TRAVELS WITH NINA

is the online portfolio and journal of Australian travel writer Nina Karnikowski.

GLAMPING AT BARRINGTON TOPS

GLAMPING AT BARRINGTON TOPS

There’s something about the Aussie bush that’s so soothing to the soul. It could be the whispering gums. The calls of the bush birds. The “hot gold hush of noon,” as Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar so aptly describes. Whatever it is, it calls to you. A couple of weeks back, my husband Pete and I […]

OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK IN OZ

OFF-THE-BEATEN-TRACK IN OZ

Growing up in Sydney, most of my Australian adventures were confined to roaming up and down the east coast of NSW. It wasn’t really until I went overseas for the first time at age 16, when people asked me what my country was like and I found I couldn’t answer them properly, that I realised how much more […]

A WRINKLE IN TIME IN KAKADU

A WRINKLE IN TIME IN KAKADU

I was meant to be learning to paint. Instead, I got a lesson in time. Sitting there on the floor of Kakadu’s Crocodile Hotel, mini canvas in one hand and handmade reed brush in the other, I was trying to recreate the intricate x-ray paintings we’d been seeing etched into the sandstone walls of Kakadu’s art sites over […]

KAKADU VIDEO

KAKADU VIDEO

Welcome to Kakadu, a land of delirious extremes. Extreme heat, dry creeks and bushfires in the dry season. Extreme storms and miles of flooded country in the wet season. Extreme amounts of wildlife, including nearly one-fifth of Australia’s mammals, 120 species of reptiles and 300 kinds of birds. Extreme pink-hued sunsets across the wild escarpments, […]

Australia: Ten Things I Love About You

Australia: Ten Things I Love About You

I’ve been away from Australia for six weeks now, and I’m finding myself pining already for my island home. Which is funny, since I don’t usually miss Australia at all when I’m gone. For the longest time I could stay away for months on end and not care if I ever came back or not. […]

AUSTRALIA’S TOP END

AUSTRALIA’S TOP END

NEDA VANOVAC, NORTHERN TERRITORY CORRESPONDENT FOR AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS, TALKS TO ME ABOUT LIFE IN AUSTRALIA’S ‘TOP END’. SHE HAS LIVED AND TRAVELLED HERE AMONGST INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES, STUNNING NATIONAL PARKS AND FEROCIOUS CROCS FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.   Neda, hello! When we started chatting about having you on the site, you mentioned to me that you campaigned […]