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

Breathtaking South Africa

I’d had been looking forward to heading to South Africa for quite some time and before I left everyone kept saying to me “Oh you just wait, you’re absolutely going to love it.” and LOVE it I did. I have to admit I had no idea what to expect, I mean, I knew it was going to be a beautiful destination, but I don’t think I was prepared for just HOW beautiful it is. And true to my nature, I spent most of the days completely overwhelmed and pinching myself at the sheer natural beauty, close encounters with wild animals …

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  

Vanuatu: I S L A N D S P I R I T •

The world is huge and we are tiny. Explore it. ✧♡• In just under two and a half hours from Brisbane you can escape to paradise.  You know those places that you instantly connect with, that pull at your heartstrings in an unfamiliar but almost comforting way? Calling you back again so much so that you spend days dreaming about your return, before you even leave? I was pleasantly surprised and completely blown away with the incredible untouched beauty of Vanuatu. Just over a year ago the devastating category 5 cyclone Pam was regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the history …

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 …

The Grand Pacific Drive

The stars will remind us of the beauty in our struggles and we won’t feel so lost anymore •∘∙∞ I recently spent a week on the road with some of my favourite Australian Photographers/Instagrammers and friends. We took the Grand Pacific coastal drive which starts in the Royal National Park, less than an hour south of Sydney and makes its way through the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven regions.  Five days on the road feeling small under starry night skies, remembering how to breathe by the ocean with exploding fire-like sunsets, Sing-a-longs and many stitch-inducing laughing fits along the windy country …

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 …

C O L O M B I A with KATHMANDU.

“I wonder if the things that remind me of you, remind you of me.”  I recently went on a whirlwind (and I really mean whirlwind) adventure to Colombia with Kathmandu. What can I tell you about it? My itch for South America has only just been scratched and I’m left wanting more. We hit the ground running and began filming at the airport in Medellín city. I’ve never hidden that I am not much of a city girl, but I think the cute streets, botanical gardens and salsa-dancing nightlife in Medellín are attractions I’ll go back for. Despite the worst jet lag …

LAOS with Helloworld and Insider Journeys.

Recently I had the unbelievable opportunity to visit “The Land of a Million Elephants,” LAOS with Helloworld and Insider Journeys. I’m going to break this post up into two parts because I’ve travelled to SE Asia multiple times and I hadn’t yet made it to Laos, always adding it to the “I’ll-do-it-next-time-list” and I’ve, as to be expected, fallen head over heals in love with the incredibly, beautiful and untouched country. A short but very rewarding journey rich in atmosphere, stunning natural beauty and culture – I want to urge you to go and to go almost immediately! Secondly, I …

N E P A L BY MELISSA FINDLEY

“I wanted to create something tangible and to give back to a country that gave me so much…” // www.melissa-findley.com/nepal-zine I have just released a limited run of 500 photographic zines with images from #NEPAL. I hope to raise $10,000AUD and donate the *FULL* profits from every sale to relief efforts in Nepal with the support of @intrepidtravel D E T A I L S $25AUD each + postage Zine Size B5 / 60 pages. Limited 500 copies. *Printed locally in Australia on 100% Recycled paper. #NEPALbyMelissaFindley

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 …

New Caledonia for Helloworld AU Relay & World Tourism Day.

One day / 10 photos. One an hour from sunrise to sunset. Bourail to Nouméa, New Caledonia. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen last month I was in New Caledonia. I was invited to this beautiful part of as part of The South Pacific as a part of World Tourism Day for Helloworld AU’s Relay. A fun and challenging day, which definitely had me thinking on my feet and pushed outside my comfort-zone. The idea behind the Hello World AU Relay was to be following my day in “real time” and capture the feeling of being in New Caledonia, creating …

A r a b i a n D r e a m s •

I wanted to do this post a little different to the way I normally do, because we did a lot of seriously amazing things in Dubai and I’ll let the photographs do the talking, but I just wanted to share the personal highlights for me. So, my top things to do in Dubai:  Adventure, adventure, adventure! Dubai is one of the biggest playgrounds in the world. Take a day trip to the Hatta Hajjar Mountains. Just go and go high! The layers of the mountains and alien like landscape is unreal. Plus if you get too hot (which you will) then take …

