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Maiala: Quiet place

Sometimes ‘getting away’ can be as basic as taking a drive to the edge of town, and very bloody lucky for us, the edge of town is a scrubby bushland at the end of our street. It’s the start of a stunning drive that winds some thirty kilometres West of Brisbane’s inner city, all the way to the lush […]


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A walk through Port Olry, Vanuatu

Wanting to get an insight into a different culture has always been a huge motivator for me; especially in thinking about where we hope to travel. Our trip to Vanuatu has been no different. Choosing to stay in Port Olry was all about the opportunity to live within a traditional village, a place where other tourists are scarce, and a place where our money […]


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Vanuatu: A treehouse perspective

I’ve been plotting a mini holiday since final exams last year, something close to home, not too pricey. Somewhere with flights on sale and hardly any other tourists when you get there. Not to mention, a destination where we could unplug within a different culture. Ideally, it would be a place where we could surround ourselves with nature, in an intense chill […]


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Cooling off in Killen Falls

About half an hour’s meandering drive from Byron; through volcanic fields of farmland, patches of forest and gigantic old fig trees, sits a little slice of watery heaven. With a macabre name that hints at the atrocities of colonial ‘white fellas’, Killen Falls Nature Reserve has been recognised as a place of environmental and cultural significance that […]


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You spin me right round, Brisbane!

Lucky for us locals, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary with an incredible exhibition – Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art and Everything. Several crowd favourites from the past decade have made a comeback to the gallery and there are a few distinctive and dynamic newbies. Dominating the entrance to the space is a vibrant, impossible not […]


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Mooching around Melbourne

After a taxing university semester and a sweaty Summer in Brisbane stretching ahead of us, we decided to take a city break in Melbourne. The idea being to escape the Brisbane humidity, catch a comedy show, mooch around the street-art filled suburbs and treat ourselves to some decadent meals. For anyone who appreciates street art you’ll need […]


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Photodump: the last days of Winter

After a whirlwind South America trip, coming down from the Colombian experience has been made all the easier by focusing on the beauty in our own backyard. With the last days of Winter reminding us very much of Spring and a lengthy visit from my parents, returning to the usual routine has been pretty special. These snap shots are […]


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Santiago de Chile: one helluva stop-over

After such an amazing month in Colombia our plan of stopping over in Santiago was more about breaking up the long haul flights home to Australia than really getting time to explore anywhere new. Within a couple of hours in the capital we could tell that we had totally misjudged the appeal of the city. With a looming mountain vista, a […]


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Staying at a traditional Colombian Farm

Leaving the beautiful countryside around Salento behind we headed across the coffee region towards the town of Montenegro, an area dotted with traditional coffee plantations known in Colombia as fincas. What is special about the region is the opportunity to spend some time staying at a finca in a traditional country house, in a way that kind of feels […]


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The colourful Colombian town of Salento

After so much time spent during previous visits in other parts of Colombia, and by no reasonable explanation, Andrés and I had never visited the coffee growing region together – even for him it remained some kind of vague childhood memory. I realise now that we might have saved the best until last, because I’ve fallen hard for this tiny […]


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