Author: Zoë

Life of a Hostie

Load More…Follow on Instagram Recent Posts Life of a Hostie EAT. SLEEP. DIVE. REPEAT Welcome to the Jungle Cycled mission in Mission Beach Magnetised to Magnetic Island Talk of the Townsville Day-trip & night out in Airlie Beach Recharge & Routines in Airlie Beach Sunsets, Sailing & Secret Missions St. Patrick’s Day in Hervey Bay Read More …

EAT. SLEEP. DIVE. REPEAT

Load More…Follow on Instagram Recent Posts Life of a Hostie EAT. SLEEP. DIVE. REPEAT Welcome to the Jungle Cycled mission in Mission Beach Magnetised to Magnetic Island Talk of the Townsville Day-trip & night out in Airlie Beach Recharge & Routines in Airlie Beach Sunsets, Sailing & Secret Missions St. Patrick’s Day in Hervey Bay Read More …

Welcome to the Jungle

TULLY RIVER RAFTING ADVENTURE I woke-up early to be ready in time for my 7:40 am pick-up to Tully. I was headed on the Raging Thunder River Rafting tour in Tully – famous for being one of the wettest parts of Australia. The luxury, air-conditioned bus arrived on time and we headed into South Mission to Read More …

Cycled mission in Mission Beach

PALM TREES AND COCONUTS It was already dark when I arrived in quiet seaside town of Mission Beach. It was a 15 minute drive in the shuttle bus before I arrived at the Jackaroo Treehouse, where I would be staying the next two nights. I had arrived on the last bus for the night and Read More …

Magnetised to Magnetic Island

BUTTERFLIES AND BOX WINE Magnetic Island, or Maggie as some call it, was named after a belief that the large boulders strewn all over the island held magnetic properties. It is now still suited to the name due to its ‘pull’ on tourist to the island for a relaxing getaway. With numerous beautiful bays and Read More …

Talk of the Townsville

Townsville, where the sun shines for an average of 320 day a year, seems to be known primarily for its connection to Magnetic Island, rather than a destination in itself. I had come here for that same reason, but as you can probable already tell, I was doing the ‘extended version’ of the popular journey up Australia’s Read More …

Day-trip & night out in Airlie Beach

AN ADVENTUROUS DAY COMPLETE WITH ‘SCOOP & WEIGH’ I had been in Airlie for nearly ten days, relaxing and recharging (see Recharche & Routines in Airlie Beach). I had been eager to find out if there was more to the Whitsunday Coast than just sailing (see Sunsets, Sailing & Secret Missions) and revelry (which I had done very little of). Read More …

Recharge & Routines in Airlie Beach

RECAP, RECHARGE AND ROUTINES After returning from my 3 day, 3 night sailing trip on the Whitsundays (see Sunsets, Sailing & Secret Missions) I decided to stay in Airlie Beach for a few days to recharge and get a bit of routine back in my life. It was hard keeping up with my blog posts, Read More …

Sunsets, Sailing & Secret Missions

SAILING THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS After my long, sleepless bus journey on the freezing cold Greyhound coach, I arrived in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays Islands and a lively backpacker hub. In an attempt to give the Airlie Beach party scene a go, I caught dinner and a drink at Down-Under Bar and then Read More …

St. Patrick’s Day in Hervey Bay

BACK-FLIPS AND GUINNESS SOAKED LIPS Returning from Fraser Island We returned to Palace Hostel after our 3-day, 2-night tag along tour to Fraser Island (see, Staying Dingo Safe) where we unpacked the car and got showered and ‘de-sanded’. It was nearing dark and even though I was pretty tired, it was my last night in Read More …

Staying Dingo Safe

FRASER ISLAND 4-WHEEL DRIVE TAG ALONG TOUR Measuring at 120 km long and 15 km wide, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only place where rainforest grows on sand (lonely planet). By now I had been travelling the east coast for two weeks and it was finally time for my Read More …

Raining in Rainbow Beach

MORE RAIN THAN RAINBOWS AT RAINBOW BEACH On my last day in Noosa, I woke up thinking that I had booked a bus to Rainbow Beach at 1:30pm so I spent most of my day in Noosa, waiting. After breakfast and checking out of Noosa Backpackers Resort, I headed to the beach for a last Read More …

Nature-loving in Noosa

FROM LONG COASTAL TREKS TO LARGE WEEKEND MARKETS From pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and lush, tropical rainforests to sophisticated shopping and delectable dining, Noosa has it all. I spent a number of days exploring the natural beauty of the popular resort town, relaxing on the beach, SUP boarding along the river and trekking across Read More …

Curious about Caloundra

SEAGULLS & SUNSETS SOUTH OF THE SUNSHINE COAST Caloundra – the southernmost community on the sunshine coast and Australia’s tidiest town–surprised me by its unpredicted beauty. I arrived in this seemly dull coastal town; eager to get back to the beach life I had left before heading off to Brisbane (see Brisbane Big City Blues). Read More …

Brisbane Big City Blues

BAR HOPPING AND WINDOW SHOPPING Day 1 – Friday I left Coolangatta (see Caught in the Clouds in Coolangatta) feeling a little glum as, so far, I had spent most of my time in Australia in small coastal towns and I was now off to a big city away from the sea. I had pretty Read More …

Caught the clouds in Coolangatta

SUNRISE MISSION AND GOLD COAST EXPEDITION Coolangatta, the southernmost seaside town of the Gold Coast and of Queensland sits north of the New South Wales border. Arriving here late on a Monday night, and only staying a few days, Coolangatta (referred to by locals as Cooly) somehow seemed more laid-back and calm than Byron Bay. Read More …

Barefoot in Byron Bay

WEEPING EYES AND HEARTBREAKING GOODBYES A place drenched in beauty, escapism and barefoot beach bums. A place where those who pass through always stay longer than intended – whether it be for a couple days, a week or more. I stayed for four months (see Byron Bay Bliss). I have spoken to many travellers passing through this Read More …

Welcome to my Office – Skydiving in Byron Bay

VIEW FROM THE TOP If you told me a few years ago that one day I would be jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane and still be smiling about it later, I probably wouldn’t believe you. With so much to live-up to from the many exhilarating adventures and exciting experiences I had last year Read More …