The Australian travel blogging community is surprisingly small. Unless you take into account the fact that travel blogging is largely a labor of love, in which case it kind of makes sense. You see on the surface travel blogging sounds like the perfect job until you realise that it’s still a job and a poorly paid one at that.
Fortunately we travel bloggers aren’t driven by greed or motivated by money. We’re driven by the love of travel, writing and story telling. We love taking photos and sharing them. We love dreaming about travel and travel itself, even if it means many long hours spent in cramped economy airline seats, in transit at crappy airports and stuck at dusty roadsides.
We travel bloggers not only say we love travel we get out there, do it and document it online too.
So I want to celebrate Australian Travel Bloggers and continue my tradition of listing Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers which I started in 2012 and continued in 2013. The lists are ever-changing because new travel bloggers pop up then vanish but you’ll see a few stalwart Australian travel bloggers who’ve been at it for years.
How do you get on the GITHS Australian Travel Bloggers list?
Last year I listed every single travel blog I could find but this time I’ve decided to exercise a bit of quality control. So the blogs below are not only recently updated they also have a reasonably professional blog design but, most importantly, they all make me want to read them and travel more. Because that’s what travel blogging is all about.
- The travel bloggers must be based in Australian but not necessarily Australian – otherwise I would not be included (even though I’m not included any way since it’s my list!)
- They must be personal travel blogs but have global and universal appeal so it’s not just closest friends and family who’d want to read the travel blog blog.
However, many new Australian travel blogs (or new to me) have been added so the list has grown to 55 and is now in alphabetical order just to emphasize they’re not listed from best to worst.
The Australian travel bloggers list is a work in motion because these travel bloggers are slippery fish and, in some cases, it was hard to tell exactly where the travel blogger lived. If anywhere, because that’s what traveler bloggers are like.
Apologies if you’re not on the list because I noticed your blog hadn’t been updated for a while. You’ve got to keep blogging, that’s rule number one. And if you think you should be here or you know another Australian travel blogger I haven’t mentioned just add them in the comments below.
Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers to Watch in 2014
Travel writer Lee Mylne shares words and images about her travels near and far, and a few other musings on life and the world in general. She can be seen wrangling a wombat on her about page which is always a good sign. Twitter: Lee Mylne.
Jenny loves exploring markets, trying new tastes and finding fabulous restaurants so if you like travel and food start here. It looks like Jenny’s had a fabulous time exploring Europe last year and all the photos of markets and people make me want to hit the hills too. Twitter: Atasteoftravel
Tim Richards is a freelance travel writer who discusses interesting developments in travel, and shares his travel experiences on his travel blog Aero Haveno. Which sounds quite boring but is actually quite interesting – his post The Unpublished 16: Phillip Island for Adults got my attention anyway. Twitter: Aerohaveno
Debra Kollka’s travel blog covers Brisbane, Bagni di Lucca and everything in between so if you want to run away to Italy here’s a good place to start.
Oceana is a writer photographer, artist, nomad and barefoot adventurer originally hailing from the humid tropics of Australia. Twitter: BarefootBeachB
Nicole is from Adelaide. She used to want to be an air-hostess but then she discovered blogging. Thank heavens. She only just makes it on this travel blog list saying she splits her time between Australia and the UK. Twitter: @nicoletravelbug
A new blog by Danielle who’s based in Cairns and focusses on families travelling with a baby or small child. The blog highlights North Queensland, travel health, and travel tips.
Lindsay Hodder is a Sydneysider currently residing once again in Sydney. She’s been writing her travel blog Chasing the Wild for over a year now and it is worth checking it out. Twitter: lindseyhodder.
Ben Alcock lives in rural New South Wales, not too far from me in South East Queensland. He’s a traveller, story-teller, problem solver, game show contestant and dad.
Amy and Kieron are two fresh-faced young travelers from Melbourne who are on a mission to make travel fun. Which sounds like the way it should be. They visited Zimbabwe with me last year and have only written two blog posts but they’ve only written two blog posts about it so far and I’m looking forward to reading more. No pressure AmzKiz – well maybe a little bit! Twitter: @amzkiz
Kerry has a great blog name – and a great life too by the look of it. She lives in Brisbane too and focuses on fab foodie finds on her travels. We got to meet at an Australian Society of Travel Writers lunch late last year and she was lovely, friendly and fun. I like that. Twitter: eatdrinkbekerry
Is frugal first class travel really possible? I wouldn’t have thought so but you can find out for yourself at Jo Karnaghan’s travel blog. Jo says the Frugal first class travel philosophy is to travel in the most luxurious way she can afford, at the cheapest price which makes sense. So go Jo. Twitter: jokarnaghan1
13. Going Anyway
An incredible traveling family of seven. Although they haven’t updated their blog since last year so they’re on my naughty list.
