Hello, I am Kate, the creator of NOT A TOURIST.  Thanks for visiting!

Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia I had never travelled overseas until I was 21.  First stop NYC.  A mind blowing experience which inspired future trips in the US, Canada, ASIA, Europe and of course, many parts of Australia.  I believe the best way to learn from other cultures is by visiting them, interacting with them and realising we are more similar than our differences in many cases.

I created NOT A TOURIST, as I continued to travel in my 30’s and realised how some of the best experiences were when I made up my own mind on choosing activities, and when to take time out. I quickly realised that one of the best things I loved was wandering cities, with endless hours discovering and stumbling upon neighbourhoods, coffee shops and incredible sights.

Fun facts 😉

Coffee lover (not an addiction)

Silly humour lover (Seinfeld, Arrested Development, Anything with Ben Stiller).

Driving OUT of the city lover!


This blog includes:

  • Alternative and unique travel tips for Australia.  A go to place for Australian travel tips and secrets, written by a local.  Think budgeting, organisation and off the grid advice, tips and tricks.
  • Real experiences from real people.
  • Inspiration to create your own travel life and experiences, without joining the herd (unless you actively choose to!).

I’d love to hear from you with any ideas. Please feel free to get in touch or comment with your thoughts 🙂