Ohh, Byron Bay – the greatest location in Australia; I can’t begin to explain how much I bloody love the place. My first visit was back in January during a brief hour long visit at the end of our road trip back to Brisbane from The Great Ocean Road; instantly falling in love with the beautiful New South Wales coastal town. Although we only drove through the main town and spent most of our time eating leftover barbecue food on the beach (whilst on dog watch, obv) – I knew this place was special and I’d be eager to visit again and again. Excitedly, me and Jack loaded our car last weekend with a handful of camping gear and snacks, and set off to Cape Byron for three nights. Of course, this trip is a blog post in itself which I can’t wait to share on here next week – hopefully.
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.
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.
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.
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.