Friday, 5 December 2014

Travels | Part 5 of the East Coast Aussie Road Trip - Noosa & Fraser Island

I can't believe its nearly a year that we left this beautiful country (apologies for the large delay in getting those photos up on the blog) but I am determined to finish it as I treat my blog as a virtual diary. I love looking back at old posts to see what I was thinking and doing at that particular time and I know I will kick myself if I don't carry on with this in a few years to come.

So we are on to part 5! Fraser Island & Noosa! The higher we got up, the higher the temperatures rose! I class myself as a sun junkie, but we were experiencing Australia's hottest summer ever recorded so to say I was starting to wilt was a little bit of an understatement ha! One thing I loved about our trip is the fact we had so little planned out. We knew three things about our trip before we left:

1. The day we were setting off.
2. How we were getting from A to B. Our Jucy camper
3. The day we had to be at Cairns airport.

Everything else in between we just made up as we went along! We had set ideas of where we wanted to go but nothing was set in stone. One trip we didn't think we would do was visit Fraser Island, which is a world heritage site. (Fact of the day: It is the worlds largest sand island!) However the closer we got to the island, the easier the decision was made that we had to visit even if it meant eating on a tighter budget than already planned. It was worth every penny though as it was absolutely stunning. My body temperature was actually thankful, as although it was super hot we spent the majority of the day either in a super air conned coach or swimming in the coolest waters!

I wasn't sure what to expect from Fraser Island but I came away with a lot more memories and reflections than I thought. We saw such beautiful scenery and SO much wildlife including wild Dingo's which lists on our 'top 10 moments'. We swam in the fresh water 'Lake McKenzie' until our skin looked like prunes and waded in fast flowing creeks that just carried you down the way.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Travels | Part 4 East Coast Aussie Road Trip - Newcastle & Unexpected Beauty Spots

Photos by Alex May Photography
Oh hello next installment of our Aussie Road Trip Adventure!! I seem to be on a role with these travel photos. Lets hope it keeps up!

Next up was a quick stop to Newcastle, NSW for a pitstop. We had originally planned to stay a bit longer here but the husband was dying for a surf at Port Macquarie so we pressed on. We headed towards Coffs harbour (where we saw our first 'big' object. This time the banana.) and headed towards Port Macquarie so Alex could relive his youth of surfing here when had visited before.

It was turning out to be a very hot day… one of those days where you can not escape the heat unless you are in the sea. We saw on the map 'Smokey Cape' and headed for it. Luckily we managed to find it as we ended up spending a whole afternoon there having a beach day and having some much needed rest. The water was SO warm, and so turquoise. We even saw Kangaroo's on the beach! A truly Australian experience.  It was a little bit of heaven. It had a beautiful lighthouse with the most amazing look out point seeing stretches of white sandy beaches for miles.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Travel | Part 3 of the East Coast Aussie Road Trip - Blue Mountains

© Photography by Alex May Photography
This my lovelies, was one of my favourites part of our road trip. The oh so beautiful Blue Mountains in NSW. What was funny, was we left the most beautiful scenery at the Sea Cliff Bridge to head towards the Blue Mountains via Sydney to be welcomed by long stretches of road full of nothing….! Nothing pretty and most of all nothing inspiring. Just long motorways full of industrial estates! Luckily we prepared ourselves for long stretches like this and thank god for McCafe's supplying us with Coffees along the way!

However this magnified the beauty of the Blue Mountains even more. I wasn't that fussed to visit the Blue Mountains when we were planning our trip (I would of been happy to leave it out) as I thought it would just be a load of scenery and would be a bit of a yawn-fest! How wrong could I be though. This part of the trip was one of my favourite moments. I needed life to show me what was important and to put things into perspective and this was one of those moments. 

Whilst on our travels we met all sorts of people from all over the world. Fellow travellers like ourselves and also local Aussies. When we went to visit 'The Three Sisters' we somehow managed to find ourselves on an old tourist path (me, nosey?! no!) which in turn meant we had a viewing platform all to ourselves compared to the tourist platforms which were full of people. However a lady came to join us a few minutes later and was surprised to find someone else in her 'spot'. She was a local lady and had been visiting the 'three sisters' for many, many years and told us so many stories about that spot in particular. It was so lovely to hear the history of the place from someone who truly knew it.

However, my favourite part of the Blue Mountains had to be 'The Wall'. We just randomly stopped whilst leaving the mountains to stretch our legs after seeing a sign saying viewpoint. We didn't know what to expect but I am so glad we stopped. The views were breathtaking and the photos will never do it justice. It took us a while to trek to the spot and luckily we kept going. It was good to just stop and wallow in the heat and soak up that view. 

The drive through the Blue Mountains also put into perspective how dangerous Bush Fires are. We saw all the dusty remains of the worst bush fire in history at the Blue Mountains. It was devastating to see communities wiped out within hours. The pain that must of been caused to the local people and also the local wildlife all because of mother nature doing it's thing.

See Part 1 & Part 2 here.