Tasmania – Bicheno

Here is the next post about our Tasmania road trip! Bicheno was an adventure in itself; we climbed on the rocks by the water, saw wild penguins on a late night nature walk, and went to East Coast Natureworld to see Tasmanian Devils up close.

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Here is the previous post, featuring Cradle Mountain.

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Tasmania – Cradle Mountain

I recently went on a road trip through Tasmania with my family. I have so many pictures so I’m splitting them up into a few blog posts. First up: Cradle Mountain National Park! We walked around Dove Lake and then went up to Marion’s Lookout. One of the hardest but most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done!

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City By the Yarra with No Fixed Address

Last month, I got to photograph a tour by No Fixed Address. Their mission, from their website:

“We are offering competitive, world-class walking tours, delivered by experts who are considered homeless or living in supported housing. As our guides are from the streets, they’ll be able to comment on not only the history of the city, but also delve into the
impacts of historical events that affected our society.”

Our tour guide, Pete, showed us parts of Melbourne I didn’t know existed! It was a great time and I highly recommend it as something different and interesting to do in this city.

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Car Shows

I met up with a photography group to go check out some classic car shows this past Saturday. These were taken at the Souvlaki Hut Charity Car Show and Rockabilly Rats, Tatts N’ Pinups at the Waltzing Matilda hotel. There were a lot of American cars that were good to see. I was extremely happy to learn that rockabilly music is popular here and people know how to swing dance!

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Queen Victoria Market | Melbourne

One of the greatest things to do in Melbourne is visit the Queen Victoria Market. It’s the largest outdoor market in the southern hemisphere, and it has absolutely everything you could think of. From home goods and clothes, to all kinds of fresh foods, to live chickens.
These were taken on two different days: a busy Saturday and a Wednesday winter Night Market. We plan on doing all of our grocery shopping here 🙂

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Road Trip – Brisbane to Sydney

We rented a campervan to travel from Brisbane to Sydney. It was a week of camping and exploring the coast in the best way possible! We actually went up north to Noosa and Sunshine Coast before heading south. We saw so many beautiful places. I can’t wait to go on another road trip in the same style!

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Wild Horse Mountain Lookout

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Byron Bay

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Cape Byron Lighthouse

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Japanese Curry at Byron Bay

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Forest Sky Pier

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Coffs Harbour

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Bago Vineyard and Maze

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camping 🙂

North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island is a quick ferry ride away from Brisbane. Another short bus ride brings you to Point Lookout, where the North Gorge Walk holds some absolutely amazing views. It is currently the height of whale season, and we saw at least 3 humpback whales. We also spotted a pod of dolphins, some adorable wallabies, and kangaroos.
We will definitely have to come back here someday!

Brisbane – Food & Festivals

It’s winter in Brisbane, and I swear there’s still at least one festival every weekend. Everyone here just loves to be out all of the time having fun. Just how I like it! We have gone to the Teneriffe Festival and the French Festival, as well as Eat Street Markets.
We have gone out to eat way more than we probably should, but it has been completely worth it. We have simply never had a bad meal. Every international cuisine you can think of is here, and it’s all authentic and wonderful.
There’s also free live music to be found every single night of the week. That’s heaven for this Texas girl.
We’re on vacation so I’m having way too much fun and probably not taking enough pictures, but here are a few, and there’s more of Brisbane to come!

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chicken yaki soba at Eat Street Markets

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Teneriffe Festival

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Halloumi

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the French Festival at South Bank

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wine tasting at the French Festival

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baguette!

We’re Moving to Australia!

Today my husband and I start our new and biggest adventure yet:  we’re getting on a one-way flight to Australia! We will be starting in Brisbane and making our way down to Melbourne, looking for the right spot for us. We have no jobs lined up yet, but we have a 5 year visa and big dreams. I’ll be posting our adventures on this blog! My camera can’t wait 😉

 

The picture is of Bondi Beach when we went to visit 3 years ago. Many more sunrise/sunset pics to come, I’m sure 🙂

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Lost Maples Hike

For our anniversary, my husband and I went for an overnight hike at Lost Maples State Natural Area near San Antonio, Texas. It was a rough hike, but the views were worth it. In our typical style, we of course ran out of water and brought too much wine. Our water filter system saved us. There were some terrifying bugs and the heat was relentless, but most of the time we were the only ones on the trail and it was magical 🙂

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For this trip, we skipped the zoo and went to the Koala Park Sanctuary.  Absolutely the best decision of the trip; we got to pet koalas, kangaroos, see an entire sheep sheared, and all kinds of things, and it wasn’t crowded at all. It’s family owned and you can tell they really care about the animals. This little guy took the food right out of our hands, and got a little greedy…

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