Adventures in the Peak District | Climbing Jacobs Ladder

Pulling out of Manchester Piccadilly, it occurred to me; I had lived on-and-off in the northwest of England for five years and not once had I set foot in the Peak District National Park. As the city disappeared behind us, a green landscape gently began to come into focus and roll past the windows. Buildings…

23 Things You’ll Love About Kangaroo Island | South Australia

In 2015, I was incredibly fortunate to find myself living on Australia’s third largest island for three and a half months. Without a shadow of a doubt, Kangaroo Island changed my life; the people I met, the lifestyle I led, the scenery that took my breath away, the wildlife I encountered – from the cute to the downright terrifying and the fascinating…

5 Magical Hikes in the Blue Mountains

My first experience of the Blue Mountains was back in 2014, just 2 weeks into my Australian adventure. It was cold and wet. The warmest item of clothing I had brought with me was a thin hoodie and my best footwear was a pair of old running trainers. I was completely unprepared. Almost 2 years later I returned, armed with…

Tasmania’s Great Short Walks – Tried & Tested

If you are a lover of the great outdoors like myself, then Tasmania is most definitely the place for you. The island is home to over 2000km of tracks dedicated to all types of walkers, be you the fair weather type who enjoys a short stroll, or an avid bushwalker who likes to disappear for…

5 Unmissable Walks Around Cradle Mountain

There are heaps of tracks all around Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park. They vary in difficulty and length, ensuring that there is something for everyone and with so much to see – waterfalls, lakes, fairy-tale forests, buttongrass plains, mountain ranges and an abundance of wildlife, I would definitely recommend spending a good chunk of time here. We spent a week…

Climbing Mt. Amos and Walking the Hazards Beach Circuit

Mt. Amos makes up part of the Hazards mountain range, dominating the landscape and towering dramatically above Freycinet Lodge, which can be found nestled comfortably at its base. After being kindly invited to spend the weekend at the Lodge, I was super excited to explore its surrounds and the National Park in particular. Unlike the walk to Wineglass Bay…

The Fluted Cape Circuit, Bruny Island

Our first taste of Bruny Island was back in November 2014, when two rookie backpackers with limited time and a dwindling money supply attempted to cram the entire East Coast of Tasmania into one week. Needless to say, it was a blur, and the one night we had allotted ourselves over on Bruny was nowhere…

West Coast Wanderings | A Soggy Cruise up the Gordon River

On November 25th, I turned the ripe old age of 27 and thought what better way to celebrate than jump on a boat mostly filled with pensioners and cruise up a river. Something about it just felt… right. Coincidentally, exactly one year before I celebrated my 26th birthday over on Bruny Island followed by some horse riding in the…

Strahan Life: An Introduction

The day after we arrived in Strahan, we were taken to our new home for the next 6 months, a cute little two bed unit in the staff village. When we realised that we each had our own bedroom complete with double bed, we couldn’t contain our excitement. For over a year, me and Yas have shared a bedroom and at…