Justine Costigan

Writer, editor, podcaster.


I'm a Melbourne-based writer and editor specialising in lifestyle, travel, design, arts and culture, and food and wine.

You can find my work in The Guardian Australia, Escape, Delicious, Traveller, MindFood Magazine, The Saturday Paper, Travel + Indulgence, Jetstar Magazine, Jetstar Asia Magazine, Virgin Australia Magazine, Mercedes Me, Epicure, goodfood.com.au, RoyalAuto, Horizons, Bentley Magazine, Domain, M Magazine, Sunday Life, Spectrum and many more.

See below for some of my latest stories and a small selection of my work published over the past 10 years.

If you'd like to get in touch, connect with me on LinkedIn or send me a message via email at justinecostigan [at] gmail.com



ABC listen
Evenings - ABC listen

I chat to ABC Radio Melbourne host David Astle about my Guardian Australia story about the people who keep their children's baby teeth (including me).

The Place Economy® - Hoyne

Managing editor of The Place Economy® by Hoyne, a book showcasing the link between visionary placemaking and better-performing economies, higher profits, and healthier communities.


The Saturday Paper
Travelling with a chatterbox

It's all about the journey, not the destination, when you travel with a friend who likes to chat.

The Age
A fairytale stay in an Italian castle

It would be challenging to find a more theatrical hotel arrival. First there is the boat trip to Ischia across the azure waters of the Gulf of Naples. Then, a 10-minute ride from the port on a small bus through the island's narrow cobblestone streets.

Insider's guide to vintage shopping in Paris

It's not just the runways where the best Paris fashion can be found. Parisians have their own shopping secret - the city's treasure trove of vintage stores.

Mercedes Me Magazine
Mumbai's Moderne Moment

A street photographer is determined to give Mumbai’s Art Deco treasures their due

Go with the flow

Beautiful, laid back and uncrowded, Thailand’s north-west offers a serene alternative to the beach and party scene.

Travel + Indulgence, The Australian
Art and stroll

A walking tour of Mumbai's UNESCO World Heritage listed Art Deco precinct

Jetstar Magazine
The Power of Paradise

Laid-back luxury and wellness? How to combine the two on a Bali escape

Jetstar Magazine
Red centre stargazing

The night sky reveals another, fascinating side to Uluru's ancient culture


Virgin Australia Magazine
Along the way with...Emma Isaacs

The inspirational Australian entrepreneur shares her thoughts on staying grounded, making the hard decisions and why we need more women in business.

The Age
Serially stylish

Fifteen years after Sex and the City first appeared on HBO, the love for the iconic TV show and its costumes is as fervent as ever.

From hill to vine

Hike your way to the Italian flavours of the high country

The Age
All chooked up

What other pet will keep you company and feed you at the same time?


Good Food
How to make passata

Our favourite Italians share their passata making secrets

The Age
Pleasure island

An island in the South Pacific is enjoying the sweet smell of success with an aromatic crop

The Age
Buried pleasure

Meet the growers supplying the growing desire for Victorian truffles

The Age
The new roast of the day

Post-war Italian and Greek migrants helped transform Melbourne's coffee and cafe culture


Spotify for Podcasters
Season 3: Ep 2 The impact of war on cities by Light | Cities + Architecture

Architect Antony DiMase and I explore the impact of war on cities and the people who live in them. From current battlegrounds in Gaza and Ukraine to historical conflicts, they discuss what happens to cities when buildings and infrastructure is destroyed, the different approaches to rebuilding, and why we need to be talking about this right now.

Journalist Justine Costigan On What's New In Noosa...by Travel Writers Radio

As the Melbourne nights and mornings get chillier by the day, there are thousands of southerners just waiting to escape to the Sunshine Coast in general, or Noosa in particular. Which is where Melbourne reporter Justine Costigan escaped to a week ago to research what's new in this popular Queensland getaway.

Justine Costigan On Visiting Dimboola - Now A Far Cry From The 1979 Hit Movie

Justine Copstigan loves to spend time in regional towns and most has recently visited Dimboola, which has come a long way from the days when in 1979 it was the subject of a comedy movie set around a about a wedding reception, Justine was researching a story about regional towns and was fascinatred to discover Dimboola had fallen in love with Steam Punk that has now become the theme of an annual local festival.