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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    uploaded 24 Aug 2020 6:12pm

    Motorhoming is not all beaches & cocktails at sunset. Fiona goes behind the scenes to make her dump point debut on a road trip with Let's Go Motorhomes in Tropical North Queensland.


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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!


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


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    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

    12 Sep 2020

    Where to go on a North Queensland road trip

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    Cairns QLD, Australia

    Exploring north Queensland by motorhome Fiona encounters rare wildlife, pristine beaches, flooded volcanic craters and magical, ancient forests as she road trips south, west and north of Cairns
    02 Sep 2020

    Best dive sites around Australia

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    With approx.60,000km of pristine coastline, Australia is blessed with world-class dive sites offering some of the best marine and wildlife encounters in the world
    01 Sep 2020

    Get off the grid for backcountry adventure

    Colorado, USA

    Sustainable travel continues to drive travel search trends with experts predicting that holidays in regional areas will become more popular once international travel resumes. Colorado with its...
    27 Aug 2020

    Concealed below the surface of the Coral Sea lies a new Great Barrier Reef treasure. The Museum of Underwater Art's exhibit, the Coral Greenhouse, has settled into its watery surroundings on the...
    25 Aug 2020

    Byron at Byron reopens

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    Byron Bay NSW, Australia

    Byron at Byron resort is nearing completion of a multi-million dollar refresh as part of Crystalbrook Collection's ongoing commitment to sustainability and seamless integration with the surrounding...
    14 Aug 2020

    Australian adventure travel company, World Expeditions, has launched Australian Cycle Tours with a new range of Australia-wide self-guided, supported cycling adventures. All you need to do is ride...
    14 Aug 2020

    Discover Australia with Indigenous guides

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    Witness millennia old artworks, sample bush tucker and learn the stories of age-old wisdom with local guides on these Australian Indigenous cultural tours
    14 Aug 2020

    Hiking and biking trails of Ipswich, Queensland

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    Ipswich QLD, Australia

    One hour west of Brisbane, the Ipswich region has over 550 public parks and conservation reserves with maintained trails for mountain bikers, walkers and horse riders to suit beginners through to...
    14 Aug 2020

    Guide to the best camping spots in Ipswich, Queensland

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    Ipswich QLD, Australia

    Less than one hour from downtown Brisbane and a little over one hour from the Gold Coast, Ipswich is close enough to the 'big smoke' while being far enough away to proudly wear its cloak draped...
    13 Aug 2020

    Checking into an Elite Havens luxurious private villa for extended holiday bliss with friends and family makes sense for those of us who treasure leisurely, extended holidays where we can manage our...
    12 Aug 2020

    True North resumes expedition cruising in the Kimberley

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    Broome WA, Australia

    Following an enforced COVID-19 shutdown, small expedition cruise company True North have resumed cruising the Kimberley region departing from Broome
    11 Aug 2020

    Bespoke tour operator Walk into Luxury has expanded its Australian tour offerings with hiking adventures taking in Tasmania's Bass Strait Islands, South Australia's Fleurieu Peninsula, the Kimberley...
    05 Aug 2020

    The Serengeti Girls Run brings fitness-focused women to Tanzania to raise funds and provide opportunities for women and girls in conservation, commerce and community leadership programs writes FIONA...
    05 Aug 2020

    Thredbo's back country tours make snow season debut

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    Thredbo NSW, Australia

    Thredbo's winter season has launched as New South Wales' favourite ski town is cloaked in a blanket of fresh snow. Back country tours are now available for snow bunnies to go off piste in safety with...
    05 Aug 2020

    Cities, towns and small communities in Colorado stand ready to welcome travellers back as soon as it is safe. The US state of Colorado is ideal for road tripping, thanks to world-class scenic...
    29 Jul 2020

    Graced with alluring homegrown alternatives to some of the most famousattractions across the globe, Central Queensland with its Central Highlands and Keppel Islands await Australian travellers. And...
    24 Jul 2020

    NEW: Luxury retreat to open on Rottnest Island

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    Rottnest Island WA, Australia

    Rottnest Island in Western Australia is soon to open its newest accommodation offering. Samphire Rottnest is located within a whisper of the chalk-white beach of Thomson Bay, and opens in October...
    23 Jul 2020

    Graced with wide open spaces enticing travellers to explore, Colorado has options aplenty for hiking and biking adventures on its endless mountain trails. With 58 mountains rising 4,300m above sea...
    20 Jul 2020

    What floats your boat?

    Pacific Island Living

    I vividly remember the first time I stepped aboard a yacht. Clambering down a barnacle-encrusted ladder attached to the Broome jetty at low tide, the deck of the cruising yacht was strewn with...
    15 Jul 2020

    New expedition and private tour operator Arcadia Expeditions aims to take travellers on their own private 'documentary-type' expedition with privileged, exclusive access to people and places