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

B A L I

Checking in from paradise.  Recently I had the opportunity to visit Bali with my beautiful, beautiful friend and roommate Chelsea. A girls trip combining a holiday with work, which was perfectly timed – – we spent some time getting back to our roots, taking the moment to appreciate every day and a new rising sun, exploring Bali, slowing down, practising yoga and eating incredible, nourishing food. Collecting memories not things. ✧ As mentioned before – it’s the people and their land that really make the place for me. And there are some really amazing people in Bali working with very respectable and …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …