Adventures

The Southern Great Barrier Reef with Tourism Queensland

The Southern Great Barrier Reef with Tourism Queensland

“The most memorable experiences are created when one is close to nature.”

I’ve never hidden my utter love for Australia - my passion for sharing this incredibly rich and diverse land pours out of all the pores in my body. The connection is ineffable.

I have an ever-expanding urge to capture and showcase the beauty of Australia, I love using photography to connect others with the natural world and actively seek the peace that comes from spending time in the great outdoors. An insatiable desire to use my art to share and connect with others and to hopefully impart a sense of wonder to See Australia and to see it now!

 

And there is no better way to really immerse yourself like hitting the open road with a clear mind and willingness to discover.

 

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Happy Easter -- Stay safe with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

Happy Easter -- Stay safe with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

We are incredibly lucky in Australia to have such a deep connection to our land and to have such diverse beauty literally right out our  front door, or within a matter of a short drive. With a plethora of white sparkling sandy beaches, to endlessly rolling mountain ranges, islands of pure paradise, ancient tropical rain forests and impressive million-year-old rock formations - it is no secret why travellers are drawn here from far and wide. This country has it all and is home to some of world’s most impressive natural sights.

So with Easter around the corner, I wanted to touch on a very important message, in line with the Royal Life Saving Society Australia, to encourage safe behaviour and ensure everyone has a safe and happy holiday period enjoying this beautiful, rich land.

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Reflections of INDIA. x

Reflections of INDIA. x

India is a place that both filled my heart to the brim and broke it in a hundred different ways and even sitting down to write this piece I feel conflicted about how to share my experience.

"A stint in India will beat the restlessness out of any living creature" - Yann Martel, Life of Pi.

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The Top End - with Northern Territory Tourism

The Top End - with Northern Territory Tourism

 “Our land has a big story. Sometimes we tell a little bit at a time. Come and hear our stories, see our land. A little might stay in your hearts. If you want more, you can come back.” - Jacob Nayinggul, Manilargarr Clan - Kunwinjku language.

My first job back this year put me in the heart of The Top End ( The Northern Territory ) during the Wet Season and it was an exceptional few days of summer-storm-chasing, fleeting but blissful sunshine, and many heart-warming moments.

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BHUTAN, The Land of The Thunder Dragon.

BHUTAN, The Land of The Thunder Dragon.

HAPPINESS IS A PLACE.

A mandate of the Bhutanese state is Gross National Happiness. In translation: Happiness is only** achieved through "sustainable and equitable socio-economic development; environmental conservation; preservation and promotion of culture; and good governance". 


The essence of a unique society: in touch with the traditions of the past, a deep spiritual connection to the environment and the main goal in life being “happiness” - you can’t find a more enlightened travel destination in the world today.

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Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island

Welcome to Utopia.  

For a few years I have been dying to get over to Norfolk Island. After hearing my grandparents talk about the place they used to visit in the 70’s and being an avid lover of Zach’s (Stuck on a Rock) incredible work, finally the stars aligned and I was able to accept the invitation to visit.

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Parrtjima and Central Australia with Tourism NT.

Parrtjima and Central Australia with Tourism NT.

I was recently invited back to the Northern Territory for my 5th adventure in Central Australia. I will always jump at the opportunity to work here. There is SO much beauty left to see, to be inspired by and to explore.

The raw beauty of the Australian desert literally takes my breath away. It is, remarkably, one of the world’s most harsh and demanding natural landscapes. For 60,000 years Arrernte (the traditional owners of Mparntwe or Alice Springs) have survived here through a deep spiritual connection to land, an incredible level of skill and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the environment and it’s ecology.

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LIVE WITH US - COUNTRY ROAD - THE HINTERLAND.

LIVE WITH US - COUNTRY ROAD - THE HINTERLAND.

It’s simple. To me, travel is a personal experience. It’s a chance to learn about yourself, who you are and what you want from life. It allows you to see how different the world is and to put your life in perspective. When you remove yourself from your life back home, you’re able to take that time to reflect and see things in your life a little differently.” 

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Nestled behind the sparkling ocean of the Sunshine Coast is a quintessential country escape; a stunning countryside filled with quaint village towns scattered throughout and all within an hour’s drive of Brisbane. Our perfect escape began with the idyllic rainforest setting...

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A seaside escape: Shellharbour.

A seaside escape: Shellharbour.

A favourite seaside escape, Shellharbour is blessed with a beautiful environment of beaches, lakes and national parks, incredible local food served with a genuine smile and magical underwater worlds. 

