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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Abdominal Sandman

BEACH SAND AND A CHRISTMAS TAN Having grown up in South Africa, warm, sunshine-filled Christmases are incredibly familiar to me, but this year was quite unlike the last. I went from ice-cold weather to sweltering hot, humid, and damp conditions; from spending the day out on the slopes, to cartwheels and dancing with sand between Read More …

Nothin’ like Nimbin

BOOK SHOPS AND PHOTO STOPS It was a sort-of-sunny Sunday morning when we five ladies met at a local car rental spot in town. After gathering ourselves, our things and signing some papers, we all climbed into a little Hyundai Getz – our rental car for the day and begun our journey inland. We travelled Read More …

Byron Bay Bliss

DAY TIME ADVENTURES AND LATE NIGHT BENDERS Byron Bay – a place where time moves so slow, yet days go by so fast; a place where doing nothing at all day counts for something more; it’s a place where living in a van is pretty much the norm and where wearing shoes is not; it’s Read More …

Beachin’ at Bondi

MORNING BEACH RUN AND INNER CITY DIM SUM Day 9 – Friday I woke-up, well rested and ready to take on day. Dressing in my running gear, I headed out on my first run in this so foreign, yet so familiar place. I ran along the beachfront dodging people along the way. My route was Read More …

Why are the Blue Mountains Blue?

SHADES OF BLUE AND A BREATH-TAKING VIEW Day 7 – Wednesday Leaving the “Big Smoke”, I packed my bags, said my goodbyes, checked out and headed to the mountains – the Blue Mountains to be exact. It was time to explore one of the natural attractions of the Sydney region. After a two hour train Read More …