Portia Large

VISIT NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

THE JOURNEY

When called upon to help produce a tourism campaign for the Northern Territory, I had no idea what I was in for. We had two weeks to capture the best of OZ, travelling 1,990 kilometres between Uluru and Darwin. We were not disappointed! I hope the below inspires you to venture where the wild ones live @austoutbacknt – a place you have to see to believe… #letslivelarge

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In preparation for this journey, I took my time in selecting comfortable clothing and footwear created to withstand outback conditions. Field tested and designed specifically for the outdoors, the diverse range of big brands at Wild Earth Australia caught my eye. If you’re backpacking, hiking, travelling or trail running, you’ll appreciate their staff knowledge and enthusiasm in sending you on your way in the best gear possible. www.wildearth.com.au

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Seriously comfortable waterproof, leather hiking boots by @wildearthaustralia


DAY ONE:

ALICE SPRINGS to ULURU (AYERS) ROCK

Our first glimpse of the Uluru Rock was revealed on the winding road to the Sounds of Silence outback dining experience. The icon appeared to change colour as the sunset, from red to pink to purple.

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Jacket: @wildearthaustralia – The North Face

Here you can enjoy bubbles and canapes on arrival, followed by a feast of kangaroo, chicken, barra, and baked potatoes. I had a light shiraz, admired the stars and enjoyed indigenous entertainment. Investment: $195.00 p.p

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DAY TWO:

FIELD OF LIGHT TOUR

Internationally acclaimed artist, Bruce Munro, thoughtfully placed over 50,000 solar charged lights at the foot of Uluru Rock to create ‘The Field Of Light’ interactive art installation. You can experience this attraction before March 2017 on camel back, at tea time or sunrise. We choose the latter and braved freezing temperatures for a view almost as impressive as the night sky. By sunrise, I managed to capture both the stars and display, using slow shutter mode. That morning I felt like a real photographer, laying in the tumbleweed and dirt to get the shot! I’d definitely recommend wearing plenty of layers for this one: thermals, a beanie, and gloves – the works! Sunrise tour from $89.00 p.p

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PRIVATE SUNSET CAMEL TOUR

Content living on outback time, the upbeat @ulurucameltour team shared some camel facts before our ride:

  1. Camels are one of our major exports due to the abundant population.
  2. The entire animal is useful – aside from the hide, which is an odd shape due to the hump.
  3. The rump is tasty.
  4. Babies pop out the size of a ‘carton on legs’.

Investment: From $129 p.p

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Wearing: @elementeden

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Moving on… It was great to see the rock from another angle and post camel ride you can enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles in an upbeat environment. While chatting to the staff I learnt, despite rumours, Uluru Rock is in fact free to climb. Rangers do, however, out of respect for indigenous people and for safety reasons, close the World Heritage attraction at every opportunity – wind, weather, temperature. In the past 18 months, 36 climbers fell and we discovered why the next day…

DINNER AT OUTBACK PIONEER

Outback Pioneer is a D.I.Y barbecue. Select your meat or fish: beef, kangaroo, emu, sausages or barra – and cook it yourself on the BBQ – how Aussie! If you’re after a long table, great vibes and live music, this is the place to be.


DAY THREE:

OUTBACK CYCLING AROUND AYERS ROCK

Here you can reach out and touch the heart of Australia. @outback_cycling around the base really puts the size of this icon into perspective. That day blue skies were a bold contrast to the red mountain. Weathered by time, you could see where waterfalls form in the wet season. Bike hire from $45.00 p.p

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Wearing: @elementeden hoodie | @runstopshop tights | @stmbags backpack 

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School student climbed toward the summit as our tour guide shared stories of horror falls. The lack of fencing and 4-hour journey to the hospital was enough of a deterrent for me. I felt very comfortable cycling around the base!


DRIVE TO KINGS CANYON

The picturesque scenery made the 3-hour journey to Kings Canyon fly by. Every time I looked up, I felt as though I’d missed something. We passed Fool-A-Roo Rock, often mistaken as Uluru (Ayers) Rock. Without WI-FI, I took the time to soak in the diverse geography, vegetation, and colour… a rare moment when your life is marketing and photography.

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Kings Canyon glowing in the distance – The great wall of Australia!

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OVERNIGHT AT KINGS CANYON RESORT

@kingscanyonresort was easily my favourite accommodation of the trip! Here you’ll get mooned between 7 and 9pm… On this occasion I bailed on our Outback BBQ Grill dinner reservations – the bath was just too good! If you can manage to leave the tub view, fluffy slippers and robe, I heard this place has a great vibe. You can book the Deluxe Spa Room from $380.00 p.n which includes buffet breaky for two!

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DAY FOUR

RIM WALK KINGS CANYON

Fuel up at buffet breaky, the 3.5-hour hike will test you with a 500 step vertical warm up! Increase difficulty by carrying a drone box, camera equipment, bulk water and food. Fear not, the view gets better at every bend and you’ll be glad for the exercise after hours in the car. Along the way we stumbled upon the “Garden of Eden” (pictured below). This shady oasis is safe for swimming and a great picnic spot.

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Another world awaits you at the top. Standing on the edge overlooking the canyon, I realised discomfort awakens consciousness. Without the hard times, we become complacent and take our blessings for granted. Life is a gift and I’m determined to travel as far as my legs will carry me, for as long as I am able. Investment: Adults $69.00 pp | Children $35.00 pp

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Outfit: @wildearthaustralia ft. The North Face | Backpack: STM Sydney 

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GLEN HELEN HOMESTEAD

On the red dirt road to Glen Helen, it felt like the road trip had officially begun. We bounced in our 4WD, had a near miss with a camel, and admired wild brumbies on the rugged ranges. It was like something out of Natural Geographic. Glen Helen was a simple stop, with a nice view. It was hot and I was looking forward to hot air ballooning in the morning.


BIG 4 MACDONNELL RANGE HOLIDAY PARK

Big 4 Alice Springs is the most awarded tourist park in the Northern Territory with sweeteners including – free pancakes on Sunday, star talks, and live music. Kids will LOVE the pools, slide, jumping pillows, basketball court, BMX track, adventure playgrounds, games room, peddle kart and push bike hire. You can choose from basic to luxury accommodation here. The only downer is rubbish wi-fi connection.


