The Aussie Flashpacker

The Aussie Flashpacker Travel Blog & Magazine brings you the best in luxury and adventure travel.
Bursting with Wanderlust, Luxury, Adventure, Travel tips & Inspiration it aims to inspire you to travel and see the world.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our Guide to Queensland's North Stradbroke Island

After Christmas, we packed the car to the brim with all our boards and camping supplies and headed up the coast to North Stradbroke Island. North Stradbroke Island is located off the coast of Brisbane in Moreton Bay and was about a 10 hour trip from our home in Port Macquarie. North Stradbroke Island is also known by its Aboriginal name, Minjerribah and as Straddie, by both locals and visitors alike. Coming in at second to Fraser Island, Straddie is the world’s second largest sand island. The island is one of Australian’s natural treasures and we absolutely loved every second of the week we spent on Straddie with its white sandy beaches, magnificent inland lakes, hidden waterways, wildlife, friendly locals, scenic walks and wonderful laid-back way of life.

Our Guide to Queensland's North Stradbroke Island

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Top 10 Travel Experiences of 2016

2016 was a magical year for us, we left the UK, moved to Australia and along the way managed to tick off 12 new countries! It was really hard to narrow all the incredible experiences we had down to just 10 but somehow we managed to and can't wait to share them with you all! 2017 will be a different year of travel for us, we won't be ticking off 12 new countries as we're now living Down Under but look forward to visiting at least 12 new destinations in Australia and can't wait to share all our Aussie adventures, both luxurious and adventurous with you! We're also moving into our own place in a few months and can't wait to show off our humble abode and also share all the details of our upcoming WEDDING and honeymoon!

Couple in Oia Santorini Greek Islands

Friday, December 30, 2016

Our Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2016

Every year we like to round up our top 10 most popular posts of the year. This year has been a big year for The Aussie Flashpacker! We've visited 12 countries, had countless unforgettable travel experiences, moved across the world and gained over 50,000 social media followers along the way! We've loved sharing our travel experiences with all our wonderful readers and promise 2017 will be an amazing year full of travels, our wedding & honeymoon!

Dolphins Sailing through Croatia

Friday, December 23, 2016

Our Top 10 Luxury Hotel Experiences of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year! We left England in April, travelled through 12 countries and eventually settled back in Australia after two and a half years away! During our travels we've stayed in some incredible luxury hotels, so much so that it made it quite difficult to pick a top ten! Our top ten is quite a mixture of hotels and ranges from luxurious log cabins to the ultimate in five star luxury to glamping tents and boutique hotels. These ten hotels aren't just your typical luxury hotel, each offered us a unique experience like no other and we can't wait to share them with you!

Our Top 10 Luxury Hotel Experiences of 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Romantic Anniversary Weekend at The Melbourne Parkview Hotel

We've had some pretty exotic anniversaries in the time we've been together. For our first anniversary Dan surprised me with flights to Paris and for our second anniversary we treated ourselves to an unforgettable holiday to snowy Grindelwald in Switzerland! We've only fairly recently arrived back in Australia and so when we found out that JetGo had recently launched flights from our hometown of Port Macquarie to Melbourne we were sold! We spent ages trying to find a nice hotel but as it was so last minute and so close to Christmas a lot were sold out! We then found a fantastic deal on Groupon for the Melbourne Parkview Hotel which is a luxury, 4.5 Star hotel that was ideally located and offered stunning views of Melbourne's Parks and the city skyline.

Melbourne Parkview Hotel Atrium

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Telling the Time with my Stylish JORD Wood Watch

It's been a couple of years since I've worn a watch and so when JORD Wood Watches recently reached out to us for a collaboration and giveaway I had one look at their beautiful watches and happily accepted! JORD Wood Watches are made from 13 unique types of wood from around the world including bamboo, zebrawood, maple, rosewood and olive and are completely different and unique from any watch I've ever seen. I love that JORD state that their watches are for "telling more than time". They say that "the value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time". I absolutely love my stylish and sophisticated Cora Zebrawood & Rosé and haven't taken it off since it arrived!

JORD Wood Watches Cora Zebrawood & Rose Watch

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Osprey Meridian: The Complete Travel Package

I had a few luggage issues on my recent trip in Europe and found myself struggling to find a decent replacement as I dragged a suitcase with a broken wheel through the Balkans. Thankfully I reached out to Osprey in the UK and they were more than happy to arrange to have one of their amazing Meridian 75 suitcases sent to our hotel in Turkey. I've spent the last few months travelling with my Osprey Meridian 75 and can safely say that it is the best luggage I've ever had. Osprey's mission is to create innovative high performance gear that reflects our love of adventure and our devotion to the outdoors, and their Meridian 75 ticks all the boxes and more!

Girl with Osprey Meridian 75 Luggage in Santorini

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Harry Potter Destinations Around the World

I'm a huge Harry Potter fan... just like 99% of the population. I've seen the movies more times than I can count, I've read the books so many times they literally fell apart, I've drank butterbeer on two continents and I know way too much about the characters, the books and the films. My travels over the years have taken me to a large number of places that either served as inspiration for the films or as actual film sets! A few days ago we saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which has inspired me to put together an ultimate guide to some of the very best Harry Potter Destinations around the world! Now there are twenty places on the list below, I've been lucky enough to visit 14 and plan to tick the other 6 of as soon as possible! Have a read through and let us know how many you've seen and which ones you are itching to visit!

Girl at Howarts Castle Universal Studios Orlando