TOP 5 Things To Do On Magnetic Island, QLD

A tropical paradise in North Queensland called Magnetic Island is waiting for you to enjoy all it has to offer. Scuba diving and Full Moon parties are just the tip of the iceberg. Read more from the article.

I have been meaning to write down my experience on the Magnetic Island or "Maggie" as local call it, during our two-month road trip up along the East Coast last year and here it is! The tropical paradise eight kilometres from Townsville is a special place. With a unique blend of national park, holiday accommodation and a small residential population of about 2000 people, all of this makes it a beautiful place to visit. Some of the best beaches and most picturesque bays in Queensland are found on the island, with the more secluded ones accessible only by a hike or by boat.

Grand Canyon And Clifftop Hike

Hiking solo in the Grand Canyon in Australia's Blue Mountains has been one of the greatest adventures. With breathtaking views and endless stairs, come and find out more!

Before you get right into reading this, no this is not a hike about THE Grand Canyon, but a hike in the Australia’s famous canyon in the Blue Mountains. Now as you know me, any excuse to go hiking is a good excuse and when Justyna invited me to the Blue Mountains with her friend, I knew I had to go. I, however, didn’t expect her to sleep in and not show up at all, but as I was already geared up ready to go I decided to take on the challenge and go solo.

This was my first time ever going hiking to a remote area outside Sydney all by myself. I was pondering about which track to take and really wanted to climb Mount Solitary-a remote and challenging track for experienced bushwalkers only. The weather forecast didn’t agree with me as it was meant to rain and because of the track being rated hard, remote and involving exposed rock scrambling with both hands and feet, I decided to leave it for another time when I’m not by myself. A smart cookie, this one! I might have to find someone through Travello for this if Justyna keeps sleeping in. (Not the first time!)

Versatile Blogger Award

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A few months ago I was nominated for my first blogging award-The Liebster Award and have now been blessed with another similar award given to bloggers by bloggers – The Versatile Blogger Award. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam from SamHTravels.com for kindly nominating me and all of you who keep coming back every week.

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Who still remembers, I nominated Sam for The Liebster Award and to have her nominate me back for another award is really sweet of her. If you asked me what blogging has given me, I would definitely say a great group of blogger friends from all over the world. Sam has only been blogging for 6 short months and is already smashing it! She loves hiking as much as I do and has some interesting trips planned so please make sure to visit her blog and show some support.

The Rules

1. Display the Versatile award badge on your blog
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
3. Share any 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate up to 10 blogs and notify them

7 (random) things about me that you didn’t know


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1. I am about to get my first taste of Asia in just a few short weeks. I think everyone knows I am going to Nepal to hike to Everest Base Camp, but what most of you don’t know is that before Nepal I am also going to Bali for two weeks; India for two weeks after a month in Nepal; Sri Lanka for five days and Kuala Lumpur for two days. Bali for me was never a destination I was dying to go to because of how much I’ve heard about it and it feels as I’ve been there already. I am going there for a dentist; in this case I’m being a medical tourist. I was studying all about this kind of tourism at uni (tourism and hotel management), but never thought I would be one of the people contributing to it. I am saving almost 5k by getting my teeth done in Bali and before you ask, yes I trust the dentist I am going to.


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2. Ever since year 5 at school, when we had to write who we want to become when we grow up, I always knew I wanted to be a flight attendant. I still do! The only thing stopping me is the fact I hate hospitality with passion and plane flights make me sick most of the time. It was always the travelling side of the job that I was most into anyway.


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3. I believe in karma and my spiritual views align best with Buddhism. I wasn’t always aware of my spiritual self and I have to admit, I’ve made many mistakes and hurt many people, but I like to think it took me something like this to be open for change. I have to thank a friend of mine for bringing this in my life in the form of a book. The best book I have ever read in my whole life, something that really spoke to me and pushed me towards becoming the person who I always wanted to be. The book is called “The Power of Karma” by Mary T. Browne


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4. A topic very close to my heart is the health of our oceans. We are polluting it with plastic, toxic waste, oil spills and then resume overfishing the life in it. Did you know that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of trash per year enters the ocean? Source: NOAA There is an island of garbage twice the size of Texas inside the Pacific Ocean: the North Pacific Gyre off the coast of California is the largest oceanic garbage site in the entire world. There, the number of floating plastic pieces outnumbers total marine life six to one in the immediate vicinity. I believe it is very important to inform the public about the importance of healthy oceans and what can we as individuals do to help save it. From consuming less plastic, making informed choices in the shops and recycling to helping out with community clean-ups and picking up rubbish when you walk on the street-there is much we can do, but never bother. Read more about ocean pollution here. There is also a great documentary on Netflix, starring Sylvia Earle called Mission Blue that puts things into perspective.