It really does have a summer vibe all year round, with a laid back lifestyle that gently washes away all the noise and replaces it with a sense of peacefulness. 

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Be Boundless with Adobe Lightroom.

Be Boundless with Adobe Lightroom.

"All the stress, noise, and distractions of life are left at the surface. The ocean is the last truly quiet place on Earth."

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As a photographer and storyteller I  capture moments and bring them to life. To do this, Adobe Lightroom is essential. So when they approached me to officially help launch their #BeBoundless campaign on the Lightroom Instagram, I couldn’t think of a greater honour. They invited me to share my unexpected moments to show you what being boundless means to me.

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Canon 6d Mark II release.

Canon 6d Mark II release.

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Those places that pull you in an unfamiliar yet comforting way. They connect you, change your perspective. 

My little part in something big, last month I had the highest honour in being a part of the launch of the brand new @canonaustralia #6dMkII.

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Live With Us - with Country Road - Winter Blues

Live With Us - with Country Road - Winter Blues

Escaping the winter blues.  

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As much as I consider myself a summer baby, winter along Australia’s east coast holds a special place in my heart. It is a beautiful and peaceful time of year to spend by the sea. The days are shorter and we find ourselves making the most of each moment and the winter sun before retiring to the warmth of indoors. The skies are bluer and the ocean is clearer. The wattle is flowering bright yellow and the gumnuts are blooming - our nations colours of green and gold are everywhere. Beautiful beaches, golden sand and warmer days are what the Sunshine Coast is famous for, and even in the depths of winter it can still provide the most magical days for sitting on the shore and water warm enough to swim. With daily temperatures sitting steady around 22 degrees (celsius), winter may actually be the perfect time to take advantage of Queensland’s sub-tropical climate and make the most of that seemingly “endless summer".

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Visit NSW - Discover The Blue Mountains.

Visit NSW - Discover The Blue Mountains.

Recently I found myself back in the Blue Mountains with [Visit NSW][1] and some of my favourite work peers/friends for a few quick but fulfilling days of adventure. 
Last time I was here I spoke to some locals about the ever-changing scenery of this stunning landscape, all of whom told me, with a certain enthusiasm, about the beauty of Autumn. And did it live up to its beautiful reputation? Did it ever!

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ON THE ROAD: THE NORTHERN RIVERS

ON THE ROAD: THE NORTHERN RIVERS

ON THE ROAD, AGAIN: With COUNTRY ROAD X Live With Us // NORTHERN RIVERS. A change of season is coming; you can feel it in the air. You know the kind, those mornings that are so crisp and fresh that the cool air sends goosebumps all over your body. The sun is beginning to rise a little later and curling up beside one of your best friends in a loft apartment nestled between the beautiful coastline of Byron Bay and the rolling hills of Bangalow is the perfect escape. 

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Live With Us - with COUNTRY ROAD.

Live With Us - with COUNTRY ROAD.

ON THE ROAD: With COUNTRY ROAD X Live With Us // THE BLUE MOUNTAINS. I started out on this journey heading in the direction of the unknown. That’s the true freedom and beauty of the open road. You get to discover more of Australia with the windows down, hair blowing wild in the wind, nostalgic songs and good company – all of which makes heart sing. 

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The Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear

The Scenic Rim with Kathmandu Gear

Maintaining an active lifestyle and always dreaming my next adventure, big or small, near or far. Camping is a fantastic way to get outdoors, to escape the bustle of everyday life and find some stillness, some peace and tranquillity in nature — to reset. 

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Micro-Adventures with TEVA

Micro-Adventures with TEVA

Taking a break whenever I can back in Australia and visiting all my favourite places to just “be.” A chance to recenter and immerse myself in the beauty that is a place, which I am lucky enough to call home. Kick starting a micro-adventure series with TEVA Australia. // Please head to the full blog post here. Get out there! M. x

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The Northern Rivers

The Northern Rivers

We are all visitors here, in this time, in this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow and to love, and then we return home. – Australian Aboriginal proverb Spent some time with good hearts in my soul place. It’s so good to be home. M. x  

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Vanuatu: I S L A N D S P I R I T

Vanuatu: I S L A N D S P I R I T

The world is huge and we are tiny. Explore it. ✧♡• In just under two and a half hours from Brisbane you can escape to paradise.  You know those places that you instantly connect with, that pull at your heartstrings in an unfamiliar but almost comforting way? Calling you back again so much so that you spend days dreaming about your return, before you even leave? I was pleasantly surprised and completely blown away with the incredible untouched beauty of Vanuatu. 

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