Australia: Travel Writers & Photographers Wanted

Have you been to the land down under? Where women glow and men plunder?

We’re looking for travelers and locals with experience in writing and photography to be a part of our Insider’s Guide to Australia. From Fraser Island to Exmouth, we’re looking for stories, tips and photographs of Australia’s most off-the-beaten track experiences. Whether that be alternative road-trip itineraries to see diverse landscapes and interesting national parks, or foodie adventures checking out the best outback pubs and delicious food produce around the country. In your application we want to hear about authentic and interesting things to see and do, beyond the usual top attractions.

Please only apply for briefs regarding areas you have direct knowledge of. Research is great (and getting the details right is important), but what we’re really looking for is your first-hand expertise.

We’d also like you to weave in some descriptions of what you personally saw and experienced: what wildlife can be seen, what is the geography and scenery, what is the temperature, the weather, what does it feel like to be there – bring these places to life for the reader as much as possible. Assume they know nothing.

Please note – we have specific briefs, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions, where you should include links to published work or your own travel blog, and if you’re successful, we’ll be in touch with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: Applications have closed.

PaymentUS $0.50 per word.

For existing content audits (briefs 21–25), we will pay US $100 per rewrite. Check the briefs for details required.

Expertise required: Professional writers and photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details. Read through our guidelines for writing here.

Briefs:

1. Ancient Natural Wonders Around Australia (700 words, photo essay)

Australia has salt flats, a giant pink lake, weird rock formations in the Northern Territory, gorges carved by rivers, salt lakes, massive sand dunes – in your pitch tell us about all of the unique places you’ve explored. Focus on incredible landscapes of Australia.

Keywords: Ningaloo, Barrier Reef, Uluru, Pink Lake, Bungle Bungles.

5-8 photos + 700 words US $450
8-12 photos + 700 words US $500
13-15
photos + 700 words US $600

2. Food and Wine Around Australia (600 words)

Write about the multi-cultural food scene, how travelers can get a bang for their buck in a land where food is quite expensive. Provide details on the number of wine regions in each state, where to find the freshest seafood, great tasting meat and best barbecues, great foodie road trip ideas. In your pitch tell us your favourite places to go.

Keywords: wineries, best coffee, best places to get a meat pie, seafood, oysters, truffles, where to buy the best local produce.

3. Australia’s Best Outback Pubs (700 words, photo essay)

Have you road-tripped around Australia and grabbed a beer at some unique outback pubs? Tell us all about the towns and how you got there: was it a long and boring drive, or were there lots of things to see and do along the way? Tell us a minimum of five outback pubs – we will be looking for pubs across a number of states around the country – not just New South Wales or Queensland.

The article will discuss the remoteness and difficulties faced by the locals in town, various things travelers can learn when they visit, safety driving on the remote roads.

5-8 photos + 700 words US $450
8-12 photos + 700 words US $500
13-15
photos + 700 words US $600

4. Festivals Around Australia (600 words)

Write about unique festivals around Australia and tell us which ones offer a real “cultural” experience, versus those to check out just for fun. In your pitch tell us about the experience, including tips on getting there, what to do, why the festival is held.

Keywords: Priscilla festival in Broken Hill, Deni Ute Muster, Camel Racing, Beer Can Regatta, WOMADelaide, Dark Mofo, Tamworth Music Festival, Birdsville Races, Folk music festivals.

5. Unique Wildlife of Australia (600 words)

Provide tips on conservation of wildlife, tips on how to stay safe, types of wildlife to see (quokkas, turtles, wombats, platypus, emus, kangaroos, koalas) and where to see different wildlife. We want to hear fun facts that you learnt along the way. Don’t encourage taking selfies with animals, please.

Encourage the reader to not be scared of the wildlife – embrace it and be careful around the creatures.

6. Great Walks of Australia: Bush Bashing & Coastal Strolls (800 words)

Detail the great walks around Australia (from experience, not research). Provide tips on seasons to go, what to pack, describe what travelers will see, do and need to know before they go.

Keywords: Light to Light in NSW, Cradle Mountain, Maria Island, Bay of Fires in Tassie, Cape to Cape in WA, Great North Walk in NSW, Kosciuszko Summit. 

7. Discover Western Australia: From Kalumburu to Cape le Grand (1,000 words)

From Kalumburu to Exmouth and south to Cape le Grand, we’re looking for someone who really knows Western Australia’s greatest destinations. We want to hear about unique things to see, activities and things to do, places to stay, cultural destinations, wildlife hot-spots, islands and road trip ideas.

Keywords: Outback Western Australia, Broome & the far north, Port Headland, Exmouth, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Esperance, Kalbarri, Yalingup, Dunsborough, Cape le Grand, Albany, Monkey Mia, Wolfe Creek crater, and the southeast region of WA.

