Author - Catherine & Dave

Journalist, author and adventurer, Catherine Lawson travels full-time with Photographer/Cameraman Dave Bristow and their daughter Maya. Captivated by wild places and passionate about their preservation, these storytellers advocate a simple life and document their outdoor adventures to inspire all travellers, but especially families, into the world’s best wild places.

Campfire Spiced Wine

Crouched on the riverbank at Cahills Crossing, our spanking new fishing rods in hand and dreaming of big barramundi, the first cast of the day never even hit the water. Instead, my Dad’s line unspooled in a crazy arc, snagging on itself in a mindboggling mess.  My..... . .

Safety at Sea for Coastal Cruisers

When sailors talk about safety, we tend to focus on the gear that might save us: life jackets, an EPIRB, flares and life rafts. All these items are essential afloat, but for me, the most important thing you can take to sea is a really sound boat. Filling your emergency..... . .

Charred Lemon Barramundi with chimichurri

Charred Lemon Barramundi with chimichurri

Barramundi is a tricksy fish that’s notoriously difficult to catch. It’s ironic then that the biggest ever caught was wrestled into a kayak back in 2010, weighing a hefty 44kg. Aussies call them barras but this ancient hermaphrodite that starts life as a male and..... . .

Heading offshore?  Get your boat Aussie-registered in 5 easy steps

You’ve got dreamy tropical isles on your mind, but before the offshore adventure can begin there’s a slightly baffling bureaucratic process to navigate. The first step for any locally registered Australian-owned boat is to get yours on the Australian Registrar of Ships..... . .

Sailing out of Australia: Here’s how to Export your Boat

Having to export your boat when you sail out of Australian waters gets a lot of cruisers agitated. Although regulations may have not been enforced in years gone by, times have changed. Quick trips out of Australian waters are excluded, but if your boat is an Australian..... . .

Feeling Queasy? How to beat seasickness for good

Some days at sea, like when you’re crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria, can feel like being trapped inside a washing machine. Swell comes at you from two different angles, and when you are riding the south-easterly trade winds with 25-30 knots on your tail, it’s only a..... . .

Garlicky Grilled Squid

How to catch, clean and cook delicious squid You need patience and finesse to snare ‘all-seeing’ squid, but this abundant food source is quick to prepare and even faster to cook. All you need is a squid jig and a hand reel or rod, and a couple of lazy twilight hours..... . .

Cruising Indonesia: Don’t set sail without these 7 things.

If Indonesia is new to you, it’s difficult to know just what you’ll need, want and wish for once you start cruising here. A year into our second Indonesian sailing adventure, these are the items we stocked up on before checking in: everything from spare..... . .