Stand Up Paddle Boarding Budds beach Gold Coast
Stand up paddle boarding quickly became one of my favorite activities. My first stand up paddle boarding experience was at Budds Beach in Surfers Paradise. Since then I have been Stand Up Paddle Boarding all around the Gold Coast including out in the ocean and at many other places around the world. This blog will share my story of stand up paddle boarding at Budds Beach in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast. Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Budds Beach It was a beautiful day at Budds beach, the sun was shining, mostly blue skies, no one around and no wind. Once I got the hang of standing up I had a very relaxing session. It was so peaceful to be out on the board with no one around. Budds beach offers amazing scenery with the Surfers city skyline to one side and multi million dollar homes and boats to the other. To be in the middle of the city but be able to enjoy paddle boarding is such an amazing experience. Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to see the waterways of the Gold Coast and take in the sun, fresh air, and beautiful views. It is the […]

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Gold Coast

Gold Coasts Best Beaches
Having travelled far and wide, I am proud to say that the Gold Coast has some of the best beaches that I have visited in the world. Every beach on the Gold Coast is amazing, however there are a few in particular that I prefer to visit.  These are Gold Coasts best beaches, in my opinion. Gold Coasts Best Beaches   Burleigh Heads Burleigh Heads has quickly become one of the most popular places on the Gold Coast, and for good reason. Burleigh is the full package offering perfect beaches, surf breaks, nature walks and endless dining options. You could easily spend a full day (or more) in Burleigh. My day in Burleigh would start at The Fruit shop with a fresh juice and acai bowl (enjoyed on Burleigh Headland).  I would then do the Burleigh National Park walk, heading up to Tumgun Lookout then down to Tallebudgera Creek for a quick dip before looping back around the Burleigh Beach where I would enjoy some time on the beach in the sun. For lunch, options are endless. My favourite is Govindas, a vegetarian option. Enjoy some shopping in the afternoon before grabbing a six pack and heading to the headland […]

Gold Coasts Best Beaches

Things to do in Dorrigo National Park
I am lucky enough to have grown up on the mid north coast of NSW, Australia, where we have access to countless beautiful spots to visit. Dorrigo National Park is just one of those beautiful destinations I get to explore in my spare time. Having spent a lot of time exploring Dorrigo, I have put together a brief list of the best things to do in Dorrigo National Park. Dorrigo National Park is a great day trip from Coffs Harbour.  You can relax at scenic picnic and barbecue spots, explore secret waterfalls, hike the rainforest and visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre for an amazing view. The Best of Dorrigo National Park Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Dorrigo Rainforest centre is the ultimate place to start your visit to Dorrigo National Park. The Dorrigo Rainforest Centre can provide great tips and advice on what to do and see, including which walking tracks will best suit your needs. I recommend starting the day at the Skyway (near the rainforest centre), an elevated walkway through and above the treetops. From here you can choose between hiking trails of varying lengths. I suggest doing the Crystal Shower Falls walk.   Crystal Shower Falls Walk through the […]

The Best of Dorrigo National Park

Mount Warning is the highest peak in the Northern NSW region. The hike is best described as strenuous, but worth it for the view. I have hiked Mount Warning a few times now and it never disappoints. The Trail 9km round trip 2-5 hours return The trail starts from the top of the car park, kicking straight into a steep series of stairs. As you pass the stairs, the trail levels out to a consistent incline of long switchbacks. A canopy of dense ancient trees and greenery covers the first section of the trail. It is hard to stop looking up, but necessary as the path can be uneven, so watch your step! The trail is a total of 4.5 kms, the first 4km being stairs and switchbacks, followed by a final rock climb to the summit. The rock climb is steep, so if you are afraid of height I would steer clear. For the adventurers, you will love it. There is a chain to use to assist you with the climb (photo below). My friend and I went without and scaled the rocks with our hands and feet. I loved it! The view from the top is unreal with […]

