North America, Australia and Oceania · 38 Days · 64 Moments · July 2015

J+A's backpacking adventures through OZ!

15 August 2015

Beautiful river city Brisbane. Enjoyed a nice, fancy dinner alone the river.
Just a wonderful way to spend our last day in Hervey Bay. We were able to Kayak in the ocean with turtles (which we saw) Dolphins, coral and a beautiful sun set across the ocean! Simply perfection 😎
Kayaking on the ocean yesterday! What an amazing experience! We loved kayaking! We saw some turtles*,fish and more coral reef! It was beautiful in the later afternoon as the sun was setting in the sky! Hervey Bay was beautiful! *in the last photo if you zoom in and look at the ocean in front of and to the right of the canoe you can see a turtle coming up for air! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ™Š I loved the turtles!
See all those little black things in the trees.... Yes those are all bats! Millions of them live in the trees, at the end of the esplanade in Hervey Bay! It smells something awful and there is green bat poop all over the ground! Super neat to see them all sleeping and hear all the vampires.... I mean bats come alive at night! No wonder there are NO bugs is Australia!

12 August 2015

First thunder storm in Oz. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Soooo we are into our last week! Wow it went so fast! I realized today that we have been on 3 Aussie TV shows since we have been here! Restaurant Revolution in Melbourne, Border Patrol in Syndey and Bondi Beach in Sydney! They have so many local reality shows!! Haha so so cool! We are relaxing now in Hervey Bay! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

10 August 2015

White Haven Beach, Whitsundays One of the top 3 beaches in the world! So amazing! πŸ™Š
Sailing the Whitsundays! πŸ’•
Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef! Amazing fishies and corals! ❀️❀️❀️

8 August 2015

Here we are at Geoffrey Bay where we were told to do a local snorkel trail but the water was murky and we were all alone with no one around... Seemed strange so we got almost to the first buoy but ultimately decided it was a bad idea! Thank god we did because later when we talked to locals they said there are always crocs and sharks in that area! So here we are soaking up the sun on the shore while the tide is out! Way way out! At the end of the day there was no beach left! We were so proud to rent our mopeds! We had a blast whizzing around the island and learning how to drive on the wrong side of the road on these little things! Super fun and it made exploring the island so easy and convenient! πŸ’•
This is horseshoe bay! Probably the most beautiful long beach on the island... However typically not a lot of swimming due to the crocodile sightings!! So we ate lunch here at Nuddies, walked the beach and then drove off in search of another snorkel area!
Yesterday was an adventure! We explored Maggie! (Magnet Island) It was amazing! Alma bay was our favourite and that is where we snorkelled and saw fish and all kinds of sea life! What a great place to go and see! It is were the locals go on vacation instead of the busy hot spots! It was beautiful and had so much to offer! We snorkelled, rented mopeds and drove around the island on the LEFT hand side of the road! We also went swimming in croc infested waters before the croc spotting! Then of course we were happy to sit and tan on the warm sand! That is our happy place!

6 August 2015

On the ferry from Townsville to Maggie! We really loved our time in Townsville! What a beautiful city! We didn't spend a lot of time anywhere but on The Strand, on Flinders Street and Melton street where we stayed with Jen! The amazing airbnb host with amazing views!

5 August 2015

Loving the ocean here! Tonight was seafood night! The salt and pepper calamari tastes so different here! And so good you don't even need sauce! Mmmmm❀️
Mission Beach! The airbnb we are in is stunningly gorgeous!! What a treat! This is place is quiet, luxurious and perfect to stay at before busy Townsville and Airlie Beach!
Sums up Cairns! Met some sweet people who gave us some great travel tips and advice! Looking forward to continuing our travels!
Last of some fun Melbourne photos! Missing Michelle already! πŸ’•πŸ’•
Mission Beach is ok.... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Love it here and this is really starting to feel like a vaycay! Hallelujah! Xx Photos of the beach and more of Cairns coming tonight!

3 August 2015

Paradise!! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

1 August 2015

This morning we slept in but boy did we get a hell of a lot done in a day! Okay to start with eggs Benny in St kilda and then we rented bikes and went rode up the beach to Brighton beach and looked at all of the 100 thousand dollar beach sheds!! Then we went to the CBD and walked around laneways including acdc laneway and some cool graffiti laneways! Then we ate at a neat laneway and explored downtown Melbourne! So beautiful! πŸ’• Finished off with my new fav food! Wedges with sour cream and sweet chili sauce down by the beach in St kilda! What a full and stunning day! Side note: last night we ate at scarfo!! Google it! We were just randomly wandering in and the fact that it is all over on billboards everywhere here.. It is a tv show called restaurant revolution and we might be on an episode! So neat and what an experience! We had no idea! We even went into a feedback room and go video taped! πŸ™Š

31 July 2015

Did the great ocean road yesterday! It was truly breathtaking! What an amazing trip, however Melbourne is freezing! 😭😭😭 we are talking Antarctic winds that freeze you to the bone!
Melbourne is a city filled with artists, mixed with a little bit of history, polished off with a blended touch of the new modern world. So much culture in one city! Being able to see the Great Ocean Road, the Laneways, followed by Melbourne's famous Brighten Beach, has really topped off to be one of the summer highlights! It is definitely something that everyone should get a chance to see. #travel #memories

30 July 2015

Well we have made it to Melbourne and it is freezing here....but we know what to do, Cafe first followed by a pub for dinner and drinks...that should keep the body toasty warm... πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ #whereisSUMMER

29 July 2015

Travelling around Wangaretta was fun and beautiful but we are in cold, wintery Mebourne now and it is breathtakingly beautiful as well as breathtakingly chilly! Thanks for Michelle and Morgan for showing us around!

