Tag Archive: Oceania

Five things to do on a rainy day in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown New Zealand

I have very varied luck when it comes to the weather and travelling. Sometimes it goes well – like the fact that the March rain that always occurs in Queensland stopped for the one day of my birthday both of…
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A city rebuilding: why Christchurch is worth a stop on your New Zealand trip

Christchurch New Zealand tram

Last year, when I was planning my New Zealand trip, the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Christchurch, New Zealand, was the devastating earthquake of 2011 which ravaged the city. As someone with a deep interest…
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Why you should take the ferry between New Zealand’s North and South Islands

New Zealand ferry between North and South Island in dock at Picton viewed from the cliff

I’m a big fan of boats, and, beyond that moment of excitement of the plane speeding up and taking off, not the biggest fan of flying. So whenever I need to make a journey that involves crossing a body of…
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Seven days in Cairns: the Daintree, Port Douglas, and the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Daintree Rainforest Cape Tribulation Port Douglas Queensland Great Barrier Reef Australia solo female travel

After my last-minute decision to stop off in Townsville and go looking for koalas on Magnetic Island, it was time to board the northbound Greyhound bus one last time, for the final leg of my journey up the Queensland coast….
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In search of koalas: Townsville and Magnetic Island

Townsville Magnetic Island Queensland Australia

I was never intending to stop off in Townsville. I was running out of time before my Working Holiday Visa expired and I had to leave Australia, and I was keen to get to Cairns and explore the rainforest and…
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White sands and boat life: Airlie Beach and sailing the Whitsundays

Whitehaven Whitsundays Airlie Beach Queensland Australia

After ticking learning to surf off my bucket list, and enjoying the tranquil beachside life of Agnes Water for a few days, it was time to re-board the north-bound Greyhound bus. Next up was the popular backpacker town of Airlie…
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Dingoes, shipwrecks and a bumpy ride: exploring Fraser Island (without driving)

Fraser Island Maheno Shipwreck Australia

It was hard to believe, but almost two years had passed since I first landed in Brisbane on a Working Holiday Visa, intending to spend just “a few months” in Australia. It was time to ditch the “Working” part of…
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North Stradbroke Island: an overlooked gem on Australia’s East Coast

North Stradbroke Island Brisbane Australia

North Stradbroke Island – or “Straddie”, as it’s known by the locals – is a popular weekend getaway for Brisbanites, but it doesn’t tend to feature too frequently on the typical traveller’s Australian East Coast itinerary. During my time residing…
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