Driving from Brisbane to Karumba via Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill)

The road from Brisbane to the Gulf of Carpentaria takes you through the heart of Queensland – to iconic rivers, mystical gorges, historic pubs, drought-affected farmland and sites of frontier wars. There are places to gaze at the stars, to watch raptors riding the thermal currents, to hear the stories of the bush and to see the remains of dinosaurs that once roamed this terrain. We hitched up our Patriot camper trailer for an unforgettable 5,500km outback journey.

Remote oasis of Seven Spirit Bay – Review

The sun is setting on another glorious day in the Northern Territory’s remote Cobourg Peninsula, when a ripple of excitement breaks the gentle patter of the afternoon. Out on the picture-perfect bay, a large crocodile is silently cruising towards the mangroves – distinctive nostrils and eyes visible above the waterline. Welcome to Seven Spirit Bay. An oasis of luxury in this remote corner of Australia, where the real NT is never far away.

Tropical luxury at Orpheus Island Resort – Review

Whether you’re exploring by kayak, taking a picnic and heading out in a dinghy, or relaxing by the infinity pool with a glass of bubbles in hand, this tiny piece of paradise off the north Queensland coast will make you want to stay forever.    

10 great things to do in Mission Beach

Visiting Mission Beach, on Tropical North Queensland’s Cassowary Coast? Check out where to eat, what to do and where to stay.

Time for the Top End

After three days in Kakadu, a night in Darwin and four nights at the Seven Spirit Bay lodge on the remote Cobourg Peninsula, I’m already planning my next trip to the Northern Territory.

Driving: Townsville to Cooktown via the Bloomfield Track

A 12 day road trip from Townsville to Cooktown and back down the Mulligan Highway. Unforgettable! Just add a few days at Orpheus Island for the perfect winter escape.

How to get from Cape to Cape

Can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get to this side of the country!

Halcyon Daze

Sumptuously decorated walls have never been on my list of must-haves for a beach holiday hotel, but after a night at Halcyon House on the Tweed Coast, I’m thinking I might need to rewrite my list. The 21-room boutique hotel is a white and indigo gem nestled among the pandanus palms, midway between the GoldContinue reading “Halcyon Daze”

Straddie’s whale highway

They call the waters off North Stradbroke Island the ‘Humpback Highway’, which sounds a lot like a marketing gimmick until you go there. I’m spending a week at Point Lookout over the September school holidays, keeping an eye on teens (it’s also pre-schoolies’ season) as well as doing a bit of writing, and I quicklyContinue reading “Straddie’s whale highway”