Break the article up into these topics: Incredible Things to See, Hiking & Diving, Road Trip Itineraries, Food & Culture, Logistics & planning

8. Short On Time? Best Day Trips from Perth (500 words)

Write about the best day trips from Perth, including quick road trips, day hikes, wineries, museums, smaller towns, festivals etc.

Tell us how far each place is from Perth and best methods of transport to get there.

Keywords: Rottnest Island, Margaret River, Pinnacles Desert, National Parks nearby (hiking, picnics, sight seeing), Fremantle.

Break the article up into these topics: Food & Culture, Quick Road Trips, Where to Go for an Adventure, Logistics & Planning.

9. Exmouth: Australia’s Cleanest Beach (300 words)

For 10 years the town has banished plastic bags. We need a writer who can write about how the locals have managed to keep it clean/why the beach ranks as the #1 cleanest beach in Australia.

10. Top Places to Go in the NT: From Kakadu to Alice Springs (1,000 words)

Write about the best experiences and adventures to be had in the Northern Territory, from road trips to hiking trails and unique sites to see in the outback.

Keywords: Savannah Way road trip, Darwin things to do, Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Arnham Land, Aboriginal rock art and culture, Waterfalls, hiking trails.

Break the article up into these topics: Incredible Things to See, Hiking & Diving, Road Trip Itineraries, Food & Culture, Logistics & planning.

11. Best Day Trips from Darwin for Those Short on Time (500 words)

Write about the best day trips from Darwin for those short on time, including quick road trips, day hikes, things to see and do around town, events and festivals.

Tell us how far each place is from Darwin and best methods of transport to get there.

Keywords: Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, Mary River, Sweets Lagoon, Springs Nature Reserve, Robin Falls.

Break the article up into these topics: Food & Culture, Quick Road Trips, National Parks & Water Holes, Logistics & Planning.

12. Wilson’s Promontory to Mildura: Highlights of Victoria (800 words)

Write about the best wine regions and foodie destinations to go in the state of Victoria, as well as the best national parks and places to go for stunning scenery around the state. How can travelers see it all on a road-trip around the state? Where can travelers stop off to learn about the history and culture of Victoria? What hiking trails or adventure activities can travelers check out? (e.g. winter brings snow, summer means sunny days on the peninsula)

Keywords: Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mount Buller, Grampians National Park, Great Ocean Road, Yarra Valley, Gippsland, Hanging Rock, Murray River, hiking trails, waterfalls, snow trips, road trips.

Break the article up into these topics: Wonderful Wildlife & National Parks, Wine Regions & Food in Victoria, Road Trip Itineraries, Logistics & Planning.

13. Best Day Trips from Melbourne (500 words)

Write about the best day trips from Melbourne, including quick road trips, day hikes, wineries, museums, smaller towns, festivals etc.

Tell us how far each place is from Melbourne and best methods of transport to get there.

Keywords: Mornington Peninsula, Wilsons Promontory, Yarra Valley, Dandenongs, Phillip Island, Bendigo.

Break the article up into these topics: Food & Culture, Quick Road Trips, National Parks & Water Holes, Logistics & Planning.

14. Adventure in South Australia: Mount Gambier to The Simpson Desert (800 words)

Write about the best destinations in South Australia for unique things to see, adventure activities, road trip itinerary ideas to see the landscapes. Tell us what surprised you the most about South Australia, and all the opportunities for exploration. Provide tips on getting around, places to stop off for a bite to eat, what makes the destination unique compared to the other states of Australia.

Keywords: Kangaroo Island, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges, Fleurieu Peninsula, Murray River, Mount Gambier, Cooper Pedy, whale watching, diving with sharks?, hiking, camping, road tripping, caving and rock climbing.

Break the article up into these topics: Incredible Things to See & National Parks, Hiking & Diving, Road Trip Itineraries, Logistics & Planning.

15. Food, Art & Culture in South Australia (800 words)

Write about South Australia’s delicious food and wine culture, what makes this state so different to the rest of Australia, the unique vibe felt across the small towns and cities. Tell us how to see the best bits on a road trip, capturing the best places to go for food, culture and art.

Keywords: Adelaide, Cooper Pedy, Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, festivals (WOMADelaide), art galleries, wine regions (Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley) destinations for food.

Break the article up into these topics: Wine Regions, Seafood Along the Coast, Road Trip Itineraries, Culture Smaller Towns of South Australia.

16. NSW & Canberra’s Best Adventures: Kosciuszko to Byron Bay (800 words)

Write about the best destinations to visit in New South Wales and Canberra on a road trip. In your pitch tell us which national parks and unique places to go you would include.