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5. I am trying to become a vegetarian. I simply don’t like the taste of meat anymore and after learning how the animals are being treated and how we are draining our resources to produce it, meat and fish makes my stomach turn. I have known I want to become a vegetarian since I’ve been 16, but it has always been a challenge as I feel like I am not creative enough in the kitchen. About 80% of my daily menu is vegetarian, but I really want to make that leap and be proud to call myself a vegetarian.  If anyone has any advice for me or knows any good blogs or recipes, fire away! I would be very grateful.


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6. My ultimate bucket list experience is to climb big mountains without even ever climbing one before. I am forever inspired by Alyssa Azar, the youngest Australian to climb Mount Everest last year after two previous attempts. A mountaineering course in New Zealand is definitely in my future plans. If you ask me, what would I do if I wouldn’t have to work and never worry about money, I would say I’d go scuba diving, write my blog and climb mountains. Is this really so much to ask for? Ha!


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7. I used to make handmade jewellery and really enjoyed being crafty. I have many ideas in my head and I'm thinking about stepping it up, maybe even selling some. I’m thinking anklets and seashells? Let me know what you think!


I would like to nominate

Sheena from http://www.misstraveljunkie.com/ who similarly to me likes adventure, scuba diving and hiking! She has been to Sri Lanka among many other places, so I know who I’ll be getting my inspiration from!
Miranda from https://mirandatheadventurer.com/  who loves to travel and eat vegetarian and vegan food!! Can you tell I’m very excited about that?
Liss from https://lissfit.com/ who loves living a healthy lifestyle and being outdoors. My mountain fix comes from her beautiful photos!
Tahnee from http://www.koalafied2travel.com/ with whom I share similar views about society, travels, family and we are never the ones to follow the crowd. Oh and she’s Aussie!
Kenzie from https://www.chasingcoordinates.com/  who has been to 6 continents and 38 countries, is a ski instructor and a damn good writer, even if she may state otherwise.
Julia and Werner from http://worldviber.com/ who quit their jobs and set off to an ultimate adventure with no itinerary, being open to whatever life brings. This is a dream!
Rani and Aveline from http://www.eudaimonicfortyeight.com/ who travel the world and share their inspiring travel stories.
Kiara from http://www.kiaramijares.com/ who creates beautiful and informative posts about whereever she sets foot.
Matt from http://www.thetravelblogs.com/ who has created not only a blog, but the ultimate collection of blogs from all over the world.
And finally John from https://www.travelgig.co/ that not only helps you find your next travelling job, but also educates us through the wonderful blog posts.

Please everyone, check out these wonderful blogs and show them some support by following along. If you would like to discuss some of the things I was pointing out in here, feel free to leave me a comment, I would like to hear from you.

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Why every Australian (and not Australian) needs to visit Canberra at least once

Canberra is not only the capital of Australia, but also surprisingly full of culture and history complimented with good wine and superb hiking.

It’s the capital of Australia

Firstly, it’s the capital of Australia! Never mind that it was purposely built as a compromise between Sydney and Melbourne over which should be the dominant city. Planned by Walter Burley Griffin and built in 1913, the wide empty streets of Canberra hide much more than just politicians and university students. Canberra is a place where to discover more about Australia’s history, democracy and way of life. The capital’s famed attractions hold and share the nation’s stories.

I have been to Canberra on three occasions, each time with only a few hours to spend and, despite thinking there is not much to do there at all, I have to admit I was so wrong. I haven’t experienced even 20% of what the Australian Capital Territory has to offer and yet I want to share it with you.

Snorkelling In Gordons Bay

The secluded Gordons Bay in Sydney has been voted one of the best snorkelling spots in the city and for a good reason. Click to read more.

The secluded Gordons Bay in Sydney has been voted one of the best snorkelling spots in the city and with an underwater nature trail is also a popular spot among scuba divers on the weekend. The pocket-sized beach is lined with racks of boats from the local fishing club, reminiscent of a European fishing village and the bay is lined with big rocks that meet the crystal blue waters. Secluded and quiet, it’s a perfect place to relax and become one with nature. Unless you come on the weekend, then you’ll just get crowds of people. Who knows me, knows I work every single weekend and therefore not only dodging the crowds, but scuba diving is not an option either unless I want to miss out on my pay. However as Gordons Bay is just the next beach over from Coogee Bay what I call home, it makes sense I would go snorkelling at least.