Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016

Welcome to the 2016 edition of the ranked list of the top Australian and New Zealand travel blogs.  For the first version of this list I have assessed and ranked 138 travel blogs, and I expect to add more blogs to this list following publication so that it is comprehensive.  The new post of Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Bloggers for 2017 has now been published so click through to see the latest information!

I posted my previous list in 2013 and it was very well received – and most of the listed travel blogs have received a regular stream of visitors as a result of the previous list article holding the top ranking article position in Google for the ‘australian travel blogs’ and ‘new zealand travel blogs’ keywords.

How Many Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs Are There?

In my previous list I assessed 103 blogs – this time around I have assessed 138 blogs – and there are undoubtedly some more who aren’t on my list.  If you missed out please check the assessment criteria below and if you think you should have been included please let me know about your blog in the comments below.  I plan to update this article to include the additional blogs where they meet the assessment requirements.

Travel Blog Assessment Criteria

I have amended my blog assessment and ranking approach to include the following criteria:

  1. The blog must have some link to Australia or New Zealand – this includes people who were born or raised in either country, a blog with a substantial focus on Australia or New Zealand, or a blog where the writer is spending a significant amount of time living in either country, for example as a long term expat or here on a working holiday visa.  A three week visit two years ago doesn’t quite cut it…  🙂
  2. The blog must be active, with travel related articles published in the past three months (and yes, I checked every site :)).
  3. The blog must have a substantial amount of travel articles – at least 50% of the content needs to be travel related.
  4. The blog must have its own domain name (ie., not or

Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs have been ranked purely using their current Domain Authority (sourced from MOZ Open Site Explorer).  Domain Authority is a number out of a maximum of 100, with a higher number indicating a website which has a higher level relative to other websites.

Please note that Domain Authority is not necessarily a true indicator of actual website traffic but it is a useful indicator of the relative ranking for websites.  Also, Domain Authority levels oscillate with each update on Moz which occur every couple of months.  In my personal experience having tracked my blog Domain Authority monthly for several years now, while my current level is at 30, it has oscillated between 30 and 35 over 2015, and other blogs have a similar experience.

Please note that a couple of sites have rebranded during 2015 and I have tagged those with a note as the Domain Authority for their new domain names will take additional time to rise back to their true level.

Top 24 Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The top 24 ranked travel blogs have Domain Authority between 53 and 36, and each of these blogs is competitive in the global travel blogging industry and most are operated as substantial blogging businesses.

Rank Site Name Website Address Blogging Niche
1 Y Travel Blog Long Term Family Travel
2 Indie Travel Podcast Travel
3 World of Wanderlust Long Term Travel
4 Mapping Megan Travel
5 Nomadic Notes Long Term Travel
6 Young Adventuress Expat Travel
7 Suitcase Stories Long Term Travel
8 Time Travel Turtle Long Term Travel
9 Travel With Bender Long Term Family Travel
10 Get In The Hot Spot Travel
11 Bitten By The Travel Bug Travel
12 The Travel Tart Humourous Travel
13 grantourismo Food & Travel
14 Her Packing List Travel & Travel Equipment
15 Our Oyster Long Term Family Travel
16 What’s Dave Doing Long Term Travel
17 Where’s Sharon Long Term Family Travel
18 A Taste of Travel Travel
19 Aussie On the Road Travel
20 Contented Traveller Travel
21 Flashpacker Family Family Travel
22 Our Naked Australia 4WD Australian Expedition Travel
23 Travel Past 50 Long Term 50+ Travel
24 Zigazag Western Australian Travel

Top 25th – 78th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between 25th – 78th positions each have Domain Authorities between 35 and 25, and these are mostly well established travel blogs who have usually been operating for multiple years and have built a good framework of links and a large body of content.  The blogs are a mixture of full time and part time travel bloggers, some running businesses and others running their blogs as hobbies.

Rank Site Name Website Address Blogging Niche
25 Four Jandals Travel
26 Holidays to Europe Europe Travel
27 Albom Adventures Travel
28 Journey Jottings Travel Memories
29 Backpacking Matt Travel
30 Girl Tweets World Travel
31 Have Wheelchair Will Travel Travel & Disability Parenting
32 Passing Thru Travel
33 Rocky Travel Australian Travel
34 Boy Eats World Family Travel & Food
35 Not A Ballerina Travel
36 Travelling King Travel
37 A Hole in My Shoe Travel
38 Budget Travel Talk Budget Travel
39 The Road to Anywhere Long Term Travel
40 World Travel Family Long Term Family Travel
41 Adventure, Baby! Travel & Parenting
42 Bushwalking Blog Australian Hiking
43 Jon is Travelling Travel
44 Little Grey Box Travel Photography
45 Mee Too Melbourne Family Travel
46 Mr and Mrs Romance Food & Travel
47 Pretraveller Travel
48 Toddlers on Tour Family Travel
49 Exploramum & Explorason Travel
50 Bren on the Road Travel
51 FrugalFirstClassTravel Travel
52 The Global Couple Travel
53 The Grey Nomads Australian Travel
54 The Kid Bucket List Family Travel
55 2 Aussie Travellers Food & Travel
56 The Trusted Travellers Long Term Australian Travel
57 This Island Life Travel & Fashion Photography
58 Venga, Vale, Vamos Expat Travel
59 Holy Smithereens Luxury Travel
60 Little Nomads Family Travel
61 Melissa Findley Travel Photography
62 50 Shades of Age Travel & Lifestyle
63 A Globe Well Travelled Expat Travel
64 Adventures All Around Travel
65 Big World Small Pockets Long Term Australian Travel
66 Ecotraveller Eco Travel
67 Flying The Nest Long Term Travel
68 rtw Travel Guide Long Term Travel
69 Travel and Beyond Travel
70 Vagrants of the World Long Term Travel
71 VegemiteVix Travel & Lifestyle
72 A Glass Half Full Travel
73 Bubs on the Move Family Travel
74 Drink Tea & Travel Travel
75 Live. Travel. Blog. Travel
76 Redz Australia Australian Travel