Hiking Mount Warning

ree things to do in Newcastle
Newcastle is approximately 160kms South of Sydney, at the Hunter Valley river mouth. Newcastle has a reputation for having some of the best surf in Australia, and is close to several beaches and national Parks. During my time in Newcastle, I explore as many beaches and national parks as I can. Here are my top 5 free places to visit in Newcastle. Newcastle Ocean Baths and Beach Newcastle Beach and the adjoining Ocean Baths are the most popular because they are easily accessible from Newcastle and have facilities such as volleyball courts, cafes and restaurants, shaded table areas and change room facilities. Enjoy a morning relaxing and swimming in the ocean baths before taking a walk in the afternoon. From Newcastle Ocean Baths you walking to Kind Edward Park. Kind Edward Park has a spectacular view of the north and south beaches and headlands and is where you can access another small ocean bath called the bogey hole. The bogey hole is the most popular ocean bath amongst locals, as no one knows about it, it’s smaller and waves break right into it. Merewether Ocean Baths The Merewether ocean baths are in a picture perfect location, with great pathways to follow if […]

5 free places to visit in Newcastle – Australia

Things to do on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island, locally known as Rotto, is an Island approximately 18kms off the coast of Fremantle in Perth, Western Australia. The island covers 19 square kilometres in land area, and hosts a diversity of native flora and fauna. Rottnest Island is one of the few places in the world you can see the Quokker, a native Australian marsupial. Things to do on Rottnest Island Rottnest Island’s unique natural attractions, fun family activities and amazing tours make it Western Australia’s premier island destination. With 63 beaches, superb snorkelling sites, friendly quokkas, 6,500 years of history to discover and 50 kilometres of roads to explore on a guided tour, bus or bike, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you step off the ferry. Rottnest Beaches Any beach on Rottnest Island will be pristine, but some of the most popular beaches include: Cape Vlamingh Fish Hook Bay Geordie Bay Little Armstrong Little Parakeet Little Salmon Bay Parakeet Parker Point Ricey Beach Salmon Bay Stark Bay Strickland Bay The Basin West End Snorkeling on Rottnest Island The diversity of fish, coral species and shipwrecks in the waters surrounding Rottnest Island make it one of the most fascinating snorkelling destinations in Perth. Popular snorkelling spots include The […]

Things to do on Rottnest Island

Minyon Falls
The view from Minyon Falls lookout is the best in the area. From the lookout, you can see the water rushing over the edge and into a deep palm-shaded valley roughly 100m below. The tops of the cliffs are forested with Australian eucalypts, blackbutt and scribbly gum. At the base of the falls you will find a beautiful natural pool that was made for swimming (well not in winter). Hiking Minyon Falls There are two ways to start the hike, from the lookout at the top or from the picnic area towards the bottom. From the lookout at the top of the falls to the base of the waterfall is 4.5 kms one way. For the avid hikers out there, I definitely recommend it. If you are looking for a shorter bush walk you could drive to the picnic area and start from there, which is more like 2kms one way. The Trail Distance – 4.5kms one way (from the top and back up) Time – Allow 3 hours What to bring Water, snacks, swimmers, a towel and most importantly – your camera. Getting to Minyon Falls Located in Nightcap national Park, along Repentance Creek in the Northern Rivers region […]

Hiking Minyon Falls – Australia

Dreamtime Beach
What a delightful Sunday it has been here on the Sunny Gold Coast and surrounding regions. For those who don’t know, I am currently residing on Australia’s Gold Coast while I work full-time and save for my next adventure (CANT WAIT). I spend my precious free time (my weekends) exploring the Gold Coast and surrounding regions: Northern NSW, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast hinterland. This Sunday I adventured down the coast to Dreamtime Beach in Northern NSW and spent the morning watching pods of dolphins catching waves and whales pass by off the coast. Although I crave travel and adventures into the unknown, I am eternally grateful to be from such a beautiful part of the world and get to experience amazing things like this in my own back yard. It really is the little things in life that make you the happiest. Dreamtime Beach Dreamtime Beach is one of my favourite places to escape to on the weekend. The beaches are perfect and usually less busy than Gold Coast beaches. Many of my Sundays are spent  road tripping down the coast to find new stretches of private beach, waves and new cafes. There are so many amazing beaches in Northern […]

Whale Watching at Dreamtime Beach