Byron Bay

Rainbows and blue skies 

13th & 14th February 2018

Byron bay is known for its beaches, independent shops and relaxed environment. We were only there for 2 days so had to cram in what we wanted to do. It would have been nice to stay maybe one more night to take in the sights more but we did experience the beautiful sites of the Cape Byron trail. 

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As you can see from the pictures it was absolutely stunning and the water was the nicest we had been in so far. Byron has a bit of a reputation for being a hippie town and the shops definitely reflected that, there were lots of independent shops selling local artists work and it was nice to see the support and the real sense of community that Byron had.

We were there during the most romantic day of the year, valentines day and in true team triangle fashion we went for a lovely Dominoes!

Time in Byron was short but sweet, a place I would like to go back to like most places we have visited. We made the decision to move on to Sydney and we were really looking forward to heading to the big city!

All aboard the greyhound…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

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Gold Coast

Surfers paradise & Movie World

10th, 11th & 12th February 2018

Going to new places can be scary and it was something we hadn’t done after being in our Cairns bubble for a while but it was finally time to head somewhere new and explore.

I fell in love with the Gold Coast straight away. As soon as we were driving in on the good old greyhound I could just sense that I was going to enjoy our time here. We arrived at the hostel and were blown away, It was so nice! After staying in only Nomads up till this point, it was a breath of fresh air to be somewhere that was newly furbished and modern. Spoiler alert, this turned out to be our favourite hostel so shout out to BUNK surfers paradise, keep doing you. We spent the afternoon napping and doing a bit of exploring, aggy and tired we needed to just spend some time coming round before we did anything too adventurous.

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The next day we were up ready for a beach day which was only a 10 minute walk away. Living up to it’s name the surf at the beach was insane! We nearly drowned a few times but it was SO FUN. Funnily enough just after we left for the next place they closed the beach for about a week due to strong tides.

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The thing about Aus is that no matter how mcuh this pale Brit put suncream on, the Aus sunshine always won. 2 very burnt bum cheeks later it was time to head into the city to do some shopping, which conveniently, was just off the beach. I think that was my main reason for loving surfers as much as I did, you had the big sky rise buildings, shops in the City and the beach all in 100 metres of each other. 

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I won’t lie to you, another reason I enjoyed surfers was because of my whirlwind date with a certain boy nicknamed J-lo. I won’t be going into detail as I know my dad reads this (hi Stu), but lets just say it was the sweeping off my feet I needed. 

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Monday came around and it was time for an adrenaline filled day at Warner Brothers Movie World. This was honestly one of the best theme parks I’ve ever been to, including Disney. The wait times for rides where minimal and with opportunities to bump into characters and have your picture taken or watch the parades, there was always something to look at and engage with. 

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An evening in the Hard Rock Cafe was a treat to us and it was nice to treat ourselves to something other than cheesy pasta. The next morning we were off again heading to Byron so we spent the evening packing and getting some rest. 

Yep you guessed it… it was greyhound time again, off to go “find ourselves” in Byron Bay…

Speak Soon,

Hannah x

Australia Zoo

One of the best days of my life…

9th February 2018

Up early to catch the bus to the zoo, we eagerly anticipated the day ahead. I am normally a little apprehensive about going to the zoo, especially those outside of the UK as I fear the treatment of animals is not as regulated. Australia zoo however is the legacy of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. The zoo span’s 100 acres and has an animal hospital just next door that helps thousands of animals a year. 

Here are just a few pictures from our day at the zoo:

 

One thing that really stands out at the zoo, is how happy the animals are. You can tell the keepers really care for the animals and that they have a really special bond. There is a ‘Kangaroo park’ that you can walk through and pet the kangaroos. This was a really special moment and I am so lucky to have witnessed a mother caring for her baby joey. 

The zoo is so hands on with the animals and offers a whole range of ‘animal encounters’, one of which I was lucky enough to be able to book. It is no secret that giraffes are my favourite animal and when I saw that there was opportunity to feed them I couldn’t miss out. This was honestly one of the best moments of my life. I am so glad I got picture evidence of it so that I can remember this for ever. 

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Overall, the zoo was a great experience, one I will definitely never forget and I feel extremely lucky.

It was time to get on the greyhound again this time we were off to somewhere new! Gold coast, surfers paradise here we come… 

Speak soon,

Hannah x

East Coast Part 2

When they greyhound becomes home…

7th & 8th February 2018

After the gruelling 17 hour bus to Airlie we arrived to glorious sunshine and we were ready to chill. We went back to our favourite cafe (Sidewalk Cafe) for breakfast and a smoothie and started to come to terms with the exciting fact that we had left Cairns, this time for good. We were so tired but we still managed to go for a wonder around the shops and decided to go for a lay down bye the sea. We arrived in Airlie in the morning and were leaving that evening so we took the time that we had to chill out and take in some fresh sea air. 

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As the evening came the sky gave us a beautiful goodbye view and we boarded the Greyhound ready for a long slug of a 17 hour journey. 

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In between this journey one of the stops was our favourite service stations where the ‘Winking Matilda’ kangaroo mascot from the 1982 Commonwealth games. We have passed through this stop so many times on our travels it was nice to see her again one last time! 

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Thursday morning was when we finally arrived in Noosa after the 17 hour journey turned into 18!! We were all just absolutely shattered so we checked into the hostel and took a quick chill/nap.

That evening we headed to a place called Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co, which was hands down one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. We had such a lovely evening walking around Noosa Heads and we even bumped into some old friends who had left Cairns just before us. so we had a drink with them and headed to bed. 

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We wanted to get an early night because we were heading to Australia Zoo the next day! Brace yourselves for the animal pics…

Speak soon,

Hannah x

Sunny Saturday

Making the most of the British sunshine

IMG_1532Taking full advantage of the nice weather (29°C!!!) last weekend Jess and myself had a little afternoon gin party in the garden and caught some rays.

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I must admit I was a little apprehensive when I saw rhubarb and ginger but I was worried for nothing because it is the gin of dreams! It has a slight rose coloured tint to it, and the rhubarb is the most prominent taste but the hint of ginger is a really subtle undertone. 

WOW, am I actually talking about alcohol for it’s taste rather than its ability to get me drunk? Hello adulthood! But in all seriousness it was lovely. We mixed it at first with a good amount of ice, tonic water and a slice of lemon which was so yummy, then after a few, I think it was Jess who suggested we try it with lemonade and what a brilliant idea that was! It just gave it that little extra bit of citrus that really made the drink.

We drank quite a lot of it to be honest but it’s because it was so easy to drink, it didn’t taste like alcohol at all, the perfect thing you want from a summer drink! I love those afternoons that turn into evenings when you can jut sit in the garden, have a drink and chat away as the sun starts to go down. 

IMG_1684 (1)On the Sunday the sun was still beaming so again I spent the afternoon outside and sat listening to music and reading a new book in the garden enjoying the sunshine.

It’s these moments that I take for granted and can’t wait to experience more of them on my travels, in different locations, trying different drinks and experiencing new things.

On the subject of books I’m going to need some suggestions so if you have any you can’t put down let me know! 

Speak soon,

Hannah x