DAY FIVE

HOT AIR BALLOONING ALICE SPRINGS

The hot air balloon is the first successful human-carrying flight technology. For this reason, hot air ballooning had always been on my bucket list. Day five we piled into the basket and effortlessly ascended from the red earth. There was something so calming about the entire experience. The landing was seamless, we jumped out of the basket and held the sides to weigh down the balloon. Not even packing down the 2,800m3 setup could wipe the smile from my face. Prepare for dad jokes, champagne breakfast, fresh fruit, cheese and baked goods post flight! 1 hour Investment: Adults $390.00 | Children: $318.00

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EARTH SANCTUARY BUSH TUCKER TOUR

In Central Australia, Alice Springs, you’ll find the Falzon family – founders of The Earth Sanctuary. Brothers Dan, Ben, and Tommy, share a vision to be Australia’s leading provider of 100% carbon neutral education, tours, and events. If you care about future generations, visit to learn about sustainable technologies, wind and solar energy, water catchment, horticulture and waste management.

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As you drive onto the property you’ll notice unique eco-dome homes, which recently caught the attention of American TV producers.

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http://earth-sanctuary.com.au/


DAY SIX

DESERT PARK

With the help of a head torch, we spotted echidnas and bilbies within minutes at the @desertparkalicesprings Nocturnal Tour. The next day we returned to check out the birds of prey show. With a wingspan of almost 3m, I found the desert eagle most impressive. Aside from getting to know all of the awesome Aussie animals, you can sample bush tucker like passion fruit, beans and tomato raisins. Investment: $32.00 p.p

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OUTLANDERS STEAKHOUSE

Men and women (mostly men) travel far and wide with hopes of breaking the record for devouring the ‘Ringer’s Award’ (2KG rump steak). A ‘Ringer’ is an Australian Cowboy or Stockman. You can imagine these ‘Ringers’ rolling out swags under the stars, dreaming about some real tucker (food), a cold Beer (or three) and a bed mate to share the night with! Well, this is a challenge I didn’t even attempt. The current record is held by local and former butcher Alan Rowe. Think you’ve got what it takes?

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DAY SEVEN

ALICE SPRINGS TO TENNANT CREEK

We went to breakfast opposite the BIG 4 at the ‘Star of Alice’ cafe and I’m calling best breaky of my life! Poached eggs, spinach, cumin potato, coriander, and thyme seasoned salmon steaks to replace bacon and bread! Uhhh, I’d walk across the desert for this breakfast.

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After the best breakfast of my life, we hit the road and despite efforts, I didn’t manage to nap on the 4.5-hour journey to Tennant Creek.


DEVILS MARBLES 

Perhaps it was the midday lighting or the whirlwind stop but these rocks were somewhat underwhelming. I ran about trying to get a creative photo in a rush, emerging from the bush scratched and overheated. I’d recommend early morning or late afternoon viewings for the best photo opportunities.

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Outfit: @kitandace


BATTERY HILL MINING

Although Battery Hill Mining was full of history, it was in my opinion, boring and claustrophobic. Tennant Creek, in general, wasn’t for me, if you stop you’ll see why.


BLUESTONE MOTOR INN TENNANT CREEK

Can you believe it!? 21kms out of town our tyre came off the rim. This unwelcome detour left us with a few extra hours to explore Tennant Creek.


DAY EIGHT

TENNANT CREEK TO DALY WATERS 

After a snack at Elliot (another place to avoid), we finally arrived at historic Daly Waters Pub. Legend has it, a drinking game in the 80s between a coach driver and female passengers began a trend to leave a part of you at the pub. Now, it’s not just bras that line the walls. Leave your mark while you can. Sadly, this insanely Aussie pub is up for sale… From $75 per night.

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DAY NINE

DALY WATERS TO KATHERINE

Hallelujah! After more than a week in the desert, we found somewhere with water – the Katherine Thermal Pools (3 hours from Daly Waters). Beneath tall tropical palms a refreshing watering hole awaits. I’d recommend checking out others in the area also, this one was a bit too popular. Post swim, you can walk to Mataranka Homestead for a great feed.
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 MARKIE’S STOCKMANS CAMP TUCKER SUPPER

I don’t know about you, but a good glass of red and campfire stories is one of my favourite pass times. We checked into Knotts Crossing Resort, then made our way to do just that at Markie’s Stockman Camp Tucker Supper. Pots and pans sizzled. Markie introduced himself and native cooking secrets, as we got stuck into a slow cooked feast. Markie spent years overcoming gender and language barriers, to learn from indigenous women and share their techniques with the world. Investment: $75.00 p.p

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DAY TEN

KATHERINE to KNOTTS CROSSING

Known by the Jawoyn people as the “place of dreaming”, Nitmiluk National Park is home to Katherine Gorge. Deep in the gorge, you can admire the stunning sandstone surrounds you may recognise from past tourism campaigns. Investment: $87.00 p.p

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TOP DIJI

Well, let’s just say, I’d be going hungry if I were left in the bush with only a spear to hunt. After several attempts to improve my spear throwing technique, we made our way to a more relaxing activity – dot painting.

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Mimi Spirits are fairy-like beings of Indigenous tribes. With extremely thin, elongated bodies these spirits are said to have taught Australian Aborigines to hunt, use fire and dance.

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EDITH FALLS

On the way to Pine Creek Railway Resort, we found Edith Falls. If you’re keen to get some shade behind a curtain of water, there’s a hidden ledge beneath a waterfall 500m from shore. This fresh water dip left my entire body and hair looking radiant – just what you need after so much exposure to dry conditions.

