Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2017

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Bloggers for 2017

Welcome to the 2017 edition of the ranked list of the top Australian and New Zealand travel blogs.  I have assessed and ranked 212 travel blogs (plus an additional 24 travel blogs who approached me after this list was published), and I have also provided more specific breakdowns for top travel blogs with Australian, New Zealand, family, adventure, 4WD, Motorcycle, RV, Caravan and Campervan and drone categories.

This is now my fourth year of producing this annual post and my past efforts have been very well received.  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 138 blogs – this time around I have assessed 212 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 and I will add your blog to my list to be reviewed next time (noting that I only produce these posts once per year…).

Travel Blog Assessment Criteria

My blog assessment and ranking approach includes 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…  :-).  I had a number of cases where travel blogs which previously met this criteria needed to be removed from the list, as they no longer had any recent clear connection with either Australia or New Zealand – think expats who were in country for a while and who have since moved on.
  2. The blog must be active, with travel related articles published in the past three months (and yes, I check every site :)).
  3. The blog must have a substantial amount of travel articles – at least 50% of the content in the last three months 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 of authoritative backlinks 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.  Where a site has recently rebranded and redirected to a new domain name I have used their previous domain name ranking to assess their overall ranking.

Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Bloggers for 2017

Top 35 Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The top 35 ranked travel blogs have Domain Authority between 62 and 40, and each of these blogs is competitive in the global travel blogging industry and most are operated as substantial blogging businesses.

1Y Travel Blogwww.ytravelblog.comAustralia
2Young Adventuresswww.youngadventuress.comNew Zealand
3Nomadic Noteswww.nomadicnotes.comAustralia
4Mapping Meganwww.mappingmegan.comAustralia
5Time Travel Turtlewww.timetravelturtle.comAustralia
6Travel With Benderwww.travelwithbender.comAustralia
8Get In The Hot Spotwww.getinthehotspot.comAustralia
9Indie Travel Podcastwww.indietravelpodcast.comNew Zealand
10World of Wanderlustwww.worldofwanderlust.comAustralia
11Contented Travellerwww.contentedtraveller.comAustralia
12Exploramum & Explorasonwww.exploramum.comAustralia
13Her Packing Listwww.herpackinglist.comAustralia
14The Travel Tartwww.thetraveltart.comAustralia
15Bitten By The Travel Bugwww.bittenbythetravelbug.comAustralia
16Flashpacker Familywww.flashpackerfamily.comNew Zealand
18Our Oysterwww.ouroyster.comAustralia
19Albom Adventureswww.albomadventures.comNew Zealand
20Backpacker Banterwww.backpackerbanter.comAustralia
21Suitcase Storieswww.suitcasestories.comAustralia
22Aussie On the Roadwww.aussieontheroad.comAustralia
24Where’s Sharonwww.wheressharon.comAustralia
25A Taste of Travelwww.atasteoftravelblog.comAustralia
26Anita Hendriekawww.anitahendrieka.comNew Zealand
27Four Jandalswww.fourjandals.comNew Zealand
28Love Swahwww.loveswah.comAustralia
29Not A Ballerinawww.notaballerina.comAustralia
30Big World Small Pocketswww.bigworldsmallpockets.comAustralia
31Girl Tweets Worldwww.girltweetsworld.comAustralia
32Journey Jottingswww.journeyjottings.comAustralia
33Rocky Travelwww.rockytravel.netAustralia
34What’s Dave Doingwww.whatsdavedoing.comNew Zealand

Top 36th -104th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between 36th – 104th positions each have Domain Authorities between 39 and 30, 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.

