Looking for a secluded beach close to Sydney? Believe it or not, they do exist! Resolute Beach at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park will make you feel like you have been transported to a tropical island while getting some exercise in the process.
A mere hours drive from Sydney’s CBD lies the beautiful Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park With its breathtaking views, iconic Australian bushland and ancient Aboriginal engravings, this is the perfect day trip for anyone looking to get away from the city.
There is no better way to warm up on a chilly winters day than a nice brisk walk! A couple of weekends ago we did the Hermitage Foreshore walk which follows the ocean and has the most spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as well as great swimming beaches and parks for picnicking.
Ubud manages to reflect the unique Balinese way of life whilst oozing charm and a low-key vibe that is irresistible. It is a health food lovers paradise! The village has many restaurants, museums, spa’s, yoga studios, art galleries and shops full of local arts, craft and clothing. Ubud has something for everyone!
Nusa Lembongan was once a beach shack surfers paradise, but in more recent years has become more popular with families, couples and backpackers all looking for an island retreat. Although Nusa Lembongan has become a popular destination, you can still find a beach shack with a view of the ocean or if you would prefer, there are also plenty of boutique hotels and resorts to choose from.
I found an amazing house on Airbnb called Moosewood. The property is located on 40 hectares of farm and bushland with views of the valley and mountains. The house is based on a traditional barn design, it is an old shed that has been converted into a 4 bedroom house with open plan dining, kitchen and living room. The house is light and airy, yet warm enough and cosy on chilly winter nights. The design of the house is cleverly thought out and it has been tastefully decorated with great attention to detail. (We could have stayed for ever!)
If you ever find yourself at Circular Quay in Sydney, make sure you head over to the Contemporary Museum of Modern Art! The museum is located on the harbour edge and is housed in the former Maritime Service building – a great example of late Art Deco Architecture.
The Puffing Billy steam train is located in the Dandenong Ranges just an hour from Melbourne. The railway line was originally constructed to develop rural areas in Victoria in the early 1900s. The narrow gauge railway line was used to ferry potatoes, carrots, vegetables, fruit and nursery goods grown in the lush and healthy soil of the Dandenong Mountains. Years later after a couple of landslides, a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers assembled together to build new bridges and tracks. Today Puffing Billy is a major tourist attraction that is run entirely by volunteers.
Rustic and relaxed the Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches is a great place to visit with something for the whole family. Shannon Bennett has teamed up with business partner Adam Garrison with the goal to create a gourmet destination. Gary (The Beard) being the Masterchef Australia fan that he is was extremely excited when he heard we would be visiting Shannon’s restaurant and we were certainly not disappointed.
The Sydney Living Museums is a group of 12 museums, houses and gardens that aim to take you on a journey through time and place to experience life as it would have been in earlier years.
The walk is about 6km and took us an hour and a half with all the stops to take in the breathtaking views, take a few photos and cool off in the sea. It is a very popular route, especially on the weekend so you will have to walk single file for some of the way, but it’s totally worth it!
The 4th of March marked a month of living in Sydney, and we have been very busy getting all our admin things sorted like Australian drivers license, Medicare cards, Tax file numbers and apartment/house hunting. The house hunting part is quite depressing and frustrating, the prices are crazy here and there are so many people…