Best bushwalks around Brisbane

With the passing of city-dwelling days, I ache for the steady stomp of the track, for the calming flutter of canopy leaves. Read about some of my favourite national parks for walking in the Brisbane surrounds. … More Best bushwalks around Brisbane

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2244km In 3 days: driving the east coast of Australia

Spontaneity can be a blessing and a burden. It can lead to amazing adventures that you may otherwise reason away… and it can find you tired, bleary-eyed and staring at headlights after 14 hours of driving. Spontaneity can apply the pressure that comes from a lack of planning, but also give you freedom from pre-conceived … More 2244km In 3 days: driving the east coast of Australia

Adventures Under $20: The Travel-Budgeter’s Guide to Brisbane

I used to consider myself a very conscientious saver. But as my pay packet has grown, so has the time between consulting those handy budgeting  spread sheets that I used to religiously maintain. I have learnt to love the financial and social freedom allowed by full time work: museums, restaurants and cafes, regular gigs, movies, even … More Adventures Under $20: The Travel-Budgeter’s Guide to Brisbane

Road Trip to Global Carnival: a mini Australian adventure

I’m on holidays! <Insert happy dance> I have a long list of things to do (washing, mowing, tax return)… But instead, I will be taking off, cutting loose, letting my hair down, being fancy-free (and quite possibly partaking in many other clichéd movie-like holiday activities). Dave and I have bought tickets to the Global Carnival, … More Road Trip to Global Carnival: a mini Australian adventure

The Wonderful World of Picnics Around Brisbane

In honour of World Parks Day on Saturday, I thought I would write a little bit about my favourite park activity: picnics. These lovely little events encompass many of life’s wonderful pleasures: people, food, wine, cheese, outdoorsiness, bare feet and hopefully, sunshine. I have often found that when I’m craving a little bit of casual … More The Wonderful World of Picnics Around Brisbane

The Glass House Mountain Challenge: the first climb

The challenge was conceived during a little picnic at McCarthy’s Lookout during a recent weekend away in Maleny. It was a sunny afternoon. We had cheese, sausage and pickles. The weekend adventure was coming to end and we were high on fresh air. So of course, a view of the Glass House Mountains and a … More The Glass House Mountain Challenge: the first climb

Little things that make you smile: a photo essay on life around Brisbane

I was once told that gratitude for the things that make you smile is the best way to sustain happiness.  This seemed like good advice to me. Why not be grateful? A smile can change your whole attitude in one small flick of the lips. The best thing about smiling though is the affect it … More Little things that make you smile: a photo essay on life around Brisbane

Wide angle: a day out in Brisbane

Brisbane is a city of possibilities; an accessible hub of cultural adventures. After living here for almost three years, I am still regularly amazed at how a seemingly quiet Saturday morning can transform into a day of unexpected delights. This Saturday was one of those days; unscheduled, uncompromised spontaneous adventure. 10.30am: The morning sunshine has … More Wide angle: a day out in Brisbane

Heading for the hills: adventures around Maleny, Queensland

Sometimes I just need to get out of town, out of routine. I find myself craving an open road with the windows down; bird calls echoing into silence; hypnotic ocean blue. So, with very few plans  in place, I recruited the enthusiasm of my man, threw a bag in the car, cranked the tunes and … More Heading for the hills: adventures around Maleny, Queensland