Melbourne Day Trip: William Ricketts Sanctuary

Today we went to William Rickets Sanctuary, a tiny part of Dandenong Forest National Park. We were excited to learn that this magical spot is accessible by public transportation! So, after some minor public transport difficulties, we arrived at the sanctuary. William Ricketts was an Australian artist who…

2 years ago

A Week in Sandford

On New Year’s Eve, we flew to Hobart and were picked by our host for the week at the airport. We found our hosts through the HelpX program, which is designed to link up travelers with potential homestays. HelpX is similar to other programs such as WWOOF and WorkAway, and is basically an agreement to work 4-5 hours a day for 5 or six days a week in exchange for room and board. The best part

2 years ago

Christmas on Stradbroke Island

We never really felt too Christmas-y with the whole hot, sunny, beach-y weather during December. They have Santas on snowboards alongside fake snow in shop windows. There’s none of the dark, cold nights with lights and carols and, well, cheer. There’s condos on the beach and surfing lessons alongside family…

2 years ago

Surfing Christmas + Exploring Tassie

Well, it’s been awhile. For folks that have followed my past travels, you might notice that we don’t blog as much as I used to. In fact, we’ve stopped blogging almost entirely. It’s been an ongoing topic of discussion, and we don’t have many succinct reasons. For one, we were working in Brisbane, which means the most interesting thing we had to blog about some weeks was that the…

2 years ago

Orientation: Brisbane CBD

Brisbane is a medium-big city. It’s smaller than Sydney and Melbourne, and most non-Aussies don’t really know it exists unless they have reason to (e.g., family, business, etc.). For comparison, its metro-area population is 2.3 million, and Atlanta’s is 5.3 million. Portland (OR), Pittsburgh, Orlando, and Charlotte all have populations around 2.3 million. Brisbane’s Central Business District (CBD, or downtown) is small enough and flat enough that you can walk across it. It might actually…

2 years ago

An Afternoon at the Brisbane Kite Festival

John and I visited the Brisbane Kite Festival this past Sunday because, well, it seemed like a cool thing to do. And also because I helped coordinate the festival through my work with the Rotary Club of Carindale. My main contribution was overhauling their website. Even after a few meetings pertaining to the festival, I didn’t quite know what to expect. When we walked up, there were kites surrounding…

2 years ago

A Day in Springbrook

Springbrook National Park is located in the very southeast corner of Queensland. It’s just inland from the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise. We drove our rental car up the windy, narrow, scary roads from the highway toward the National Park. While Surfer’s may be a paradise for those who love…

2 years ago

A Weekend in Byron Bay

We had our best weekend so far in Byron Bay. It was going to take a lot to top the mangrove-kayaking, but Byron Bay was spectacular. October is pretty much the perfect time of year for all sorts of active, fun things as well. It’s no longer winter, so the water is warm enough for kayaking and playing. The dolphins…

2 years ago

Orientation: Byron Bay

We rented a car to get to Byron Bay from Brisbane. Busses and other options exist, but they weren’t cost effective. It’s about a two-hour drive from Brisbane to the area, and the drive was fairly simple. We tossed around the idea of staying in the youth hostel, which is…

2 years ago

Sunrise at Australia’s Most Easterly Point

Byron Bay is basically heaven on earth. A heaven of beaches, boutiques, and breweries. We loved Byron Bay. Loved it. Sunday morning, we woke up super early to see the sunrise at the Byron lighthouse. Getting out of bed early enough…

2 years ago