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. …

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

TURKEY with Flight Centre AU and Busabout Europe – PART II

Recently I went to Türkiye with Flight Centre Australia and Busabout Europe.  Part II of a photo series of a highly recommended trip – and probably my favourite part of the Busabout trip!!Exploring Pamukkale > Saklikent Gorge > Fethiye > The Aegean Sea. “Sleeping overnight in a treehouse and tube-rafting down the icy river of Saklikent Gorge the next morning, basking in the sun and healing waters of the calcium pools of Pamukkale, and jumping off the boat each morning into the aqua waters of the Aegean Sea were some other standout activities for me. I had the absolute time of …

TURKEY with Flight Centre AU & Busabout Europe – PART I

Recently I went to Türkiye with Flight Centre Australia and Busabout Europe. Part I of a photo series of a highly recommended trip – Exploring Istanbul > Gallipoli > Troy > Pergamum > Ephesus. One of the best open air museums in the world // I completely fell in love with Turkey. You can read more in an interview here on the Flight Centre Blog. x (Part II: here)

Broadsheet Sydney Winter Spread – TASMANIA

Earlier this year I collaborated with Broadsheet Sydney & Melbourne for their Winter newspaper – The Dark Heart of Australia: Tasmania. The full photo blog post here and as seen on the Broadsheet site. Nothing like receiving the newspaper and seeing my work in tangible form, along side some of of my photography peers and personal inspirations. M. x

“Travellers Stories” – on News.com.au & Geckos Tales

Recently I posted a photo story from an amazing trip with Geckos Adventures to Borneo. Here’s a little bit of a behind the scenes story of our climb to Mt Kinabalu as seen on “Travellers Stories” with news.com.au and more about the entire adventure INTO THE WILD with Gecko’s Tales. “We won’t lie to you: climbing Mt Kinabalu is hard as hell. But this girl is tough as nails and even ran the last 1km to the summit (in the dark, carrying her gear) to make it before the sunrise to set up a shot. (Imagine running UP an escalator that is …

B O R N E O with Geckos Adventures.

When Geckos Adventures originally contacted me for the opportunity to visit Borneo, I was really excited. I was fortunate enough to travel to Borneo the first time at age 16, with my parents and I remember how beautiful it was then, which made me even more excited to re-visit. It’s really interesting for me that 10 years earlier, I was there with my parents panoramic 35mm attempting to capture the Orang-utans and how that came full circle to this opportunity. It was amazing to be able to be there, as an adult and see it again with new eyes… INCREDIBLE! …

The Dark Heart of Australia, Tasmania.

Recently Broadsheet sent me to the incredible Tasmania to discover the dark side of Australia. My hidden gem, a walk through the wild in Corinna. A few days completely off the grid (no reception or 4g) in west Tasmania’s best kept secret. I stayed in an old mining area called The Corinna, which is surrounded by ancient rain forests right on the edge of the calming Pieman River and surrounded by mountains. A few days well spent alone, walking through the rainforest, watching the sunset out to sea from the top of Mt Donaldson, the moon illuminating the sky later …

Wanderlust Festival 2015 with Lululemon

Since late last year I have been working on Wanderlust Festival 2015 with Lululemon Athletica. With two visits to the incredibly beautiful Lake Taupo in New Zealand and a weekend on the historic Cockataoo Island in Sydney, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy myself on a job so much. Yoga, mediation, workshops and an abundance of positive attitude and energy with a great team. Exactly what I needed. Nothing feels greater then to see my work in a tangible form. Feeling privileged to see my images hanging wall size in all Lululemon NZ store windows (and select Australian stores), featured on the Lululemon website and …

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 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 …

New Zealand with Flight Centre Australia: Part II

Flying into Queenstown was one of the scariest moments of my flying life. Besides one ridiculous flight from OC to SF a few years ago, but I don’t want to remember that one. When the pilot announced that we were expecting turbulence, he wasn’t lying. It was an internal struggle between looking out the window, trying to take photos of the INSANE mountain ranges and trying to hold onto the seat (because for some reason I feel that holding on tightly is going to help save me?!). I was kind of on the wrong side of the plane for the light …