Keywords: Coffs Coast, Byron Bay & the Hinterland, Bowral & the Southern Highlands, Hunter Valley, Kangaroo Valley, Snowy Mountains, Mudgee, Norfolk Island, National Parks (Blue Mountains, Dorrigo, Budawangs, Warrambungles National Park, Mount Kaputar, Cathedral Rocks, Ben Boyd, Mimosa Rocks, Jervis Bay, Royal National Park, Grampians), road trip ideas (go inland to see the outback, Mungo National Park)

Break the article up into these topics: Unique National Parks to Explore, Road Trip Itineraries, Coastal NSW, Outback NSW, Logistics & Planning.

17. Top Day Trips from Sydney If You’re Short on Time (500 words)

Write about the best day trips from Sydney, including quick road trips, beaches and national parks, day hikes, wineries, museums, smaller towns to check out.

Tell us how far each place is from Sydney and best methods of transport to get there.

Keywords: Blue Mountains National Park, Lithgow, Beaches on the Central Coast & Newcastle area, Wollongong, Berry, Kangaroo Valley, Wisemans Ferry, Hunter Valley.

18. Queensland’s Best Destinations: From Cairns to the Gold Coast (1,000 words)

Pitch to us your top pick for places to go and unique things to do in Queensland – think off the beaten track, not your usual travel itinerary.

Some keywords to consider: National Parks and wildlife (Bunya Mountains, Glasshouse Mountains, Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Lamington National Park), regions to explore/things to do (around Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Port Douglas/Cairns, Townsville), best beaches to check out, road trip ideas (Savannah Way, driving through outback queensland), Town 1770, Mossman Gorge, Lady Musgrave Island, waterfalls, hiking trails.

Break the article up into these sections: Outback Queensland, National Parks and Wildlife, Road Trip Itinerary Ideas, Beaches & Islands, Culture & Food, Logistics & Planning

19. Tasmania’s Top Adventures: Southwest National Park to Wineglass Bay (800 words)

Write about the best national parks, road trip itineraries and destinations to go for an adventurous trip around Tasmania. Include off-the-beaten-path ideas, not just the usual travel itinerary.

Keywords: National Parks to explore (Freycinet National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasman National Park, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park), Places to go (Wineglass Bay, lavender fields, Bay of Fires, Hastings Caves, The Hazards, Tessellated Pavement, Satelite Island, Maria Island, Bruny Island, Totem Pole, Tamar Valley, Mole Creek Caves, waterfalls), road trip ideas.

Break the article up into these sections: National Parks and Wildlife, Road Trip Itinerary Ideas, Incredible Things to See, Logistics & Planning. 

20. Culture, Art & Food in Tasmania from Launceston to Hobart (600 words)

Write about the best places to go for food, wine and culture in Tasmania.

Keywords: Cities to check out (Hobart, Launceston), MONA museum, festivals, wineries, food produce.

Break the article up into these sections: Festivals & Art, Food & Wine, Road Trip Itineraries, Culture in Small-town Tasmania.

Audit Existing Content

If you wish to rewrite any of the existing articles below, we will pay US $100 per article. This includes updating facts and figures in the articles, removing outdated statements, and writing new information.

21. Islands to Explore Off the Coast of Australia

This article is a tad outdated. We want to hear from someone who has explored Australia’s islands and can provide new images and tips on four-wheel driving, getting there, prices, things to do on the islands, camping, hiking, adventure, scuba diving.

If you can, pop in a few new ones: Whitsundays, Lorde Howe, Norfolk Island, Moreton Island, Bribie Island, Magnetic Island.

Provide 5-8 photos for an extra US $150 (negotiable, send a Dropbox or Google Drive link with photos in your pitch)

22. How to Get a Working Holiday Visa for Australia

What’s changed? We want this article to provide up-to-date information on visas and difficulties that might be faced by some when traveling to Australia.

23. Getting Around Australia

This article was written a long time ago – it needs a refresh and updated information, including the bus companies that now run, road trip tips (CD’s aren’t really used any more…), and realistic tips on booking flights (expensive).

Pop some of your own experiences in there to bring the article to life.

24. Accommodation Tips for Australia

This article was written a while back, we want to hear from someone who thinks they can give it a refresh.

25. Budget Tips for Australia

We are looking for someone who has traveled around Australia and managed to keep to a budget. The article should include tips from your experiences, helping budget backpackers get by in the expensive land of Australia. Key topics to include:

Road trip tips: will travelers get the best deal if they buy an old car and sell it after the trip? Or should they just hire a car/camper van? What about car share?

Eating and sleeping on the cheap: couch surfing, cheap food and drink (e.g. goon), hostel prices around the country, camping, road tripping in a van.

How much to budget per day: tips on realistic costs per day.

Tips for Applicants:

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

Take a look at existing content in our Explore and Travel Safety blog, for a better idea on our tone of voice, and what World Nomads are all about.

See below for some examples:

Indonesia Insider’s Guide

Argentina Insider’s Guide

Iceland Insider’s Guide

Please include links to examples of your work published elsewhere.