*Recently rebranded

77 Sydney Moving Guide Expat Sydney Travel
78 The Travelling Lindfields Travel

Top 79th – 119th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between the 79th and 119th positions each have Domain Authorities between 24 and 19, and these are mostly well established travel blogs who have usually been operating for multiple years and have built a good framework of links and a large body of content.  The blogs are a mixture of full time and part time travel bloggers, some running businesses and others running their blogs as hobbies.

Rank Site Name Website Address Blogging Niche
79 A Pair of Boots and a Backpack Travel
80 Hiking Fiasco Australian Hiking
81 Legging It Motorcycle Global Expedition Travel
82 Lots a Fresh Air Australian Hiking
83 North and South Nomads Travel
84 Taking to the Open Road Travel
85 The Wandering Lens Long Term Travel Photography
86 Travelling Type Travel
87 A Modern Wayfarer Travel
88 Aerohaveno Travel
89 Chantae Was Here Travel
90 Feet on Foreign Lands Travel
91 Little Aussie Travellers 4WD Australian Family Expedition Travel
92 Mr and Mrs Amos Luxury Travel
93 Roaming Downunder Australian Travel
94 Straight on Detour Long Term Travel
95 Sydney Expert Sydney Travel
96 The Travelling Light Travel
97 The Urban Mum Luxury Family Travel
98 Travelling Apples Long Term Family Travel
99 Wild Western Australia Western Australian Travel
100 Dive PlanIt Travel & Scuba Diving
101 Frugal Frolicker Long Term Travel
102 Happiness and Things Travel
103 Mister Weekender Travel Writing
104 Nomad’er How Far Travel & Lifestyle
105 Polka Dot Passport Long Term Travel
106 Sofia na Australia Expat Travel
107 Sophee Smiles 4WD Expedition Travel
108 Travel Live Learn Travel & Lifestyle
109 Travel Outback Australia Outback Australia Travel
110 Who Needs Maps Travel
111 4WDing Australia 4WD Travel
112 Blonde Ambition Travel & Lifestyle
113 Escape With Kids Family Travel
114 Go Camping Australia Travel & Camping Equipment
115 Our 3 Kids vs The World Family Travel
116 Roaming Required Travel
117 Travel Ling Travel
118 Hello Sydney Kids Sydney Family Travel

*Recently rebranded

119 World Travel Tribe Travel

Top 120th – 138th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between 120th and 138th positions each have Domain Authority between 18 and 5, and these are mostly the newer travel blogs who are in the process of building their blogs to an established level, along with some established blogs.

Rank Site Name Website Address Blogging Niche
120 The Wanderlust Scout Expat Travel
121 This Is Our Australia Long Term Australian Family Travel
122 Wanderlust Storytellers Family Travel
123 Genuine Journeys Travel
124 It’s Worth a Shot Travel Photography
125 Many Many Adventures Travel
126 Never Ending Honeymoon Long Term Travel
127 Norris Around Australia Long Term Australian Travel & Lifestyle
128 Stylish Travels Travel & Travel Equipment
129 The World As Bec Sees It Travel
130 Go Chase The Sun Travel
131 Mel MC Travel
132 Travelling Frenchies Expat Family Travel
133 Kev and Em Go Global 4WD Expedition Travel
134 EuroTash Travel
135 The Brunette Travels Travel
136 Travels With Nina Travel Writing
137 AWOL Family Travel
138 The Blonde Nomads Long Term Australian Family Travel

So there you have it, the ranked list of the top 138 Australian and New Zealand travel blogs.  I hope you have found some new blogs to follow!

New Travel Blogger Welcome

For those of you who are new travel bloggers, welcome to the Australian and New Zealand travel blogging community!  You may not yet be aware that the best place I have found to get to know our tribe, both ‘Down Under’ and in the international travel blogging industry is through Facebook groups.

First set up your Facebook profile so that your travel blog is listed as a website against your profile.  Note that if you do not do this you are unlikely to be added to any group, as the group moderators (who are time poor) get a lot of spam joining requests and you need to make it easy for them to check if you are a legit travel blogger. Otherwise they will ignore your application.

Once you have set up your profile you are then ready to apply to join some groups.  Search for the following groups as a great place to start, and there are many more to help beginner, intermediate and advanced bloggers get started.

  • We Travel We Blog
  • Aussie Bloggers
  • Part-Time Traveler Talk

If you are setting up or refreshing your travel blog site you may also be interested to check out 25 Best Premium WordPress Travel Blog Themes for 2017.

If you think you have been missed please add the details of your blog in the comments below.  Also, if you would like me to put some different info in the ‘Blog Niche’ column please let me know.  I hope you find this list of value and I have certainly enjoyed finding new travel blogs to follow.

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016

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