At the end of last year I created a list of 25 Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers and asked people to suggest their own blogs or other Australian travel blogs. 97 comments later it’s time for me to update the list with a few new rules:
- The travel bloggers must be based in Australian but not necessarily Australian. Some people have been taken off the list because they’ve moved away from Australia to New York, China or even England (crazy people).
- They must be personal travel blogs so no offence but the Bootsnall blog got the boot.
- You need to be an active travel blogger – one or two Australian travel bloggers may have even stopped blogging or haven’t updated their blogs for ages so I took them off the list.
However, many new travel blogs (or new to me) have been added so the list has grown to 43 and is now in alphabetical order just to emphasise 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.
So here’s the big list:
Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers to Watch in 2013
1. A Monkey in Every Tree
This travel blog is an amalgamation of travel information and personal narrative by a Canadian based in Melbourne.
2. A Taste of Travel
Jenny loves exploring markets, trying new tastes and finding fabulous restaurants so if you like travel and food start here. Twitter: Atasteoftravel
Not by Betty but by Ashlee, an Australian travel blogger obsessed with travel, food and photography.
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.
6. Clarence Valley Today
A daily photo blog about life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
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 young travelers from Melbourne who are currently on a long-term travel adventure that began in Hawaii. Lucky things. They live in Melbourne now. Twitter: @amzkiz
9. Emerald City to Oz
A Sydney travel blog written by expats from Seattle.
10. Perth and Other Places
Photo rich travel blog about Western Australia.
An incredible traveling family of seven.
12. 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.
Join Linda and Craig for your award-winning travel listening pleasure. Twitter: @indietravel
15. In Search of a Life Less Ordinary
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
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
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. Twitter: @NewLifeOnRoad
19. Our Oyster
James is an Aussie and Jade is a Canadian expat who live in Brisbane and will be welcoming their first baby into the world in 2013. I wonder if they will call is Jasper, or Jasmine. Stay tuned on Our Oyster. 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 well prepared. Twitter: Pretraveller
Ant and Elise are turning long-term travel into the ultimate lifestyle and want to inspire you to live the life you’ve always wanted on their travel blog. Twitter: Positivetravel
Only I know Red’s real name and I’m not telling. Her epic travels around Australia make me want to hit the road too. Tourism Australia should be paying this woman handsomely. Twitter: @rednomadoz
Caitlin is a journalist and writer who’s returned to Sydney after seven years in London and San Francisco. Twitter: @niltiac
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
Fun Australian travel blog name by a couple who are currently travelling Australia.
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. And now she blogs about travel and other loves.
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.
Heaps of photos every day.
Another fun photo blog.
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. Twitter: Seana_Smith
A food and travel blog by Barbara, a career girl who dropped out, moved to Asia, found love and had a deliciously funny baby.
34. The Life That Broke
By Lauren Fritsky, (love that name!) an American living in Sydney. Lauren hails from Philadelphia and blogs about expat life, travel and writing. Twitter: @LaurenFritsky
Dean Wickham is a self-confessed 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
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
Mark is another Sydneysider and committed Australian travel blogger who takes great photos. Twitter: TravelWonders
Gary and Amanda have travel 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
Nikki is exploring Australia on her beautiful yellow Honda on a journey through fascinating Australia.
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
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
Johanna Castro has lived in 11 different countries and visited many more but blogs mainly about South West Australia where she lives – not so very far from Perth. Twitter: JohannaACastro
But wait! There’s one more…
Annabel Candy: web designer, shameless middle-aged bikini wearer and part-time poser.
Me – Annabel Candy, proud holder of British and New Zealand passports, Australian resident living in Noosa, Queensland and travel blogger since 2009. Want more? Add Get In the Hot Spot to your RSS feed or subscribe by email then join me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Thank 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.
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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.
Thank you: Linda at Journey Jottings for sharing your gorgeous map.