14. Her Packing List
Brooke and her team will help you pick the best travel bag, pack what you need and leave what you don’t. I missed Brooke in last year’s list and felt terrible because she’s great and so’s her blog. Sorry Brooke! Forgive me?
15. Hiking in Heels
Hiking in Heels is about the adventures of Leah, an American girl living, working and travelling in Australia who blogs about fashion, travel, and culture.
Nikki’s travel blog is a guide to house-sitting and a story of adventures on a budget. I might just follow in her footsteps when my kids fly the roost.
Join Linda and Craig for your award-winning travel listening pleasure. Twitter: @indietravel
By Russell, a British expat and writer living in Sydney by the ocean, who lived in Canada by mountains and snow, and writes about his search for a different way of life. Twitter: RussellVJWard
I somehow missed Tash’s terrific blog from the list last year which was bad. Very bad. Tash lives in Melbourne where she does a lot of house-sitting, travel dreaming, travel planning and travel blogging of course. Tash seems to have a strange love of cricket but apart from that she’s quite lovely. Twitter: jouljet
20. Journey Jottings
Linda is a cartographer who makes the most gorgeous maps like the one pictured up top. Read Linda’s blog and drool over her pictures. If you’re planning a trip round Australia or looking for a gift for an Aussie traveler you can’t go wrong with a Journey Jottings map. Twitter: @journeyjottings
Karen left a comment on last year’s Australian travel bloggers round up post saying that she hoped I’d consider her for this year’s list. Ah! It feels so good to make her dream come true. Twitter: kgrahamjourneys
Matt, Loreena and their kids are driving round Australia sharing travel tips and advice for exploring the lucky country. Maybe they will come and visit me in Noosa one day. Twitter: LittleAusTravlr
23. Little Grey Box
Can’t find out much about this travel blog but it looks interesting and hopefully the blogger is in Australia.
Lisa is sharing her new life on the road with her husband and five boys. That’s a lot of testosterone to contend with. She bought a bus on Ebay for their Australian overland travels. Brave lady. Twitter: @NewLifeOnRoad
25. Our Oyster
James is an Aussie and Jade is a Canadian expat who live in Brisbane and are now travelling with their new baby. I am glad that phase is over although at times it’s no picnic travelling with older kids either. Twitter: Our_Oyster
Mark is a bird-watcher, biologist, bush-walker, book lover and ex-pat from UK who lives in Melbourne. Twitter: Scmonck
A travel blog dedicated to showing the world the beauty of Perth, Western Australia by one of life’s optimists, Gracie.
Anne wants to help travellers to plan their vacations, so they can depart and travel feeling confident and well prepared. Twitter: Pretraveller
29.Red Nomad Oz
I feel honored to know Red’s real name but I’m not telling what it is. Her epic travels around Australia make me want to hit the road too. Tourism Australia should be paying this woman handsomely. Twitter: @rednomadoz
30. Rob Woodburn
Rob is a pro travel writer and an old hat with a tale to tell and a tall story or two as well. I’d love to design a spanking new WordPress blog for him to make him look as good as he is.
31. Rocky Travel
Michela helps passionate travelers like her make their travel in Australia a memorable experience. She’s got everything covered so independent travelers can get sorted and enjoy. Twitter: @rockytravel
Emma started her publishing career at the tender age of six, writing letters to the fairies that lived in the garden beside her Dad’s shed. So sweet. And now she blogs about travel and other loves.
33. Sweet Wayfaring
Joan shares photos about travels a day or two beyond the beautiful Blue Mountains in New South Wales where she lives and sometimes ventures further into the vast and beautiful land of Australia. The blog looks pretty amateur (sorry Joan, it’s not you, it’s Blogspot!) but the photos are super pretty. I loved the butterflies.
Heaps of photos every day.
35. Sydney Eye
Another fun Australian photo travel blog offering an eye to ‘that which went before’. In other words a look at what Sydney used to look like in years gone by compared to today.
By Seana Smith, author of Sydney for Under Fives, mother of four and Scottish expat who knows Sydney inside out is funny too, which I love. Plus I got to design her blog so it’s double love. If you’ve got kids and they sometimes drive you a bit batty then you will love her too. Twitter: Seana_Smith.
37. The Aussie Nomad
Worldwide travel tips, blog posts and photos from a wandering Aussie who has found fulfilment on the road.
A Australian food and travel blog by Barbara, a career girl who dropped out, moved to Asia, found love and had a deliciously funny baby. We keep trying to meet but it never seems to happen. Maybe this year will be the year. Twitter: DropoutDiaries.