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PINE CREEK TO KAKADU

Once again, the vegetation changed on our leg to Kakadu. Dense, tall greenery dwarfed our 4WD, nearly as tall, impressive termite mounts towered toward the sky. The winding road lead us to our flash tents at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu! It was time for some glam-ping (glamourous – camping). After a long day, this king bed nestled amongst the fairy lights was heaven! You can stay at the ultimate Kakadu base too from $160 p.n

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@wildearth boots | @americantourister luggage 


DAY ELEVEN

SUNRISE YELLOW WATER BILLABONG 

Love fishing? Book a 3-hour fishing charter and you’re likely to snag a barramundi or two! For just $20.00, the chefs at Yellow Water Resort will prepare and cook your catch for you. On this tour, we were overwhelmed by the abundance of birds and wildlife lining the banks. Our driver Adam summed this place up perfectly “Good for the soul”. Investment: $150 p.p

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Wearing: @wildearthaustralia | Backpack: STM Sydney


WARRADJAN ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE 

Enthusiastic traditional hunting methods are still alive among Kakadu locals, these women still hunt and forage for food. I made friends with one of the younger girls, who hadn’t ventured from Kakadu but was fascinated with city living. When I asked about her favourite foods, she said she loves snake eggs for breakfast and that they were much better than chicken eggs! Fancy a snake egg? Easy she said, you just have to find a snake hole. I asked what to do once I find one, and she replied, “Put your hand down and grab the snake”. Oh-my-gosh, she had to be taking the mickey… she knew I wouldn’t – not even for the best-scrambled eggs of my life. In this part of the NT, locals enjoy buffalo, crocodile, turtle and snake meat.

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MAGUK FALLS

On our afternoon off, we took the opportunity to find a swimming hole 20 minutes from the lodge. A bumpy trail lined with termite mounds led to a 2km sandy hike and eventually Maguk Falls.

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Don’t let the danger crocodiles and no swimming signs put you off… At the very top, it is safe to swim. DO NOT swim before the top.

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DAY TWELVE

KAKADU to DARWIN


PURPLE MANGO PARK

Territorians are different to city folk. See it for yourself at Purple Mango Park. Relax with a locally crafted beer on Gay Potter’s porch, as his wife thoughtfully prepares your wood fire pizza. These two have opened their backyard to the public and you can even stay the night in a powered camping site for $35.00 – talk about a “what’s mine is yours” mentality. Oh and obviously the mango smoothies are to die for!

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SPECTACULAR JUMPING CROCS

Well, the name pretty much sums it up. Watching the largest reptile known to man jump high enough to flip a boat is spectacular. CRIKEY is right… With more than 80,000 Saltwater Crocodiles, it’s easy to see why the Northern Territory is sometimes referred to as ‘Croc Country’. That being said, it turns out you won’t generally see these dinosaurs as they lurk beneath the surface or camouflaged by the banks. Formidable and opportunistic, these apex predators can reach 6 metres in length and over a whopping 1,000 kg in weight. If you do see one off tour it may be too late. One last interesting fact: saltwater crocodiles are more likely to be found in freshwater – so unless you’re certain it’s safe do not swim in the NT.

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DARWIN

Driving into Darwin was surprisingly overwhelming. For two weeks I hadn’t seen a fast food outlet, we roamed never-ending remote landscapes, with little signs of civilisation. I had grown to adore the open roads, the absence of convenience stores, television and power poles. That being said, after a long bath and some R&R at the Adina Vibe Hotel I remembered how easy it is to become complacent, lazy and reliant on a luxury lifestyle. Here you can have the works – room service, gym access and a swim in the wave pool.

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DAY THIRTEEN

MINDIL BEACH MARKETS

The tall palm trees and tropical breeze of Mindil Markets took me back to my childhood in Airlie Beach. Hundreds snapped the gorgeous sunset over the ocean.

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DAY FOURTEEN

ARAFURA CHARTERS 

After two weeks on the road I was itching to see the ocean again, so we booked a ½ day Arafura Bluewater Charter. Reef and game fishing enthusiasts queued at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 5:45am with hopes to hook jewfish, mackerel, tuna, trevally, golden snapper, coral trout, cod and cobia! There was something so special about returning to the salt and sea. As we motored offshore Darwin City skyline became faint in the distance. At our first stop, I caught a small stripy but it was my second catch, a big golden snapper which made me want to stay all day! Ladies, I think you’ll be surprised how much fun fishing is! Investment: $160.00 p.p

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CROCOSAURUS COVE

If you’re a health nut like me, Four Birds Darwin is the place to be. If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would probably be their peanut butter energy balls!

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After a quick bite here, we walked to Crocasarus Cove. Combine Australia’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles and the world’s largest reptile display and you’ve got Crocosaurus Cove – the Sea World of reptiles. @crocosauruscove is probably as close as you’d want to get to crocodiles… You can even dive with them in the famous ‘Cage of Death’. Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Entry Investment: $35 p.p

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Wearing: Hat @elementeden


1st of JULY FIREWORKS

I guess you could say our trip ended with a bang! The crew was so excited our departure would coincide with Territory Day. Proud Territorians spend $100s (sometimes $1,000s) on fireworks in preparation for the 1st of July, the only day you can get away with letting them off everywhere – and I mean everywhere. This was such an epic way to wrap up the trip of a lifetime.

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I AM SO PROUD TO CALL THIS INCREDIBLE COUNTRY HOME!  Thank you for joining me!

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EDEN HEALTH RETREAT

EDEN HEALTH RETREAT | Currumbin Valley est. 1984
Photography & WORDS by Portia Large 

Imagine a world where the grass really is greener. A place where social status is irrelevant and deadlines don’t dictate our lives. Last week I found myself at Eden Health Retreat, without Wi-Fi or phone range, for the first time, in a long time.

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The retreat’s daily program is designed to start the day with energy and vitality, while afternoons are devoted to relaxation, education and self development choices. At the beginning of your stay, a personal consultation will assist in creating your daily schedule to reflect your ideal participation level and relaxation time. (Eden Health Retreat, 2016)

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 “Nestled in an ancient valley known for its healing energy, Eden is a very special place. A place to nurture your mind, body and spirit and find absolute seclusion from an increasingly busy world. @eden_health_retreat

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BIOPHILIA:

At Eden, I learnt a new word: “biophilia”; meaning, “love of life” or living systems. As humans we have a deep affiliation with other lifeforms. Although we unconsciously crave connection with green spaces and natural places; many of us struggle to find the time to ground ourselves. We must enjoy the little things in life, for one day we’ll look back and realise they were the big things… Biophilia = Happiness.

