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A week in Victoria’s well-loved National Parks

A week in Victoria’s well-loved National Parks

It’s been a few years since I life my life in Victoria behind and moved back to my home state of Queensland. Whenever anyone asks me if I miss the Victorian way of life, I must admit, I do miss my beautiful friends down there and the diverse range of National Parks within 3 hour radius of my old home.

I feel very fortunate that my job can provide the opportunity to re-visit some of the most beautiful places I have explored with my camera inside Australia.

Working for VIC Parks and Visit Melbourne was the first job in a stint of one month on the road, filled with four back-to-back jobs and a lot of travel (13 flights to be precise). It is now that I am sitting here to write about the journey, a month later, I am transported to the fresh feeling of spring lingering in the air and I can see the animals roaming freely on the greenest of grass, hear the firewood crackling of the evening and remember that crisp night sky.

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Peru, a dream come true - With PROMPERU

Peru, a dream come true - With PROMPERU

Peru.

Step back in time to a land of rich history and awe-inspiring ancient cities.

 

“I went around the world, because in the end, it was just a little further. Because time ceased to exist, and the fleeting moments of chance encounters along the way were the only thing that mattered.” - Anne-France Dautheville, 1970.

 

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30 Rotations around the sun, with Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

30 Rotations around the sun, with Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

I am captivated by the highlands of Tasmania.

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I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to visit Cradle Mountain multiple times for work. So, when it came to where I would celebrate 30 rotations around the sun, all I could picture was a dreamy little cabin in the woods – out of touch with the world and immersed in nature with my best friend by my side. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge literally ticks all of those boxes and has become one of my favourite places to escape too.

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A road trip through the Outback - with Tourism NT.

A road trip through the Outback - with Tourism NT.

I’m now starting to lose count of how many visits I’ve made to the beautiful outback of Australia, a place I sincerely love exploring – it’s alluring charm and magic is never lost on me. Each time I visit I leave feeling lighter and with a heart full of lasting memories.

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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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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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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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The Red Centre

The Red Centre

Palya and welcome to The Northern Territory, Australia. 

World famous for its amazing desert landscapes, cultural experiences and chandler night sky, Uluru truly is the spiritual heart of Australia. Iconic and offering a true Australian experience, the Northern Territory presents a breadth and diversity of things to do in the outback and this beautiful country. 

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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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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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