About Us

Families of Australia: The Blair Family

Hello! We’re the Blair family – adventure lovers who have been bitten by the travel bug.

Pre-kids we lived in London for 10+ years and were lucky enough to travel the globe a number of times, visiting 50+ countries.

Now that we live on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, we want to showcase all of the fun, family adventures that await nearby and around Australia.

We are a true family operation, with all four of us contributing and having a say on our experiences and adventures. We want to inspire other families to travel and believe our children’s opinions are pretty darn valuable. If our kids enjoy it, yours probably will too!

We also boast vast experience writing and working within the media, as Gemma is a professional journalist and editor, with 20+ years experience.

A little about Our Coast Life

Our Coast Life is a vibrant family-friendly lifestyle and travel blog.

We weave together photographic and video imagery that is regularly regrammed by tourism boards and businesses, with chatty, informative articles that offer a real insider’s guide to the Sunshine Coast and surrounding Australian regions.

We inspire people to travel to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas, and encourage locals to get out and explore more of this diverse and beautiful region. We’re here to connect adventure-loving travellers and locals with the locations, experiences and businesses that will make their dream travels a reality.

Our family was recently selected as the ‘Face of the Sunshine Coast’ for Virgin Australia and Bound Round’s Families of Australia 2017-18 campaign, with video footage of our adventures shown on Virgin Australia’s in-flight entertainment.

A little about Clinton (aka Chippie)

Clinton (known as Chippie to his mates) is the photographer of the family.

He is a joiner by trade and a Kiwi, having been born and raised on the east coast of New Zealand in the Hawkes Bay region.

If you’ve been lucky enough to visit, you’ll know it’s home to Napier, one of the best Art Deco cities in the world, and numerous wineries with beautiful cellar doors – some of which Chippie helped build in his younger years.

Chippie is an accomplished joiner, having lived and worked in Wellington, before moving overseas to Edinburgh and then London, where he met Gemma and ‘settled down’.

In London, he oversaw the joinery factory for one of the UK’s leading joinery and fit-out contractors, and worked on the refurbishment of numerous UK politicians’ and celebrities’ homes, only he’s sworn to secrecy over their names and locations!

These days, Chippie is an avid photographer and can be found ridiculously early in the morning and late most afternoons chasing surf, sunrises and sunsets in pursuit of the perfect picture.

A little about Gemma

Gemma is the wordsmith of the family.

She was born and raised in Brisbane, but spent much of her childhood on the Sunshine Coast and has hiked the Noosa National Park more times than she can count.

A journalist by trade, Gemma has worked in news media for 20 years, with stints in newspapers, magazines, online and even a short dabble in broadcasting.

In the UK, she was the editor of an award-winning financial website and also oversaw a legal business podcast that regularly sat in the Top 10 Business Podcasts on iTunes.

These days she is a freelance journalist, writer and blogger, and also creates corporate communications, marketing and public relations material for businesses during the week.

Being somewhat ‘vertically challenged’, what she lacks in size she makes up for with her writing and editing, and as the techie of the family.

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