2020 didn’t go to plan.

As champagne bottles popped and fizzed across the country to ring in the new year, a raging inferno blazed in our backyard, destroying millions of hectares of bushland and with it thousands of homes. Then, just as the blackened apocalyptic skies passed, a global pandemic hit, changing forever the world we once knew.

COVID-19 has led to inconceivable tragedy, but for me, like many others, it brought about a more frivolous loss. 2020 was the year I planned to leave behind the nine-to-five and jet across the globe. I’d take a shoebox studio in Paris and write by day in a corner cafe; spend a few languid months under the Tuscan sun; maybe try my luck in The Big Apple, ice-skating in Central Park under Christmas lights.

Needless to say, those dreams have been parked. Instead, with Australia’s borders closed and international travel set for a seismic shift, I’m turning my attention to the bucket of wanderlust that awaits in our own backyard. Australia (and the potential trans-Tasman travel bubble) accounts for 5 per cent of this glorious lonely planet, a wonderland of red earth, pink skies and cerulean blue seas.

And it’s not just the stuff of outback adventures. We have luxurious stays, world-class food and fresh opportunities for conscious travel. Road-trip to bushfire-ravaged regions with an empty esky and full heart; tread lightly on the earth at exquisite eco retreats; and explore the nation’s rich Indigenous history via sacred sites.

Now is the time to get to know and appreciate this place we call home – before we’re all stamping our passports once more.

Lonely Continent was born from a desire to edit and elevate Australian travel content. Here you’ll find itineraries curated by stylish locals, hidden gems and holiday havens to add to your bucket list, inspiration-rich stories from the country’s best journalists, plus all the latest local travel updates.

Here’s to new adventures. Even if they weren’t what you originally planned.


About us

Kathryn Madden is a journalist for marie claire by day and the editor of this platform by night. But Lonely Continent is not a one-woman show, built instead on recommendations and contributions from savvy and stylish Australians.


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