Redhead Beach near Newcastle is a very special place. My friends live there in a cute cottage and they can see the ocean from their living room. I’m not jealous at all… They were out one of the weekends so we invited ourselves to stay at their place. I have to say, it’s the perfect place to rejuvenate, pure bliss. An endless beach perfectly flat for a jog, pro surfers catching waves every second, people strolling along the shore and flying kites. There are also a few lovely walks around the coastal bush lands definitely worth checking out. I had an amazing time boogie boarding and was sad to get out of the water. The only thing missing was good coffee. I’ve tried a few places nearby and was unable to find a place which served decent brew.
Everyone knows I love the beach and summertime. This year, however, I’m truly looking forward to autumn and winter in Sydney. Winter… I wouldn’t really call it winter but hey… It feels good to put on a nice jumper or a cardi and slip on a coat. I love layering plus scarves will make you feel cosy as well. I have recently purchased a pair of Hunter boots so can’t wait for the rain! (I know I’m weird =)). Greens are in this year and I’m still on the hunt for a lime jumper. It’s great that vivid colours are trendy this season to brighten up those cooler and shorter days. I found this pastel mint jumper in Dotti. It was really cheap and I couldn’t believe the quality. I think it goes really well with a pair of skinny jeans and the ocean background.
jumper: dotti – $29
bag: mango – $30
jeans: bershka – $$25
sunnies: sprtsgirls – $29
Sydney Opera House sails are one of the most spectacular structures to photograph. They look amazing at dusk and dawn or on a sunny day when they are perfectly white. If you look at them when it’s cloudy or rainy they change colour to suit the mood. Every angle will give you a different perspective and tell you an interesting story. I cannot wait for this year’s Sydney Vivid Festival when colours will begin to reign on 24th May until 10th June. For the time-being just enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar and admire the view!
Long weekend ahead and where to go… You are spoiled for choice in Australia. If you have not yet ventured out to Jervis Bay, it’s a must. Pure white sand beaches, crystal clear water. It helps if the weather is good too. On the way down south from Sydney I stopped to have a snack by the beach near Kiama. There was only one person surfing, so peaceful and empty. Then, I was heading down to Vincentia and arrived when it was pitch black outside. I could hear the waves crushing as the accommodation was right by the ocean. I was impatiently waiting for the morning to admire the view and go for a beach jog. I wasn’t disappointed, maybe a little with the weather and the drizzle. It was absolutely gorgeous. In the afternoon I went for a coastal walk to Hyams Beach. This place is in the World Guinness Book as it has the whitest sand in the world. It’s a stunning place. The next day I ventured to Kangaroo Beach, played some beach volleyball and went boogie boarding. On the way back from the South Coast I stopped for lunch in the cutest village I have ever visited in Oz: Berry. The place is full of charm and character. There’s a number of interesting cafes and local boutiques worth a visit if you have the time on your hands. All in all, Jervis Bay was absolutely beautiful, will definitely go back and hope for some better weather.
Tropical Queensland is my happy place, so green and full of exotic species. My favourite place of all is the Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. There are no hotels or places to stay as it’s a National Park but you can camp if you feel like it. You need to pay a speedboat transfer fee and $5.50 for entering the National Park. I went there during the rainy season so decided to go on a couple of day trips with Ocean Rafting instead of camping. The view from Hill Inlet was unbeatable; vast beach with bright white silica sand and ultra clear water. I truly felt as if I was in heaven or paradise. I walked through the shallow waters with sting rays escaping from under my feet. I was accompanied by a number of hungry seagulls when lunching on white sand banks. It was great to swim in the water to cool down. I honestly think this is the most stunning beach I’ve seen in my entire life. It might stay that way forever.
If you love the beach and always look for the azure water going to Whitsundays is a must. The ocean is of this incredible turquoise colour. The beaches are nice but there’s one magical place you cannot miss. It’s Whitehaven beach on Whitsunday Island (more about it in part 2…).
