All posts by Mallee Stanley

I grew up in Australia, but like many Auzies, I wanted to explore the world. After two years travelling around my birth country, I bought a one-way ticket in India and didn't return to Australia for six years. From India I journeyed by sea across to East Africa — the inspiration for a second (and third) novels. The second is about a girl growing up in Dar es Salaam who escapes from her dark past, only to find it catches up with her in Canada. I only spent a few weeks in Uganda, but after I left, I kept hearing stories about the political instability. I've finished the first draft of a tale set during this time, and am beginning my next project set in New Zealand and Australia while editing my Uganda story. I now call Canada home. This blog is about my travel experiences. If you visit my ReadandWrite blog, you'll find book reviews on my top choices and what I've learned about writing.

Further along magpie lark creek

I decided to head back to a trail I once religiously exercised along near Bulimba Creek. I often trekked the route before six in the morning. After that time, Brisbane’s summers were just too hot. Continue reading Further along magpie lark creek

A lush Melbourne park

Fitzroy Gardens, named after an early New South Wales governor, was on the edge of the city centre located on a generous section of land. If I’d hoped to see an abundance of Australian native trees, I would have been disappointed. There were a few pines, gum trees and Moreton Bay fig tees, but this was more of an English park. Chestnut and elm trees appeared to have been planted when the park first opened 150 years ago because their girth and height was vast. Continue reading A lush Melbourne park

Whippoorwill Point Loop

I’d already ascended from Sandy Cove, so what the heck, I thought, I might as well continue along the trail. There was no one to disturb my temporary ownership except the occasional call of a bird. Continue reading Whippoorwill Point Loop

The best kept secret Auz foods

If you’re arriving from North America, you’ll notice how fresh the fruits and vegetables are in Australia. Amazingly, you don’t need a knife to peel a mango if you’re there in the right season. But make sure it’s a Bowen mango. They’re the best along with delicious custard apples and passion fruits. Queensland has the perfect climate for these tasty fruits, so it’s the place to try them. Continue reading The best kept secret Auz foods

Sandy Cove Beach

Tucked away from Harrison Hot Springs was Sandy Cove Beach. It may have only been about a kilometre up and down a winding path, but it seemed like a world away. I met no one along the trail but when I arrived at the beach, a flock of birds took off, their wings clapping the air. Continue reading Sandy Cove Beach

Remains of Cleveland’s European past

Cleveland’s courthouse that’s now a restaurant, became a police station for a time where local lawbreakers could be locked up on site. This wooden building from the 1850s had Moreton Bay beckoning at its doorstep. Continue reading Remains of Cleveland’s European past