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 also selected as the ‘Face of the Sunshine Coast’ for Virgin Australia and Family Travel/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 Gemma

Gemma is an award-winning editor and journalist, who has over 20 years’ experience in news media, working on newspapers, magazines, online, and even a short dabble in broadcasting.

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

These days she is a full-time corporate communications adviser, but also dabbles in freelance writing and creating corporate communications, marketing and public relations plans and material for clients.

Gemma 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 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.

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.

However, 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!