Spirit of Tasmania

A Taste of the Real Spirit of Tasmania

by Nicole on July 9, 2014

When I moved to Melbourne I declared that within the year I was going to take the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne to Devonport in Tasmania’s north. Sure flying from Melbourne to Hobart or Launceston are options but isn’t the journey half the fun of travelling to a new place? Having just moved to Melbourne, my American housemate […]


Winding through rainforest, past tall trees and ferns, with the car windows down; this is Victoria’s best drive, perhaps Australia’s best drive. This is the Black Spur, 30 kilometres of road between Healesville and Marysville. The Drive Follow the Maroondah Highway out of Healesville and embark on your drive through the world famous Black Spur. Dipping […]


Twelve Apostles Sunset

Guide: Great Ocean Road

by Nicole on April 24, 2014

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s greatest drives. The 243 kilometre drive between Torquay and Allansford (near Warrnambool) winds through rainforest, hugs cliff edges and offers visitors the chance to see a number of renown sights, including the Twelve Apostles. Here are my picks for some of the best things to do including tourist attractions, restaurants, […]


5 Great Australian Road Trips

April 9, 2014
Great Australian Drives

There’s no better way of getting to the heart of a country than by taking a road trip. Exploring the small towns, getting to know the locals and having the freedom to to turn into any road should something catches your eye. There are so many options throughout Australia but here are five of my […]

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A Scar Across the Ridge: The Rebirth of Marysville

February 2, 2014
Sunset at Saladin Lodge

Flanked on all sides by mountains, the scenic drive to Marysville, through Black Spur, is just a taster of the beauty that lies when you reach the town. Small boutiques, eco-friendly cafes, and colourful art collectives line the street. A lolly shop where the owner watches over her grandchildren playing in the pond out the […]

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A Boutique Weekend Getaway to Marysville

November 21, 2013
Marysville Garden Cottages - Boutique Accommodation in Marysville, Victoria

I’m a big city person but sometimes you just need to get out. Away from the noise, the traffic and the concrete jungle to a place a little more natural, with fresh air and the friendly country mentality. A few weeks ago I took a boutique getaway to Marysville. To Australians the name is synonymous with […]

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Something Near and Something Afar: What’s Next for Nicole?

November 6, 2013
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When I travel I want to get as far away from Australia as possible. Europe, America, Canada – I want to go there because it’s foreign, it’s different, some might even say it’s exotic; but with this mentality I continue to neglect my own backyard. I’m often emailed by readers, family or friends asking me […]

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