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.

RankSite NameWebsite AddressBlogging Niche
1Y Travel Blogwww.ytravelblog.comLong Term Family Travel
2Indie Travel Podcastwww.indietravelpodcast.comTravel
3World of Wanderlustwww.worldofwanderlust.comLong Term Travel
4Mapping Meganwww.mappingmegan.comTravel
5Nomadic Noteswww.nomadicnotes.comLong Term Travel
6Young Adventuresswww.youngadventuress.comExpat Travel
7Suitcase Storieswww.suitcasestories.comLong Term Travel
8Time Travel Turtlewww.timetravelturtle.comLong Term Travel
9Travel With Benderwww.travelwithbender.comLong Term Family Travel
10Get In The Hot Spotwww.getinthehotspot.comTravel
11Bitten By The Travel Bugwww.bittenbythetravelbug.comTravel
12The Travel Tartwww.thetraveltart.comHumourous Travel
13grantourismowww.grantourismotravels.comFood & Travel
14Her Packing Listwww.herpackinglist.comTravel & Travel Equipment
15Our Oysterwww.ouroyster.comLong Term Family Travel
16What’s Dave Doingwww.whatsdavedoing.comLong Term Travel
17Where’s Sharonwww.wheressharon.comLong Term Family Travel
18A Taste of Travelwww.atasteoftravelblog.comTravel
19Aussie On the Roadwww.aussieontheroad.comTravel
20Contented Travellerwww.contentedtraveller.comTravel
21Flashpacker Familywww.flashpackerfamily.comFamily Travel
22Our Naked Australian Expedition Travel
23Travel Past 50www.travelpast50.comLong Term 50+ Travel
24Zigazagwww.zigazag.comWestern 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.

RankSite NameWebsite AddressBlogging Niche
25Four Jandalswww.fourjandals.comTravel
26Holidays to Travel
27Albom Adventureswww.albomadventures.comTravel
28Journey Jottingswww.journeyjottings.comTravel Memories
29Backpacking Mattwww.backpackingmatt.comTravel
30Girl Tweets Worldwww.girltweetsworld.comTravel
31Have Wheelchair Will Travelwww.havewheelchairwilltravel.netTravel & Disability Parenting
32Passing Thruwww.passingthru.comTravel
33Rocky Travelwww.rockytravel.netAustralian Travel
34Boy Eats Travel & Food
35Not A Ballerinawww.notaballerina.comTravel
36Travelling Kingwww.travellingking.comTravel
37A Hole in My Shoewww.aholeinmyshoe.comTravel
38Budget Travel Talkwww.budgettraveltalk.comBudget Travel
39The Road to Anywherewww.theroadtoanywhere.comLong Term Travel
40World Travel Familywww.worldtravelfamily.comLong Term Family Travel
41Adventure, Baby!www.christineknight.meTravel & Parenting
42Bushwalking Hiking
43Jon is Travellingwww.jonistravelling.comTravel
44Little Grey Boxwww.littlegreybox.netTravel Photography
45Mee Family Travel
46Mr and Mrs Romancewww.mrandmrsromance.comFood & Travel
48Toddlers on Travel
49Exploramum & Explorasonwww.exploramum.comTravel
50Bren on the Roadwww.brenontheroad.comTravel
52The Global Couplewww.theglobalcouple.comTravel
53The Grey Travel
54The Kid Bucket Travel
552 Aussie Travellerswww.2aussietravellers.comFood & Travel
56The Trusted Travellerswww.thetrustedtraveller.comLong Term Australian Travel
57This Island Lifewww.thisislandlife.comTravel & Fashion Photography
58Venga, Vale, Vamoswww.vengavalevamos.comExpat Travel
59Holy Smithereenswww.holysmithereens.comLuxury Travel
60Little Nomadswww.littlenomads.comFamily Travel
61Melissa Findleywww.melissa-findley.comTravel Photography
6250 Shades of Agewww.50shadesofage.comTravel & Lifestyle
63A Globe Well Travelledwww.aglobewelltravelled.comExpat Travel
64Adventures All Aroundwww.adventuresallaround.comTravel
65Big World Small Pocketswww.bigworldsmallpockets.comLong Term Australian Travel
66Ecotravellerwww.ecotravellerguide.comEco Travel
67Flying The Nestwww.flyingthenest.tvLong Term Travel
68rtw Travel Guidewww.rtw-travel-guide.comLong Term Travel
69Travel and Beyondwww.travelandbeyond.orgTravel
70Vagrants of the Worldwww.vagrantsoftheworld.comLong Term Travel
71VegemiteVixwww.vegemitevix.comTravel & Lifestyle
72A Glass Half Fullwww.aglasshalf-full.comTravel
73Bubs on the Movewww.bubsonthemove.comFamily Travel
74Drink Tea & Travelwww.drinkteatravel.comTravel
75Live. Travel.
76Redz Australiawww.redzaustralia.comAustralian Travel

*Recently rebranded

77Sydney Moving Guidewww.sydneymovingguide.comExpat Sydney Travel
78The Travelling Lindfieldswww.thetravellinglindfields.comTravel

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.

