Posts tagged travel
Australia

We visit Australia every year from the states to see Tim’s family and I figured it was about time I start documenting what we do while we’re there. This guide will not cover all of Australia and all it has to offer, it’s simply showcasing the highlights of our trip in Canberra, Coledale and Melbourne.

Each trip includes time in Canberra since that’s where his family is located. I know that the capitol city may not be your first choice to visit but it has some really nice things to do and see. Give it a chance!

CANBERRA

Here’s what I recommend:

Visit the National Gallery of Australia.

There’s a little bit of something for everyone there and usually a great exhibition. You could spend hours exploring this museum and you should!

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Take a walk around Lake Burley Griffin. You can spend several hours walking the paths along the lake, go on a cruise or have a picnic in the grass.

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Go have a drink or eat at Kokomos. This place is extremely photographable and the foods pretty good too! It’s right downtown and next to a ton of shopping, bars, and other restaurants.

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My FAVORITE restaurant is Marvie and Wolfe. Yes, the owners happen to be our very good friends but I promise you the food is exceptional!!

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Another yummy spot to try is Baby Su. Unique food and delicious!

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The last spot I’ll recommend is Hotel Hotel Nishi. More great photo opportunities to be found here, good food, a movie theater and it’s a hotel if you need a place to stay.

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After Canberra we drove to a town just north of Wollongong called Coledale. It’s amongst several small towns along the coast and a perfect quiet getaway.

COLEDALE

Here’s what I recommend:

Enjoy the many many beaches. Very few people around, lots of sunshine.

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We stayed at the perfect Airbnb. Secluded, views of the ocean and decorated nicely. Perfect.

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We ate a several places but this one stood out because of it’s sustainable menu and decor, Earth Walker.

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Enjoy the good hiking trails. We opted for an easy one, the Gibson Track which branches off of Sublime Lookout, it offered a lush and beautiful experience of the plants and trees of Australia.

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Next we flew to Melbourne for the last few days of our trip. The city is known for great shopping, food and graffiti.

MELBOURNE

Here’s what I recommend:

If you’ve never been to Melbourne before I would recommend a walking tour. I know it may seem like a touristy thing to do but it can be a fun way to learn more about the city while on a stroll. Plus I know of a great one: Walk This Way. One of the tour guides, Shanan, is our friend and he offers such a fun and unique experience of the city.

Visit Dejour Jeans. It is such a cool concept. You enter the store which has shelves and shelves of jeans in different sizes, styles and colors. You choose a pair that is close to what you want and then they custom tailor the pants to fit you in 1 hour, all for $50. Great deal and I’m going back for more next time!

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Thrift shopping is also high on my list of recommendations. They are actually called Op Shops and are all over the city. My friend Meg offers a guided thrift tour that offers meals and transportation. I thrifted with her while we were there and found some major scores!

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Visit the The Espy in St. Kilda. It’s a hotel, restaurant, bar and music venue. Endless amounts of photo opportunities await here.

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So, that covers everything that we did on this trip. My last recommendation and possibly the MOST important:

Eat a sausage roll accompanied with chocolate milk.

Enjoy.

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RV essentials

I've been thinking about our time in the RV and what it took to be on the road.  There are 9 items that we could not have lived without.  Without further ado. 

#1 Back up camera:  There was no way to see out the back of the RV and at 22' long you really want to know what's going on behind you.  We found ours on amazon and kept it on all the time using it like a rear view mirror.  You can shop it HERE.

#2 RV lock:  As it turns out you can open almost any old lock on an RV with ANY key.  I tried it.  The key to our shed opened the RV.  Not good.  We tried a different electronic lock prior to this one and returned it.  For the 5 months we traveled this lock held up great... I think there was one instance when it went a little screwy but we had the key to open it.  You can shop it HERE.

#3 Safe:  It's great to have the additional security when traveling.  This safe fit under our dining bench and we bolted it to the ground.  Never had any problems with it at all and only had the change the batteries once in 5 months. You can shop it HERE.

#4 Solar charger:  The cigaret lighters in our RV didn't have a strong charge so the Garmin would often die very quickly.  This solar charger kept it going for hours on end.  Although it really doesn't charge itself in the sun (it would take about 2 days I'm guessing) we charged it every night with power and it held up throughout the day.  You can shop it HERE.

#5 Hydro Flask:  The best water bottle ever.  We used these all day every day and I'm still using it now while living in our house.  Keeps liquids cold forever and even when the bottle is extremely hot when left in the sun the liquid inside is cold cold cold.  You can shop it HERE.

#6 Phone adaptor: This little thing came in so handy.  We used our computer screen mounted to the wall as a tv and were able to plug Tim's iphone into this adaptor to stream Netflix.  A few downfalls... You have to download the shows you want to watch because it wont let you stream directly.  Since updating the phone we had trouble using it with Netflix at all but it worked with Amazon shows.  I don't understand technology, but it's worth looking at.  You can shop it HERE.

#7 AeroPress coffee maker:  So this one is more for Tim because I don't drink coffee but he has tried many many different coffee makers and this is by far his favorite.  This is another product we are still using now in our home.  It was perfect in the RV because it's small and easy to use.  It only makes one cup though so if you need coffee for a lot of people you may want something bigger.  You can shop it HERE.

#8  Cooling vest:  This one is for the dogs (Cudi and Bo).  They rode in the RV secured under the dining table and during those hot days the ac (when it was working) didn't reach far enough to keep them cool.  These vests made a considerable difference for them and stayed cool for several hours.  You can shop it HERE.

#9 Mattress:  Last but not least, probably the most important, was our mattress.  I'm a terrible sleeper as it is, so the thought of sleeping in a tiny bed in an RV for 5 months was concerning.  We partnered with Brentwood Home to have a custom mattress made and it was AMAZING, and all natural!  I actually slept better on it than any full sized mattress anywhere.  We love it some much we have one in our home now (queen size)  You can shop it HERE.