Escaping to The Catlins

The Catlins are a little off the beaten track, situated on the windswept south eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. We were drawn to the region by a picture we saw of the Nugget Point Lighthouse and it didn’t disappoint. Accommodation is pretty basic in the area, we stayed at a dinky place called…

Exploring the Otago Peninsula

If you find yourself in the New Zealand city of Dunedin The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly recommend setting aside six hours for an eco tour of the Otago Peninsula. We chose Elm Tours for our adventure, which turned out to be a great call. Our guide was a vivacious Chilean called Claudia who is midway through…

Oamaru: Steampunk & sublime seafood

The Thirsty Travellers were completely enchanted by our brief visit to Oamaru on New Zealand’s South Island. The sleepy town is the NZ home of steampunk and there’s a museum dedicated to it near the waterfront. It charges a $10 entry fee and it’s totally worth it – we loved exploring the bizarre artworks and were…

Daytripping to Rottnest Island

Ginger’s fifth anniversary wish was a selfie with a Quokka on Rottnest Island. Just in case you’ve never heard of a Quokka, it’s a type of small wallaby with a brown face, short rounded ears, black eyes and a black nose.  And Rottnest is about the only place in the world you can find them….

Sunset at the Pinnacles

If you happen to be visiting Perth and don’t mind a longish drive, The Thirsty Travellers thoroughly recommend a trip to the Pinnacles. Around two hours north of the city, the lunar-like Pinnacles were formed over millions of years, with thousands of tall limestone spires now rising eerily out of the yellow desert sands of…

Weekend away: Perth perfection

The Thirsty Travellers recently spent our second long weekend together in Perth and absolutely loved it. While it might seem a bit crazy for Sydneysiders to fly to Perth for a few days, the laid-back city has so much to offer and some great day trips within easy reach. We combined business with pleasure –…

Daytripping to Fraser Island

Confession: Fraser Island isn’t on our bucket list for a holiday – it has the incredible 75 Mile Beach, but you can’t swim there because of all the sharks. The Thirsty Travellers prefer our beaches swimable, but it’s a glorious place to visit on a day trip. We were staying at Harvey Bay after visiting…

Weekend away: Lady Elliot Island

The Thirsty Travellers just spent the most wonderful weekend on Lady Elliot Island. It is a very special place, nestled in the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, just off the coast of Bundaberg and home to 1200 species of marine life. The Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is a family run and…

Sweltering in the Bay of Fires

Tasmania isn’t a holiday destination where you expect to encounter heatwaves, but we scored a scorcher on our trip to the Bay of Fires. When we pulled into the carpark at a place called The Gardens, near the top of the Bay of Fires, it was around 43C. The average temperature in Tasmania during summer…

Weekend away: Launceston

The Thirsty Travellers absolutely loved our laid-back weekend in Launceston. While it’s only home to 100,000 people, it’s the hub for half of Tasmania, so it has a thriving commercial centre, a gorgeous city park (containing a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, of all things) and is nestled on a riverbank in the shadow of the…