I’ve heard of Australia Day before, but I admit I had no idea what the day was actually about. However, due to how brilliant the Aussie’s are, and any excuse for a drink, right? I’ve been pretty excited about this day for quite a few weeks. It’s been interesting talking to locals about how they celebrate Australia Day, as everybody does something different. Some families choose to have the traditional ‘lamb shank’ dinner, others head to the beach with their whole family, swimming in the sea and listening to music, whilst many Australia’s opt for a traditional Aussie barbecue on the beach or at home – it has to be shrimps, of course.
I love long drives. Growing up I used to mither my dad to take me on an afternoon drive every Sunday, and still now I love it just as much. However, drives in Australia are very different, in more ways then one. Not only is the scenery slightly better than the grey skies that cover Greater Manchester, to get from A to B takes hoursssss. A few months ago, before we even came to Australia, we booked a hotel in Sydney to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks and took this trip as an opportunity to travel to Melbourne, too.
Exploring the Botanic Gardens in Mt Coot-tha was never on our list, in fact before we came to Brisbane we never knew that they were a thing. We visited on a cloudy, yet humid, Sunday afternoon not really expecting too much. It has been recommended to us before but on the other hand it was also described as ‘boring’ and something we didn’t need to see. However, these gardens ended up being one of our favourite experiences thus far.
Over the weekend we took our first ‘road trip’ from Aspley to the Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast on what we thought would be a busy Sunday afternoon. The Sunshine Coast is a place that has been recommended by everyone since we came to Australia just over 4 weeks ago, so we decided to see what it was all about.