Hello Digi-Pal! I’m chuffed that you’re here!

I’m Jo and I live in Western Australia.

I write The ZigaZag Mag to inspire you to visit and get out and about  in Western Australia. I hope you’ll find helpful tips, answers to your questions, feel good stories and inspiration. So if you want to wine, dine, recline and have a good time in WA, you’ve come to the right place.

Wait there’s more! You’ll also find …

Blogging and Writing Tips

Worldwide Travel Stories – How to and where to guides

How to create Balinese Gardens and stories about Bali

Mostly I champion voyages of discovery to dream places and quiet spaces helping you to “Live for the moment, Love adventure and Do something awesome.”


ZigaZag is one of the Top Australian and New Zealand Travel Blogs and has been included in several lists, including:  43 Australian Travel Blogs to watch, and 41 Australian Travel Blogs and Bloggers to follow on the official Queensland holidays site.

I’m an empty nester – are you?

These days, as an ‘empty nester’, I’m trying out new things. If you’ve also waved your children goodbye from the family nest, now’s the time to embrace a new journey, travel to new places, re-discover the region you live in, spruce up your style, and perhaps get involved with new pursuits. What are you doing? I love hearing about people, places and adventures.

What else can I help you with?

I’m a freelance writer with words for hire, and I also give writing and blogging workshops in real life and online.

So welcome to ZigaZag – Travel and Lifestyle and Life in WA!

At ZigaZag I hope you’ll find topics that are interesting, photos that are beautiful and some ideas that are just, well … plain wacky.  It’s all about, “Making connections and  sharing conversations” .

Please join the conversation!

I wonder who you are so please don’t be shy. Please comment in the reply boxes at the end of posts or contact me via the Contact page.

The nitty gritty


My Lifestyle Blog:  Lifestyle Fifty

Personal Web Page : Jo Castro

Social Media

Facebook  Page: The Zigazag Mag

Facebook Page: Lifestyle Fifty

Facebook Group: We Love Western Australia

Twitter: @johannaAcastro

LinkedIn: Johanna Castro



Published writing includes …

Shark Bay – The West Australian –  travel

South West Wildflowers – The West Australian – travel

Your Business Magazine – an interview with MXit CEO Herman Heunis

Country Life Magazine – profile

South West Times – best selling author profile

The Lady Magazine – travel

Further Pdf’s of  published work can be supplied on request.  My work has been featured in 40+ other publications that include:- Fodor’s Australia Travel Guide, South West Catchments Council environmental Case Studies, The West Australian, The South West Times, A Place in the Sun, Living Abroad, Woman & Home, On the Home Front, Riding Magazine, Your Business, Femina, Living & Loving, People Dynamics, The Lady, Writer’s News, Devon Life, Good Housekeeping, Shoreline, Essentials, The Islander, Traveller, Country Life, Pace, Sethala, The Motorist, Travel World, Scope, Bona, Botswana Airways in-flight magazine, Thandi, Flying Springbok, Sunday Times (SA), Daily News (Durban), The Mercury (Durban), Sunday Tribune, Windhoek Observer, Windhoek Advertiser.


In 2000 and living in the Philippines, I wrote and self-published a children’s novel in support of a children’s orphanage in Manila.


I facilitate … How To Blog and Writing for Publication workshops

Sponsored posts accepted

Want your own piece of internet real estate? If you have a business, product or service in WA or beyond I will write sponsored and review posts providing your business is in synch with the ethos of Zigazag – interesting, helpful, useful or just beautiful and relevant to Western Australia. Sponsored and review posts may also be promoted on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and my other social media networks if/where applicable.

Please see the Advertise Page or contact me via the Contact Page and I will send you my Media Kit and Advertising Rates on request.

Nightlife – Perth style

Have you got something interesting to say about places you have visited in Western Australia, or people you have met, or why it’s great to live in WA?

Why not become a contributor and write a guest post? (For guidelines, see the Contributors Page above).

We love Western Australia

If you live in WA, email me your take on something about Western Australia and I may use it as a guest post, or you can add your own photos and information about what’s on in WA by joining  “The Zigazag Mag” page or We Love Western Australia group on Facebook.

Amazing WA

I’m lucky enough to live in South Western Australia. Western Australia as a State is amazing. It’s about the size of India, approximately half that of Europe and it covers one third of the continent of Australia. Perth’s nearest interstate city is Adelaide, a mere 2,700kms away. As yet, I have no intention of doing anything daft like traversing that distance with a camel, but there’s still time.

In the South West there’s little traffic, a scant and scattered population; lots of white, uncrowded, sandy beaches; vineyards, rivers, inlets, estuaries, fruit growing areas, and towering forests.

Further north of the State are largely undiscovered reefs and long stretches of beautiful, red, lonely hinterland;

WA is inspiring … it makes you want to put on a rucksack and hiking boots, or grab your suitcase and swimmers, hitch the bike or the surfboard to the car and go somewhere interesting, do something different or see something unusual, maybe even indulge in a little pampering or retail. So come with me as I pay homage to food and wine, trips and travel, being active, reducing stress, eating healthily, as well as enjoying the little things that make life interesting – oh, and please don’t forget to have your say in the comments box.

At the end of the day, I hope this blog will be entertaining and helpful,  and that you’ll enjoy stopping by. Most of all I’d like my experiences to lead you to reflect on your own life in a good way, and my writing to send out meaningful echoes.

Hop on, enjoy the ride!

Zigazag – It’s a lifestyle.

Live it, Love it, Do it!


Contact me via the email form on the Contact page.



  1. Lo Coburn

    Hey Johanna,

    Just had a look at your blog. Wow what an interesting blog.

    I never knew there was sooo much to do that side of the river, Im north of the river.

    Anyhow loved the blog very interesting, well presented and written, will definately be visiting some of the places you have shown, especially that beach with the stingrays, it looks gorgeous.

    Look forward to popping in again here and there on here to catch up with you.

    Thank you for sharing this with us all

    Love and Light

    Lo. xxx

  2. Johanna

    Thanks, Lo. Glad you like it. I hope I can continue to keep you happy and post more interesting things – please keep popping by. Yes, there’s lots to do down here, and with the new Highway it’s not so far from Perth – don’t know how far north of the river you are? All the best, Johanna x

  3. Hi Jo

    Love it! Very interesting. You go girl, proud of you!

    Love Sonya

  4. Johanna

    Glad you like it. Your chalets look awesome.

  5. gabrielle cheater

    Particularly pleased to see the weather reports
    included so nice for travellers to your area. Keep up the good work! Cannot wait to visit all the places you recommend love

  6. Okay Jo, so you’re not related to Fidel, but what about the Spice Girls?

    Zig-A-Zag Ahhhhhh

    You could ask Mel B to sponsor your blog ; )

  7. Johanna

    Ha Ha! Thanks for your comment, Tracey! Aha, the Spice Girls connection. If only Mel B would sponsor my blog 🙂 Perhaps I should change the name to Zig-A-Zag Ahhhhh!

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