I’ve made numerous trips ‘down under’ over the years and love the laid back vibe of both Australia and New Zealand.


If it’s shopping you’re after then Melbourne won’t disappoint. As well as department stores and shopping malls aplenty, you’ll find great souvenir shopping at Victoria Market, outlet stores at the relatively new Dockside area and boutique stores hidden down narrow lanes. In need of a coffee after? Melbourne is famous for its cafe culture and you’ll find independent coffee shops around every corner!

The Australian city I’ve spent the most time in. Read my tips on things to do in Melbourne city and around Victoria state here.


“We headed to the huge Kings Park and Botanic Gardens and spent the afternoon wandering through its grounds. The park’s treetop walk was a real highlight and there were beautiful views of the CBD area from many points around the park...”

Spending 4 days exploring this isolated city in Western Australia. Read how I spent the time here.


“Brisbane, the largest city in Queensland and sandwiched between the Sunshine coast to the north and the Gold Coast to the south, famously receives an average of almost 300 days of sunshine a year. Yet typically, on both of my visits… I got to experience some of those 60 rare overcast, rainy days instead!

Find out how I kept myself busy in Brisbane despite the unfortunate weather, here.


“One of my favourite cities to visit in Australia; so what are my tips for what to do and see in Sydney?

Find out how I spend my time when visiting Sydney, Australia here.