Aussie traveller who usually hits the road for a few months each year

Tell us about yourself

I’m an author, blogger, photographer and proud Aussie traveller who usually hits the road for a few months each year to discover Australia’s natural attractions, fantastic holiday destinations and quirky oddities. I share my Australian travel adventures – and a lot of inspiration for YOUR Aussie travels – on my blog RedzAustralia.

I’ve lived, travelled and worked overseas, but my blog is all about travelling in Australia so that’s what I’ll tell you about!

You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours. Give me your itinerary.

If I went overseas, I’d spend too much of the 24 hours getting there, so I’d spend the whole time in Australia – which suits me fine!! So … I’d go to Mt Woodroofe, Mt Meharry, Mt Zeil, Bimberi Peak, Mt Ossa, Mt Bogong, Mt Bartle Frere and Mt Kosciuszko! Why? They’re the highest mountains in all of Australia’s States and Territories!! Because Australia’s so big, I’d need a private jet for the state-hopping, then a helicopter in each location to get as close as I could to the top!!

At the end of the 24 hours, I’d get the plane to drop me off in Paradise – also known as Lord Howe Island, 600 km east of Sydney!

You have won the lottery. Tell me where you want to live.

I get bored easily and restless if I’m in the same place for too long so winning the lottery would be perfect for me 😀 That way I could have a different place to live whenever the seasons changed! And it’d be MUCH easier to have a home – or at least a holiday home – in all the places I like visiting the most! SO … I’d get a fisherman’s shack on Bruny Island (TAS); a cottage in the Grampians (VIC); a houseboat on the River Murray (SA); a camper trailer to travel across the Top End (WA and NT); a permanent tent (glamping, of course!) in Central Australia; an underground house on the White Cliffs opal fields (NSW); and a rainforest house (QLD).

That’s not asking too much, is it??

Your favorite travel resource on the web?

Google! No one website or resource list has everything I need every time I travel so I get the most up to date ideas and deals by doing a fresh search each time. You never know what great accommodation, or hot new experience, or fantastic deal has been added since the last time you looked!

What is the superpower you most want?

Omnilinguism! I’d never heard of it until I – wait for it – Googled super powers! It’s the ability to understand any form of language – so you might be thinking this is a bit weird for someone who writes about travel in Australia where many people are monolingual. But OZ is a very multicultural society with a lot of international visitors – and there’s a LOT of linguistic variation between Australian states and territories!

But if omnilinguism doesn’t count as a ‘real’ superpower, I’d choose FLYING!!!

What’s fuels your passion for travel?

Insane curiosity. And a low boredom threshold! An addiction to photography. And my partner’s addiction to bird-watching!! That takes us to all sorts of unusual destinations and keeps us looking for more!

Why do you write?

I can’t NOT write. In my previous life as an administrator I was well known for making boring stuff sound interesting, and – even more importantly – making people read important stuff they normally wouldn’t bother with. So turning my love of travel to some of Australia’s hidden corners into a blog people wanted to read was a natural progression once I left the corporate world behind! That’s when RedzAustralia was born!!

Then I got lucky and turned my most popular blog series – Australia’s Scenic public loos – into a book! Please tell me you’ve heard of Australia’s quirkiest travel book Aussie Loos With Views!!

You may have noticed that I’m the queen of exclamation marks!

Do your family and friends support your traveling escapades?

It wouldn’t matter if they didn’t!

What is the title of the movie about your life?

The Legend of Red Nomad OZ!

But I’m still not sure who could possibly play ME!

What’s on your bucket list?

I often get asked if I’ll go overseas when I’ve ‘finished’ Australia! The trouble is, I can’t see that happening any time soon because the more I travel in Australia, the more I find to see and do. This is my current Aussie travel bucket list:
Christmas Island
Mt Augustus
Arnhem Land
Mt Hotham – when it’s snowing
Cape York
Useless Loop
SkyTrek
The Lost City
Tasman Island
Lake Eyre
Never heard of them? Try Google!!

Can you imagine life without travel?

Yes I can. But it’s a bleak and lonely life that’s deadly dull.

If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?

Planning my next trip!

If you could be transported to one place at one time, what would it be and why?

Back to the beginning of my adult life – with all the knowledge and experiences I’ve already had – so I can double my travel time!

Single thing you miss most from high school?

I don’t miss ANYTHING from high school!

Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?

Just do it! If I had a dollar for every time someone said ‘I wish I could do what you’re doing’ I’d have an unlimited travel budget. Of course there are lots of good reasons why you can’t travel – the two most popular are no time and no money. Whether you let them get in the way of actually travelling is up to you. Why not start small and do shorter, less expensive trips? And there’s definitely nothing wrong with being a tourist in your own town. Make a challenge of finding 10 free things to do wherever you go. And don’t die waiting to do one BIG trip around OZ – break it down and do it in smaller stages if you have to.

Your single most treasured personal possession.

My camera! I can’t recall the last time I left the house without it!

Language you’d most like to be fluent in?

English! Because everyone knows us Aussies don’t REALLY speak proper English – we speak an odd dialect called ‘Strine’ (the word you get if you say ‘Australian’ really REALLY quickly)!

Funniest person you have ever met or seen in person

Aussie funny women Magda Szubanski and Kathy Lette

Can you tell us about your next adventure

It’s still a work in progress … but keep reading my blog and you’re sure to discover what it is sooner or later!!

Aussie traveller who usually hits the road for a few months each year
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