Over the weekend, I took a short but sweet holiday to Noosa, just forty minutes north of my home in Bli Bli. I’ve been to Noosa a few times before but only for the day, so this time I booked a hostel to stay a while longer. For anyone living or traveling along the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a definitely worth exploring. Here’s what I got up to this weekend…
Confession: I’m a planner. I like to know what I’m doing, when I’m doing it, and that I’m getting my money’s worth. While I like to think I’ve chilled out a bit over the past few years and don’t have (as many) spastic breakdowns when Plan A goes awry, I do find quite a bit of enjoyment pouring through Lonely Planet books and my favorite travel blogs.
When my friends from Canberra came to visit, we decided to give AirBnB a try when we were in Surfer’s Paradise and Brisbane. For those who don’t know, AirBnB allows travelers to rent out accommodation, ranging from extra rooms in apartments to entire homes. To rent an AirBnB room, you must have a profile on the site/app before searching through the listings in a specified area and requesting a booking with the host.
Back in December, I visited New Zealand for ten days – far too short a visit for such a beautiful country. I split my time between the North Island and the South Island, all the while keeping track of my adventures in a Real Time Roundup. My American travel buddy and I navigated the winding roads, missed and rebooked a flight, and spent most of our time wondering how New Zealand could, in fact, be so jaw-droppingly stunning. While our trip was more of a tasting plate of all New Zealand has to offer, these are my Top 5 stops from the trip.
Yesterday, I caught an early morning ride into Adelaide’s CBD on my host dad’s way to work. I braved the 40o heat (we’re talking Celsius!) and set out to make the most of my day in the South Australian capital. But before I get to my itinerary for the day, here are some fast facts about Adelaide.
– Adelaide was named after Queen Adelaide, wife of King William IV.
– Unlike the other Australian state capitals, Adelaide was established as a free colony, mostly by German settlers.
– The Torrens River divides the city into two parts: Adelaide and North Adelaide.
– Adelaide’s nickname is the “City of Churches.” Bet ya can’t guess why.
– The city center is only one square mile, making it easily walkable.
On November 28, I traveled to New Zealand for a 10-day whirlwind adventure. Full disclosure: I had no clue how much there was to see and do when I originally booked a ten day trip to NZ. Turns out that’s barely enough time to explore even part of the North or South Island, much less both of them! However, I was determined to take advantage of every second, and this post was my way of sharing it with all of you.
While it might have been easier (and possibly smarter) to spend the short time I had on each of NZ’s islands in just one or two cities, the trip I ended up “planning” was more of a Highlights of New Zealand route – shorter visits to more locations.
With that said, as my travel buddy Steph and I made our way through New Zealand, I updated this post with details about what we did, where we stayed, the route we ended up taking, and anything else along the way. It was definitely a new thing for me to keep more of a daily journal of our experiences rather than hindsight posts, but it was fun to go through our highs and lows at the end of each day and think about where the next day would take us. Enjoy!
Fun Fact: There were never actually 12 Apostles along the Great Ocean Road; the name just sounded better than Sow and Piglets, the name of the site until 1922. Today, the 8 limestone rockstacks remaining are still known as the Twelve Apostles.
Itinerary at a Glance:
Day 1: Launceston, Tasmania (travel day) and Melbourne, Victoria (quick city tour)
Day 2: Melbourne (Queen Victoria Markets), Great Ocean Road (Torquay, Aireys Inlet, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell)
Day 3: Great Ocean Road (Gibson Steps, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, The Arch, London Bridge, The Grotto, Bay of Martyrs, Warnambool) and Grampians National Park (Halls Gap, Reeds Lookout)
Day 4: Grampians National Park (Balconies, MacKenzie Falls, Boroka Lookout)
Day 5: Grampians to Melbourne to Canberra