Whitsunday Islands. It's a favorite stop on a road trip down the east coast of Australia, where backpackers enjoy booking sailing trips for multiple days to explore and enjoy the natural [...]