Gabrielle George

Teenage Adventurer, World Traveler, Busker and Tramper

We saw this huge hive, it's impressive! It didn't feel like we were meant to be walking through here. And back on the beach again . The tide was coming in and after a while we were forced up the beach to walk on the soft sand. The waves got closer and closer and we wondered if...

Streams, Ferries, Beaches and a Tsunami Freak-out

Streams, Ferries, Beaches and a Tsunami Freak-out

We stayed a night at a caravan park in Paihia. It was $86 for one night and all we got was a tiny patch of grass and bad facilities! But I did get to have a nice, hot shower. We resupplied at the big Countdown in Paihia. I was going to walk the km there with mum and dad but...

The Hardest Day of my Life – The Raetea Forest

The Hardest Day of my Life – The Raetea Forest

I’m sorry but this post isn’t about the wonderfulness of hiking. If you want to just think tramping is always wonderful and happy and skipping through grassy meadows you should not read this post. Just warning you. We knew that we had a big day ahead of us. The trail notes said...

Te Araroa – the First 100 km of Tramping

Te Araroa – the First 100 km of Tramping

We were all pretty nervous as we started to hike the Te Araroa. It was really foggy when we left the lighthouse at Cape Reinga and there wasn't much in the way of views. Once we'd descended a little we came out of the fog and the views were amazing! Soon we came down onto the...

Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

Melbourne to the start of the Te Araroa

We walked down Great Nanna's road to the bus stop. It was a bit tricky to fit into the seats with our bags and we took up two seats each. We got off the bus at the train station and got onto a train Southern Cross station, in the middle of Melbourne. From there we got on a...

Three Days to go!

Three Days to go!

That's right, we've only got three days until we get on a plane and fly away to the land of the long white cloud! I don't really feel excited or stress - I think I still don't truly believe it's happening. Like really, we're going to walk the length of a country? Come on, pull...

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

Ultra-Light, Ultra-Cheap Sleeping Bags

My dad was so tight that he didn't want to buy proper, small and lightweight sleeping bags. My dad, the great shopper that he is, found ones that were only 19AUD and figured that they were good enough! And plus, he knows that I can sew. waaaaaaay too big Great, now mum and I...

Te Araroa Preparation

Te Araroa Preparation

After getting to Great Nanna's house, one of the first things we did was go open all the mail that we'd been getting sent to her house. This is all the stuff that she'd been getting in the mail and sticking in the back-room for us. No wonder she was threatening to start...

Alice Springs to Melbourne

Alice Springs to Melbourne

After a six-week placement at the Alice Springs Hospital, mum has finally finished her nursing degree!!!!!!!! We picked her up from the hospital right after she'd finished her very last shift and started driving. That night we had a small feast. Holli, Asha and I had cooked...

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

We’ve Just Booked in Walking 3000 km across New Zealand

In November I'm flying out of Australia and into Auckland with the rest of my family. We're going to New Zealand to hike (or to use the kiwi term, tramp) the Te Araroa. The Te Araroa is a long-distance trail, stretching 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) along the length of...

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta

The Henley-on-Todd Regatta

Or should I just say the parade? The Henley-on-Todd Regatta is the only dry river regatta in the world and is the only regatta ever cancelled because of wet weather. The funniest thing is we didn't even want to go to start with. We were just going to stay at home and have a...

2075 km Through the Outback

2075 km Through the Outback

Mum got a nursing placement in Alice Springs so we needed to drive from Townsville to Alice. It's not far she said, only 2075 km (1290 miles). She's not the one squished in the back of the car with a half-broken seat. I'll give her not far (just remember mum, I get to choose...

Crocodile!

Crocodile!

Holli and Asha came sprinting back to the van after going for a run along the river and told us that they'd seen a Crocodile! We got the bikes out and rode the two Km to where they saw it as quickly as we could, me with the camera and Asha dinking Forrest. The croc was sunning...

My Ancestry and Photos of my Greek Family

My Ancestry and Photos of my Greek Family

Look what I found at nanna's house! Heaps of really, really old photos of my ancestors and relatives from when they were in Greece! This is my favourite one. The older boy next to the woman is my great grandfather Vlassios. The man driving the oxen is my great, great...

Busking in Townsville in Full Steampunk Costume

Busking in Townsville in Full Steampunk Costume

After persuading my mum to drive me to the Strand (Townsville's beach-front area) I found a suitable spot to busk and set up. A suitable busking spot is basically anywhere that has high pedestrian traffic. It was a bit blowy but not enough to be too much of a bother. Although,...