The GAB (The Great Aussie Bite) is an award-winning online resource for articles about unique and exciting food, drink, spa, travel and luxury experiences from around Australia and beyond.
Our editorial team comprises 60 professional travel journalists who have worked for The Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, The Times, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 10, ABC, 2GB, 2UE, Foxtel, NBN, Network Ten, Traveler’s Digest, Broadsheet, Time Out and many other internationally renowned publications.
They are located in NSW, VIC, QLD, WA and SA and are dedicated to bringing you the most exciting lifestyle experiences in their local area.
Who is The GAB for?
The GAB is for people who like to do things out of the ordinary. It’s for those who don’t want to get complacent, and who fear the norm – those who are always looking for the next adventure.
We bring you ideas to inspire. Maybe you’ll learn to fly a helicopter this Saturday, disappear to a spa retreat next weekend, or do a whisky appreciation class with your mates tonight.
Don’t put things off until “one day”. Do that thing, take that chance, make that trip.
Want to be featured?
Contact us to find out how your business could be featured on The GAB. Please visit our Review My Business page to find out more: www.thegab.com.au/review-my-business.
Founder & Editor
Christina Wylie is an award-winning writer, editor, author, food stylist and radio host whose work has been featured in The Times, Time Out, Traveler’s Digest, Broadsheet, Wining & Dining and many other internationally renowned publications. After almost a decade of working as an international writer, Christina founded the online lifestyle magazine The GAB, for which she now leads a team of 60 writers based all across Australia. She then went on to launch Samui Life Magazine, and is planning the launch of two more magazines in Southeast Asia. Her cookbook is scheduled for international release in May 2017. Christina was a founding board member for the charity initiative Project Gen Z, which teaches orphaned Cambodian children entrepreneurial skills.
Michelle’s writing career spans 10 years as a newspaper journalist, commercial copywriter, health blogger and food writer.
Based in Tropical North Queensland, Michelle owns and runs her own copywriting and communications agency MLDMedia working with clients across the globe, and is also the author of her own cookbook series as the founder of the health and nutrition blog The Real Foodies.
Michelle has written about every topic under the sun but is always especially excited to combine her passion for the written word with her love of travel, nature, health, food and wine experiences as a writer for the Great Aussie Bite.
Milly Arsic is a freelance writer with experience in print, online, and radio journalism. She is also a co-founder/curator of online magazine NORTH, dedicated to those who want to live beyond their “nine to five”. Milly has lived in five different countries and loves travelling, yoga, hiking, running and photography. She can’t wait to share her wanderlust and passion for life to help you find unique experiences off-the-beaten-track.
Cassie is a young entrepreneur, founding her own Boutique Communications Agency in 2016. Through CLJ Media, Cassie is able to pursue her love for the written word and creative expression, using her skills to help small business owners with copywriting, blogging, content creation and social media. Outside of work you can find Cassie obsessively looking at cute photos of puppies, reading, eating burgers bigger than her face and enjoying down time with her friends and family. You can keep up with Cassie’s adventures over on Instagram – @cassiejacobs__ & @cljmedia
Sarah K. Gill is a Melbourne-based freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction. Sarah writes opinion pieces and advice articles, and is also a regular published contributor to online publication The Australia Times in several of their magazines offering reviews, articles, and creative fiction. Sarah completed her Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing with Federation Training (Formerly GippsTAFE) in early 2016. She is currently studying Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Creative Writing with Deakin University, which will be completed by mid 2019. Currently, Sarah is working on a short story collection of gothic fiction, which began with her successful completion of NaNoWriMo in November 2015.
In addition to this she is also working on a coming of age memoir narrative, and hopes to have it published in 2018.
Jessica lives by the beautiful northern rivers of NSW. She has travelled around the world, experiencing life as both a backpacker and a luxury traveller. As a student she studied philosophy, and went on to become a yoga teacher and writer after some time in the corporate world. She is now the editor of Australia’s biggest yoga magazine, Australian Yoga Journal. When she’s not writing or travelling, Jessica spends time in nature, reads, cooks and enjoys time with friends and family. She’s passionate about adventuring around the world, connecting with people from all walks of life, and all things yoga and wellness.