38Make Time To See the Worldwww.maketimetoseetheworld.comAustralia
40Travelling Kingwww.travellingking.comAustralia
41Toddlers on
42Wyld Family Travelwww.wyldfamilytravel.comAustralia
43Backpacking Mattwww.backpackingmatt.comNew Zealand
44Boy Eats
45Budget Travel Talkwww.budgettraveltalk.comAustralia
47Jon is Travellingwww.jonistravelling.comNew Zealand
49The Global Couplewww.theglobalcouple.comNew Zealand
50The Kid Bucket
51Bound Roundwww.boundround.comAustralia
52Bren on the Roadwww.brenontheroad.comNew Zealand
53Have Wheelchair Will Travelwww.havewheelchairwilltravel.netAustralia
552 Aussie Travellerswww.2aussietravellers.comAustralia
56Adventure, Baby!www.christineknight.meAustralia
57Adventures All Aroundwww.adventuresallaround.comAustralia
58Flying The Nestwww.flyingthenest.tvAustralia
60The Travelling Lindfieldswww.thetravellinglindfields.comAustralia
61Vagrants of the Worldwww.vagrantsoftheworld.comAustralia
62Lifestyle Fiftywww.lifestylefifty.comAustralia
63A Hole in My Shoewww.aholeinmyshoe.comAustralia
65Food and
66Holy Smithereenswww.holysmithereens.comAustralia
67Mr and Mrs Romancewww.mrandmrsromance.comAustralia
68The Grey
69Venga, Vale, Vamoswww.vengavalevamos.comAustralia
7050 Shades of Agewww.50shadesofage.comAustralia
72Holidays to
73The Road to Anywherewww.theroadtoanywhere.comAustralia
74The Trusted Travellerwww.thetrustedtraveller.comAustralia
75Tiki Touring Kiwiwww.tikitouringkiwi.comNew Zealand
76A Globe Well Travelledwww.aglobewelltravelled.comAustralia
77Blogger At Large Travelwww.bloggeratlarge.comNew Zealand
78Compass and Forkwww.compassandfork.comAustralia
79Department of Wanderingwww.departmentofwandering.comAustralia
81Straight on Detourwww.straightondetour.comAustralia
82Sydney Moving Guidewww.sydneymovingguide.comAustralia
83The Travelling Lightwww.thetravellinglight.comAustralia
84Aussie Flashpackerwww.theaussieflashpacker.comAustralia
85Chantae Was Herewww.chantae.comAustralia
86Drink Tea & Travelwww.drinkteatravel.comAustralia
87Food Wine Travelwww.foodwinetravel.blogAustralia
88Little Grey Boxwww.littlegreybox.netAustralia
89Our 3 Kids vs The Worldwww.our3kidsvtheworld.comAustralia
90Polka Dot Passportwww.polkadotpassport.comAustralia
91rtw Travel Guidewww.rtw-travel-guide.comNew Zealand
93Tot: Hot or Notwww.tothotornot.comAustralia
94To Travel Toowww.totraveltoo.comAustralia
95Travel and Beyondwww.travelandbeyond.orgAustralia
96Travel Boating Lifestylewww.travelboatinglifestyle.comAustralia
97Man vs Worldwww.manversusworld.comNew Zealand
98The Traveller’s Guide by #ljojlowww.hashtagljojlo.comAustralia
99Nomad’er How Farwww.nomaderhowfar.comAustralia
100The Fit Travellerwww.thefittraveller.comAustralia
101The Wandering Lenswww.thewanderinglens.comAustralia
102They Get Aroundwww.theygetaround.comAustralia
103Travelling Typewww.travellingtype.comAustralia

Top 105th – 177th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between the 105th and 177th positions each have Domain Authorities between 29 and 20, 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.