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“This planet came with a set of instructions, but we seem to have misplaced them. Important rules like don’t poison water, soil or air, don’t let the earth get overcrowded, and don’t touch the thermostat, have been broken”.  – Paul Hawken


EARTHING: FOR THE HIGH RISE HIPPY

If you’re feeling fatigued, it may be time to re-connect with mother earth. How? Remove your shoes. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, the practice of “earthing”, also known as “barefoot healing”, could change your quality of life. Physiology professor, Jim McFarlane, believes our bodies are charged by our environment. And as modern lifestyles continually build barriers, between our bodies and the earth’s surface, we have lost touch with human nature and the planet. Buildings, carpet and shoes, are just some of the culprits, preventing us from physical grounding, optimum sleep and wellness. Wander barefoot on the beach or across dew-moistened grass as I did at Eden below. Live large and feel the vibration!

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Leggings by Physiq Apparel

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NOURISH NOT PUNISH:
Harnessing healthy habits is easy at Eden. Surrounded by like-minded guests and staff, you too, can reach wellness goals and banish self-limiting thoughts. Oh, and you won’t go hungry! Eden’s Head Chef and Naturopath, Blair, sources seasonal produce to nourishing meals and reduce cravings. To maximise the benefits of eating delicious whole foods, alcohol and caffeine were not available. Often organic and always local, the array of food at Eden is impressive.

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SELF DEVELOPMENT: 

The Eden Philosophy: Our society has more leisure time than any before, so take time to develop yourself.

  1. Giving opens the way to receiving.
  2. It’s never too late, in fiction or in life, to revise.
  3. He who limps still walks.

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TRUST YOU ARE WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AND TRY THE BELOW AFFIRMATIONS EACH DAY:

1. I manifest magic in my life…
2. My head and my heart are aligned in making decisions…
3. I am grounded and connected with the earth…
4. I move forward in life with confidence and humour…
5. My energy is constantly replenished…
6. My heart is open…
7. I embody joy and self-love…
8. I speak my truth with love…
9. I courageously release the past…
10. I am full of vitality, endurance and stamina…
11. I enjoy abundance in my life…
12. I celebrate the cycles of my life…
13. I transform my limitations into gifts…
14. I am aware of life’s gifts…
15. I am open to higher consciousness…


FIND YOURSELF AT EDEN HEALTH RETREAT

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. The philosophy of kindness.” – Dali Lama

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‘Labyrintha: a complex structure in the inner ear which contains the organs of hearing and balance.’

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BLAKE LIVELY STUNT DOUBLE!?

What was it like to be Blake Lively’s doppelgänger in horror-thriller The Shallows

To get the part in the $31 million film shot on the Gold Coast and Lord Howe Island, I had every body dimension measured to ensure I matched 178cm-tall Blake Lively. Blake, 28, plays a young surfer, Nancy, forced to battle a bloody huge shark that traps her on a rock off shore a secluded Mexican beach.

Aside from measurements, the casting involved an on screen test and studio video in which I demonstrated catching a wave, lying on the ground and jumping to my feet. This is much easier than catching a real one…

‘Requirements – Female lead double must be very competent swimmer/surfer, Approx 5’10” in height, slim/athletic build – most of the shoot the double will be required to wear a bikini’.

A fan of the actress, having grown up watching her most famous role as Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girl, I was thrilled at the opportunity to work alongside Blake and can confirm she is just as beautiful in real life.

Most mornings started at 4:30am in the hair and makeup chair at Village Road Shows, here much of the film was shot in a tank using blue screens. Surprisingly, I felt most comfortable is this tank, despite the huge crew, diver squad, lights, cameras and machinery.

(Image source: Gold Coast Bulletin) 

My transformation into Nancy begun with a spray tan and was complete with new hair… a-whole-lota-hair. An additional 978 individually glued, human hair extensions to be exact. The extra weight was totally worth it and as you can imagine, I was swishing it around like no ones business.

Below a cute morning message from the makeup department and reminder in lipstick to slip, slop, slap on set… one day I forgot and paid the price.

Below you can see the amazing work of the special effects, wardrobe and makeup teams on my body. Having seen the attention to detail behind every scene first hand, I’ve a new appreciation for films and consider myself a movie buff. I realise it takes more than a great storyline to capture the hearts of an audience. It takes passion, perseverance and problem solving to convey the message. Nothing ever goes completely to plan, but everyone gets in and does their part to make the magic.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the entire crew for taking such care of me, for the guidance, love, laughs, late night tan removal, clear eyes, amazing catering, cuddly robes and slippers. The Shallows showed me how much people connect when working toward a united goal for a long period.

I’ll hold the letter Blake wrote me on the last day especially close to my heart… I must say, it was very cool sharing secrets and a trailer with you – love you long time.

“Portia, your sweet smile, ice cream tips to learn to surf & wonderful attitude and spirit each day lifted mine & everyone elses. Thank you for that. You’re true sunshine sweet girl! Best wishes to you! Love Blake.”

Since The Shallows, I’ve worked on Daniel Radcliffe’s film Jungle, Paul Hogan’s television show Hoges on 7 mate and am actively looking for the next opportunity to live the dream once more. Stepping into the movie world is like stepping into another life. It is so surreal living in a place where your daily mission could be getting friendly with a feisty stand-in seagull or nailing a close-up while firing a flair gun. It was exhilarating and exhausting, I loved every minute.

 

FIND BALANCE IN BUSINESS

Keep up: Portia Large has us running in Robina

For Portia Large, wearing many hats is part and parcel of running her business LMPR Group and personal brand, Let’s Live Large

At the age of 21, the successful entrepreneur became a proud property owner and media sensation, something most twenty-somethings can only dream of.

In 2018 Portia is carving out a broader niche. Set to release her first book later this year, Portia Large has become one of a new breed of internet influencers focused on helping others.

