Brisbane Weekend Trip: Springbrook National Park

When our plans changed from the central-Australia trip to the coastal-Australia route, we immediately thought of a return trip to Springbrook. We went for a few hours back in October, but we knew it deserved more time. Luckily, we were able to score a (great!) camping spot and spend a full twenty-four hours in the…

1 year ago
Our VW Transporter Campervan parked along the Great Ocean Road

A Month in a Van

John and I just bought a van. A 1998 Volkswagen Transporter with 400,000km on it (roughly 250,000 miles). It’s scary and exciting, and we have no idea what to expect. We’re currently driving from Sydney (where Mom flew out) to Airlie Beach, Queensland (where Dad & Rachel will fly in). Originally, we’d hoped to take the long way around…

1 year 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…

1 year 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…

1 year 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 Magical Morning at Coochiemudlo

This week’s winner was Coochiemudlo Island, which is much more than just a fantastic name. Coochiemudlo, or Coochie as it is affectionately known, is just off the coast of Victoria Point, which is a long train ride south of Brisbane proper. It’s a cute little island, with approximately one-point-five restaurants, a community center, and a few dozen homes…

2 years ago

Watching Rugby + Frequenting Pubs

After last weekend in Toowoomba, we enjoyed Brisbane this weekend. To end their month-long Brisbane Festival, Saturday evening was Riverfire, a huge pyrotechnics display on the river with fighter jets dropping fireworks for half a…

2 years ago

A Weekend In Toowoomba

Last weekend we drove two hours inland to visit the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with my great aunt and uncle. It is a fairly small town, quite charming. It’s the “big town” for a lot of the nearby agricultural areas. There are lovely…

2 years ago