105Beer and Croissantswww.beerandcroissants.comAustralia
106Little Nomadswww.littlenomads.comAustralia
107Live. Travel.
108Melissa Findleywww.melissa-findley.comAustralia
109Migrating Misswww.migratingmiss.comNew Zealand
110Sydney Expertwww.sydneyexpert.comAustralia
111Travelling Appleswww.travellingapples.comAustralia
112Who Needs Mapswww.whoneedsmaps.comAustralia
113A Glass Half Fullwww.aglasshalf-full.comAustralia
114Bare Kiwiwww.barekiwi.comNew Zealand
115Dive PlanItwww.diveplanit.comAustralia
116Escape With Kidswww.escapewithkids.comAustralia
117Frugal Frolickerwww.frugalfrolicker.comAustralia
118Go Camping Australiawww.gocampingaustralia.comAustralia
119Happiness and Thingswww.happinessandthings.comAustralia
120Little Aussie
121Roaming Requiredwww.roamingrequired.comAustralia
122The Global Goddesswww.theglobalgoddess.comAustralia
123The World On My Necklacewww.theworldonmynecklace.comNew Zealand
124This Island Lifewww.thisislandlife.comAustralia
126Travel Outback Australiawww.traveloutbackaustralia.comAustralia
128Exploring Kiwiswww.exploringkiwis.comNew Zealand
129Lots a Fresh Airwww.lotsafreshair.comAustralia
130Mum Pack
131Traveling Honeybirdwww.travelinghoneybird.comAustralia
132West Australian Explorerwww.westaustralianexplorer.comAustralia
134Bubs on the Movewww.bubsonthemove.comAustralia
135Feet on Foreign Landswww.feetonforeignlands.comAustralia
136Hello Sydney
137Lets Go Mum
138Redz Australiawww.redzaustralia.comAustralia
139Sofia na Australiawww.sofianaaustralia.comAustralia
1404WDing Australiawww.4wdingaustralia.comAustralia
141Adventure Mummawww.adventuremumma.comAustralia
142An Ocean Awaywww.anoceanaway.netNew Zealand
143Four Around The Worldwww.fouraroundtheworld.comAustralia
144Hiking Fiascowww.hikingfiasco.comAustralia
145Sarah Sees the Worldwww.sarahseestheworld.comNew Zealand
146The Urban
147Travel Live Learnwww.travellivelearn.comAustralia
148World Travel Tribewww.worldtraveltribe.comAustralia
149Distant Francophilewww.distantfrancophile.comAustralia
150La Vida Globalwww.lavidaglobal.comAustralia
151This Wkndrwww.thiswkndr.comAustralia
152Mr and Mrs Amoswww.mrandmrsamos.comAustralia
153Sophee Smileswww.sopheesmiles.comAustralia
154Taking to the Open Roadwww.takingtotheopenroad.comAustralia
155The World As Bec Sees Itwww.theworldasbecseesit.comAustralia
156Together We
157The Travelling Tomwww.thetravellingtom.comAustralia
158A French Collectionwww.afrenchcollection.comAustralia
159A Modern Wayfarerwww.amodernwayfarer.comAustralia
161All Around
162Between Roots and Wingswww.betweenrootswings.comAustralia
164Gee You’re Bravewww.geeyourebrave.comAustralia
167Good To Gowww.tianatempleman.comAustralia
168Hummingbird Awaywww.hummingbirdaway.comAustralia
169Many Many Adventureswww.manymanyadventures.comAustralia
170Roaming Downunderwww.roamingdownunder.comAustralia
171Fair Dinkum Travellerwww.fairdinkumtraveller.comAustralia
172Genuine Journeyswww.genuinejourneys.netAustralia
173Gypsea Lust Photowww.gypsealust.comAustralia
174It’s Worth a Shotwww.itsworthashot.comAustralia
175Kev and Em Go Globalwww.kevandemgoglobal.comAustralia
176Briar’s Travel
177Travels With Ninawww.travelswithnina.comAustralia

Top 178th – 212th Ranked Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs

The blogs ranked between 178th and 212th positions each have Domain Authority between 19 and 1, 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.

178Luxury Backpackingwww.luxurybackpacking.netAustralia
180Where to Nextwww.where-to-next.comAustralia
181Travelgal Nicolewww.nicolelabarge.comNew Zealand
182AWOL Familywww.awolfamily.comAustralia
183The Frenchie Escapeswww.thefrenchieescapes.comAustralia
184Travelling Frenchieswww.travellingfrenchies.comAustralia
185Mildly Extremewww.mildlyextreme.comAustralia
186Run Towards Travelwww.runtowardstravel.comAustralia
187Captured Travelwww.capturedtravel.comAustralia
188Fluffy Towelwww.fluffytowel.comAustralia
189Life In Transitwww.lifeintransit.netAustralia
192Born With A Suitcasewww.bornwithasuitcase.comAustralia
193Global Surf Soundswww.globalsurfsounds.comAustralia
194Norris Around Australiawww.norrisaroundaustralia.comAustralia
195Broken Limitzwww.brokenlimitz.comNew Zealand
196Hoff to Explorewww.hofftoexplore.comAustralia
197Love Your Travelswww.loveyourtravels.coAustralia
198Mel MCwww.melmcleod.comAustralia
199The Blonde
200Thrifty Family Travelswww.thriftyfamilytravels.comAustralia
202Plate and Planewww.plateandplane.comAustralia
205Kidding Around Australiawww.kiddingaroundaustralia.comAustralia
206Travel With Joannewww.travelwithjoanne.comAustralia
207The Hawaii
208Aussie Trip Advisorwww.aussietripadvisor.comAustralia
209Our Little Wanderlustwww.ourlittlewanderlust.comAustralia
210Traveller Katewww.travellerkate.comAustralia
211Wander Storieswww.wanderstories.spaceAustralia


So there you have it, the ranked list of the top 212 Australian and New Zealand travel blogs.  I hope you have found some new blogs to follow!

