Live With Us – with COUNTRY ROAD.

ON THE ROAD: With COUNTRY ROAD X Live With Us // THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. I started out on this journey heading in the direction of the unknown. That’s the true freedom and beauty of the open road. You get to discover more of Australia with the windows down, hair blowing wild in the wind, nostalgic songs and good company – all of which makes heart sing. To start, we arose in the darkness and watched the sky break into a new day through my front window. We had a plan without a plan: just make it to the Blue Mountains, …

The Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear

“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.” –  Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll. Maintaining an active lifestyle and always dreaming my next adventure, big or small, near or far. Camping is a fantastic way to get outdoors, to escape the bustle of everyday life and find some stillness, some peace and tranquility in nature — to reset. Testing out the new summer gear and exploring the Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear and my beautiful, new friend Anne Carolien Köhler Sharing moments, making memories. …Leave No Trace. M. xx

Micro-Adventures with TEVA

Taking a break whenever I can back in Australia and visiting all my favourite places to just “be.” A chance to recenter and immerse myself in the beauty that is a place, which I am lucky enough to call home. Kick starting a micro-adventure series with TEVA Australia. // Please head to the full blog post here. Get out there! M. x

The Northern Rivers

We are all visitors here, in this time, in this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow and to love, and then we return home. – Australian Aboriginal proverb Spent some time with good hearts in my soul place. It’s so good to be home. M. x  

The Pacific Coast Way – Brisbane to Cairns

Life is not about milestones, but moments • The open road, fresh air in our lungs and laughter filling our bellies: eight days on the road with Tourism Queensland and Toyota Australia.  One of my biggest photo updates this year. I’m feeling incredibly grateful to have spent time with good friends exploring all the natural wonders of my home state along The Pacific Coast Way, a 1700km stretch linking Brisbane to Cairns. When your world is full of possibilities and when you’re constantly seeking the new and different, what better way to get straight into the action than by hitting …

City 2 Outback with ETSY Australia, featuring Hobart’s Evie & Essie.

Beautiful things don’t have to cost the Earth • I was recently a part of @etsyau’s #city2outback adventure featuring Evie and Essie, based in the picturesque foothills of Hobart’s Mt Wellington. The Children’s clothing label Evie & Essie is the joint love of best friends and lifelong crafters Suki Hopgood and Sarah Crawford. Suki and Sarah hosted myself and the Etsy team for a few days, showing us around the unique beauty of Hobart with the city and its surrounds being a constant source of both inspiration and escape. “(the) beauty of the Mountain is that it is ever changing – the …

The Top End with Travel Freedom

I was really excited to head back to the Northern Territory, this time to explore a new region and parts of the Top End which I hadn’t yet made it to. The Northern Territory is truly is one of my favourite places in Australia and the world; the natural beauty, culture and that night sky are all second to none. Arriving in Darwin after a short flight from Brisbane, I headed straight to Youth Shack Backpackers to unload my luggage, re-pack my camera gear, grab my tripod and set out on foot in the direction of the beach where I …

Smells Like S U M M E R

“I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” I get jaded by social media, constantly torn between balancing what I do for a living with the direction I want to head in.  Continuously thinking about how I’m contributing to the industry and HOW I can better use a “voice” to make a positive difference.  Sometimes I can be extremely recluse and often disappear for days without warning. I haven’t really tried to hide my ongoing battle with the highs and lows, especially most recently, it’s something I’ve suffered from my entire life and now …

The Streets of Barangaroo

Recently I was invited to Sydney’s newest and exciting waterfront pop up known as the Wulugul Pop Up in the Streets of Barangaroo. A perfect combination of food, culture and harbourside relaxation. I don’t get a chance to visit Sydney very often and it was great to see first hand what’s on offer and spend a few days down there alongside my friend Tara, who I met in Dubai recently, and catching up with my Aunty who coincidentally works above the new promenade and had been raving to me about it just the week before.  A chance to drink fresh lemonade in …

Hervey Bay with Oceans Resort and Spa Hervey Bay, an Ascend Hotel Collection member.

Recently I was invited to Hervey Bay to stay at the Oceans Resort and Spa Hervey Bay, an Ascend Hotel Collection member who’s passion is to connect their visitors with the local. My Grandparents have lived in Hervey Bay for the last 22 years, so I was really excited to get a chance to head back up to this amazing, little part of Queensland. We took a day trip to the World’s largest sand island, K’gari (Fraser Island). A day well spent exploring the natural beauty of the crystal clear freshwater lake Boorangoora,wandering through Wanggoolba Creek and the beautiful rainforest, driving along the …

W o l l o n g o n g.

