The past five weeks have absolutely flown by and it’s been such a joy to explore this beautiful country with my parents. It all started with an emotional reuniting at Christchurch airport where Mum and Dad were waiting for me with plenty of hugs. We had a night in Christchurch catching up with an old friend who I haven’t seen in 15 years before heading off to pick up the campervan. It’s definitely the best way to see the country and also a lot of fun too. Living in one room all together for 5 weeks was certainly going to be an adventure.
What a month! I feel like I begin every blog with that but honestly it just keeps getting more incredible. The first week of Feb started with a quick 6 days in Melbourne with the lovely Sarah Fowkes, a long term family friend also visiting Australia. We felt like we needed to make the most of everyday to get to know the city as well as the surrounding area.
Our first day was spent exploring the Mornington Peninsula, a lovely stretch of beaches along the coastline, with some old friends I met whilst on the East Coast. On our way back passing through St Kilda, we walked to the end of the pier to see the little penguins that gather there each evening. We then spent a few days wandering around the city exploring the botanical gardens, river, different suburbs and art galleries.
My lunch at Alimentary Eatery.
One of my favourite Melbourne moments was going to eat at Alimentary Eatery which is the restaurant who have written one of my most loved cookery books! The building...
What an amazing month it has been. Four weeks spent with my auntie, uncle and cousins exploring the beautiful coast line of South West Australia. If you haven’t been, it’s a must, especially with my new favourite beach EVER being there.
Our trip started with an emotional reunion at Perth airport where my Auntie Katie, Uncle Tim and little cousin Eliza were waiting to greet us. We had a few days in Fremantle, just south of Perth, before beginning our road trip with a 7 hour drive through nothing but dry looking fields to Esperance.
Lucky Bay, Esperance.
Esperance was a quiet little town with a few shops and restaurants but what you come for here are the surrounding beaches. The coastline is just spectacular with white sandy beaches and incredibly blue waters.
For all of us one of the best days was visiting Lucy Bay after climbing Frenchman’s Peak in the Cape Le Grand National Park. It’s famous for seeing kangaroos on the beach and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The kangas are there min...
After what feels like ages, but is only 7 weeks, I am now leaving Sydney with my cousins to go and explore Western Australia!
Sydney has been an absolute dream and somewhere I could imagine calling home. The laid back, healthy, outdoor lifestyle here is so enjoyable and I’ve been able to catch up with plenty of friends and family!
Delicious roasted cauliflower salad.
I started my time staying with my lovely friends Jack and Crimson who very kindly let me stay in their spare room in New Town. My first couple of days were spent exploring the city and handing out CV’s - very tricky to get a job when you’re only staying for a short time. They took me to all their favourite eating spots and we had lots of delicious home made meals. We also visited the Marrickville Markets which was full of stalls selling fresh fruit and veg as well as many other goodies.
My cousin Sophie arrived a few days later than me and after a trip to see the Opera House and Harbour Bridge we came across a cafe selling...
Time certainly flies when you’re having fun! I can’t believe I’m writing this over two months into my travels, it seems like only yesterday Mum and I were having an emotional breakdown in the kitchen saying bye to each other. A lot of people come to Australia to travel the East coast and I can 100% see why. Beautiful beaches with the whitest sand, sunny weather lasting days on end and so many people with interesting stories who become your travelling companions for part of your journey.
Sophie and I started in Cairns where we of course made a day trip to The Great Barrier Reef to snorkel the corals and see sharks, turtles and lots of fish. We explored the surrounding area visiting Palm Cove Beach and went up on the Sky Rail to see the amazing views of the rainforest. Sophie then flew down to Byron Bay leaving me as a solo traveller which I have come to love.
Exploring Cairns Botanical Gardens.
From Cairns I got on my first of many Greyhound buses...
This is my first travelling blog since leaving the Uk 4 weeks ago, and boy has it flown by. It seems like the right time to give everyone an update on how the adventure is going as tonight I’m leaving the beautiful Indonesia to head to Australia.
Our adventure started in the lovely little town of Canggu, best know for its waves to surf and many cafes. It’s 100% my favourite place we’ve been to in Bali beaucse of these such cafes. Sophie, my younger cousin and travelling companion, already knows the surfing basics but I opt for a lesson which gives me false confidence that I’m better than I think. The next day when going out alone I realise that without a huge foamy board and the instructor to give me a push I have no hope! Our mornings and evenings are spent in an array of eateries where the menus are written as if they know all our favourite foods. Smoothie bowls, avo on toast, pancakes with tropical fruit - the breakfast choices are amazing. The dinner optio...
This is a recipe for one of my favourite salads I've made over the past few weeks. We have so many tomatoes in the garden at the moment so it's a great way to use them up. You can serve this salad as a main at lunchtime or it'll make a great side salad to accompany a BBQ.
As some of you may already know, Mum has recently become a bee keeper and we now have our first batch of honey! Unfortunately for me I can only have it when my blood sugars drop but I can assure you it's absolutely delicious. Mum has written a few words below about the world of bees...
Beetroot & Feta Fritters. These fritters are moist and full of flavour. They can be made small or large and are great as part of a meal or a snack. Serve them with pitta bread, humous and salad for a tasty lunch.