I haven't been writing much AT ALL these days. Life has been busy and blogging has taken a firm seat on the back burner.
But, I am now living back in Sydney, Australia and after spending the weekend with some visiting friends around Bondi, Tamarama, markets and restaurants I was quickly reminded (not that I needed to be) how beautiful and diverse Sydney is.
I can honestly say it feels good to be back, after what seems a life time of travelling. I will be planting my feet here for a while as we now have a baby on the way who is due in August too, so it is very exciting times in our household.
So let's get to it and map out a great to-do list of Sydney if you are visiting, especially in the Eastern Suburbs and beaches.
Firstly, I met my friends after they touched down and had checked into their Bondi Beach Airbnb at The Bucket List, so we could soak up the view and sun while they sipped on tasty Frosé and we ordered some no-fuss lunch. Dropping in here on a weekday for lunch means ther...
Well, it is coming up to that time of year again. When all the lovers get together and showcase their private life in public... but hey, if you're into it, who am I to judge?
For all the love struck peeps out there I have put together a list of the most romantic spots on the Gold Coast where you can wine and dine like the true champion you are, I have also broken the categories up to cater for every wallet size. There is no need to spend big to show the one you love that you care, it is the effort my dears, the effort is all that matters! Also, spending big can work just as well....
We went chasing waterfalls over the holidays and it was pure heaven! The National Parks in Queensland are so ancient, world heritage listed and magical that they are a must visit if your here in Australia.
Springbrook National Park is on the top of the 'best waterfall's list' for me, being 109m in height and flowing over a stunning basalt lava rock. (remanent of a freaking huge volcano that spanned a total of 80km over 23 million years ago) The flora and fauna along the stunning hike are worth the trek alone, you will feel wrapped in nature from your first step.
I am a brand new resident of Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, Australia. My partner and I decided to try a new part of Australia to live in, after spending 2 years abroad. We chose Burleigh Heads to live because of the beautiful weather, great surf and awesome community vibe. But, we have found a few more treasures amongst this town and the surrounding beach side hubs. From hidden back alley bars, weekend markets and secret beach hangouts - this neck of the Gold Coast has everything you may need. So, here are my best bits of Burleigh - let me know if you love them too!
Being new to the Gold Coast, I thought I better start doing some weekend exploring. So - Last Saturday we drove up to the Lamington National Park in Binna Burra, Queensland.
This National Park is home to lush green rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit. Prior to European settlement, the Lamington region had been inhabited by Aboriginal people of the Yugambeh language for thousands of years. The Yugambeh group inhabited the Gold Coast and hinterland, roughly between the Logan and Tweed rivers. This group lived as distinct family tribes in various regions, although interaction between them was well established. The family tribes that lived closest to Lamington National Park are the Birinburra, Kombumerri, Wangerriburra and Migunberri people.
Last week was my partner Zac's birthday. We thought a quick getaway was in order to celebrate, and brainstormed some ideas. We are currently based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and Zac has family down the coast in beautiful Nambucca Heads, New South Wales.
Perfect! We decided to google some camper vans and make this more of a glamping trip. To my surprise those Winnebagos you see cruising around are super expensive to hire for a few nights! So, we checked out AirBnb, and alas, we hit gold with Big Bertha Campers here on the Gold Coast.
They have a small, but growing fleet of little camper vans that are fully equipped and ready to go. I am a pretty hard critic, I hate camping and normally this kind of travel is not up my alley...but, I freaking loved it! These little vans are so awesome, comfortable and set up with everything that it didn't feel like I was slumming it. So, we were off to a great start from the moment we got the keys to Betty (The cute name of our...
I have been away from Sydney for so long, due to travel. I love Sydney, despite all the stupid politics going down and lockout laws destroying the night life culture that used to make the city so unique and bubbling with life.
But there are still flecks of hope through the Keep Sydney Open Campaign. They, along with all the people who care about the personality of the city being crushed, are taking matters to the streets. With amazing protests, and finally some results are coming from their tireless work to keep Sydney open, friendly, welcoming and full of life!
But, if you are visiting Sydney and want a break from the big sights, to see some local spots that will not only impress, but improve your experience in Sydney check out my list below.
I have a few special places that I always return to when I am there now, from ice cream parlours, to bars, restaurants and stunning parks to spend hours just soaking up the sun and reading a good book.
For some lovely beach hang outs see...