Wollongong is one destination in Australia I’ve always wanted to visit, so when I booked this job earlier in the year I was really excited about it. It would be a working-reunion of sorts with some of my favourite travel buddies and personal mentors. Plus, my friend and ridiculously talented Photographer Will Patino has been showcasing the best of Wollongong for years now and I couldn’t wait to get down there and see it for myself.  To be completely and candidly honest, I was in a pretty bad place a few weeks ago before I left for the last three back-to-back jobs. …

Golden daze.

I’m currently in-between travel jobs and working on exciting projects, which means I’ve been taking some personal time out for myself lately.. Early mornings and sunrise walks, camping underneath the stars at Mt Barney with one of my oldest and best friends, skinny dipping in the middle of the day with Lexi, World Press photo Exhibition and sitting in the rain for hours with my favourite human on this earth, rock pools and golden afternoons in the bay with my roomie, Aimee, car camping, hours of conversation sitting underneath the moon at Bruns and watching the harvest moon rise. .. And spending any …

L A T E L Y. x

Lately I’ve been feeling kind of low. Here is a snippet of things and people in my life that make it okay. And the times I’ve felt okay to pick up my camera for me. A diary of some sort. Springbrook National park. Sunrise at Burleigh. Sundown on Mount Tambourine. Multiple drives to Byron Bay (always my favourite). A homemade jacket and time well spent with my girl Tay. A sneak peek at something I shot for Altham – Keep your eyes peeled here. SO proud of you Joanne.  Melbourne and the people that make it amazing. Glasshouse Mountains with …

Townsville

Last week I went to Townsville for the first time with Tourism Townsville.  To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I had the greatest time! We ventured from sunset to sunrise on the beautiful Magnetic Island, to Townsville city and Castle Hill, to running around the sugarcane fields and having so much fun in the outback. Thank you for having me Townsville. I have to get back and explore some of the reefs on Magnetic Island. x *Photo 6, 11 & 43 of me, taken by Lauren EP Bath

Noosa Festival of Surfing 2015.

Recently I was on the Sunshine Coast with Tourism Noosa for the Noosa Festival of Surfing ’15. A few days of exploring the stunning Noosa National Park and the Sunshine Coast hinterland, watching the sky burn orange and not to mention plenty of surfing – including dogs on surfboards. What a beautiful part of Queensland Noosa is! M. x

An update.

Today was a hard day. Since loosing my mother I have struggled with picking up my camera like I used to. I’m trying to get back on my feet, so in the name of that I updated my blog with the last few months of my life.. M.x

Behind the scenes of the Australian Traveller front cover story

My second trip to the red centre was one to remember. It’s nice discovering places you don’t know too much about. I try not to do too much beyond the basic research before visiting a place because I find there’s something exciting about getting to a new destination and letting it surprise you.. Admittedly, like most, I did a quick Google map and image search to see why Devils Marbles was the destination of choice for the front cover of this The Bucket List 2014 issue of Australian Traveller and it didn’t take me long to discover why. Except the reality of …

Winter White

I’ve always wanted that cabin in the snow with a fireplace experience and Peppers Rundells Apline Lodge fulfilled that exact fantasy. Only a 5.5hr drive from our home in Melbourne, Steen and I set off along the Great Apline Road. I remember not too long ago someone recommended this drive to me as they knew of my love adventure and since google imaging it I couldn’t get this place out of my head. I’ve known seen snow a total of 5 times, most recently in Lake Wanaka NZ, which was one of the best days of my life, but there’s …

The Red Centre with Jetstar Australia

Recently I was invited on Jetstar Australia’s first flight direct from Melbourne to Uluru. I was SO excited! Now I can finally share some of the photos from our time in The Red Centre. I’m not sure if many people know this but there are some scared sites that you cannot photograph, so I had to wait to get these approved before I could share. I think that’s pretty special, it’s exciting to see something so magnificent up close and see areas of The Rock you wont find in the media. Uluru is beautiful, same goes to Kata Tjuta National Park. I …

The Golden Coast with Flight Centre Australia

Feeling nostalgic over home State sharing these photos from a recent trip to The Gold Coast with Flight Centre. What a privilege to be able to spend a few days exploring through the enchanting hinterland and some of the best beaches Queensland has to offer. I grew up driving down to the Gold Coast as often as I could to visit these beaches and it was nice to see it in a different light.. maybe made me want to move back to The Sunshine State. We were shown around by local photographer Sean Scott who is an absolute legend, taking us …