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    The Lap of Australia – Week Four

    9th April to 15th April New Italy to Springbrook National Park Wow these weeks are getting jam-packed.  The East Coast of Australia can be travelled in less than a month but there’s so much to see and do, we’re taking two! This week we headed to Byron Bay for four nights.  This is the one place we couldn’t afford to free camp; there are signs everywhere saying that fines could exceed $3,000.  We settled on the Discovery Parks campsite as we only had to pay for three nights instead of four.  It worked out a bargain for the area at $37.50 a night.  The only downside was that it was…

  • Italy

    A Photo Walk Through Venice

    On a trip to Croatia a few years ago, I was able to get across to Venice for a day.  There wasn’t much time to sample all of Venice’s delights but there was enough to wander through its little streets and over the many canals.  I’ll take you on a photo walk through Venice but with photos from my old camera, a Nikon D5000 and a 35mm f/1.8 lens. “An orange gem resting on a blue glass plate: it’s Venice seen from above.” Henry James   “To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Three

    Monday 2nd April to Sunday 8th April Buladelah to New Italy Our time in Buladelah finally came to an end on Tuesday 3rd April after the madness of Easter had passed.  We could now continue our journey north, via a few detours of course. Instead of immediately taking the highway, we drove straight to the coast road through to Seal Rocks.  We’d read that the walk up to the lighthouse was good and that you could often see seals on the rocks.  Hence the name.  A storm had been predicted but luckily it passed within minutes and it was boiling hot again.  The lighthouse was situated on top of a…

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    Weekly Photo Challenge: Favourite Place

    It’s my first time taking part in the weekly photo challenge set by WordPress so I’m glad I’m easing in gently. Whilst I may be travelling around Australia, I do miss the comforts of home and family. I spent six years living in the fantastic city of York and it will always hold a special place in my heart!        

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Two

    Monday 26th March to Sunday 1st April Port Stephens to Buladelah We didn’t get too far this week after setting off from Port Stephens on Tuesday.  We were conscious that it was Easter weekend so all campsites would be full and the roads would be jam-packed.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get too far but heard that Buladelah was a good little stop off.  The plan was to see out Easter before moving on again. The first port of call was to drive through Myall Lakes National Park, only a stone’s throw from Nelson Bay over the water, but an 80km drive.  We stopped at Jimmy’s Beach to look back on Port…

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    The Best Bars in Newtown

    If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you’ll know that I love a good pub and a few beers.  I recently spent some time in my favourite of Sydney’s suburbs, Newtown, and wanted to shed some light on where you should visit.  If you haven’t heard of Newtown then you definitely need to visit as soon as possible.  It’s not quite Fitzroy in Melbourne but it comes close!  Whether your up for an all-day boozy session or a chilled date night, these are the best bars in Newtown. The Bank Hotel The Bank is probably Newtown’s most famous drinking and eating establishment.  The food is fantastic but…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week One

    Saturday 17th March to Sunday 25th March Sydney to Port Stephens   We’ve now started the lap of Australia and, due to some crazy weather, we haven’t travelled too far up the East Coast. We set off from Sydney in Saturday’s crazy traffic driving north over the Harbour Bridge to our first stop-off; North Curl Curl Beach.  I love drone photography and I had to capture one of Sydney’s most famous rockpools for my own collection.  It did not disappoint.  The only downside was the feeling when my drone disconnected entirely from the controller over the sea.  I’ve read stories of people’s drones disconnecting and literally falling out of the…