Mel Healy

Freelance travel writer, editor, photographer, content specialist


Global roamer. Wordsmith. Photographer. Made in Australia, Mel is a professional journalist with more than 20 years of industry experience. A guide writer for Conde Nast Traveler and a destination expert for Telegraph Travel and Culture Trip, she's had travel and lifestyle features published in Conde Nast Traveller Middle East, Etihad Airways' Atlas online, Metro UK, The Independent, The Times, Ultratravel Middle East, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Beau Monde Traveler, Mandarin Oriental's MO Magazine, Kidspot, Family Traveller, The Upsider. Most recently editor of a 20-page lifestyle supplement in Abu Dhabi's premier English-language newspaper.

Sustainable Guides
The Mouses House, Gold Coast: A luxurious rainforest retreat in the Hinterland | Sustainable Guides

The 14 rainforest chalets are positioned privately and set among the constant whistle of native birds and trickling of cascading mountain streams. Tucked away in the World Heritage Listed Springbrook National Park, The Mouses House would have tobe one of the Gold Coast's (if not Australia's) most unique accommodation offerings.Not only does this rainforest retreat promise interstate travellers or daytrippers a luxurious stay, theteam behind the venture also embraces a philosophy that pushes...

One-day nature-based escapes from Taree, NSW | NeedaBreak

The riverside town of Taree may have been bypassed by the Pacific Highway back in 1997 but that hasn't stopped it from attracting a stream of nature-loving visitors. With the Manning River at its core (the only double delta river system in the Southern Hemisphere) Taree is a playground for those who revel in the...

Yoga retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland hits the market -

A hinterland retreat with a yoga studio is sure to have aspiring yogis feeling at one with their environment. Not your typical Gold Coast residence, the property at 13-15 Eagleview Court, Bonogin, has no beach or water views, just a force of nature that offers an immersive lifestyle in the heart of mountain wilderness.

A pop-up glamping bubble in Australia could be the perfect post-lockdown getaway

Venus, the brightest of the planets, appears first, then as night falls, clusters of tiny stars gradually begin to multiply, creating a blanket of brilliance above. With a telescope in hand and a twinkling sky begging for my full attention, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be than kicking back in the middle of Australia's spectacular Capertree Valley in my very own two-person stargazing bubbletent.

The Best Places In The World For Chocolate

As we prepare to celebrate World Chocolate Day, Melinda Healy takes a look at some of the best places in the world for the delectable gooey treat.

The Telegraph
What it's like to go from travel writer to supermarket worker

What a difference a year makes. Last year, after 20 years in the media industry covering parts of the Middle East and Australia, I decided to take the plunge and become a freelance travel writer - something that I'd wanted to do since university.