Rachael grew up in Perth, Western Australia, as the youngest of three children. She trained as a classical ballet dancer and then as a rhythmic gymnast. Rachael's love for the environment led her to complete an Environmental Science degree, and her devotion to helping the environment has been furthered by her Miss Earth Australia title.
Rachael moved from Perth to Sydney in 2009 and studied screen acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia.
Rachael was crowned Miss Earth Australia 2008 and represented Australia in the Miss Earth 2008 International Pageant in the Philippines. Rachael won Best in Talent (crowned Miss Talent) at the international event for her graceful and dynamic rhythmic gymnastics display.