|Leaving Brisbane train station at the beginning of this adventure|
Its been just over six months since Kevin and I arrived in Australia and looking back on all that we have done - it amazes me just how much we have seen and all the places we have visited in such a short space of time. Sometimes its hard not to think too much about home and all the comforts of having those you love around you and all those little things that you enjoyed doing like meeting Eimear F and having coffee/drinks and great chats or catching up with Kelley W and other family members and just enjoying each others company. Being so far away makes you think of all the things you could be doing with those back home and you start to appreciate the people you surround yourself with and what they bring to your life. Life is short and whilst I enjoy my trip across Australia - I look forward to returning home someday soon and picking up where I left off.....
But before that ever happens there is a million places to visit and things to do. I wanted to share with you a new little series on here, basically some of the places that I have been fortunate enough to have visited and form for you a little guide of the places I would recommend if you ever decide to travel down the east coast of Australia.
|At my family's place in Varsity Lakes|
|Dining at Burleigh Heads|
The Gold Coast: This area gets a bit of a bad rep from tourists but I really like it here. I have family in this neck of the woods so I have been fortunate to have spent a considerable amount of time here and it really depends like everywhere you go - to choose carefully where to spend your time. In terms of beaches there are many to choose from. Surfers Paradise is the main beach here and the main attraction come the hot weather. Expect large crowds and lots of hustle and bustle. I prefer Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads for its more laid back relaxed vibe. Surfers Paradise is great for shopping especially if surf and Aussie brands are your thing - Billabong, Quicksilver and the likes all have large retail spots here as well as high street stores and luxury boutiques such as Louis Vuitton / Cartier. Broadbeach is a mecca for those looking to soak up some good nightlife. The roads are littered with restaurants and bars and isn't to far from Jupiter's Casino. A little out from Surfers is Robina Town Centre near my family's place in Varsity Lakes. Now I have been to alot of shopping centres in my time and this is actually one of the nicest to visit and has really all you need....Mecca Cosmetics, Myers, David Jones and much much more and all contained in a nicely air conditioned environment. They also had a great Borders Book Store but as Borders has now closed all around Oz I am not to sure what is now there - I especially liked the Gloria Jeans in there overlooking the main food court, shame its gone. Other shopping destinations include Pacific Fair which is much much larger and just beside Broadbeach so perfect for lazy summer shopping/beach days.
Nelson Bay: This is quite possibly one of the most beautiful spots I have come across while I have been in Australia. We travelled down from Brisbane to Melbourne hitting various seaside towns and this was probably one of the most beautiful areas we stopped at. Located maybe an hour or two north of Sydney, this seaside town has one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. I don't think the pictures do it justice but it was really something.....reminds of Castaway to be honest....not sure why though. The main town is very very small and its not somewhere you would be hitting for the nightlife or any life really. I think the most commercial aspect of Nelson Bay was it having a Gloria Jeans. But if I was to go anywhere for a relaxing weekend away - this is the spot I would choose (although the next spot I'll mention could be competing for top spot)
|Nelsons Bay Beach|
Merimbula: This is an area that both Kevin and myself both fell in love with. Located somewhere halfway between Sydney and Melbourne - this area was truly picturesque. I mean this is the sort of seaside town that you would see in the likes of Dawson Creek or Home & Away. Full of small town charm this will always be known to us as the town where Kevin burnt the hell out of himself (let me put it this way - skin should never turn purple). We stayed for four days in Merimbula and I could have stayed another week it was that beautiful and relaxing. We stayed at one of the largest parks there which was run by Big4 and it was only a short stroll to the beach. I mean check out the photo below to see what I mean - this was a killer beach and so secluded.
|Kevin making his way down to the beach|
|View of the townside harbour|
There are so so many places that I want to share with you all. So many places that deserve a mention and I will be looking at more places I have visited in the next little while - this is just a taster. If there is anyone that has any questions about any of the places mentioned or anything about Australia and travelling around the country - please do leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
Till next time..........