Fiona Harper
Digital Editor | Travel Writer | Photographer
Travel Play Live | Travel Boating Lifestyle | Freelance

* Digital Editor at Travel Play Live - Women's adventure, travel & lifestyle magazine (print & digital)
* Managing Editor at Travel Boating Lifestyle (digital)
* Columnist (cruise/sail) & Contributor at Pacific Island Living magazine (print & digital)
* Contributing writer to print & digital travel publications globally (Vacations & Travel, Silk Air inflight, Air Niugini inflight amongst many others)
* Tourism & marine industry social media & digital content specialist
* Contributor to Getty Images (specialising in drone & north QLD photography)

Based in Cairns, Fiona Harper is a freelance travel writer & photographer, content creator, social media manager & digital travel editor. Fiona specialises in travel, soft adventure (sail, hike, bike, run, camp & glamp), small ship cruising & outdoor lifestyles. She established Travel Boating Lifestyle in 2009, which was a finalist for Best Travel Blog in 2019 ASTW Awards for Excellence & she was a Photographer of the Year finalist in the same year.

Widely traveled, highly acclaimed & much published, Fiona's articles & images appear in print and digital publications across the globe. She's well known for producing extraordinary results. Social media-savvy, Fiona has a strong online profile as a well respected travel writer/blogger. She works with tourism brands creating content & on dedicated brand campaigns.

When not chasing a story or travelling the globe she's probably running a marathon, hiking a mountain or sailing into a tropical sunset blissfully disconnected from deadlines. She's rather partial to mountains & mojitos, islands and highlands. Follow Fiona at

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    Fiji's stunning Bay of Islands at Vanua Balavu in the Lau Group is one of the world's best cruising destinations. Ship's Sound is an intimate anchorage surrounded by pinnacle-like islands and has space for a couple of yachts. Travel Boating Lifestyle is …


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    On the Great Barrier Reef coastal drive between Cairns & Port Douglas, the 700-odd tree coconut plantation at Thala Beach Nature Reserve confirms you've reached Paradise!


    uploaded 16 Apr 2019 8:51am

    Early morning trail run on the Atherton Tablelands, Cairns, Queensland Australia. Filmed on DJI Mavic 2 Pro


    uploaded 16 Apr 2019 8:49am

    Barron Falls are a dramatic waterfall near Cairns, north Queensland - the best viewpoint is from the train station platform at Kuranda. Shot on DJI Mavic 2 Pro

    24 Jun 2020

    Since falling in love with sailing in West Australia's Kimberley region as a teenager, Fiona Harper has had countless adventures - and misadventures - throughout the world. Delivering yachts across Asia/...
    19 Jun 2020

    With striking views of Uluru, Baillie Lodges announces the reopening of Red Centre luxury lodge Longitude 131 on 21 August 2020 as Northern Territory reopens its borders to travellers.
    17 Jun 2020

    With travel restrictions easing, this Cairns-based travel writer opens up the throttle to take a longed-for road trip getaway close to home.
    15 Jun 2020

    Sailing is the new green

    Vacations and Travel

    Saltwater has coursed through my veins for as long as I can remember. From childhood holidays spent immersed in the Indian Ocean on West Australia's countless beaches to an adulthood spent sailing around ...
    13 Jun 2020

    Experience the ultimate winter adventure in Swedish Lapland with 50 Degrees North's new 5-day tour , including two of Scandinavia's most innovative and unique places, the Aurora Safari Camp and the ...
    04 Jun 2020

    North Queensland is now open to travellers in Queensland with the state's far north welcoming road trippers to explore Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands and Outback Queensland....
    04 Jun 2020

    Road cyclists and mountain bikers are spoilt for choice in Tasmania with offroad trails and bike-friendly roads across the State. Cycling has never been so popular as gyms and exercise equipment have ...
    02 Jun 2020

    Luxury Lodges of Australia are poised for reopening, welcoming returning guests first to Cape Lodge in West Australia's glorious South West region. Other lodges re-opening immediately are Pretty Beach ...
    02 Jun 2020

    Women across Australia are taking a walk on the wild side, getting back to nature to find their inner wild child. While coffee catch ups with like-minded women have their place, women are now looking ...
    02 Jun 2020

    Planning an Aussie road trip soon? (Yeah, we know everyone is!). Don't miss our Ultimate Guide to discover Australia's little known secrets and treasures on our State by State roundup.
    27 May 2020

    Slip into old-fashioned Tasmanian country hospitality just one hour from downtown Hobart as historic Rathmore House reopens its doors smack in the heart of the Derwent Valley.
    25 May 2020

    Top 5 summer highs in Colorado's mountains

    Travel Play Live

    Colorado, USA

    The US state of Colorado is often thought of as a ski destination, thanks mostly to an elevation 4,200m above sea level graced with groomed slopes and plush resorts. But Colorado's high country lures ...
    20 May 2020

    No bee, no me: On World Bee Day (20 May 2020), we celebrate the innovative ways Queensland's tourism operators embrace bees and their golden nectar: From using beeswax and resin to help injured sea turtles,...
    20 May 2020

    Victoria's High Country is the place hike for dramatic mountains and plunging valleys, with rivers that rumble into lakes aplenty. With an abundance of natural beauty the Victorian Alps offer plenty ...
    20 May 2020

    With 10,000km of coastline, West Australia punches well above its weight when it comes to remote, natural wonders. The state's 60 national parks are home to many of the state's abundant natural treasures,...
    20 May 2020

    The message of sustainability (and social distancing) is everywhere now, so seeing the world under sail may be the most enriching way to holiday for the better. The post Sustainable social distancing:...
    19 May 2020

    Townsville: a love story

    Truly Aus

    Townsville QLD, Australia

    In the early 80's, a sun kissed backpacker fell in love with a city called Townsville. Rekindling the affair over the years, Townsville's a little like that tempestuous lover that you just can't seem ...
    27 Apr 2020

    With travel temporarily curtailed, many of us have taken the time to reconnect with the Earth. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we recognise cultures that have nurtured the Earth ...
    27 Apr 2020

    Virtual travel experiences are the closest thing to actual travel adventures at the moment. While our suitcases and backpacks remain unused, we've discovered a plethora of travel experiences from ...
    16 Apr 2020

    Issue #7 featured: Call of the Wild, Hiking Solo - enjoying your own company, Finding the light within yourself, Creating positive change, Switching off digital noise in favour of nature, Trail running,...