overdue.

I was lucky enough to have another visitor from across the pond at the end of January, my Auntie Ruth has been to Australia a few times already but this year she made the trip to the Sunshine state to visit me and some other family too. The drive from Quilpie to the Gold Coast is pretty damn long when you’re doing it alone, but nothing that some good music, singing along at the top of your voice and tasty road trip snacks can’t fix!

 We stayed in a gorgeous self-contained apartment in Burleigh Heads for two nights, meaning we could explore nearby Byron Bay and the towns along the coast, the weather wasn’t great but we still had a great time sightseeing. I’d been really keen to visit the Gold Coast but after spending just a small amount of time there I wasn’t too keen, this probably had quite a lot to do with the weather as it was cold and a bit rainy too!

byron bay lighthouse.

12742378_10156484838175142_3156502023697803884_n

12745648_10156484838665142_5621088813215306157_n

most easterly point of australia.

12715812_10156484838400142_7025683158362922450_n

cold and rainy gold coast.

12733546_10156484840270142_5420705198424523397_n

Our next stop was Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, it was raining when we arrived but by the evening there was a lovely sunset over the harbour so we had a nice walk down there. The apartment we stayed in was lovely again with good cooking facilities.

evening walk at coffs harbour.

12729285_10156484841390142_9104408792330688488_n

12729190_10156484841585142_518610157532659024_n

12728880_10156484841705142_793285976165334293_n

12744034_10156484844250142_826023466061714600_n

12705431_10156484844830142_8906962417874768788_n

On our way back up to Queensland we stopped off at Nimbin, from what other people had told me it was definitely a love it or hate it kind of place, I think we definitely hated it! I didn’t find that there was anything to do and I didn’t feel the hippie, friendly vibe people seemed to think it had!

12715203_10156484845765142_8042777267183615769_n

We also called in at Crystal Castle which was really good, lots of gardens, crystals and statues, really peaceful to just walk around and relax.

1798243_10156484846015142_1423673402543556703_n

wishing tree.

12729274_10156484846270142_8009581142717176093_n

12745945_10156484847065142_5372286767743311201_n

12715522_10156484846450142_5006309932868275420_n

We spent a couple of days at Tambourine Mountain which I loved. Lots of walking, rainforests and a few waterfalls as well. One of my favourite places were the glow worm caves, I’ve never seen anything like it! It basically rained or was cloudy nearly the whole time we were there but it was one of those places that it didn’t really matter!

12719221_10156484850840142_7931808639273092907_o

I finally visited Australia Zoo whilst on this trip too which was awesome! I’m not really a fan of zoos but I think Steve Irwin is a total legend so was really good to visit this one.

12742002_10156484853645142_3493929622334712638_n

12743859_10156484859175142_7810893054795832553_n

12717161_10156484858615142_1943404104436497174_n

most touristy thing to do in australia ever!

12728798_10156484860920142_1940384028892686881_n

We also visited Noosa on the Sunshine coast which was lovely to go back there again, the weather was beautiful and I got to spend some time hanging out on the beach which was great!

12743911_10156484853215142_4455893650543145849_n

On our last east coast trip we didn’t have time to go to Rainbow Beach but luckily we did this time! We stayed in a really cute hotel and spent some more time on the beach, yay!

12742770_10156484853470142_7744573185609456644_n

12715690_10156484840640142_2488275685995596793_n

The last couple of days we spent on Bribie Island which was great, lots of walking and even though the weather wasn’t great it was still a really pretty place. It’s not far from Chermside Shopping Centre so we went there one afternoon and I did some good shopping and even got my haircut!

Our final stop was Brisbane, we had a nice walk down Southbank and did some sightseeing. In the evening we went to the theatre and saw a production of Cats which was amazing, I haven’t been to the theatre in forever so had a great time!

12688374_10156484860930142_7135599226249367154_n

Early the next morning we had a sad goodbye as I left to head back to Quilpie, so lovely to get to spend time with friends and family from back home, very upsetting when the time comes to say goodbye, but an amazing trip along the coast!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s