All posts by Jacqueline Read

Bitten by the travel bug aged sixteen, Jacqui’s first travel experience was living for a year in the USA as a high school exchange student. Since then she has back-packed around the world revisiting the USA and taking in much of Europe, Turkey, and Kenya. She has also taught English in Taiwan. Jacqui completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in creative writing, journalism, and literary and cultural studies at Central Queensland University and has plans for postgraduate study in 2017. She also spent a semester at London South Bank University. Now at home in Queensland, Jacqui is enjoying the beach lifestyle and writing about what this region has to offer.

London Tube Etiquette: My First Experience of the London Underground

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series A Semester Abroad in London

Participating in a study abroad program and living in London was the highlight of my Bachelor of Arts degree. This series is a record of my adventure to London and Europe with my young family and my sister as the nanny.

Travelling on the London Tube can be daunting for the uninitiated and involves knowledge and skill beyond just ‘how to top up your Oyster card’. It is a skill that includes certain knowledge of Tube etiquette: always stand to the right on the escalators, don’t make eye contact, Continue reading

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Chinese New Year in London

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series A Semester Abroad in London

Participating in a study abroad program and living in London was the highlight of my Bachelor of Arts degree. This series is a record of my adventure to London and Europe with my young family and my sister as the nanny.

London holds the biggest Chinese New Year festivities outside of Asia and last year saw the biggest yet, with extravagant floats transported from China. This is not something I read.  I got it from the horse’s mouth; an organiser of the event, no less… or that’s what he claimed Continue reading

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‘Sleep on the Reef’: Catching Forty Winks on the Great Barrier Reef

Just over twelve months ago, Reef tour provider Lady Musgrave Island Experience began operating out of Bundaberg Port at Burnett Heads, just four hours’ drive north of Brisbane. It is the most southern port in Queensland with an accessible departure point to Lady Musgrave Island, ‘the jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef’ and a true uninhabited coral cay.

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The Year-Round Turtle Experience: Australia’s Mon Repos Turtle Centre

Mon Repos Turtle Centre is situated in the township of Bargara on the Central Queensland coast, in the region of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The centre serves multiple purposes: a recreation area, a marine turtle nesting site, and a turtle research and conservation centre. It is open to the public and offers turtle nesting encounters to visitors.

My family and I live nearby and are regular visitors to the centre. We have picnicked in the park, swum at the beach, cycled the tracks, and joined in several night-time turtle encounters.

I recently spoke with Cathy Gately, head ranger in charge of the Mon Repos Turtle Centre, who said that the park is critical to the survival of the loggerhead turtle. Continue reading

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