Oh HAY! Long time no see. It's been quiet around here, hasn't it? I have been so busy the last couple months I haven't even had time to go through photos from the beginning of the year! Yeah, that's right. Since Australia. But I finally sat down and went through them all. I stayed up until 3:30am and spent the entire day editing them all. It was a photo binge fest.
After our 6-berth motorhome extravaganza three of us stayed behind for a ambitious road trip south. We rented a car [hatchbacks are always great when you’re living out of a car] and made our way down the coast. We stopped for some time at several places along the way:
- Byron Bay, again, of course.
- Yamba. Stop by Leche for some of the best coffee and brekky!
- Crescent Head. I’m not gonna say why we fell in love with this little town. If you know, you know!
- Finally, Sydney. It rained the entire time we were in Sydney. Can you believe it?
Details are getting a little fuzzy but we had an amazing dinner at NOMAD in Sydney and if you go up to the Northern Beaches check out Boathouse for brekky! We did not get the iconic Bondi Beach we were expecting (on the account of the rain) but that meant we got the Iceberg Pools practically to ourselves!
And then all the way back up.
I got to spend some extra quality time with my Aussie friends after Bryce and Ashley left. My friend Alana lives on the Gold Coast but we grew up in Hilo together. She is a blondest moke you’ll ever meet.. with a heart of gold. We went on a couple walkabouts including an extended stay in Noosa (and scored really good waves at Tea Tree!) We also did some explored around Northern NSW (which I fell in love with.) I pretty much got to revisit all the places we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with in the beginning.
I also got the full Byron experience with my girls Ming and Danny. Ming is an amazing photographer (seriously, I have worked on shoots with her before! It’s true.) and Danny owns a really rad Women’s surfer company called Salt Gypsy! I also got a chance to hang with Lauren (even though she was battling a cold!) She is a prolific writer who writes from a free-thinking, independent woman's voice and a beautiful longboarder. It was really nice to feel like a local for a couple of days. I got some really fun sessions at The Pass, hung out at surrounding beaches like Wategos and Tallows to name a few, drank my fair share of Aussie coffee, and cruised around town to do some unnecessary shopping.
Oh! And I got Barista certified at the Byron Barista School! Haha!
Big mahalos to my friends Ming, Danny, Lauryn, Alana, and Jules for being such amazing hosts while I was on walkabout!
It was a pretty rad trip! Travel Diaries: Australia Part II.