Rosemarie caught the travel bug as soon as she completed her university degree in Journalism back in 2011. Travelling throughout Aus and abroad extensively for the past five years, Rosemarie has continued to contribute to travel and lifestyle publications freelance, and is full of new and exciting ideas to share with readers. For the past decade, Rosemarie has worked on countless productions including corporate presenting videos, script writing, television commercials and short films. Being a massive animal lover, over the course of the past year Rosemarie has also finished a Certificate 2 in Animal Studies and gained invaluable experience within the animal health care industry. If you’d like to keep up with some of Rosemarie’s travel snaps and stories, please visit Instagram @runawaywithrose
Nadine Cresswell-Myatt has been writing travel articles for over 20 years. Her stories have appeared in the Herald Sun, The Age, Sunday Age, Coast and Country, Royal Auto, Yarra Valley & Ranges Country Life, Go Nomad, Broad and major NZ newspapers. Her online writing has attracted well over million unique views as of Nov. 2016. In the last year she has become increasingly interested in culinary adventures, luxury travel and photography and she has been sharing some of those experiences by writing for GAB readers since 2014. Her social media Klout score is 61.
Charlie is a reformed Yankee, currently residing in Melbourne. As a managing director at a global consultancy, he has accumulated 15 years of customer service and sales transformation expertise across a host of industries. He spends most of his free time traveling and/or attached to things with wheels that can and do hurt him with alarming regularity. He brings his annoyingly analytical mentality, never ending list of questions, love of the oxford comma, and desire to try everything to GAB in hopes of sharing the amazing with the world.
What started as a love affair with words quickly turned into a full-blown, serious ring-on-the-finger relationship with creative content. Sarah studied Journalism in Europe and, now being Sydney-based, has been writing for print and online titles such as ELLE Australia and OK! Magazine. If she’s not creating content for renowned clients and brands, you can find her travelling far and wide in search of the softest hotel sheets and the spiciest green mango salad there is. Keep up with her work on www.sarahmichalska.com
Laura is a senior lifestyle reporter at Daily Mail Australia/MailOnline. She’s a Sydney-based journalist and adventure enthusiast who has written for online and print publications including the Sydney Morning Herald. She has spent time presenting national news across Australian airwaves and has shared the stories of many remarkable people and places around the country. Between writing and completing her master’s in journalism, she makes time to travel, discover cultural dining experiences and feed her love for Japanese yoga.
Kellie Byrnes is a children’s author, corporate writer, book and travel reviewer, scriptwriter, and a life-long avid reader who enjoys immersing herself in stories of many different genres. Kellie has a BA degree in Literature, and has written content for companies in Australia, the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand. When she is not working on her own writing, she can be found checking out the latest books, films, TV shows and theatre productions, or researching her next travel adventure.
A passion for writing and media led Sofie to make the choice to study public relations. Sofie worked in hospitality for many years while completing her degree and has a great interest in food, design and a keen eye for detail. She commenced at Reymond Communications in February 2014, and has built a strong knowledge of the food and beverage industry, representing many well-respected hospitality clients such as Saigon Sally, Tokyo Tina, QT Melbourne and Grosvenor Hotel.
Sarah loves immersing herself in new, interesting places. At the beginning of 2014, she made a promise to herself that she would say yes to everything, so she doesn’t miss a minute of what life has to offer. Throughout her almost decade-long career in the publishing industry, Sarah has worked for some of Australia’s most popular consumer titles, including TV Week, Mother & Baby, Woman’s Day and New Idea. Based in Sydney, Sarah has travelled to the United States, Malta, Fiji and across Australia – and, being just months away from becoming a European citizen, she can’t wait to explore the rest of the world.
Monique La Terra
Monique La Terra is a freelance writer from Melbourne who has recently finished writing her first novel. In 2016 Monique was appointed Director of Culture at the Culture Trip Melbourne and for the second year running is the Australian representative on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation’s College Board. She has a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing and a Diploma in Fashion Styling and has taken short courses in Screenwriting, Anthropology, American Politics, and French and is currently studying Copywriting. Passionate about marine life and our oceans Monique ticked cage diving with great white sharks off her bucket list in 2016 and in October she set off on a challenge to climb the 10 highest mountains in Australia.
Jonathan is a professional writer and presenter with experience across a wide range of media. Based in Melbourne, he has worked across print, online, television and radio, and is part of a small team that produces short stop-motion animation films. With a love for food, exercise, travel and adventure, he is always seeking new experiences to share with friends, family and readers.
