This week I am kicking off the first edition of a new quasi-regular blog segment – Ellen Eats! Whenever I visit a new place I will be documenting the best and worst of the foods I encounter. Today we will be eating our way through Bali, and upcoming segments will feature the foods of Thailand, […]

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Hotel Review: Dusun Villas, Bali


Yep, you are reading it right. This chica went back to Bali for the third time this year! After having a wonderful stay at the Kunja Villas in Seminyak I was pretty excited to get offered a stay at Kunja’s sister property – Dusun Villas – for a three night visit. So how did the […]

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A Little More Darwin


I know it must seem like an endless parade of posts about friends coming to visit me in the Top End,ย so despite me having enough material from another such visit over my birthday to span 3 or 4 entire posts, I have decided to condense it all into one big post – the last one […]

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Becoming Croc Bait at Bitter Springs


After spending the night in Katherine and having a seriously good sleep in, we set off to visit nearby Elsey National Park and go for a little swim in the beautiful Bitter Springs. When I say that Bitter Springs is ‘nearby’ Katherine – be warned that this is an Aussie’s version of ‘nearby’ and in […]

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Waterfall Swims at Edith and Florence


One of the perks about moving to a part of the country that many of your friends had never visited is that quite a few of my most favourite friends from Adelaide were all too keen to come up and visit me in the Top End – which just helped to give me even more […]

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Splashing Around in the Buley Rockhole


After spending a few hours floating around at Robin Falls, it was time for us to do a little more exploring and time to find another place where we could cool off. Enter Litchfield National Park. After backtracking 25km or so along Stuart Highway, we took the Batchelor turnoff and continued on until we entered […]

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Croc Free Waterfall Swims in the NT


The Top Endย is a truly beautiful part of Australia. Lush wet season forests, stunning waterfalls and incredible national parks all combine to make a part of Australia that is like no other.ย However, living in the tropics can have downsides. During the wet season, high heat and extreme humidity combine to make the Top End an […]

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Exploring Atauro Island, Timor-Leste


You have snorkelled. You have lazed about in your eco-friendly paradise. You have enjoyed the solitude. So with more time left on Atauro before returning back to mainland Timor-Leste, what will you do to pass the time? I had come to Atauro smack bang in the middle of the wet season and as a result, […]

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The Hidden Delight of Timor-Leste


In the time I spent on Atauro, the weather was very rainy and very grey. It made the mountains look intriguing and hauntinglyย beautiful. I thought that the dark skies would make for dark ocean water too, but as it turns out, this was not the case. I went snorkelling to the outer reef of Atauro […]

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Barry’s Place: Eco Friendly Paradise


After being assaulted and very nearly robbed in Dili, I desperately wanted Atauro to be the haven I imagined it to be. I was to stay on the island with no way of contacting the outside world for a few days and after the previous days incident, I was worried it would be another horrible […]

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