I have also had quite a few additional travel bloggers reach out to me after publishing this post, so rather than make changes to the main lineup I am adding a separate section with their details below, and rolling their blogs into the other short lists below where they fit those categories.  Note that I am not planning to do any further updates to this list, so if you tell me about your blog from now on I will ensure that you are considered for the 2018 list.

Fash Packingwww.sydneyfashionhunter.comAustralia
JetSet Brunettewww.jetsetbrunettexo.comAustralia
Through An Aussies Eyeswww.throughanaussieseyes.comAustralia
You The World Wanderingwww.youtheworldwandering.comAustralia
Wicked Walkaboutwww.wickedwalkabout.comAustralia
Never Ending Honeymoonwww.neverendinghoneymoon.netAustralia
No Impact Girlwww.noimpactgirl.comAustralia
Roam The Gnomewww.roamthegnome.comAustralia
The Meandering Wandererswww.meanderingwanderers.comAustralia
The Window Seatwww.thewindowseat.netAustralia
Travel Bug
Travel with The Greenswww.travelwiththegreens.comAustralia
Tray Tables Awaywww.traytablesaway.orgAustralia
The Roaming Forkwww.theroamingfork.comAustralia
Everywhere Bucket listwww.everywherebucketlist.comAustralia
Greeting the Worldwww.greetingtheworld.comAustralia
Lets Go Travel Australiawww.letsgotravelaustralia.comAustralia
Wanderlust With My Kidswww.wanderlustwithmykids.comAustralia
Tips 4 Tripswww.traveltips4trip.comAustralia
Indefinite Leavewww.indefiniteleave.comAustralia

As a new section for this post I am also going to help you find the best travel blogs to get information on specific destinations and travel styles.

Best Travel Blogs for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth

As you can expect many of the Australian travel blogs also are the best source for Australian travel content – and this is mostly true – so rather than give you the list of the 181 travel blogs in this space, I will focus a bit further onto travel blogs which provide specific content about Sydney, Melbourne and Perth content.  To be included in these lists the travel blogs needed to contain a high quantity of recent content for the specific destination, not just ‘I had three articles from my occasional visit’ about this specific destination.

Best Travel Blogs if You Are Visiting Sydney

Girl Tweets
Boy Eats
The Kid Bucket
Adventure, Baby!
The Travelling
The Trusted
Sydney Moving
Escape With
Happiness and
Hello Sydney
Between Roots and
Travel With

Best Travel Blogs if You Are Visiting Melbourne

Bitten By The Travel
Have Wheelchair Will
Department of
Tot: Hot or
Bubs on the
Feet on Foreign

Best Travel Blogs if You Are Visiting Perth
A Hole in My
Chantae Was
West Australian

Best Travel Blogs if You Are Visiting New Zealand

Below are the travel blogs with the best content to help you plan a trip to New Zealand.

The Global
2 Aussie
The Road to
Tiki Touring
Blogger At Large
Polka Dot
Man vs
The Wandering
They Get
An Ocean
The Travelling

Best Australian and New Zealand Family Travel Blogs

Family travel blogs are very popular, so below are the ones to look at to help you inspire and plan your family travels.

Y Travel Blogwww.ytravelblog.comAustralia
Travel With Benderwww.travelwithbender.comAustralia
Exploramum & Explorasonwww.exploramum.comAustralia
Flashpacker Familywww.flashpackerfamily.comNew Zealand
Our Oysterwww.ouroyster.comAustralia
Where’s Sharonwww.wheressharon.comAustralia
Toddlers on
Wyld Family Travelwww.wyldfamilytravel.comAustralia
Boy Eats
The Kid Bucket
Bound Roundwww.boundround.comAustralia
Have Wheelchair Will Travelwww.havewheelchairwilltravel.netAustralia
Adventure, Baby!www.christineknight.meAustralia
Our 3 Kids vs The Worldwww.our3kidsvtheworld.comAustralia
Tot: Hot or Notwww.tothotornot.comAustralia
Little Nomadswww.littlenomads.comAustralia
Travelling Appleswww.travellingapples.comAustralia
Escape With Kidswww.escapewithkids.comAustralia
Little Aussie
Mum Pack
Bubs on the Movewww.bubsonthemove.comAustralia
Hello Sydney
Lets Go Mum
Adventure Mummawww.adventuremumma.comAustralia
Four Around The Worldwww.fouraroundtheworld.comAustralia
The Urban
Together We
Between Roots and Wingswww.betweenrootswings.comAustralia
Gee You’re Bravewww.geeyourebrave.comAustralia
Where to Nextwww.where-to-next.comAustralia
AWOL Familywww.awolfamily.comAustralia
Travelling Frenchieswww.travellingfrenchies.comAustralia
Born With A Suitcasewww.bornwithasuitcase.comAustralia
The Blonde
Thrifty Family Travelswww.thriftyfamilytravels.comAustralia
Kidding Around Australiawww.kiddingaroundaustralia.comAustralia
Our Little Wanderlustwww.ourlittlewanderlust.comAustralia
Wicked Walkaboutwww.wickedwalkabout.comAustralia
Roam The Gnomewww.roamthegnome.comAustralia
The Window Seatwww.thewindowseat.netAustralia
Travel with The Greenswww.travelwiththegreens.comAustralia
Wanderlust With My Kidswww.wanderlustwithmykids.comAustralia

