So… as you may or may not know, we are in Australia now and in January, Katherine’s parents came out from chilly England to visit us for two weeks. Our first port of call was Sydney for Australia Day, and from there we embarked on a 10-day road trip to Brisbane. Australia is a beautifully diverse country with such a variety of landscapes that driving is rarely boring (well maybe a bit). There is something to do wherever you go and the weather is famously phenomenal. Our three months here so far has been fun-filled and packed with great experiences, and we still have half a year left.
ROAD TRIP SUMMARY
SYDNEY – One of the most glorious cities on earth and the biggest in Australia, we felt we walked its streets forever. The city comes alive at night, the flying foxes speckle the sky and the Opera House competes with the Harbour Bridge for your attention. We spent a lot of time at Circular Quay, where these goliaths of tourism live, but we also headed out to Bondi Beach for some ice-cold sea fun.
BLUE MOUNTAINS – Breath-taking views and rigorous exercise were the order of the day when we trekked in the Blue Mountains (without water bottles). We stayed in a brilliant Airbnb with fresh eggs everyday and mosquito ambushes by night. Everything about this place is attractive; blue skies, mountains and valleys, and ample chances to interact with nature.
PORT STEPHENS – A small fishing town on the route famous for its bottlenose dolphins. We went on a dolphin-watching tour with a small company and got the most incredible experience without damaging the animals or their environment. Not much to do after 7.30pm though; it is a small town after all…
COFFS HARBOUR – Most famous for being the first location in Australia to host one of the ‘Big’ things, The Big Banana, Coffs Harbour and the surrounding area boasts many activities. Despite being disappointed by the size of the banana, we had a wonderful time paddle-boarding and didn’t fall in – despite Katherine’s mum’s best efforts.
BYRON BAY – Pretty close to paradise beach-wise, Byron’s atmosphere, demographic, and natural beaches attracts people of all shapes and sizes. We were impressed by the restaurants on offer but the best part of all was learning to surf.
BRISBANE – Australia’s third largest city, picturesque Brisbane plays host to our favorite ice-cream shop on the planet; Nitrogenie. This was eclipsed however by the time we held very posy koalas at Lone Pine Sanctuary. This city is truly beautiful and far exceeded our expectations – we’d love to return one day.
LETS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS
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