A few months ago, shortly before we set off on our road trip just before Christmas, Jack and I spent a Monday afternoon exploring and admittedly napping on the beach in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast. Although we favour the Sunshine Coast (north of Brisbane), Surfers Paradise provided a real sense of “Australia” – a location I’ve always been familiar with growing up. Due to the hustle and bustle of the city, and moaning about the humidity, I failed to appreciate the beauty of the white sand beaches and impressive architecture in front of me until I took some time to edit these photos below earlier this week. All of which have been edited on Lightroom 6 and were taken on either a Canon G7X or Sony a6000.
Oh wow, where do I begin?! It’s been so long since I last managed to find the ‘Pages’ tab located at the bottom of my laptop screen and actually begin to type. The last three weeks or so have been an absolute whirlwind – to put things into perspective, I’m currently sat writing this from our new humble abode situated slap bang in the middle of the Australian Bush in Queensland surrounded by dry grass, clear blue skies and hundreds of cattle and goats – oh, and thousands of Kangaroos to boot. So I guess you’re thinking I’m still here… Honestly, I have no idea when I began writing this post. I’m guessing it’ll be late April time as I seemed pretty happy and settled with the few words I wrote above (note I wrote “humble abode”). In order to summarise everything, it’s now July 1st and I’m sat writing this from another new room, this time on a dairy farm in South Australia, around two and a half hours away from the state capital – Adelaide. So I guess I have an awful lot of catching up to do and so many more stories to tell.
Australia never fails to amaze me. Every different state features something so unique to the other, and the scenery – whether it being the ocean or mountains, can be breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday I had another moment, a moment much different to anything I’ve experienced here before. We’ve been staying within The Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, for the past couple of days, and our day exploring the gorgeous area was memorable, to say the least.
“Breathtaking” is the perfect adjective to describe my thoughts throughout my time travelling up The Great Ocean Road. Every corner we turned, every hill we climbed and the fresh air in our faces, we felt incredibly humbled to be where we were. It was exactly what I was expecting but better, and has thus far been one of the biggest highlights of Australia.
I’ve recently published a blog post highlighting my true feelings regarding Melbourne. I suppose in short, it didn’t have the get up and go feeling like I’ve had with other places in Australia and in blunt, I thought it was very overrated. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t had a fun time and there are still a handful of places I can write about as recommendations.
I’ve found that since travelling, my favourite places in Australia thus far have all been places we have accidentally found or had been recommended by somebody living in Australia. Tourists are quick to flock to the popular, well known attractions, but I find it so rewarding discovering beautiful new places that blow me away. During our stay in Sydney, we had to visit Bondi and see what all of the fuss was about, but we ended up finding something just as special that afternoon.
Wow, where do I begin? This weekend has been the most unreal experience and I still don’t think it’s sunk in yet. On Saturday morning we arrived in Sydney, a city I never imagined visiting. It’s the city you instantly think about when picturing Australia. The Opera House is the first image you see whenever searching for anything Australia wise, and the Harbour Bridge NYE firework display is supposed to be the best in the world.
When I think of Australia, I imagine pristine beaches, kangaroos, koala bears and of course, sunshine. A few weeks before we headed Down Under, I booked a day trip to North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, located around 45 minutes away from Brisbane, and although I’ll admit I’d never heard of this island beforehand, the chances of seeing whales, dolphins and kangaroos immediately sold it to me. I chose to book the trip through Viator with Queensland Day Trips due to the sheer load of information stated on their website and 5* reviews to boot. During the trip we were provided with a local tour guide to which I can’t remember his name (we’ll call him Bruce for the occasion)…
Last week I wrote a blog about “The Best DSLR Camera, that isn’t a DSLR” all about my new favourite camera, the Sony Alpha 6000.
If you are anything like me and definitely still an amateur photographer still learning, and have had no experience with an expensive camera before, then I couldn’t recommend the Sony a6000 enough.
I needed a camera to help with my passion for everything photography related, including blog posts. If you know all about your cameras, then this review isn’t what you are looking for. But if you are an amateur photographer looking for the perfect camera or are just getting started out, this is a review by an amateur photographer still learning about photography herself.