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100 Places I Backpacked Through That You’ve Never Heard Of, in Australia

“We may never meet again so shed your skin and let’s get started” – Split Enz Firstly, this article has taken a fair bit of work over the years and I’m finally getting it published over 4 years since I left Australia behind! Secondly of course I’m probably wrong and you might have heard of Read more about 100 Places I Backpacked Through That You’ve Never Heard Of, in Australia[…]

Backpacking in Australia: My Top 5 Memories from Melbourne

It’s a while since I have reflected on backpacking in Australia and my crazy life down under, which began almost 5 years ago now, crazy!! On my first Working Holiday Visa I ended up passing through Melbourne twice and again on my second Working Holiday Visa , so 3 times during my 18 months living in Read more about Backpacking in Australia: My Top 5 Memories from Melbourne[…]

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Pub Crawls From My Travels So Far

As I just begin to plan a major pub crawl on a big reunion day with the lads in London during the World Cup, it’s a good moment to recollect the top 10 pub crawls from my travels, some I’ve told before on Don’t Stop Living, some I haven’t yet shared. These have been absolutely Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Pub Crawls From My Travels So Far[…]

Road Trip Part 10 – Cann River, Pambula, Yellow Pinch Dam and the return to New South Wales

Apart from Tasmania, Victoria is the smallest state in Australia, which actually came as a surprise to me, as I had passed across the border into New South Wales before I even knew it… The road signs change slightly – individual state governments have different road sign ideas. To slow drivers down and prevent accidents, Read more about Road Trip Part 10 – Cann River, Pambula, Yellow Pinch Dam and the return to New South Wales[…]

Road Trip Part 9 – Flashback to my Childhood at Marlo

I grew up and was raised in Marlo, a small housing area in Kilmaine in the south of Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. That is where I’m really from. This year I have thought about my childhood a lot, probably too much. I liked some of it, but not all of it. I miss the Read more about Road Trip Part 9 – Flashback to my Childhood at Marlo[…]

Road Trip Part 8 – Lakes Entrance

From Bairnsdale there wasn’t much further to go to a small seaside resort called “Lakes Entrance.” In Australia place names are misleading and at times ridiculous… Lakes Entrance does actually fit though, as the inlet at this settlement is in fact where the entrance to the lakes from the Bass Strait (the bed of water Read more about Road Trip Part 8 – Lakes Entrance[…]

Road Trip Part 7 – Fuel Stop At Bairnsdale

A longer pleasant drive brought me to the city of Bairnsdale. Undoubtedly the largest settlement on this route I was taking. A blurred sign of the “Welcome to Bairnsdale” sign on the way in. It took me a while to drive through the carriageway through the city, which had many residential suburbs. A war memorial Read more about Road Trip Part 7 – Fuel Stop At Bairnsdale[…]

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Road Trip Part 6 – 90 Mile Beach Start

At a lonely farming community called “Woodside”, we see the first sign dictating the “begin” of 90 Mile Beach. A famous long stretch of beach not to be missed on Victoria’s south coast. I found a lonely car park by Woodside beach. Name sharing itself with a discount store in my home town of Bangor Read more about Road Trip Part 6 – 90 Mile Beach Start[…]