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.

 

Sunset at Penguin head, Culburra.

Sunset at Penguin head, Culburra.

South Island Adventure

Queenstown

Queenstown.

Hello my lovely readers, long time no see! I’m well and truly long overdue for a blog update.
In case you were wondering where I had disappeared to, I’ve been keeping pretty busy with life! Exciting right!?
I’ve been focused with study and work, taking it slowly with them both, but am making good steady progress. I also recently took a much earned holiday to New Zealand! So let’s skip straight to the holiday part, woohoo!!!

Being as Cameron & I are both kiwis and have family back in New Zealand, we were long overdue for a trip home. Since I’ve had quite an improvement with my health, we thought we would make a holiday out of it. I had never visited the South Island before, so we thought why not head there. Then towards the end of our trip make our way up to the North Island and visit family.

I was feeling confident that I would manage our trip well, but of course with suffering from ME/CFS, I couldn’t help but worry and think whether it would be too much. Will I be able to manage everything? My mind starts running wild. We decided that if we booked a camper-van, it would be an ideal way to holiday. Rest whenever and wherever you want. How good does that sound? SORTED!

Everything was booked and we had a plan to spend 10 days down in the beautiful South Island, then the last few days spent in the North with family. I won’t go into too much details of where we went, I’ll let the photos do all the talking.
All I will say is it that if you ever make a trip out to New Zealand, the South Island is an absolute must see. The scenery is beautiful, the streams and rivers are turquoise blue and the amount of snowy mountains is breath taking. The views are spectacular, we found ourselves pulling over every 5 minutes to take snapshots of the amazing scenery.

I pulled up well too, I still can’t believe how well I managed it all! We covered just over 2550 km’s in our camper and managed to visit all the places we wanted to see, which included Milford sound, beautiful Queenstown and Wanaka, as well as the Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. We also got to do some fantastic activities, a bus tour through Fiordland National park with a boat ride through Milford sound, the shot over jet in Queenstown, a helicopter ride over the glaciers also seeing Mt Tasman & Mt Cook. AMAZING! Even a few gorgeous walks, one up to the Fox Glacier which was one hour, taking on a mega hill!

It was lovely being able to explore and visit new places. After all that adventure, it was up to the North Island to visit our family.

Overall I did need a rest day here and there, but then who doesn’t! It feels good to be able to do normal things again and feel normal! It’s achievements like these that open my eyes up to see how far I have come, every day I keep getting closer to taking back my health.

I’ve tried to pick out my best holiday snaps, but as always I have far too many to choose from. Anyway I hope you enjoy them!

Much love,
Lennae xxx

Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.

Up in the Mountains on our helicopter tour. Between Fox & Franz Josef glacier.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.

View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.

View from Lake Tekapo Hot Springs.

Fiordland National Park.

Fiordland National Park.

Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.

Naughty Kea eating the tour bus, Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown.

Shotover Jet, Queenstown.

Lake Wakatipu.

Lake Wakatipu.

Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.

Our Camper, Lake Wakatipu.

Makarora, Lake Wanaka.

Makarora, Lake Wanaka.

Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.

Franz Josef Glacier, view from the top on the helicopter tour. Your can even see the West Coast & Tasman Sea in the background.

West Coast.

West Coast.

Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.

Look out from the top of the Skyline Gondola, Queenstown.

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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