Best Australia and New Zealand 4WD, Motorcycle, RV, Caravan and Campervan Travel Blogs

If you want find travel blogs to feed your 4WD, motorcycle, RV, caravan and campervan obsession, here are the ones to follow!

Budget Travel Talkwww.budgettraveltalk.comAustralia
The Grey
Little Aussie
Travel Outback Australiawww.traveloutbackaustralia.comAustralia
Redz Australiawww.redzaustralia.comAustralia
4WDing Australiawww.4wdingaustralia.comAustralia
All Around
Kev and Em Go Globalwww.kevandemgoglobal.comAustralia
Love Your Travelswww.loveyourtravels.coAustralia
The Blonde
Wicked Walkaboutwww.wickedwalkabout.comAustralia
Greeting the Worldwww.greetingtheworld.comAustralia
Lets Go Travel Australiawww.letsgotravelaustralia.comAustralia
Indefinite Leavewww.indefiniteleave.comAustralia

Best Australia and New Zealand Adventure Travel Blogs

I have defined Australian and New Zealand adventure travel blogs as ones which regularly post adventurous content – which includes mountaineering, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, bushwalking, tramping, overland journeys to off the beaten tourist track countries, and any other adventurous activity.

Backpacker Banterwww.backpackerbanter.comAustralia
Aussie On the Roadwww.aussieontheroad.comAustralia
Four Jandalswww.fourjandals.comNew Zealand
Big World Small Pocketswww.bigworldsmallpockets.comAustralia
Make Time To See the Worldwww.maketimetoseetheworld.comAustralia
Backpacking Mattwww.backpackingmatt.comNew Zealand
Jon is Travellingwww.jonistravelling.comNew Zealand
Holy Smithereenswww.holysmithereens.comAustralia
The Road to Anywherewww.theroadtoanywhere.comAustralia
Aussie Flashpackerwww.theaussieflashpacker.comAustralia
Chantae Was Herewww.chantae.comAustralia
Drink Tea & Travelwww.drinkteatravel.comAustralia
Travel Boating Lifestylewww.travelboatinglifestyle.comAustralia
Bare Kiwiwww.barekiwi.comNew Zealand
Dive PlanItwww.diveplanit.comAustralia
Lots a Fresh Airwww.lotsafreshair.comAustralia
An Ocean Awaywww.anoceanaway.netNew Zealand
Hiking Fiascowww.hikingfiasco.comAustralia
Mildly Extremewww.mildlyextreme.comAustralia
Global Surf Soundswww.globalsurfsounds.comAustralia
Norris Around Australiawww.norrisaroundaustralia.comAustralia
Broken Limitzwww.brokenlimitz.comNew Zealand
Kidding Around Australiawww.kiddingaroundaustralia.comAustralia
The Meandering Wandererswww.meanderingwanderers.comAustralia
Greeting the Worldwww.greetingtheworld.comAustralia

Best Australian and New Zealand Travel Blog Drone Operators

A new area which many international travel bloggers have been offering services is through the use of drones to further be able to highlight destinations through aeriel videography.  As a result as I assessed each travel blog  I kept note of which travel bloggers were offering drone services.  You may surprised to realise that I was only able to identify four Australian and New Zealand travel blogs which offer these services – so definitely some potential for bloggers to consider whether to add these services to their portfolio.  (If I missed you please let me know in the comments and I will add your blog to this list).

Little Grey Boxwww.littlegreybox.netAustralia
They Get Aroundwww.theygetaround.comAustralia
All Around
Broken Limitzwww.brokenlimitz.comNew Zealand


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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.

I hope you find these lists of value and I have certainly enjoyed finding new travel blogs to follow.


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