I was based in Arilie Beach a little backpacker town. It was fairly empty due to the rainy season but a great time to relax plus I was really lucky with the weather. Palm trees anywhere you look, the lagoon for a lazy afternoon and new beach slightly tucked away from the main street called Boathaven Beach. There’ s a brand new stinger net there to protect you from any unwelcome visitors and a couple of boat wrecks cosily sitting at on the sand banks. It’s very quiet with no cafes and very few people strolling around. Walking to the beach for the first time I thought there’s no public access (signs past the sailing club) but walking a few meters down the road opened up the entrance to the beach. I found a great place for lunch: Easy Cafe with best coffee in town. Friendly service relaxed atmosphere and decor, all you need to have a perfect holiday.
Pictures from Whithaven Beach to follow shortly in part 2, for now I keep on dreaming…
I’m definitely a bit of a travel addict, not a bad addiction to have :-). Visiting new places is exciting and brings good memories later. My only bad habit when it comes to going away is I’m completely incapable of traveling light. I always take to much stuff, just in case. Luckily it’s not too important in the summer. All the clothes are small so you can take more. I completely fell in love with sheer or semi-sheer tops this season. They are ultra light and cool you in the summer. I’ve also noticed I picked lots of clothing items which had some sort of glitter element or embellishment. I think a bit of sparkle can transform your outfit from plain to chic and stylish. Nudes are still in and go well with white shorts, big bag will always come in handy when out and about on the beach and don’t forget your oversized sunnies!
top: tkmaxx (UK) – $20
white shorts: Reserved (PL) – $25
sunnies: Vougue – $99
bag: Charlie Middleton – $185 from $199 (after bargaining)
I’m definitely not an early bird, no way… However, it was so worth it to drag myself out of bed at 4:30am last weekend to witness the sunrise magic. The thing you need to bring with you to get a good shot is your camera. A tripod comes in handy too (especially to begin with). I try to choose the lowest available ISO (100 for my camera) and set the camera to shutter priority so aperture is adjusted automatically as the sun rises. The light will do the trick. In my opinion there’s no or very little post editing necessary. There’re not many people around so the beach is your oyster. I absolutely love the silhouette shots so people do come in handy. Don’t be lazy and get up early one day, you will be glad you did it, guaranteed!
There’s something for everyone on this island. If you love to surf, it’s paradise, if you’re keen on partying go to Kuta, food is cheap and delicious, people are friendly, if you just want to rest there are many gems hidden away and an endless number of places to get a massage. If you are into yoga and love spiritual places Ubud is a must for you. Arts and crafts are everywhere, catering for people with different budgets. There are thousands of little shops and independent designers boutiques selling quality clothes and jewellery. You’ll be spoiled for choice. I also went for a day trip to Mt Batur while staying in Ubud. I have to say I’m not a fan of climbing but this one was certainly worth the effort. Amazing views and warm rocks of the living volcano, puffs of steam coming out of random places. Simply magical. The car ride up to the track was fun with breathtaking panorama. I went to see a couple of cultural shows. There are quite a few of them around Bali and I would highly recommend going to one of them. I wouldn’t say Bali has stunning beaches however there are few places worth exploring. I mentioned Dreamland Beach in the previous Bali post however my personal favourite was Padang Padang Beach. Crystal clear water, pure sand and huge rocks here and there reminded me of Thai beaches. If you really want to see amazing beaches you have to go to a nearby islands. More Bali info and photos to come soon…
Summer is my favourite season of the year, not only because of the temperature but also because there’s always plenty to do outdoors. I really feel like I’m being spoiled with a number of amazing beaches in Sydney. I know, though life… You can always go and explore new places. I really like summer time as you don’t need to put much effort into what you wear and how you look. There’s no need to do you hair, out of bed/beach waves will always look good. Make-up is not necessary too, healthy tan in my opinion makes you look good. Always make sure you apply sunscreen regularly as the sun in Oz is super strong. Finally, slip on a nice dress and put some flop flops on and you are ready to rock the beaches. I got this lovely dress from my sister. Goes really well with the blueness of the sky and the sea. Love it!