South Coast Getaway

Culburra Beach

Culburra Beach

Over the Christmas holiday break, I was fortunate enough to spend some lovely time on the South Coast of NSW, in a small coastal town called Culburra beach. Culburra is located 18 km to the East of Nowra, in the Shoalhaven area or for all you Sydney-siders or those of you that aren’t very familiar with Australia it is 182 km’s south of Sydney.

Fortunately for us we travelled down a few days before Christmas and when we arrived we felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. The beaches were practically deserted, the streets were empty and all you could hear were birds  chirping and the ocean waves gently crashing. The supermarket and cafes were fairly empty, even come Christmas Eve. We left a few days after Christmas and that’s when Culburra started to experience the migration of Sydney-siders invading this secluded piece of paradise.

We shared this beautiful place with some of our family, including my in-laws from New Zealand. It was lovely to share this beautiful part of the world with them. We enjoyed many walks along the beach and in the national parks. We are very spoilt for choice with beaches and national parks to explore.  On one of our walks, the Abrahams Bosom track in Currarong we came across a snake just chilling in the middle of the walking track. Thankfully, a couple of people had just walked past Mr Snake and helped him peacefully make his own way back off the track.

We ventured down to the surrounding coastal towns including Currarong, Orient point and down to Jervis bay. We shopped in Huskisson and the other local shopping hubs including Berry and Nowra. Visited Hyam’s beach which has claimed to have the whitest sand in the world (according to the guinness book of records). It also has another claim to fame for all you Kim Kardashian fans, she did a photo shoot there when she visited Australia a few years ago.

During our stay down the coast we also got to witness the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Binoculars were needed of course and I have to confess we were only able to see one boat, the rest were too far out to sea.

Overall it was a lovely getaway filled with new and happy memories.

Have you been on a getaway currently? I would love to hear about!

I’ll love and leave you with a few happy snaps!

Lennae xxx

Looking over Hyam's beach.

Looking over Hyam’s beach.

Merimbula wreck, Currarong.

Merimbula wreck, Currarong.

Honeysuckle beach, Currarong.

Honeysuckle beach, Currarong.

 

Fam Bam!

Fam Bam!

Snow enjoying Culburra Beach.

Snow enjoying Culburra Beach.

 

 


Byron Bay

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Lighthouse at Cape Byron.

Birthdays & Anniversaries always call for celebrating! This year Cameron & I decided to go away to celebrate our 2nd Wedding anniversary & our birthdays. They all fall within 3 weeks of each other, fun times right!!! We thought what better way to celebrate, than to chill out at Australia’s beautiful Byron Bay!

Byron Bay is Australia’s most easterly point, filled with beautiful beaches. The food choice is amazingly healthy and yummy. Byron is filled with backpackers, hippies, surfers and green lovers. The vibe of Byron is very chilled, are you feeling the vibe yet?

I’ve had a little anxiety of flying since I’ve been unwell. Byron seemed like the best choice to test out a flight. It’s only an hour long flight from Sydney. I can assure you I nailed it & there is no more anxiety towards flying.

Up in Byron the weather was beautiful and warm. I felt like we were on a island. The vibe was refreshing and relaxing. The food was amazing and so was the shopping. We hired a car and went on a few roadies, even visited Nimbin! The unique place that is pretty much dedicated to promoting marijuana. Before you get excited it’s no Amsterdam and still not legal.

Cameron did a skydive, I was more than happy to watch. I don’t think my energy levels would have tolerated that much excitement. I was grateful for what I was able to manage energy wise, which was a lot.

I’ll leave you all with some pictures of our trip, I hope you enjoy! If you’re thinking about visiting Byron Bay, I would highly recommend it. It’s like a whole different world!

Lennae xxx

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Looking out East from the Byron Lighthouse.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach in the morning, looking back towards Byron Bay.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach at sunset.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Belongil Beach, looking towards Byron bay.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Regular customers at a local juice bar.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Selfie at Cape Byron Lighthouse.


