I am currently sat on Monkey Mia beach in Western Australia and it got me thinking about New Zealand. I would generally say that I prefer New Zealand to Australia but there are certain things New Zealand just doesn’t have that Australia does and vice Versa.

One of those things most definitely being beaches, when I was younger I was never a big fan of beaches or summer in general being very self conscious and not liking the lack of clothes available to me in summer to cover up the body parts I didn’t like (that’s a story for another day). As I’ve got older however I’ve really started to love summer and beaches and have learnt to put aside my insecurities or at least bury them so that I can start to enjoy all the wonderful things involved with Summer.

I think the moment I fell in love with beaches was in November 2011 when I saw Santa Monica beach for  the first time, it grabbed a hold of my heart and has never let go. I came to have much appreciation for beaches whilst I was travelling there, I had a much smaller budget than I’ve had the last couple of years, looking back now I’m not how I managed to travel consistently for 4 months on almost no money.

This is where beaches came in, they’re free! They were the places I could go when I didn’t want to spend any money, but also didn’t want to sit around the hostel all day or if I didn’t like my hostel or room or roommates or I just felt like having some alone time. My time in the States happened when I’d just been through a massive emotional upheaval so I was a little fragile. I remember Sandra Barbara beach being my sanctuary for the few days I was there as all of the above reasons applied whilst I was there.

Coming to Australia made me fall in love with beaches even more, again they were free and as a solo traveller they’re a place you can go by yourself with out feeling too much like Billy no mates. Each Australian coast how ever does happen to be beautiful beach after beautiful beach which definitely endears them to you.

Whilst I’m sat here looking out to sea watching a pelican and seagull diving for fish, I can’t think of any place else I’d rather be and how very grateful I am that I haven’t let my insecurities ruin my love for a place where Mother Nature has really out done herself and how I will miss such beautiful beaches when I head back to New Zealand at the end of the month.

P.s. I have written this on my iPad so please excuse any typos or spelling mistakes.



We drove up to Bunbury for the night stopping of at beautiful Busselton on the way for breakfast. We decided to spend our last night in Bunbury as we had to have the car back early and it’s only a couple of hours from Perth and it’s the second biggest city in Western Australia so we all wanted to have a look.

 Michelle a girl from our hostel in Margaret River was heading back to Perth as well so we gave her a lift up with us. There isn’t too much to do in Bunbury, they have a beautiful beach which went to and had an ice cream, something that I don’t think I’ve ever done in December before! 

Instead of cooking or going for a meal we decided to go get some snacks and have dinner on the beach whilst watching the sunset. It’s one of the best things about being on the west coast watching the sunset over the water, and what a sunset it was.

The next morning we got up early to head down to the beach to see if we could see any Dolphins as Bunbury is a bit like Monkey Mia in that it has a lot of dolphins in the area that you can interact with. We were limited on time as we had to have the car back, so we weren’t able to stay long enough to see the Dolphins come in which was a bit of shame.


West Coast Tour Day 6: Kalbarri

Was the start of our long drive back to Perth.  We hit the road at 7:00am and got to Kalbarri where we staying for the night around 6:30/7:00 just enough time to unload our bags and head down to the beach to watch the sunset over the water. 

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday evening.  After the sunset and before dinner four of us went for little walk around the town and played on the swings like the grown ups we are! 

It’s a really cute quaint little town very like our seaside towns at Home except it has caravan parks and hostels as well as rentals and hotels.

Reminding myself why I’m here…


Sometimes, no
matter where you are or what you’re doing life gets in the way and you forget
why you’re actually doing what you’re doing.  That has been Sydney for me
recently, life on the job front has been fairly stressful, and I’ve said in
previous blogs that at times I’ve felt like Australia has been a struggle, so
I’ve decided that it’s time to start appreciating how lucky I am to live in
Sydney and focus on the positive.

Starting with the
famous Coogee to Bondi walk or at least that was the plan anyway… turns out
Annika and I took the wrong coastal path (there are no signs) and ended up
walking to Maroubra beach instead of Bondi which turned out to be way better as
it is much prettier less touristy beach, that neither of us had been to before.  That we discover just so happens to have a
giant Rubix cube and a few other fun things on the beach, which big kids such
as ourselves could try and climb on and take pictures with.

It’s been a while
since I’d been to a beach – it has been winter- so it was fun to go again reminding me before it gets too hot and busy why Australia has always held an attraction to me, cities on the coast.


On Wednesday
evening I attend my first event at the Opera House. I saw
Anything Goes which was just brilliant the cast were amazing and it was so
exciting to actually make it inside the Opera House for a change instead of standing outside taking a million pictures.

We went for a drink
in the Opera Bar before the show, even though Sydney has been doing a brilliant
impression of London in September this week being cold, rainy and grey it was
still fun to sit outside whilst drinking a cocktail looking out over one of the worlds most recognisable landmarks
with good friends, it was hard to remember why I was ever stressed to begin with?


This week has
really refreshed my enjoyment of living in Sydney and made me appreciate just
how lucky I am to have spent the last five months living in one of the most beautiful
cities in the world, reminding me exactly why I have always dreamed of
Australia and wanted to live here in the first place.