RankSite NameWebsite AddressBlogging Niche
79A Pair of Boots and a Backpackwww.bootsandabackpack.comTravel
80Hiking Fiascowww.hikingfiasco.comAustralian Hiking
81Legging Global Expedition Travel
82Lots a Fresh Airwww.lotsafreshair.comAustralian Hiking
83North and South Nomadswww.northandsouthnomads.comTravel
84Taking to the Open Roadwww.takingtotheopenroad.comTravel
85The Wandering Lenswww.thewanderinglens.comLong Term Travel Photography
86Travelling Typewww.travellingtype.comTravel
87A Modern Wayfarerwww.amodernwayfarer.comTravel
89Chantae Was Herewww.chantae.comTravel
90Feet on Foreign Landswww.feetonforeignlands.comTravel
91Little Aussie Australian Family Expedition Travel
92Mr and Mrs Amoswww.mrandmrsamos.comLuxury Travel
93Roaming Downunderwww.roamingdownunder.comAustralian Travel
94Straight on Detourwww.straightondetour.comLong Term Travel
95Sydney Expertwww.sydneyexpert.comSydney Travel
96The Travelling Lightwww.thetravellinglight.comTravel
97The Urban Family Travel
98Travelling Appleswww.travellingapples.comLong Term Family Travel
99Wild Western Australiawww.westernaustralia-travellersguide.comWestern Australian Travel
100Dive PlanItwww.diveplanit.comTravel & Scuba Diving
101Frugal Frolickerwww.frugalfrolicker.comLong Term Travel
102Happiness and Thingswww.happinessandthings.comTravel
103Mister Weekenderwww.misterweekender.comTravel Writing
104Nomad’er How Farwww.nomaderhowfar.comTravel & Lifestyle
105Polka Dot Passportwww.polkadotpassport.comLong Term Travel
106Sofia na Australiawww.sofianaaustralia.comExpat Travel
107Sophee Smileswww.sopheesmiles.com4WD Expedition Travel
108Travel Live Learnwww.travellivelearn.comTravel & Lifestyle
109Travel Outback Australiawww.traveloutbackaustralia.comOutback Australia Travel
110Who Needs Mapswww.whoneedsmaps.comTravel
1114WDing Australiawww.4wdingaustralia.com4WD Travel
112Blonde & Lifestyle
113Escape With Kidswww.escapewithkids.comFamily Travel
114Go Camping Australiawww.gocampingaustralia.comTravel & Camping Equipment
115Our 3 Kids vs The Worldwww.our3kidsvtheworld.comFamily Travel
116Roaming Requiredwww.roamingrequired.comTravel
118Hello Sydney Family Travel

*Recently rebranded

119World Travel Tribewww.worldtraveltribe.comTravel

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.

RankSite NameWebsite AddressBlogging Niche
120The Wanderlust Scoutwww.thewanderlustscout.comExpat Travel
121This Is Our Australiawww.thisisouraustralia.comLong Term Australian Family Travel
122Wanderlust Travel
123Genuine Journeyswww.genuinejourneys.netTravel
124It’s Worth a Shotwww.itsworthashot.comTravel Photography
125Many Many Adventureswww.manymanyadventures.comTravel
126Never Ending Honeymoonwww.neverendinghoneymoon.netLong Term Travel
127Norris Around Australiawww.norrisaroundaustralia.comLong Term Australian Travel & Lifestyle
128Stylish Travelswww.stylishtravels.comTravel & Travel Equipment
129The World As Bec Sees Itwww.theworldasbecseesit.comTravel
130Go Chase The Sunwww.gochasethesun.comTravel
131Mel MCwww.melmcleod.comTravel
132Travelling Frenchieswww.travellingfrenchies.comExpat Family Travel
133Kev and Em Go Globalwww.kevandemgoglobal.com4WD Expedition Travel
135The Brunette Travelswww.thebrunettetravels.comTravel
136Travels With Ninawww.travelswithnina.comTravel Writing
137AWOL Familywww.awolfamily.comTravel
138The Blonde 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

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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

164 thoughts on “Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs for 2016”

  1. What a list of bloggers! some am familiar with but there are now new ones to be discovered! Travelling Frenchies has made it on a list (happy dance). Now to move up that list in 2016!! Thanks for including us!

