Louise Southerden

Louise Southerden

Australia

The places I love tend to be natural ones. I'm not an adrenalin junkie; I just love being outdoors, in big landscapes. I've got a thing for travelling simply and with as little environmental impact as possible, but I also believe in the power of travel to have a positive impact on the people, animals and places we visit.

My areas of expertise tend to be a bit off-the-tourist-trampled track. Think Madagascar and Tuvalu rather than Madrid or Texas, though I have been known to stay in luxury digs and do venture into big cities occasionally (my current favourite: Berlin). I write mostly for Fairfax Traveller, the travel section of The Sydney Morning Herald and its sister publications, and have won a few awards, including the Australian Society of Travel Writers' big one, Travel Writer of the Year, four times.

So that's me. I look forward to hearing about you and helping you tweak your travel plans.  

 

Australia

Great gourmet guided walks

Tasmania , Victoria , South Australia , Central Australia
Hiking and Trekking

If you're looking for a great, guided walk that will immerse you in Australia's incredible landscapes, check out Great Walks of Australia (greatwalksofaustralia.com.au) a group of the best gourmet guided walks in Australia. For travel advice, I can help. I've done many of them including: 

  • Tasmania: the Overland Track (Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair), Maria Island Walk and Bruny Island Long Weekend. I've also been to Freycinet National Park and the Bay of Fires area in north-eastern Tasmania (locations of other walks).
  • South Australia: the Arkaba Walk
  • Northern Territory: the Larapinta Trail
  • Victoria: Twelve Apostles Lodge Trail.
India

Ganges River cruise

Kolkata , West Bengal
River Cruising

One of the best ways to see India in all its confronting glory is by river cruise. I did a 9-day Ganges River cruise recently from Farakka downstream to Kolkata, City of Angels. 

Morocco

Travelling like a local

Whole Country
Budget Travel

Morocco is a dream destination, but travelling around North Morocco on a small-group tour (five people plus our local guide) got us under the skin of the place, to see how locals live and connect with them. It was also a Digital Detox trip - no smartphones, no WiFi - which offered a simple, genuine way of travelling.

Australia

WA's Kimberley by land and sea

Broome , The Kimberley
Adventure and Outdoors

I've been to Broome a couple of times, stayed at Cable Beach Club Resort most recently, have cruised up the Kimberley coast on a small boat (16 passengers) and on this trip also flew to the north-east Kimberley to stay at remote Berkeley River Lodge north of Kununurra.

Australia

How to experience Uluru

Uluru NP
Adventure and Outdoors , Indigenous Culture

I've been to Uluru a couple of times, and believe it's one of the most powerful places in Australia, and the world. There's so much to do there, and plenty of opportunities to quietly connect with the place and learn about Anangu culture.

Australia

Exploring Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Exmouth , Coral Bay , Ningaloo , Western Australia
Beaches , Budget Travel , Diving and Snorkelling

I spent a few days on Ningaloo Reef, which is in Ningaloo Marine Park about halfway between Perth and Broome in northwest Western Australia, staying in motel-style accomm in Exmouth & Coral Bay and doing day-trips out to the reef to snorkel with humpbacks (a new experience, though the whales were a bit elusive), manta rays, turtles and sharks.