The Kangaroo who Trashed the Car

The Kangaroo Who Trashed the Car

It was a Wednesday. Our road trip had taken us all the way across the never-ending Nullaboor Plain and out the other side. Hour after hour, all that could be seen was dry desert and scrub, red earth and cerulean sky. Full days of driving, endless driving. Several hours where the road failed to even turn a corner to make the journey a bit more interesting. On the bright side, […]

Two Fools and the Flinders Ranges

I’m writing from next to a campfire today. We’ve gone proper girl scout for the days we’ve spent north of Adelaide: campsites with no shower, a long drop toilet, and fire pits. As it turns out, there isn’t much demand for camp spots off the backpacker trail in the middle of winter, so we’ve had pretty much free rein to do whatever we want. Inevitably, we have been sleeping in […]

Reunion and a Road Trip

Reunion and a Road Trip

If ever I’m quiet on the blog, it’s usually because I’m not doing anything of particular interest. The past couple of weeks have been no exception. I got back from my hectic three week sprint across New Zealand, and holed up in Melbourne once again, now jobless, to wait for my friend Meg to get back from the Philippines so the next adventure could begin. Being jobless in Melbourne is […]

Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

You will need: 3 backpackers, more interested in saving money than being properly equipped for the trip. Must be not very fit and with limited hiking experience 1 tent, from the cheap shop – not particularly waterproof nor very durable 3 sleeping bags, 2 of which are designed for children, not adults Assorted backpacks, varying levels of waterproofing Raincoats, none of which are particularly waterproof 2 sets of clothes, one […]

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Our whirlwind tour of the North Island has come to an end, and we have spent the past three days hurtling south in order to get to Queenstown in time to start our three-day Routeburn hike. It’s been a surprisingly enjoyable few days. You wouldn’t think spending a total of 23 hours on transport would be much fun, but thanks to a couple of bafflingly cheerful bus drivers with some […]

Geysers and Gandalf: Rotorua and Hobbiton

Geysers and Gandalf: Rotorua and Hobbiton

Rotorua. Famed for incredible geothermal activity, geysers, and smelling like eggy farts. Aren’t my descriptions evocative? Though the intense sulphuric odour was more than a little off-putting, it signified more than a bad smell and a tourist attraction. Apparently some local people use the underground steam to heat their water or even cook their food, as those whose houses are located in the thermal park are licensed to bore into […]

Mud and Mishaps: Auckland and Waitomo

Mud and Mishaps: Auckland and Waitomo

When I last left off, I had just arrived into New Zealand with a terrible hangover. From that point on, the mishaps only continued. We had a lovely couple of days in Auckland, visiting nearby Waiheke Island and wandering round the city. However, we did end up with very soggy trainers, after being caught in an unexpected downpour on a hike through Waiheke’s rolling green hills – which are presumably […]

Goodbye Melbourne, Hello New Zealand

Goodbye Melbourne, Hello New Zealand!

I’ve left Melbourne for the sunny (nope, hang on, rainy) climes of New Zealand. I am sad, but also excited. Travelling is full of goodbyes. Or rather, it’s full of ‘see you later’s – because really you never know when and where you might meet a brief acquaintance again. After my three weeks exploring New Zealand, for example, I’ll be heading over to Adelaide to see some friends that I […]

24 Hours in the Grampians

24 Hours in the Grampians

It’s getting horribly close to the end of my time in Melbourne, so inevitably I’ve started trying to get things ticked off. There’s nothing like feeling that this might be your last chance to get you out of bed and going places. I still have work to contend with though – those glasses aren’t gonna clear themselves away – so it’s had to be an in-between times endeavour, exploring the […]

A Very Aussie Christmas

For most people, Christmas is a time to spend with family. Wherever you are in the world – whether songs about letting it snow and chestnuts roasting on an open fire are largely accurate or vastly incongruous – most people spend time with their parents and relatives during the festive period. And for me, that’s a huge part of why it’s my favourite time of year. But this year, due […]