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Brisbane and the surrounds. Sunshine coast and beyond.

Brisbane the riverside capital of Queensland.

It’s a great arty and outdoorsy city. Situated between the lush hinterland and ocean. With a laidback attitude, it’s the perfect gateway to many wonders.

Just a short drive, you can discover World Hertiage sites. The Glass House mountains making a great day trip. Scattered along the Sunshine Coast , 13 hills provide some awe inspiring landscapes. With a great choice of walking trails and stunning lookouts.

Mt Ngungun is one of the popular walking tracks with scenic views.

An easy track , with plenty of parking around.

The South Bank area of Brisbane has a variety of Galleries, museums and exhibits. It makes a lovely place to stroll along the river bank soaking up the views.

Just a short drive from the CBD is Mount Coot-tha. Provides a great backdrop of Brisbane city. We Enjoy grabbing a coffee at the cafe whilst soaking up the views.

Situated on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. Around 120 km from Brisbane is the beautiful town of Noosa. Known for being a resort area.

With boutiques, cafes and surf can all be found in this area. Surrounded by lakes, beaches and national parks. The Noosa Heads National Park, offers spectacular views, woodland and coastal trails.

Home to koalas and other wildlife.

From here the main highway travels north to the beautiful region and home to the Great Sandy National Park. Gateway to Fraser island.

Hervey Bay and Burrum heads are beautiful coastal towns, long stretches of beaches.

Offering 4wd experiences along the beach.

Perfect spot to soak up the sun and enjoy Queenslands laid back life.

An excellent and secluded camp spot which we enjoyed to ourselves was situated in the Burrum National Park. Around 40 km off the main highway, only accessible with 4wd it’s provides a lovely peaceful bush camp experience.

Toilets, showers and an abundance of wildlife. Well worth the 12$ a night .

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Exploring Queenslands Gold Coast and the lush Hinterlands.

Crossing the border into Queensland we were welcomed with beautiful subtropical weather.

The Gold Coast offers relaxed golden beaches, great surf, scenes from blockbuster movies and those highrised hotels.

It’s been a popular spot for many years.

The beaches in this area stretch for quite a distance. Broadbeach is regarded as a safe spot for swimming. Burleigh is a beautiful spot to admire the coastal views.

This place has something for everyone. Just a short drive you can discover the beautiful sub topic hinterland. Waterfalls, picturesque towns and bushwalking.

A lot of time can be spent enjoying this area.

The Mount Tambourine is a great starting base. Situated in the scenic rim. This area offers some beautiful natural wonders and tasty local produce.

The surrounding National parks, Springbrook is home to beech trees native wildlife and scenic lookouts.

The best of all lookouts is a great view point that stretches across the two borders.

Situated in the West part of the Springbrook National Park is a beautiful rock formation, formed from the constant flow of water over the basalt cave.

Also situated in the Gondwana rainforest is the world hertiage Purlinging Brook falls.

Such a charming place with a beautiful hike reaching the bottom with lush rainforests to explore.

With plenty of walking trails, lush rainforests, waterfalls and creeks to explore.

Theme parks, animals encounters and lots of places to enjoy and create those treasured memories.

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Exploring the North coast of NSW.

Heading north along the Pacific Ocean. This part of NSW is home to uncrowded beaches, sparkling waters and world Hertiage rainforests.

With endless stunning beaches and beautiful National Parks to explore.

With attractions for all, Whale watching , bush walks and surfing are popular experiences.

From Newcastle North , this provides a scenic drive.

Port Stephens being the first point of interest. Stretches over some beautiful coastline to admire.

The lush hinterland to the west has some of the richest soil. Brilliant for farming.

We followed the highway along the coast discovering lots of sights.

Forster Turcurry a holiday destination, offers great water activities, along with some stunning beaches to relax on.

Some of the coastline provides 4wd experiences, however permits are required beforehand.

Seal Rocks provides a lovely setting, being a small coastal area just off the main highway. Its secluded cove providing a great snorkel or surf location. Also the short walk to the lighthouse is worth it for the lovely views.

Heading further north Coffs Harbour is the adventure hub, home to the big banana. With a variety of attractions it’s perfect for a family holiday.

The most easterly point along the coast is situated at Cape Byron. This popular spot is home to vibrant markets and good surf.

The Tweed area being the gateway to Queensland. Has some beautiful sparkling ocean. A great spot for fishing surf or snorkeling.

The journey along the coast is a spectacular one, with endless beaches to admire, local produce to sample and activities to keep you busy.

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Exploring Sydney and the surrounding National Parks

Sydney, Australias oldest and biggest city.

The gateway to exploring NSW. Its a thriving and vibrant harbourside city.

Filled with restaurants, cafes , pictureseque gardens and only a short distance to the Blue mountains.

The iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera house would be some of the most recognised places in the world.

Since 1788, when the Europeans first settled here, Circular Quay is now today’s hub for exploring the attractions Sydney has to offer.

Most landmarks are within walking distance to each other. The Royal Bontanic gardens make a worth while walk. Offering backdrop points of the harbour.

For an authentic shopping experience the Queen Victoria building offers beautiful boutiques.

Whether your just up for some window shopping or looking to treat yourself it’s worth a stroll through.

Sydney also offers some picturesque beaches, coastal walks and good surf.

Heading inland the World Hertitage National park known as the Blue Mountains makes a great day trip.

With plenty of lush scenary, magnificent views and day hikes. It’s a experience not to be missed.

The Hanging Rock in particular made a great morning hike. Only a 2 hour return it offers some spectacular views with less tourists.

Unlike Katoomba, which is the central point in the Blue Mountains, home to the Three Sisters it’s a great hub but very touristic.

