It’s A Mystery: Camping On The NSW South Coast

I wake up slightly disoriented and quickly tug at the zip. A tepid breeze sifts through the tall trees overhead, casting flecks of sunlight on the leaf-littered forest floor. A mild morning glow touches the branches of eucalyptus and bird calls echo towards the ocean. Only the occasional bark of an excited dog pierces the tranquillity…

A Visit To Coonamble, New South Wales

“Oh, the kids here do one of those every year” someone shrugged by way of explanation. I continued to gawp, utterly horrified, at the giant papier-mâché edifice hanging only a few meters above my disbelieving head. Upside down, tethered by his feet and catching the midday sun at odd angles, Jesus was wearing an off-yellow…

Working In An Australian Sheep Abattoir

Ditching the 9-5 office job for an unconventional lesson in offal sorting. How did I end up here? I laughed to myself as I donned my plastic gloves and began the second kidney-peeling shift of my ten hour day, alongside my Taiwanese colleagues working the main organ conveyor belt. ‘Here’ was a sheep abattoir in…

A Day On Australia’s Bondi Beach

I’m not hipster enough to live in Bondi. I’m not just saying that because I’m not a Sydney-Sider, nor a backpacker by definition, but because what I wear, how I act, the music I listen to and hell, probably even the hobbies I have, don’t fit the mould of your typical Bondi resident.   As…

From Australia To London By Train

It was almost three years ago now that I stood in Heathrow airport departures lounge with my one-way boarding pass to Australia clasped nervously in my hands. I had decided to migrate indefinitely, to a country that I had never visited before. This may sound like a rash plan by anyone’s standards, let alone someone…