• Top Travel Bloggers Interview Series 2020: JO CASTRO

    As 2020 continues to throw challenges at us, I thought it important to interview those in a changing industry and niche- Australian Travel Bloggers. We all know travel and tourism has been pulled to a grinding halt, but as a travel blogger, there are still creative ways to connect to the world, even if it is only online. In these series of posts, I ask questions of some of Australia’s most influential, top Travel Bloggers for their current challenges, advice and what inspires them to continue in the current climate. JO CASTROzigazag/com Jo Castro is a travel blogger based in Western Australia. Her ZigAZag blog on all things in WA,…

  • 15 Secret Beaches in Australia (you must visit!)

    Australia is known for its incredible beaches, that’s not new information to anyone. But if you’re visiting from another country or an unfamiliar area from another state, how to know where the uncrowded beast beach spots are? Born and Bred in Melbourne, I have visited some of the super busy and best destinations of Noosa, Sydney, the general East Coast, Southern Victoria and Western Australia. I’ve also come across and been told some of the quietest, untouched and stunning beaches in different states. Here are some examples of secluded or incomparable beach getaways in Australia. Secret Beaches in WESTERN AUSTRALIA 15. Cape Laveque, Western Australia I’d heard stories and seen…

  • Sydney, Australia on a budget

    Sydney, Australia is the biggest and most transient city of the nation, and it is easy to see why it is one of the most popular destinations for both international and domestic travelers. Accessible beaches, bars and warm (ish) weather, the scenic city attracts all walks of life. Of course, due to the popularity and size of Sydney, it’s also on the expensive side. There’s a glamour to certain aspects of Sydney, but with careful consideration, it is still possible to explore Sydney, Australia on a budget. Each time I have traveled up from my hometown of Melbourne to Sydney, I am immediately struck by the warmer, sunnier weather, spectacular…

  • Top Travel Bloggers: Interview Series 2020

    As 2020 continues to challenge the world, I thought it would be important to interview those in a similar niche- Australian Top Travel Bloggers. We all know travel and tourism has been pulled to a grinding halt, but as a travel blogger, there are still creative ways to connect to the world, even if it is only online. In these series of posts, I ask questions of some of Australia’s most influential, top Travel Bloggers for their current challenges, advice and what inspires them to continue in the current climate. KATIE DRISCOLLkatiesaway.com Katie Driscoll is a travel blogger and photographer, who has been discovering the world and documenting her experiences…

  • 20 Best Eats in Melbourne, Australia

    We all know one of Melbourne, Australia’s many draw cards is the huge selection of bars, restaurants, accessible fresh food, and coffee to choose from on any given day or night. With new eateries popping up left right and centre, offering dining experiences and a creative spin on your everyday dishes, how to know where to choose your next meal out, when visiting inner city Melbourne? Here are some starting options below, of some of the best eats in Melbourne. These are only the tip of the ice-berg for groups and all ages in the Melbourne CBD or inner city suburbs. *Please note, restrictions are still in place in July…

  • 8 Best Reasons to Visit Byron Bay, Australia (in 2020)

    A spiritual and unique place to visit, Byron Bay, Australia has always been a destination for curious travellers. Since my first holiday to Byron in early 1996, I have returned countless times, with friends and family.  I also lived in Byron Bay, northern NSW as an escape from Melbourne for 2 months in the late 90’s, alternating between serving coffee in a local café, surfing and generally re-evaluating life. The quieter beaches seem like paradise every time on arrival, and the diversity of intermingled cultures provide ultimate people watching opportunities.  Snapshots and snippets of different cultures and backgrounds in the busier streets of Byron never fail to surprise. Situated 770…

  • 8 Unique places in Australia you didn’t know existed

    What should you not miss in Australia? Here is a list of the top travel destinations within Australia. 8 Unique places in Australia and best holiday spots to visit: 1. El Questro Homestead – The Kimberleys, Western Australia elquestro.com.au This luxurious resort is located in the Kimberly region, in Western Australia.  There are 9 suites here, all designed for couples (top of 18 guests at any one time), each consisting of incredible views. The El Questro Homestead opened in the East Kimberley in 1993, and remains a very remote accommodation option.  Accessible by a flight from Broome or Perth to Kununurra, and followed by a long drive. The property of…

  • 8 Online travel experiences in Melbourne!

    Have you been planning to visit Melbourne, Australia in the near future and your plans are on hold? Or has this creative city been on your wish list for some time? Here are 8 Online travel experiences in Melbourne to explore, while we remain in lock down. Enjoy the online world while we wait for our next overseas adventure travel experience: Yes, it’s not the same as being there in person.  You want to use all the senses, including the food smells, tastes, sounds and surrounding sights.  I compare this to my first trip to Thailand, where prior to, we watched an incredible, natural video of the resort were would…

  • How to deal when travel plans are cancelled indefinitely

    We are currently very familiar with having ALL our plans put on hold and not the least, our exciting travel plans, being postponed indefinitely while COVID-19 plays it’s course. This post is to assist with How to deal when your travel plans are cancelled indefinitely. Sure, it sounds like a white privileged, COVID- free thing to say ‘Ohh, I cannot fly to Noosa (hot spot on Australia’s East Coast) this year, I don’t know how to cope!’ But to many, having travel plans after putting in the hard yards to save and organise, are what keeps us motivated at times, through the daily grind. The disappointment of all this being…

  • Travel tips to discover Indigenous Australian culture

    When a Canadian friend visited Melbourne in January, I heard myself offering this advice: “Avoid the CBD on the 26th, there’ll be huge crowds, mostly due to the change the date rally for Invasion Day. It overtakes the Australia Day parade!” As the words left my mouth, I felt proud of the huge numbers who show up each year to create change. I hoped mentioning the rally would initiate a conversation on the subject with her and her travel buddy, and was unsure their thoughts, as international travellers on Indigenous Australian culture, and their beliefs. “All they need to do is change the date, still Australia Day but on another…