 

 

What does 2018 look like for Portia Large?  What exciting new projects for the year that you can share with us?

Aside from business as usual, 2018 is the year I publish my first book; Screenagers, A Guide to Navigate the Age We Live In.

It’s about the frantic pace we keep, the disconnected communities in which we live and the excessive time spent with screens that keeps us from being as happy and healthy as we can be. Now more than ever, it is essential to disconnect from technology and reconnect with humanity, nature and ourselves. 

 

You’ve been a leader since a young age, winning an Order of Australia for community service and environmental conservation initiatives. What advice would you give young women who want to be entrepreneurs?

Be the leading lady of your life: this means focusing on your strengths, not doing everything alone. 

With a curious mind, we meet people who build on and feed our curiosity. Ideas grow, momentum builds and eventually we can share our workload to focus on the big picture. 

By connecting with and learning from a variety of professionals, I’ve become more intuitive in business and focused on delivering win-win outcomes. 

 

You’ve founded several businesses, created a successful social media profile as well as achieving academic qualifications. In our new ‘insta-famous world’ what’s your advice to girls and young women on valuing education, rather than aiming for fame?

The most powerful women I work with all have one thing in common: They put in the time.

The truth is, whether you want to be an internet icon, leading e-commerce entrepreneur, digital nomad or scholar, there are no shortcuts to success. 

Online innovators and thought leaders use social media platforms to showcase their talent; they find their niche and work tirelessly to defend it. They craft content that tells a story and takes followers on a journey. 

Don’t mistake “insta-fame” as instant-success. The most interesting people I’ve met are life-long learners who value education and continually seek to grow their skill set. Today, everyone is competing to be well-known and my advice would be: seek to be worth knowing, rather than being well-known. 

 

What are your best tips for achieving work / life balance?

I find balance by “earthing”. Also known as “barefoot healing”, the practice involves removing your shoes and reconnecting with the earth’s surface.

Buildings, carpet and shoes, are just some of the culprits preventing us from physical grounding, optimum sleep and wellness. 

After spending hours slouched over a desk, walking on the beach barefoot is heavenly and so essential to my sanity! 

 

What’s your favourite way to relax when you get some downtime?

Surfing, scuba diving and sailing are my absolute favourite ways to unwind and find my Zen.

 

Where’s your favourite place in the Gold Coast City?

Beyond the breakers at South Stradbroke Island where I can see our city skyline but feel a million miles away.

 

What are your favourite things to do in Robina? (and where do you do them?)

After coffee with clients at Robina Town Centre, I like to get my acupuncture fix then explore the surrounding green spaces for some fresh air.

Late last year, Gold Coast City Council released plans to transform the existing Robina City Parklands into the ‘Green Heart’ Park, drawing inspiration from New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. This is a project I really hope builds further support; I for one would love to make use of the fishing platforms, walking trails and event stages. 

 

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Our shoot with Portia was shot on location around Robina at Coming Home Co, The Rocket and Cheltenham Park.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed Evening Wear – Manning Cartell


When you look good you feel good. Am I right? At Pacific Fair’s Vogue stylist luncheon, Queensland’s top stylists and fashion it-girls shared styling tips, the general consensus being, find a style that works for you and own that style.

 

How I feel good in my own skin:

  • embrace the body YOU are in;
  • look and feel fabulous everyday – without breaking the bank;
  • create YOUR most flattering silhouette;
  • ditch the overwhelm;
  • shop less – wear more; and
  • dress for the life YOU want….

#PacificFair #Vogue #GoldCoastStylist


How to dress for your body type:

1. HOUR GLASS body shape: Big Bust x Small Waist x Short Waist x Generous Hips & Thighs

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.

Skirts: Straight pencil skirts, A-line & fluted styles.

Shirts: Scoop or V-neck; empire line & wrap style.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jacket which cinches waist; hip length.

Pants: Straight leg or bootcut in a darker colour; mid-rise.

Dress: Wrap, empire line or classic 1950’s style dresses.x Double breasted jackets.

x Tops with frills & ruffles

x Turtleneck & polo neck tops

x Wide Belts

x Ankle straps & ankle boots

x Chunky knits

2. PEAR body shape: Small Bust x Long Waist x Saddlebags x Heavy Legs

Dress: Strappless, maxi, halter neck or classic 1950s style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, maxi or fluted style; knee or ankle lenth.

Shirts: Wide, slashed or cowl necklines; embellished; bright colours; puffed & ruched sleeves; horizontal stripes.

Jackets: Tailored, hip length jackets with shoulder pads or lapels.

Pants: Dark coloured bootcut or wide legged pants & jeans.

Tapered trousers

Skinny Jeans

Short, pencil or tapered skirts

x Ankle straps, kitten heals & thin healed stilettos

Pants with side pockets

Light coloured pants & faded denim

Pants with embellished detail & pleats

3. RECTABLE body shape: Shoulders & Hips Same Width x Average Tummy x No Waist x Flat Bottom

Dress: Empire line or wrap style dresses.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; empire scoop or V-neckline; 3/4 sleeves.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch or tie at the waist.  

Pants: Bootcut or flared pants or jeans; mid-rise. 

Shapeless garments

Boxy jackets

Double breasted coats & jackets

Straight dresses

4. APPLE body shape: Average Bust x Large Waist x Tummy Bigger Than Bust x Good Legs

Dress: Empire line which cinches under bust and slims tummy.

Skirts: Side fastening & flat fronted; pleats start below belly.

Shirts: Scoop, empire or V-neckline tops that cinch under bust & slim tummy; patterns or darker colours.

Jackets: A tailored single-breasted jacket worn open.

Pants: Wide or straight legged pants; side fastening and flat fronted.

Shapeless garments

Tight clingy t-shirts

Light coloured tops & peasant blouses

Pleated waists

Large prints

Puffa jackets & chunky knits

High necklines

5. PEAR body shape: Broad Shoulders x Large Bust x Slight Waist x Slim Thighs & Hips

Dress: Wrap style, cross over & empire line dresses; scoop, V-neck or sweetheart neck lines.

Skirts: A-line, tulip or fluted styles.