Melbourne born-and-bred, but much travelled since, Margaret Paton now writes from her Blayney home in Central West NSW and teaches part-time. She’s lived and worked in the UK, Croatia and Greece, but as part of the gig economy continues to write for national and global publications and clients. Unlikely to ever do a Contiki-style group tour or cruise, Margaret is up for adventures and travel experiences.
Niyati Libotte (née Parikh) is a Media Professional with an international background in the writing and production of content for screen, radio, web and print. With a love of books, travel, food, art, culture and a good pampering relax, at some point in the day you’ll likely find her meditating in the lotus position to tap into her creative fount and generate those winning oevres.
Out of the office she’s an out-going, jazz-singing mum of two and volunteers with the Art of Living Foundation to help build a more sustainable, conscious and peaceful world.
I’m a West Australian who ran away from home with my husband Micle when our son was 21yo: living firstly in Singapore, then England and finally Canada. And every cent we earned we spent travelling. Now back in WA after 10 years, we still save and travel, but our own backyard is also new and exciting for us. I have a Diploma in Travel Journalism and have just completed my Diploma in Travel & Tourism. In addition to continuing to research and write itineraries for clients, I have just launched my travel blog [holiday-planning-with-Viktoria on blogspot] and I am thrilled to be joining the illustrious company, The GAB.
The majority of Victoria’s career to date has been with Network Ten in Sydney. In 8 years with the network she worked her way up from junior reporter to presenter and host of several national shows and News bulletins including the hugely popular Sports Tonight. In 2014, like many, Victoria decided to take voluntary redundancy as the company wound back its news coverage. She is now a part-time presenter on Sky News and a freelance writer in the news, sport and lifestyle genres. Outside of news Victoria has a strong passion for travel, food, wine and horses. She has travelled the world several times and will continue to explore the globe and its many different cuisines while training her young dressage horse out of Sydney’s Centennial Park.
Lee is a Sydney-based journalist who has appeared across a multitude of broadcast media outlets including Channels 7, 9 and 10, the ABC, and radio stations 2GB and 2UE, including five years as a senior presenter on Foxtel’s The Weather Channel. A keen traveller and self-confessed ‘experience junkie’, Lee is fitting as many bucket list and niche experiences as possible into the memory bank. She brings a passionate love of nature and insatiable appetite for finding unique and sometimes forgotten experiences to The GAB to help you choose and create those extra special memories that stay with you forever.
Alison Black is a journalist and Logie-winning television producer. Her background is in foreign news. She came to Australia in 2005 from her native Scotland, and produced the ABC breakout hit Choir of Hard Knocks. In addition to freelance writing, she develops and makes television series. She’s currently producing a three-part documentary series on mental health, which will go out on ABC in October. Her special interest is health and wellbeing.
David Evan Giles
Award-winning filmmaker David Evan Giles has been writing professionally for more than 30 years. His love of literature took him to Oxford University where he received an MA in English. Growing up in London’s Notting Hill, David has lived in Australia since 1988 and has written and produced feature films starring Naomi Watts, Jack Thompson, Glenn Close and Cate Blanchett. He has been around the world may times, from the Arctic to Arizona, Tahiti to Tunisia, Ireland to India and has written reviews and feature articles for travel magazines, online publications and The Economist, as well as screenplays that saw him nominated for an Australian Academy Award.
Originally from New Zealand, Sarah moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in journalism before finding out she was expecting a son. She is a qualified journalist who went straight from studying into a full-time reporter role for both a community and daily newspaper. She loves her job and the opportunities it brings, including interviewing people like Orlando Bloom, being the first on the scene at a plane crash as well as restaurant reviews and attending major events. She has taken a break from full-time journalism while her son is young, but still continues her passion for creative writing with freelance writing and her own baking blog.
Katie Preston Toepfer
Katie is the author of Wedding Dogs and currently works as a freelance writer and photographer. She has a strong passion for animals (especially dogs), delicious food and weddings. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of NSW, she completed her Master of Arts (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University. When she’s not writing and creating new things, Katie enjoys spending time by the sea with her husband, Clinton, and their two furbabies, Violet and Mr. Darcy.
Rebecca is a Cairns-based journalist and freelance writer who has written for a variety of print and online publications across Australia. She enjoys exploring the tropical paradise she calls home, and working for The GAB gives her the opportunity to showcase the very best food and lifestyle experiences to be had in the often-unexplored Far North Queensland. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, tennis, writing novels, reviewing films and baking for her loved ones.