The mysteriously anonymous Global Godess (hello Christine!) is an award winning editor and journalist who has spent 23 years working on newspapers and magazines in Australia, Hong Kong, London and Singapore. She writes about travel from a single woman’s perspective and in person she’s a right laugh.
Former Jersey Shore girl with a knack for wordslinging (yup, you read that right) and sharing her love for travel with the world.
Dean Wickham is a self-confessed Australian travelholic (or should that be travelaholic?!) who lives in Brisbane and travels when ever and where ever he can to experience as much of life as possible. Twitter: @roadtoanywhere.
42. The Travel Tart
Anthony says he doesn’t take himself too seriously but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Especially if you want to have a travel-themed laugh. Anthony also lives near(ish) me in Brisbane and we’ve met in real life a few times which was a real pleasure. Twitter: @thetraveltart
Travel With Bender seems like a funny name until you realise that it’s written by Erin Bender and cover her travels with the Bender family which includes a husband and two preschoolers. Erin, you give good blog. Twitter: travelwitbender.
44. Travel Wonders
Mark is another Sydneysider and committed Australian travel blogger who takes great photos. Twitter: TravelWonders
Gary and Amanda’s travel blog has advice from real outback locals for people who want to explore outback Australia independently. I know that will come in handy some time. Twitter: @TravelOutbackOz.
46. Traveller in Oz
Nikki is exploring Australia on her beautiful yellow Honda enjoying a journey through fascinating Australia which makes her highly eligible to be here on the list of Australian travel bloggers.
Fiona Harper loves travel and boats. We met on a press trip in Japan and spent a happy half hour sitting naked in a Japanese hot tub with snow all around us talking about our travels. Fiona is widely traveled and published in print as well as on her own blog. She gets bonus points because she hired me and my husband to do her blog design and updates. Thanks Fiona! We love you. Twitter: @CareerGypsy.
48. Perth Walkabout
If you’re heading to Perth Nita Teoh and her team of travel writers will help you decide what to do and where to go with their insider’s guide to Perth. Twitter: PerthWalkabout.
Grum and his partner in travel Kacey like sharing their travels and inspiring others with travel tips, deals and media which sounds good to me. Twitter: @grum
Brooke Saward started blogging last year and she’s still at it. She’s a young Australian law student who wants to guide you on your first overseas adventure. Now if only Brooke had been around 25 years ago! Twitter: worldofwlust.
Well traveled Alyson and family live in Post Douglas, Tropical North Queensland and blog about Australia and their overseas travels.
Kiwi Natasha lives in Melbourne trying to make the pages of the atlas real one step at a time. Twitter: NvGtravels
53. Y Travel Blog
Caroline and Craig have traveled there, done that and are blogging it all. They’re from Australia and living in New South Wales right now. Twitter: @YTravelBlog
Last but definitely not least Johanna Castro has lived in 11 different countries and visited many more but her travel blog is mainly about South West Australia where she lives – not so very far from Perth. Twitter: JohannaACastro
But wait! There’s one more…
55. Me – Annabel Candy at Get In the Hot Spot
Proud holder of British and New Zealand passports, Australian resident living in Noosa, Queensland and travel blogger since 2009. You can Subscribe to Get In the Hot Spot for weekly email updates with unique content I don’t share on the blog and find me on Twitter and Google+ too.
Why I write the Australian Travel Bloggers list
After spending hours (or was it days?) compiling this list last year and then seeing it be stolen by a prominent blog (they just copies and pasted the whole list into their blog then added a few more travel blogs at the end) I decided not to do it again. But then I had second thoughts.
No one really recognises the passion and time that goes into travel blogs. The PR industry bombard us with spam, the travel brands focus on getting us to promote them for free and the tourism boards don’t seem to know what to do with us local Australian travel bloggers so they focus on the overseas bloggers instead. Which is crazy because most of our tourists are local Australians not overseas visitors.
So I’m doing this to wave the flag for Aussie travel bloggers and all you represent. I appreciate you. I thank you for sharing your passion and for your dedication to promoting travel and adventure. Australian travel bloggers of 2014 I salute you.
Please leave a comment if I missed your travel blog and you live in Australia, or if you know a travel blogger who lives in Australia and isn’t listed.
And of course if you like the Australian Travel Bloggers 2014 list please do share it on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you.
Which are your favorites Australian travel blogs or bloggers and who’s missing?
Usually I have a no links in the comments rule but let’s break the rules here – feel free to leave links, even if they’re to your own travel blog but only if you live in Australia. Otherwise we’ll be here forever.