Australia

Five non-wine things to do in Margaret River

Sure, the wine is the main reason most people go to Margaret River. But it is fully possible to have a brilliant time in this adorable seaside town south of Perth without stepping foot in a vineyard. If you do want to go wine tasting, give yourself at least two full days—or make sure you […]

February 1, 2012 Continue reading…

Awesome hikes in South and Western Australia

The best way to get your heart pumping and blood flowing again after hours in the car crossing the Nullarbor? Head out for one of Australia’s awesome hiking opportunities: a brilliant way to squeeze in a workout, spot some wildlife up close and enjoy some striking panoramic vistas.

January 30, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Eyre Highway

It’s easy to think the drive across the Nullarbor would be boring. It means “treeless plain” and the landscape can be a bit repetitive: it’s hundreds of kilometers between towns, service stations, even toilets. But on a clear day, the view from the road is incredible. Impossibly blue skies, the fluffiest of clouds, open land […]

January 26, 2012 Continue reading…

Why I loved living in St Kilda

When discussing suburbs in Melbourne, many people instantly discount St Kilda as being “full of backpackers.” With Luna Park and the beach being an undeniable tourist draw (and the rave reviews of Base Backpackers), it’s true that St Kilda does get its fair share of foreigners. But as a Working Holiday-er who lived in St […]

January 24, 2012 Continue reading…

Adventures among the tree tops in Western Australia

Coming from just south of the California Redwood Forest and a place affectionately known as the “City of Trees”—Sacramento has more trees per capita than any other city in the world—I’m no stranger to tall tangles of bark and leaves. But even I felt dwarfed for a day in Western Australia, strolling along the canopy […]

January 22, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Fremantle

I expected to love Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle. Any space with craft beer is all right in my book, and waterfront location doesn’t hurt either. However, I didn’t expect to fall in love with the city’s outdoor art–but between giant mermaids and adorable dogs, how can you not?

January 19, 2012 Continue reading…

10 pretty reasons to pop over to Perth

I had a feeling I was going to like Perth: I’ve got a thing for the west coast, and cities near the beach. Coming from California, it just feels right when the sun sets over the ocean. But I realized Perth has a lot more going for it than just proximity to the sand and […]

January 18, 2012 Continue reading…