Shirts: Wrap or cross over style; scoop & V-neckline; peplum; darker colours.

Jackets: Tailored, single breasted jackets that cinch the waist.

Pants: Mid-rise straight or bootleg pants & jeans.

Double breasted coats & jackets

Shoulder pads

x Slashed necklines

Straight dresses

Chunky knits

Horizontal lines on top

Oversized collars & lapels

Tapered skirts


BOOK A STYLE WORKSHOP

Portia Large interviewed by Sally Coates for Gold Coast Bulletin 50 Best Dressed


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Tell us about your evening wear outfit, and why you’ve put it together?

This striking matrix piece by Manning Cartell stands out amongst my wardrobe staples. Here I’ve offset the beautiful black and white, with an edgy choker and neutral jacket. With a pop of red lippy and minimal effort, I am good to go!


How would you describe your style?  

Uncomplicated. Equipped with the right wardrobe essentials, I am always ready to fuse everyday basics and recreate polished off-duty looks.


What is it you love about fashion?

I love that fashion fosters creativity and that you can communicate, without a word. When I dress well & feel well, I am unstoppable.


Tell us something interesting about your wardrobe?  

Staples account for at least 60% of my wardrobe – which I mix and match; the remaining 40% are statement pieces. For wardrobe longevity, staples should be high in quality, versatile and well fitted.


What do you think about the fashion/style on the Gold Coast?

The beach lifestyle is reflected in our fashion and as our shopping malls grow, so too does our desire to style it up!


Favourite label or designer?

I go out of my way to support luxury Australian labels like Manning Cartell and Megan Park. For shoes? Wittner Shoes.


Where do you find your fashion inspiration?

Pinterest is a great source for outfit inspo. Pinning is highly addictive and now you can shop the styles you collate thanks to the buyable pins feature.


Your favourite item of clothing?

The clothing you don’t get to see!


OPTIMUM HEALTH

Time to spring into spring, shed the winter layers and get outdoors! To kick-start my spring shedding I did two things. Firstly, I cleared the pantry of comfort foods and wardrobe of old items – felt so good! And secondly, with a few critical questions in mind, I attended the Australian Health and Wellness Summit:

  1. Why did I chose to be here today? 
  2. What do I want to get out of today? 
  3. Where do I want to be in 1 month / 3 months / 6 months? 

These questions you should ask yourself everyday.

As you probably know, Let’s Live Large was founded to inspire optimum living; to encourage readers to be the best version of themselves and dream big. With this in mind, I constantly seek to learn and share.

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Gone are the days of visiting libraries for information alone. With infinite information at fingertips, thanks to the internet and smart phones, is there really an excuse to be uneducated when it comes to what we put in and on our bodies?

People laugh when I say my “body is my temple”, but why not be the best you can be?

Listed below are some of the AHWS speakers, their profession and talk focus:

  1. Dr. Helena Popovic ~ Physician – Boost Your Brain
  2. Lee Holmes ~ Nutritionist and Author – Gut Health
  3. Andrew Chadwick ~ Trainer – Play & Thrive
  4. Georgia Harding ~ Naturopath – Keeping It Real
  5. Alexx Stuart ~ Health Researcher – Low Tox Life
  6. David Gillespie ~ Health Journalist – Understanding Sugar

BOOST YOUR BRAIN

Most people work on building up and boosting their financial assets. But how many people work on building and boosting their greatest asset: Their brain?

Dr. Helena Popovic brings the latest discoveries in brain science to weight management. The best-selling author raised the points below:

  • Education is more powerful than medication
  • Your decisions are more powerful than your DNA
  • Friend-power is stronger than will power
  • Physical exercise builds new brain cells
  • Thirty minutes of exercise a day will halve your risk of dementia

Which will you action this week?

For a brain to stay healthy and operate at its best we need nutrition, rest, stimulation, challenge and reward.


GUT HEALTH 

Nutritionist Lee Holmes believes a healthy, happy gut is the cornerstone to health and well-being.

What you need to know:

  • Research skills to improve gut health – for YOU personally online
  • The gut is directly linked to your brain and immune system
  • Preparation is key

What does food mean to you, and have you considered where your food comes from, how it’s grown, sourced and cared for? We should source natural, organic produce, skin care, wholefoods, vitimins and supplements  where possible.

Here’s a shopping list to get you started:

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And a free weekly planner! http://www.superchargedfood.com/weekly-planner/


PLAY & THRIVE

Andrew ‘Chaddy’ Chadwick redefined “exercise” for me! It seems we have forgotten how to PLAY!

Movement = longevity

  • Your goal should be MOVEMENT not EXERCISE
  • Remember the excitement of play and feel how play can change your mood
  • Be mindful of your posture

SHOCKINGLY – in Australia the average distance walked a day is just over 300m!!! We definitely need to lead more active lives, yet gym may not be the answer. Chadwick agreed, the last thing you probably want to do after work is repetitively pump weights etc. Chaddy recommends play, as we did once upon a time, before the iPhone and computers ruled our lives. Play is vital to reaching your health and wellness goals as it can change your mood, posture and bring your attention to the present.


KEEPING IT REAL

Naturopath, Georgia Harding doesn’t believe in dieting. She hopes to inspire you to take simple steps to streamline your routine.

  • A well stocked pantry – to prepare nourishing meals
  • Shop for the best quality local & in season, whole food ingredients
  • Eliminate guilt
  • Balanced meals = palm of protein, essential fats and lots of veggies
  • Leftovers are the key to being prepared, so always cook more than you need and freeze portions if necessary
  • Buy in bulk
  • ALWAYS eat breakfast and DRINK plenty of water EVERY day

LOW TOX LIFE

Are you aware of harmful pesticides, chemicals and genetically modified organisms? Health researcher, Alexx Stuart, highlights the common hormone disrupting chemicals throughout personal care and home: BPA, Parabens, BPS, Phthalates and Phenoxyethnol. Please become a label reader and be aware of chemicals in day to day life.