  2. Hi Anne, Thanks for compiling this list (and doing all of the hard work). I am thrilled to be at No. 38. It is interesting to see who is where on the list. Jan

  3. Hi Anne, I think I may have been missed 🙁 – I am pretty new though so it’s not unexpected. I’m over at – Originally from the UK, I traveled non-stop for four years before settling in Melbourne, Australia 3 years ago. I now blog about my past adventures as I plan for the next and hope to be able to make it onto your next list 🙂
    Thank you and Happy Travels 🙂

  4. Hi Anne! What a lot of work – and thanx for producing this great resource!! So glad I made your list this year – looking forward to building my blog even more to improve my score. I’ll be producing a new list of Australian Travel Blogs (ie blogs with a high proportion of Australian travel content) soon for those who are specifically looking for Aussie travel inspiration!

    • Kathy, thank you for your comment and congratulations on being included. We are listening! But blogging is very challenging and takes a lot of time to build up your momentum, especially if you are doing it part time.

  5. So thrilled to be on this year’s list! I started my blog on a New Years resolution whim two years ago and have enjoyed the process of creating content that is useful to other travellers. Thanks for compiling this great list!

  6. Thanks Anne! You do such a great job compiling this list. A lot of hard work. I am stoked that ZigaZag is at #24. I think getting onto a list gives us renewed Fizz to keep going. Blogging is hard work, often relentless and sometimes you do wonder if anyone is listening which makes recognition all the more exciting. I’d like to say, Well done to everyone, regardless of what number you came in at. The Travel Blogging community is awesome and over the 6 years I’ve been writing ZigaZag I’ve met and made some great blogging friends. Keep on inspiring Y’All!

  7. This list just proves that some of the world’s most talented bloggers are based in or have some kind of deep connection to Australia and NZ- I’m an ardent fan of so many bloggers on this list.

  8. Wow! Anne 😀
    This is a true labour of love!
    Such a lot of work, but what an amazing endeavour ~
    Thrilled that I made the list, and fabulous to see so many Ozzie-NZ bloggers who are out there adding to the mix.
    All the best for the New year 🙂

  9. What an amazing list and huge amount of work this represents! I’d love to have you take a look at my blog, Between Roots and Wings, an American in Australia expat blog, as I believe it may meet your criteria ( Thanks, and looking forward to getting to know some of these blogs I haven’t seen, yet.

  10. Thanks for the comprehensive list. This is a good thing you’ve done. Thanks for introducing me to new blogs as well.

  11. We were in New Zealand and Australia for almost a month last year and I wish I would have had this list while planning!!! I always use a combo of blogs, tripadvisor, etc when planning a trip, so this is a great resource for people ready to go explore Australia/ New Zealand!

  12. Epic list! How wonderful is to know so many people love and share this beautiful country of ours, and of course New Zealand? We’re so so happy we made Australia our focus for the past 2 years and have been able to share just how amazingly exotic and beautiful it is. Congrats to everyone who made the list – keep shining the Aussie + Kiwi light! Thanks for including us within such a great community.

  13. Thanks for the inclusion Anne! Honoured to be on the list and what a great resource you’ve put together. Nice to be part of one big massive tribe – the TTT, Trans-Tasman Tribe 🙂

  14. Wow Anne! I can’t imagine the number of hours you must have put in to produce this list, so a HUGE thanks for doing that. I am very chuffed to be listed at #26 (up from #44 in 2014) and in such great company. Many of the bloggers listed are a big inspiration to me and you’ve given me lots more to follow, too. Thanks again, and here’s to a year full of travels in 2016.

  15. Thank you for creating the list Anne, so thrilled to see I bumped up 20 places (#69 to #48) from the last list – which I had quite a number of click through’s. So thank you for sharing all these great Aussie and NZ blogs.

  16. Hi, Great list but I can see some notable omissions of some very popular, long staring food and travel blogs. I’m wondering how you decided something was a travel blog more so than a food blog?

    Thanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    P.S I did read the 50% content rule but I guess my questions about sites such as my own. For example my format is 1 travel story, 1 restaurant review from my travel location, and one recipe per week. 2/3rds content is travel related i.e.: where to stay, what to do or where to eat, the other 1/3 is a recipe.l I’m sharing. Would you class this as a travel blog.

    • Julie, thank you for your comment. I am aware that many blogs are about a combination of food and travel, however the focus of this list is on travel bloggers, which is why I set the requirement that at least 50% of articles are travel related. Many food bloggers do blog about travel but it is usually at most 1/3rd of their content, and as a result I have not included them.

      Your blog sounds like you may have a greater focus on travel, so I will add it to my spreadsheet for consideration along with quite a few other bloggers who have made contact. I will let you know in the next week or so if I believe that it meets the criteria I have set once I have done a detailed review of your site like I have already completed for every other blog on the list.