We took our drive through the mountain ranges providing us with stunning views.

Situated on the great diving range the Kanagra Boyd National Park offers lots of hikes, breathtaking lookouts and spacious free camping at 1300 metres. We even woke up to snow one morning.

This national park is less touristic, so if beating the crowds is your thing it won’t disappoint.

Within a short distance is the town of Lithgow. Home to one of the largest canyons. Full of heritage this town provides fascinating history beautiful sights, including the Glow Worm tunnel which is situated in the Wollemi National Park.

With endless things to experience this area is perfect to explore

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Exploring NSW South Coast.

Stretching from Sydney to the border, the south coast boasts, sheer beauty and diversity.

With quaint towns between the unspoilt wilderness. This provides a atmosphere for a relaxing and adventurous experience.

With plenty of National Parks to explore, pristine beaches to stroll along and wilderness to discover.

It makes anyone’s road trip, one not to forget.

Depending which direction you are starting from. Beginning from Sydney South is the Illawarra region. From here you get a real feel for the breathtaking backdrops of mountains along the coast.

The Sea Ciff offers rewarding views before reaching Wollongong ,the major city in this region.

Going further south from here is Shoalhaven home to Jervis Bay, Kangaroo Valley and several beautiful National Parks.

Nowra being the largest coastal town in NSW in situated in this region.

This area boasts spectacular views. With the lush golden countryside, backdrops of mountain ranges and only being a short drive to the coast. It’s enough to make you want to find the nearest estate agent and settle here.

We were fortunate to stay with a friend in the small town of Robertson. Situated in a picturesque area.

Jervis Bay only a short drive is home also to some beautiful secluded bays. With Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

We enjoyed soaking up the sunshine and swimming in the warm waters.

Continuing south lies the beautiful Eurobodalla region, stretching for over 100 km of beautiful coastline. This journey begins from Batemans Bay extending to the town of Naaromba.

All the townships between such as Moruya, Bodalla, Tuross, Bogo. Have a unique feel to them most having local produce for you to sample.

All providing scenic views of the waterways, bush land and the coastline.

We enjoyed our time here, staying with a friend made it extra memorable, we literally didn’t want to leave.

From here the road continues to the Sapphire coast known as Bega valley.

This is also the most southerly region of NSW. Bega being the centre point is a rural country town. Rich in dairy farming. No surprises why they based a cheese manufacturer here.

Within short distances are many coastal towns. Bermingui known for its deep game fishing, coastal walks. it’s also home to the blue pools. Providing a great natural swimming experience

The Sapphire coast spreads across some spectactalur land. Eden being tbe most southerly region of NSW, its recognised for its whaling history , beautiful bush walks and timber industries.

It’s a great location to explore, with whale watching , water way and hiking attractions.

The south coast is definitely a memorable and worth while coastal trip. Its the perfect spot to be to witness some stunning sunrises. Not foregtting all the beaches and bush land to discover.

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Canberra Australias thriving cosmopolitian city

Heading South of Forbes we took the opportunity to explore Australias capital city Canberra.

With a diverse range of dining, Shopping, entertainment and neighbourhoods it has something for everything. Also renowned for its cool climate wines.

Lake Burley being the central piece of Canberra. It’s the Perfect place for taking in the views and national icons. Such as the Parliament, National Library and museums.

It’s also a lovely place to walk, cycle or enjoy a picnic.

With plenty of attractions around. Most being free, Canberra has a wide range of history and heritage.

The Australian Parliament house offers free daily tours. To Explore the iconic archintecture, with over 4600 rooms and art collections. Its also celebrating its 30th anniversiary. Parking is free for 2 hours.

House of Representatives chamber

The Australian War Memorial, A shrine remembering those who served in wars. It’s definitely an educational experience.

Most things being in walking distance. The national library, has a board collection of books, artifacts from Captain James Cook, and materials from the 2000 Olympic games.

Just a short drive from the centre is the Royal Mint museum

Opened in 1965 this museum in deakin has produced over 15 billion coins. It’s an interesting place, allowing the public to observe the production line.

With Plenty of the museums to explore and educate you and all being free.

Questacon being a great experience for the whole family. With many science and entertainment hands on exhibits.

Mount Ainslie situated behind the War Memorial is a lovely lookout point over Canberra. Providing amazing views from the top. With Options to either hike up through the forest or enjoy the easy option of driving up.

The Canberra region is a great base for exploring the beautiful coast and the rural countryside. Only a 2 hour drive between the delights of the coast.

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Cattle station life in NSW

Travelling directly from Melbourne to the Central West region of NSW. We had accepted a temporary role working on a cattle station 35km from the town of Forbes.

Forbes being a elegant town, with lovely parks and gardens. It’s mostly known for its rural economy based around cattle sale yards.

We had accepted a job position on a 14,000 hectare cattle station in the area of Jemalong.

With over 7000 cattle we were in for a new experience.

Our main roles during this time were General farm hands. Helping with the weaning of 2500 calves, drafting, vaccinations and feeding.

Aswell as mustering and getting the opportunity to pregnancy test the cows.

Working from when the sun came up until the sun went down. With nothing around us. Working was our best option.

It was a male dominant environment, so often being a woman. They didnt expect me to be capable of tasks. However I always got my hands dirty and was willing to try.

From fixing the cattle yards, to using front loaders and motorbikes.

It was a full on and physical job definitely kept us active. With our little home in the middle of a paddock surrounded by livestock. It was the perfect place.

We took the opportunity to explore the area when we had some free time.

Orange being the next bigger city 150km away. It also is rich in history. And known for its cool climate wines.

We spent several months working on the station before heading onto the city of Canberra.