Phthalates: Chemicals you won’t see on the label. These often hide in cheap sticky feeling plastic toys, PVC and in synthetic fragrances. Ask yourself – “Does an APPLE really smell like that candle”. Sun and air are your best friends for reducing chemical load. Regular airing and sunning are helpful in decreasing chemical load – eg. new furniture outside before being placed indoors.


UNDERSTANDING SUGAR

David Gillespie, author of ‘Why Sugar Makes Us Fat’, ‘Big Fat Lies’, ‘Toxic Oil’ and ‘Eat Real Foods’ was once overweight. Now David is a health journalist on a mission to help the next generation avoid “poison”.

  • We are eating a lot less fat now but we are all a lot fatter
  • Sugar assists greatly in the development of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder, infertility, several cancers and liver diseases etc etc etc.
  • Sugar HIJACKS your appetite control so you want to eat more
  • Sugar is ADDICTIVE

The key to getting yourself and your family off sugar is to educate yourself on sugar and what food items it is found in and then create a sugar free environment.


See what you can implement into your life – live large and achieve optimum health and wellness!

Thank you to the team at Australian Health & Wellness Summit for inspiring me, see you next year! www.australianhealthandwellnesssummit.com.au

CROWNE PLAZA STAYCATION

WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Nine to five bump and grind got you down? Maybe it’s time for a staycation! We are more than half way through 2016 and if you are like me, long hours and little downtime got you feeling jaded.

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Dreaming of a tropical escape, I realised it doesn’t feel like winter here on the Gold Coast. Which lead to the question, why holiday away? With calm seas, beautiful crisp mornings and not a cloud in the sky, the GC is hard to beat at this time of year… I just needed some time without distraction, to enjoy it, so I booked a weekend at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise #CPEndlessSummer.

Finally, time to switch off the phone and switch up my surrounds. My only priority being, the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant, renounced for 360 degree views, buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Staycation relaxation tips: 

  1. Sink into a hot bath and add a few drops of aromatic oils.
  2. Exercise. Although you’re having a break, for a natural body & mind high get that heart pumping.
  3. Vege out and enjoy a movie – without your phone!
  4. Meditate. Yes, that voice in your head can be a friend. Sort through your thoughts, stocktake your life and clear the mind.
  5. Only wear comfortable clothes – no heels, ties or belts allowed!
  6. Romance. Well, you know why.
  7. Read, but not on a laptop or phone screen. We spend enough time glued to bright lights. Now is your time to grab a book, mag or paper. I like learning and often read self help books.
  8. Break the routine and try something new. Flavours, foods and wine!

One morning whilst admiring the 180 degree ocean views from my king bed, I noticed a pod of whales migrating North!

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Hello food baby… Just about every meal you can think of you’ll find at the 4 Winds Revolving Restaurant:

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Go on, I’m sure you’ll love your staycation as much as I did! http://www.crowneplazasurfersparadise.com.au/

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FERRARI POLO BY THE SEA

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WORDS BY PORTIA LARGE 

Turns out Ferrari’s, choppers and champagne are a winning combo! Yes, this time, the sun came out to play and our heels are intact! Having experienced the excitement and adrenaline of the sport, we aren’t surprised more than 77 countries now play polo. Once upon a time, the game was primarily played by Royalty and later cavalry; today, the sport has become more accessible and attracts a broader spectrum of society.

This year, I introduced the 90.9 Sea FM dash, encouraging women to free their feet for awesome prizes!

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90.9 Sea FM Ladies Dash Winners:

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At half time, polo player Andrew Fraser-Scott surprised his girlfriend of six years, Jessica Bamford with a proposal before scoring on the field. And to conclude, best-dressed guests were scouted and rewarded in the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion on the Field contest.

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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Fashion On The Field fashionistas:

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After an incredible sunset, we kicked on at QT Hotel Stingray Bar. A huge thank you to event organisers, Elizabeth McMahon founder of E.M Studios for styling me in 10 minutes flat and Joe Mclnally photography! We didn’t see Prince Harry, but we love polo so much, we are already counting down for The VW Polo Los Loosa 2016 and other Polo in the City events Australia wide. Hair: Kiwi and Bull Salon | Romper & accessories: Miss Darcy Boutique | Clutch: Topshop.

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Pictured: Polo players and organiser Craig Barbour.

THE COLOR RUN GOLD COAST

Fun Runs are a great opportunity to connect with like-minded, active people in your area, to reach a personal best and achieve that post-workout glow.

Over the years I’ve enjoyed many different Fun Runs… yet something set apart my most recent experience.

On the last day of November, thousands gathered dressed in white for the 5km Colour Run challenge.

Overcoming mental and physical obstacles, participants passed through 4 colour zones of hot pink, orange, blue and yellow.

Vibrant explosions of coloured cornstarch painted the skies and blended effortlessly creating a thick haze!

It was a spectacular sight and certainly one I’m sure is a feature on many bucket lists.

If you missed the Gold Coast Colour Run, fear not! The happiest 5km on the planet on tour: http://thecolorrun.com.au/

MOREGOLDCOAST.COM

 

An interview with Australian Fashion Blogger founder Skye Giles for moregoldcoast.com: How did you stumble into presenting, blogging and vlogging? Since being elected as Deputy Junior Mayor of the Gold Coast Junior City Council in 2010, I’ve been passionate about leadership and public speaking. Earlier this year, I was selected as a presenter for Ocean Road TV, an accompaniment to the award-winning Ocean Road Magazine. Covering high-end locally focused events, featuring stories of local people, places and lifestyle; I thought it would be insane to keep these awesome experiences to myself. As I got so much out of meeting inspiring people and attending events I was sure others would enjoy this journey and began blogging and vlogging adventure! www.youtube.com/1PortiaLarge


How does the Gold Coast align with your lifestyle?
I feel so fortunate and proud to live on the coast. It’s been brilliant to witness this haven develop over the years. Natural beauty, practical new infrastructure and quality facilities make our home a tourism hub and the Gold Coast what is, in my opinion, one of the most desirable living locations on the planet. We are blessed to live this constantly evolving, safe community. What’s not to love? Next year I hope to team up with my camera crew, Flight Centre Australia, Gold Coast Tourism and Tourism Queensland to reveal our great states hidden gems and the unique experiences on offer.


