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SIGNATURE PAULA MAREE



AUSTRALIA



Australia truly is a vast and very diverse land. From the architectural wonder of the Sydney Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge. To Uluru, the great big red rock, which rises from a sacred space in the middle of the desert in Australia’s expansive outback. There are so many spectacular sights down here and I feel so lucky to call this beautiful sunburnt country my home!


Many travellers are surprised by the sheer size of Australia. We are smallest continent, yet we are the largest island in the world.

So if you plan on travelling Australia, allow plenty of time. The remote location of our Great Southern Land makes the flight incredibly long, but it’s well worth the trek as sightseeing here in the land Down Under is like nowhere else in the world!


Surrounded by water, the eastern coastline has some of the world’s most beautiful surf beaches.

Our golden sandy shores span for miles and encompass popular tourists havens, including the world famous Bondi Beach, Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. The Sunshine Coast is also a popular family-friendly holiday getaway. While the locals like to head north during the cooler months to soak up the year-round tropical temperatures in Cairns and the lush surrounding rainforests in Port Douglas region.


The heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system and spans much of the northern Queensland coastline.

It’s a spectacular marine park and a must-see! Meanwhile, those who love island hopping also escape to The Whitsundays, Australia’s picture-perfect tropical paradise playground! This scenic coastal haven is a hotspot for local travellers. However, most holidaymakers escape to this idyllic part of Queensland for short getaways due to the luxury price tag that the resorts in this region charge.


In the cooler winter months, many locals like to head south to the snowfields in the Australian Alpine areas.

Or, you can take a short trip across Bass Strait to explore Tasmania. Here you can explore the natural beauty of the untouched hinterland and let the fresh air fill your lungs, before heading back to the big smoke. Then, get lost exploring the bustling back alleys and laneways in one of the world’s most liveable cities here in my current hometown, Melbourne. With its rich history and vibrant cultural calendar, there is so much to do and see in the city that never sleeps!


Australia is home to some of the most incredible natural wonders of the world.

You can take a scenic drive along The Great Ocean Road, stopping off to see The Twelve Apostles. Then, sample wine from a fine selection of award winning vintners in the Barossa Valley, before heading north towards Alice Springs in the red centre. Or, travel across the coastline of the Great Australia Bight and laze alongside a kangaroo on the beach in Esperance. Continue on to Perth on the Western coast of Australia. And then head north to Broome, where you can ride a camel across the pristine Cable Beach at sunset, or explore the rock pools at low tide.


Australia is a country of privilege and I’ve always known I was lucky to be born here. Growing up in country Queensland, I loved to watch the sunset over the horizon and then sleep under the stars. However, I also grew up with an innate sense of wanderlust and like many Australians, I longed to travel the world.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Aussies spent billions of dollars abroad.

However, one of the blessings of international border closures is that we have been forced to holiday at home this year. We are blessed to have so many amazing attractions here in our own backyard and there truly is no better time to SEE AUSTRALIA!


Domestic travel restrictions are still hindering our travel plans to some degree.

But most of us are so eager for a break that we are buying vans and hitting the road. Or, snapping up cheap airfares and taking our chances on the borders staying open! As a Flight Attendant, I am beyond lucky to be able to enjoy short getaways when I travel for work.

So in this section of the site, I will share my layover adventures with you and review some of the highlights of my homeland to you to can plan your next trip to SEE AUSTRALIA!




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