Sunrise Beauty

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Nothing like a beautiful sunrise to make you appreciate natures beauty. The other weekend I felt the urge to get up early and watch the sunrise down at the beach.

5am Cameron and I were up, Snowy jumped in the car half asleep, but excited to be going out. The sky was still dark and the stars were bright. There wasn’t a soul on the beach, it was beautiful and peaceful. The waves sounded magical. Slowly we watched the sun creep up, the beach started to come alive with surfers and dog walkers. It was a beautiful sight, a sight we often tend to forget and take for granted. It’s the simple things in life that can bring the most magic.

I highly recommend getting up early to watch the sunrise, its very tranquil and beautiful. I hope you enjoy my pictures some were taken on my phone, so please excuse the poor quality.

Lennae
xxx

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Escaping to the Blue Mountains

I was lucky enough to escape to the Blue Mountains with Cameron this past weekend. It was so good to go away for the weekend like normal people.

The main reason for this little weekend away was to visit the Japanese bath house Sparadise. Lately I have been craving hot pools and spa baths, I guess coming into winter and feeling the cold would do it. I haven’t spent a lot of time in the bath at home so this was going to be an interesting experience for me and my ME/CFS.

I’ve been lucky enough to have managed a lot of outings lately, so I knew this weekend would go well. We headed off to the Blue Mountains on the Saturday just before lunch, I managed to do a few light duties around the house before we took off. During the drive I was a bit tried, but knew I would bounce back soon. Unfortunately I should have packed some lunch and left a little earlier so I had enough time to rest, but all good.

The drive was 2 hours, that is my longest little trip to date. 10 minutes before we arrived at our destination we stopped off at the famous pie shop Mountain High Pies. I like to think I’m a healthy eater, I made the mistake of not bringing healthy snacks on hand. Lucky for me Mountain High Pies do all types of pies, vegan, gluten free, sweet, veggie and meat pies! I was spoilt for choice, I picked a vegan satay lentil and chickpea pie! It was delish!

At our Motel we had 10 minutes to spare before moving on to Sparadise, we were booked in a time slot of 3pm – 6pm. I had a quick rest, then off we went on a 40 minute drive to the Bath house. Feeling a bit fatigued, I rested as much as I could during the drive.

Arriving at the bathhouse I was ready to rest and soak my muscles, I had been looking forward to this for a while it was going to be enjoyable. A friendly welcome and we were given a quick tour, then it was into the hot baths.

There were two baths, one was outside and it was 40 degrees. The other bath was inside at 38 degrees. There was a cooling pool as well as a steam room. I tried all of these but I found myself mainly in the indoor poor. After 2 hours I decided that was enough for me. The hot baths were enjoyable but probably not something I would rush back too, I was left feeling more fatigued up to an hour afterwards.

Cameron was determined to catch the all blacks game, a 5 minute drive down the road and we found a quiet pub down in Lithgow. They kindly put the game on for us. I was zoned out during the first half trying to get some life back, then second half it was game on. Lucky for us the pub was quiet and there was only one rugby league game on! All blacks won, but only just…..

The next day I was a bit sore but nothing a hot shower wouldn’t fix. It was extremely fresh outside, there was rain and low cloud. We weren’t going to see a lot out here in the Blue Mountains with that around. We headed out to find some breakfast, we enjoyed that outing at a lovely cafe. After brekkie there was potential of seeing the three sisters. Down at the Katoomba viewing platform the winds were ice cold! This was going to be a quick stop! After nearly getting blown away it was off home.

This outing went really well. I did learn though to make things a little easier on myself, I should definitely prepare healthy snacks for on the road and allow time for much needed rest. Very happy with my recovery from this outing, I’m not suffering too much from it. WINNING!!!

Bye for now

Lennae
xxx

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

The Three Sisters, Katoomba, Blue Mountains