Why do you think people take such an interest in your content?
I’m not afraid to reveal my soul and life passions online. This world is so guarded and fearful; I believe people who follow my journey appreciate my raw and honest energy. I’ve received a lot of feedback which suggests my content inspires others to venture beyond their comfort zone. My favourite follower feedback is: “My #WCW is @portialarge because she is such an inspirational fitness role model and adventurer! She is also a self-made entrepreneur and an inspiration for successful women, and her hair is perfect” – @madsters8. If I can bring a smile to another’s face, inspire action or positivity I feel I’ve found my life’s purpose.


Explain a typical day in the life?
Wake up, look out the window to check the surf while sipping on green tea, surf, practice yoga or run along the beach depending on the conditions (if the surf is good I may not do anything else that day). Then I usually hit the books and study, review my to-do list (I’m notorious for making lists), read, research, eat, sleep and repeat. I spend time online researching local events on the horizon, interesting people and topics which I feel are of interest to my viewers.


Considering you cover many different Gold Coast Events, what is your absolute favorite annual event here?
As a presenter I’ve been lucky enough to cover events such as the BMW Bruce Lynton Charity Ball, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Brisbane, Broadbeach Blues Festival, Neon Run and the International Boat Show to name a few. International presenting opportunities have also become available as I ventured overseas to cover holiday destinations and fitness retreats such as Active Escapes. My favourite annual event would have to be the Bruce Lynton Charity Ball! Frosted with delicate decorations, the RACV Royal Pines Resort was transformed into a winter wonderland. Glamorous guests gathered for a night of entertainment and to raise much needed funds for local charity. Live music, fireworks, a silent auction and bumper car rides were among the evening entertainment highlights! Meeting the passionate volunteers who made the event such a fantastic success was wonderful. I was overwhelmed by the generous donations, fantastic sense of community spirit and look forward to attending next year.


How do you balance study and presenting?
At times, presenting clashes with my events calendar so I do my best to ensure I’m prepared for my University assessment and have always prioritised my education above all else. I know there is always room for improvement in time management. It’s a goal of mine to be exceptional at balancing commitments and maximising my time.


Congratulations your Gold Coast Women in Business success! How did you become nominated for this?
I was absolutely delighted to learn my employer Rohan Parnell, nominated me for the ‘Aspiring Young Business Women’s Award’. Here is a quote from his nomination: “Whilst producing an online election campaign for Steven Ciobo, Federal Member for Moncrieff on the Gold Coast, I called upon Portia’s assistance to scout youth for the footage. Within hours Portia had taken the initiative to prepare a portfolio of suitable applicants detailed with their experience, professional images and contact details. Recognising her efficiency, dedication and flair for the industry I suggested she establish her own talent scouting agency. Portia’s business, I C TV, now serves an impressive client base, including Southern Cross Austereo and continues to expand its services. With a thirst for knowledge, excellent work ethics and deep determination to succeed, there is no doubt in my mind that Portia will conquer any goal she sets her mind to. Diving into the deep end Portia has proven herself as a successful young woman in business, welcoming new experiences, challenges and business lessons with grace and poise.” – Rohan Parnell Senior Producer at Southern Cross Austereo.


At what point did you realize that that presenting was something you wanted to develop into a career?
I’m not afraid to chat with anyone and from a young age I’ve known networking, uniting and recognising passionate people would be driving forces in determining which career path I choose. For me, my desires to present became most apparent when working casually as a Production Assistant at Southern Cross Austereo. Exposed to such an industry of power-house personalities, I was overwhelmed and inspired to continue to better myself and push my own limits in presenting.


What makes living in Queensland so special?
There’s no place like it. Growing up sailing the Whitsundays islands with my family, it was inevitable I’d have a lifelong love for Queensland. Our Great Barrier Reef, stunning native wildlife, lush rainforests, spectacular out back attractions and world class surf breaks of the Gold Coast mean there really is something for everyone here. No wonder so many travellers have the Gold Coast on their bucket list!


What makes your content so unique compared to others?
My content is diverse. I’ve thought about it and although I’d like to be targeted in my messages and themes, I don’t really fit one category. As a presenter I enjoy attending different events and chatting to people from all walks of life which is really communicated in my content. My viewers are primarily located in the USA, Australia, the UK & Canada; aged between 18-35 years. Their interests include luxury experiences, events, dining, tourism, adventure travel, surfing, fitness, culture, fashion and lifestyle.


If you had any advice for women looking to start a career as a presenter or vlogger, what would you tell them?
Your overnight success story is always a result of everything you’ve done in your life until that moment. It won’t happen overnight. However, you’ll face setbacks, negativity and performance gaps. My advice would be enjoy the journey and be patience. Often I learn simply from observing others. Some may be completely unaware I’m learning from them, yet I bow in gratitude. To other women looking for a career in presenting or vlogging, observe others, select role models but keep your own goals close to your heart. If you lack a skill necessary to your success, apply yourself until this performance gap is one of your greatest qualities. Most importantly, don’t lose sight of your own unique character. Keep your content tasteful and remember every post contributes to your online footprint.


What content is most popular on your Instagram feed?
Whether it be immersed in nature, exploring or trying something new; posts which capture me ticking an experience off my bucket list certainly generate a buzz!


How to you keep your readers engaged?
Studying social media marketing at University has been fantastic for my blogging and website development skills. I love applying some of the human behaviour studies I learn and testing them to strengthen the brands I represent and my own personal brand. Working in such a social, events based industry ensures my content is relevant and engaging.


Do you think the blogging/vlogging epidemic is catching traction here in Queensland?
Absolutely! Many well-known influencers are based in Queensland, and in particular on the Gold Coast. Today social media sharing application, Instagram, plays a significant role in shaping the success of blogging and vlogging content. Last month Queenslanders were invited to be a part of the world’s largest ‘Instameet’, a landmark social media event to capture thousands of Queensland destinations from different perspectives #thisisQueensland! This event united a diverse mix of people to collectively sell our tourism assets to the world!