April 2018 we flew to Perth to witness our friends Nicoline and Jesper getting married. It was a wonderful trip celebrating the couple, driving down south to Busselton, staying at Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley, exploring Rottnest Island and spending some time in my favourite place Little Creatures at Fremantle.
Tasmania stole our heart and we dedicated an entire blog page for it. Click HERE to explore more!
Located in Border Ranges National Park, Sheepstation Creek is a perfect spot to relax and recharge among the World Heritage-listed rainforest. The weekend was spent exploring the Booyong walking track and testing our hiking equipment for our upcoming Tasmanian trip. The Booyong walking track is a 8km walking track which include the Rosewood Loop and Palm Forest Walk. Nearby was the Pinnacle walk, a 10 min-200m walk to spectacular views of Mount Waning caldera and the Tweed Valley below. The highlight of the weekend was fireflies and finishing up the trip at Border Ranges lookout.
Just 25km south from Tweeds Head, we stayed at Big4 Hastings Point. This 4 day getaway was to see how our condensed camping equipment would work for our Tasmanian adventure. Things to remember from this trip, (1) place the swag in a location where we can exit either side of the swag, (2) season new cookware (3) get spinal surgery from lifting the boxes, (4) book campsite closer to the toilet so when it rains you don’t have to run.
Woody Head is a secluded spot just up the road from Iluka, in the Bundjalung National Park. What makes this spot even more special is that down one path, over the rocks, down the stairs and a few minutes walk, a private beach awaits – outside school holidays of course. We spent the week relaxing on the beach, exploring the rocks, identifying shells, and drinking one too many drinks on the beach. A highlight of the week was spending too much money at one of my favourite shops in Iluka and spending the day at Yamba.
In the heart of Mebbin National Park is Cutters camp. A peaceful campground in a pretty forest setting. It is a great spot to unwind and watch the stars at night. What made this campsite special was the Byrrill Creek walking track which lead into a majestic Fig Tree paradise.
Sydney was an interesting trip for both of us. A 4 day escape to one of the largest cities in Australia. We stayed in an hotel at Potts Point overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. We spent the first day walking from our hotel room to the botanical gardens and the Opera House and caught the train back to Kings Cross station. We mastered the art of catching public transport with a visit to Nathan’s grandparents at Toongabbie, where we met up with Nathan’s mum Sherry. We caught up with both my baby cousins Nicolette and Nathalie at central station, where we spent the day in Martin Place, venturing up Sydney’s Tower eye with Nathalie and catching the ferry with Nicolette to Watsons Bay. The rest of the trip saw us vising Luna Park via a ferry trip, taking the train over the Harbour Bridge, exploring through Paddy’s Markets, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and spending too much money at Rooster’s HQ. I have to say, I am happy I don’t live in the Cross, but I would spend more time up the road at Potts Point where the Navy ships are visible from the hotel room window.
Coffs Harbour is a beautiful beach side city, 4 and a half hours from Brisbane. The week saw us spending as much time in the sun, going for drives to Sawtell, Bellingen, Crescent Head, Kempsey and Macksville. We explored watering holes, ate at local clubs and walked over to Muttonbird Island. The best part of the week was meeting Sal and her beautiful family, watching an INXS cover band, relaxing at the beach, seeing the Big Banana and finding little towns to explore.
Noosa Weekend Getaway
One night’s stay at Outrigger Little Hasting Street Noosa was just want we needed. Our room overlooked the rainforest and we were greeted by the sound of birds singing. We booked ourselves in for a couples massage treatment at Stephanie Ocean Spa and enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the restaurant. The rest of the evening was spent in the gorgeous bath tub.
We only spent the night here but it was brilliant. Once we caught the Grey Hound bus from the airport to our hotel, we dropped our bags and ventured to St Kilda, where we spent the afternoon walking across the boardwalk to the Sea Bath Restaurant. Having one or two drinks there, we managed to get ourselves a bit lost. On our lost journey, we came across Hotel Esplanade and finally the tram terminal. Venturing back to the hotel, we stopped in at a pub, had a mad feed, got ready, and walked all the way to the venue where one of my favourite bands were the supporting act.
Pacific Dawn Island Hopper
The Pacific Dawn Island Hopper saw us experience Noumea, Lifou and Port Villa. It was one of our first trips together with Riley & Sarah. We spent each day alongside the pool having cocktails, eating too much food and going around in circles on the deck. We played bingo, watched some shows and managed to get lost once or twice. The highlights of the trip was exploring new locations, drinking new beer and getting our passports stamped – mind you, we had to pay for each stamp. Nathan managed to get himself on the “do not serve alcohol” list for dancing on top of a podium, something I did not witness myself, but was told he complied when they asked him to get off and boasted about his “working with heights certificate” to the security guard.