While some of us spend our lives living vicariously through others, some put it all on the line, sell their stuff and devote an entire life or parts of it to life on the road.
It’s hard to pin travellers down to a single location, but we’ve done our best to track down the best bloggers to follow for up-to-date travel information, tips and inspiration from Australia.
All the bloggers on this list are at the time of writing either:
- living in Australia;
- writing about Australia exclusively or;
- providing a valuable resource for people visiting Australia.
Disclaimer: By nature, the people on this list are a fleeting bunch so don’t be surprised if you’ve landed on this story 3 months down the track to see some of them in a completely different location. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles in this business.
So, without further ado, here are 41 travel blogs to follow this year:
Perth-based self-confessed foodie and hotel buff Jennie Friedman serves stories from near and far to hungry readers.
Wish there was an alternative to the 9-5 grind? Covering everything from insider tips to world metropolises to what it feels like being aimed at by a North Korean sniper, this Aussie expat shows you how it’s done.
Ashlee like many others on this list has traded the New South Wales countryside for a life of wandering and storytelling. Features brilliant photos and stories from Indonesia mostly, but as she puts it, she’s “all over the place” so that might change.
One girl’s journey around the world in search of adventure, culture and just a little bit of luxury. Written by an Adelaide girl who shares her year between London and Melbourne. Writes mostly about solo travel, culture and adventure.
Looking out for ankle biters while you’re on the move can be stressful. This blog covers travel tips and ideas for families travelling with small kids with a focus on far north Queensland.
A daily photo blog about life in northern New South Wales.
The witty musings of a travel industry professional turned travel blogger. The writing is strong enough to present a convincing argument to visit Canberra, which in most Aussies eyes would be a merit by itself.
Travel blog written by Amy and Kieron, a couple in their twenties sharing their adventures from around the world. Good posts about trip planning and how to save for your next trip.
A guide for expats looking to relocate to Sydney written by two Americans who can’t get enough of the Aussie lifestyle.
10. Fat Mum Slim
Not a travel blog in the traditional sense, but Chantelle’s Instagram photos are good enough to make you want to explore Australia more than once.
11. Gary Pepper Girl
Like the previous blog, Gary Pepper is not a travel blog, but a photo blog with a fashion/travel slant. Check out her beautiful photos from Lady Elliot Island here.
12. Going Anyway
The inspirational story of an Australian family with five kids and a wheelchair defying all odds to satisfy a never-ending wanderlust.
13. Hiking in Heels
The travelogue of a 20-something college graduate aiming to become a resource to girls who are equally stylish and adventurous.
A blog (and book) about living large on a tiny budget. Nikki has been motorbiking around the Australian east coast for two years and collected enough material to keep any volunteer squatter occupied for years.
Posts about the good, the bad and the ugly side of expat life by a Sydney-based British writer. Won Australian Travel Blog of the year award in 2012.
Stories, tips and practical advice from the road aimed at backpackers, expats, digital nomads and career breakers. Lonely Planet has called it the best travel podcast on the web, so you would probably like it too.
17. Little Grey Box
Food, travel and life musings from one of Brisbane’s up-and-coming stars. Part of the Brisbane Times Blog Army network and a regular contributor to Urbanspoon.
18. Live Travel Blog
Another Aussie who left the lucky country behind to see if the land of opportunity is just that. Currently blogging from her new home in Orlando, Florida.
The Woody family sold their stuff, bought a motorhome on eBay and set off to see Australia. This is their story.
20. Our Oyster
Globetrotting Canadian currently making her way through Australia.
Photos and words from a Melbourne-based UK expat with a love for nature and birdlife.
Visual treats from the world’s most isolated city.
The adventures of an Australian couple who decided to swap jobs and a mortgage for a life on the road.
Aussie travel blog written by an aeronautical engineer turned blogger wishing to share ways to help people travel with confidence.
25. Red Nomad Oz
Well-established Australian travel blog with a wealth of nature photos, inspirational stories and practical information.
26. Rocky Travel
A collection of travel blogs, photos and musings by a couple travelling Australia in an elderly Troopy “Bushcamper” in search of a spot to call home.
A go-to resource for daydreaming travellers looking for travel inspiration, reviews and recommendations from fellow travellers.
Travel tips and reviews for family travellers from a former BBC journalist turned Sydney sider.
30. The Aussie Nomad
Worldwide travel tips, thoughts and photos from a wandering Aussie who has found fulfilment on the road.
Have you ever wondered what happens if you quit your career? This is the musings of an ex-career girl who packed up and left the rat race for a life in Asia.
Beautifully designed blog by a Melbourne girl sharing her love for art, travel, adventure and photography.
Former Jersey Shore girl with a knack for wordslinging (yup, you read that right) and sharing her love for travel with the world.
Brisbane-based self-confessed travelholic Dean writes about travel and photography from his trips around the world.
35. The Travel Tart
Covers the weird, bizarre and less serious side of travel. Not a blog for serious, introspective, yoga mat-wielding soul searchers.
A huge resource for people looking to travel to Australia’s Red Centre. Written by two Alice Springs locals with years of experience trawling the area.
A Port Douglas family with itchy feet share their travel experience with like-minded readers. Written by a British ex-medical scientist turned Australian expat.
38. Y Travel Blog
Looking at this massive online travel resource, you wouldn’t think it’s the handiwork of a normal Aussie couple with a love for travel. The only reason this blog is towards the end of our list is alphabetical.
If you’re looking to visit Western Australia, this blog has the low-down on wining, dining and reclining on the opposite side of our continent.
Travel stories and inspiration by a Sunshine Coast-based writer who designed her life around travel.
Australia’s most adventurous family shares tips, advice and guides for exploring our lucky country.
Did we miss anyone? Tell us about your favourite travel blogs in the comments!
Cover photo courtesy of Jamiesrabbits on Flickr