Kristie Hayden

Writer, Editor, Publisher

I am a freelance travel and lifestyle writer, copywriter, editor and publisher who loves photography, loitering near the ocean and nosing about street-markets.

I write regularly for Geelong & Surf Coast Living Magazine, voted Australia's best consumer magazine at the 2017 Mumbrella Publish Awards.

I'm chief writer for Living Bliss, an annual publication dedicated to all things weddings.

I am the founder of Love Tales, writers and publishers of private love stories and public life stories. In 2017, we published two private wedding storybooks. Currently, we are working on a 30-year anniversary cookbook with editorial for one of Victoria's favourite catering companies. The book, to be announced in the new year, will go on sale May 1st 2018.

I am a founding member and advisory board member of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre Giving Circle.

I live on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, have an Associate Diploma in Travel & Tourism / Business and am a graduate of the Australian Writers’ Centre and student of the Australian Photography Institute.



Inside the Palm Springs homes of Hollywood royalty (hello Leo DiCaprio!)
With Palm Springs' Modernism Week in full flight, Kristie Hayden tours celebrity homes and reveals how you can get a glimpse inside. Riding through the empty streets, all of...
A Swiss Summer CEO Magazine
Hiking, solitude and alpine luxury halo a well-earned break from the daily grind. WORDS AND IMAGES KRISTIE HAYDEN At the end of the made road, I check the signs. Gstaad here,...
All at sea
Troy Grining captains a tourist boat out of Strahan, Tas, which takes in some of world's most pristine forest and places of hellish history. Story and photos Kristie Hayden...
Lorne by Mustang
The Great Ocean Road has never been groovier, as our writer discovers on a bohemian-inspired day-trip.
Dance Hall Days
Folding back the tissue, pearlescent beadwork shimmers in the dimly-lit storeroom. The National Trust’s curatorial staff know they’ve uncovered something special; the superb...
Dodging the Devil
Tuscany's Garfagnana Valley might be rich in history and high on beauty, but on a short drive from Lucca it's the bridge said to have been built by the devil that intrigues.
Ocean Summit
As the cream of indigenous surfers prepare to compete at the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles, Kristie Hayden discovers the true meaning of the competition and its sacred...
A Good Egg
At the mercy of the elements, farming can be challenging. But for every battle, there is a victory and, for one farm even a pot of gold. Kristie Hayden reports.
Spring Around The Otways
From a surreal volcanic landscape to a Great Ocean getaway, get inspired for a mini break in The Otways. Kristie Hayden takes a drive.
The Cool Otways
From spotting glow-worms to visiting raging waterfalls, the deal is the same at the end of each day during winter in the Otways; a glass of wine by a cosy fire.
Salamanca's Historically Hip Small Bar Scene
Hip bars. Grungy haunts. Live music. Kristie Hayden discovers the pick of the watering holes along Hobart waterfront's Salamanca Place.
The Artful Salamanca Place Shopping Guide
While the famous Salamanca Market attracts thousands of tourists each Saturday, every other day offers a more relaxed pace, allowing visitors to peruse every corner of the...
Trek Of Courage
Kristie Hayden meets a once wayward teen whose life was transformed somewhere along the Kokoda Track, and the local policeman responsible for her salvation.
Little Tackers
Spring sailing in Geelong is mere child’s play as Kristie Hayden discovers.
On The Fly
Zipping through the rain and treetops in Victoria, Australia gives Kristie Hayden a thrilling perspective of the Otway Ranges rainforest.
Winter Warmers
As the days grow colder, Kristie Hayden goes in search of local country B&Bs and coastal villas that are perfect for your winter getaway.
Food, Wine & Sunshine
Noosa International Food & Wine Festival


Geelong and Surf Coast LIVING Magazine - Autumn 2018
The regions premier glossy lifestyle magazine celebrating Geelong, Bellarine, Surf Coast, Colac Otways, Golden Plains.
Geelong and Surf Coast LIVING Magazine - Autumn 2018
The regions premier glossy lifestyle magazine celebrating Geelong, Bellarine, Surf Coast, Colac Otways, Golden Plains.
Geelong and Surf Coast LIVING Magazine - Autumn 2018
The regions premier glossy lifestyle magazine celebrating Geelong, Bellarine, Surf Coast, Colac Otways, Golden Plains.
Drawing Conclusions
Kristie Hayden explores the developmental stages of drawing and discovers what is in the picture isn't always what we see.
A beginner's guide to gardening tools
It's difficult enough finding time to maintain your garden, but having the right tools goes a long way to achieving great results. Here, our gardening experts share the...
How to keep your lawn and garden alive over summer
There's nothing in the world like it; lying on your back on a lush lawn, bathing in a hot Australian summer. But while you can head inside when the sun gets too hot, your garden...
Orchestral Manoeuvres
As the Geelong Symphony Orchestra establishes itself on the city’s cultural landscape, Kristie Hayden meets the people behind the music.
Equestrian Life - Q & A with Young Rider Steph Spencer
Equestrian Life delivers the best in equestrian news, features and lifestyle plus essential information for every horse enthusiast.
Slice of Life
The lotus flower symbolises enlightenment, harmony and tolerance. For linocut printmaker Sue Grossman, it's the ideal subject for an art that requires monumental patience.
Cloud Mine
Deakin University has revolutionised online learning with a dedicated Cloud Campus. Kristie Hayden discovers the silver living in tailor-made tertiary education.
Wheel on Fire
Kristie Hayden meets a Torquay-based ceramicist taking the art world by storm.

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