28 July 2015

Konbucha on tap! 😍 This is amazing! Vanilla flavoured is so subtle, yet so good! Everything is so healthy here!
You know what this means? means: My first class under my belt. πŸ™Š

27 July 2015

Today was a sightseeing day in Wangaretta! We went and saw a brewery and chocolate factory in Bright, and a famous Bakery in Beechworth! At the brewery I tried a pale ale that was light and yummy while the other girls all had an apple cider! At the chocolate factory we all enjoyed the milk chocolate the best! Sweet tooth!! Beautiful, crisp winters day here is Victoria State, Australia.
What a day! It all started at the wineries where we sampled some amazing wines! We had a lunch of cheese, bread and veggies! Including olives! I did the olive challenge...which I will be posting on Facebook at some point.
In between the wine we stopped at Paradise Water falls! I have never been behind a fall before! This was an amazing experience! So beautiful here in Australia! I am falling in love! πŸ’•πŸ’•

26 July 2015

Then we came home and enjoy an amazing pasta dinner with great wine and great company! Lots of laughs and such a fabulous time! We even saw a whole rainbow on the road! Wangeretta is a beautiful town and I cannot wait to see more of it over the next few days! We are so blessed!
Today was a day of trying new wines and seeing the beautiful sights on Wangaratta. It was really nice to see Michelle in her element. She has been such a wonderful friend and we are blessed to have her ☺️ The laughs tonight were much needed and good for the soul...Theme: When in Wangaratta.... πŸ˜„

25 July 2015

Bondi Beach Day was fabulous! Lots of surfers and swimmers in the water! We have the transit system here in Sydney pretty much down! Took the light rail tram, then the train, then the bus all with our opal card! Sun was shining today on the beach and we each got a tad bit of sun! Yay!
Bought our snorkel gear today for Cairns down to Brisbane!! Woop woop! Scuba certified googles and dry top snorkel!
Bondi Beach is my fave place so far!! So beautiful, white sandy beaches and teal water! πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
Fish and chips at Bondi Beach!
Bondi Beach - simply amazing and by far my most favourite day of this adventure so far. With views of white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, followed by an awesome lunch of fish and chips with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean... Great adventures with my traveling guru Jenna The Direction Queen Topola πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸ»

24 July 2015

It really is just this beautiful in Sydney... even in the winter!! Manly Beach: havin a Pinot Grigio and Lemonade classic Amanda and Jenna style! ❀️
Our beautiful day in Sydney! Today we saw Manly beach and took the ferries all around the Harbour. It was beautiful and we got some fabulous photos.
We had a blast taking the ferry over to Manly Beach where we enjoyed wine, and a lemonade...nice to have a break from the fast past life style that the "Sydney Siders" live... Next stop is Bondi Beach where all the famous people go....I guess Jenna and I will need our pens ready...LOOK OUT πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆ
Did we mention we are staying at a $1.7 million dollar home in Sydney! πŸ™Š Here are a few views from the kitchen and our loft style bedroom. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Their dog Kenji is the sweetest! Gracie and Rory would love this little Aussie!

23 July 2015

My first glass of Australian wine here in Australia...not counting the plane! πŸ™Š
A spectacular day in Downtown Sydney. We never stopped moving from 7:30am-5:30pm. From the famous Sydney Opera House, to the beautiful Botanic Gardens, trucking through The Rocks of the oldest part of Sydney, laughing and giggle underneath the majestical hand-crafted Harbour Bridge, we made our way back to Johns Street to a place we will call home for the next 3 days... It was an incredible start to our Trip of a Life Time... πŸ˜€
We landed in Sydney with no where to go (our host canceled on us when we landed) - we found a back alley to change out some of our clothing. After finding a place to stay, getting our gear on, J and I are ready for our first adventure day in Sydney πŸ˜€
We're here!

22 July 2015

Sydney Botanical Gardens were beautiful! What a massive green space to explore that is right down town and on the ocean! πŸ’•πŸ’•
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge!
New books for all of the bus trips and flights! ❀️❀️
Right in front of us...what are the chances...luckily for me Miss Rory is at "Hotel Pete" for a 1 month vacay... #doglife #willneverwant2comehome #willBspoiled πŸ’™πŸ™ˆ
San Francisco Harbour and Pier 41. Very cool market where we ate fresh artisan sandwiches. They were as amazing as it sounds! Back at the airport now ready to head to Sydney!
Someone was missing her Dad already.... Little trip to the Pier as we had a 7 hour and 30 minute lay-over....always an adventure with Ms. Jenna Benna πŸ˜€
San Fran!
🎢 Just follow your arrow where ever you go 🎢
On plane #1 SANFRAN!
Just for Jerry! The Tilly Hat!!!
We made it through!!! Bags checked-check Through customs-check Getting a drink-check Vacation mode-check πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Woohoo away we go! See ya in a month Canada! Xx
Looks like we have to check it bags.... Amanda's was too full!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

20 July 2015

Australia here we come...The adventure begins with wonderful memories waiting to be created! You only get one life, so make sure it's worth watching in the end... ☺️
Last minute roll up storage closures to fit in more clothes!!!!! Gracie likes them too!
All checked in and we are getting ready to go!! Busy rushing around today to complete all of our last minute things before we take off in the AM!

18 July 2015

Packing was a success! Thanks to my mom and dad for the help and folding secrets! πŸ’• I'm officially ready to take off!

15 July 2015

Just finished booking all of the local flights!! πŸ™Š Getting very excited! πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ’ƒπŸ»

8 July 2015

We just finished purchasing our new gopro and all the crazy accessories for our trip! One week to go until we take off out of Canada to San Francisco for the day then to Sydney Australia! πŸ™Š