An Aussie Family in France

Australians in France

It’s hard to believe that we have been living in France for six weeks now. I know that we have been a bit quiet on the blog as we’ve settled in, so it’s time for an update on what we’ve been up to, and how things are going on Our Global Adventure. After all, it’s not every day that you find an Aussie family in France.

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Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

 

White, sandy Byron Bay with a view to the lighthouse on Cape Byron.

White, sandy Byron Bay with a view to the lighthouse on Cape Byron.

The coastal town of Byron Bay in northern New South Wales, Australia has developed a reputation over the years as a laid back, sleepy town, with a hippy/surfie vibe. In truth there probably isn’t a lot that separates this town from other pretty beach towns along this stretch of popular coast, but it’s this ‘vibe’ that brings the backpackers and tourists each year in search of a spot to chill out. Byron Bay’s close proximity to hippy mecca Nimbin, a little further in land, and the great surf conditions on local beaches are major drawcard to the dreadlocked 18-25’s but over the years we have found that this spot has a lot of appeal to families also. Continue reading

The Grand Pacific Drive – NSW – Australia

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In the last week of October, as the whales were migrating south down Australia’s East Coast, Our Global Adventure was road tripping North. We had been highly anticipating this last Australian trip before flying to Europe since we left Adelaide. In our many road trips north over the years we had always seemed to miss the coastal stretch from Melbourne to Sydney, and it was time to fill in the gap. In particular, one stretch of road, The Grand Pacific Drive, with its famous Sea Cliff Bridge, was not to be missed as we made our way to Sydney from the Sapphire Coast. Continue reading

Three Months in the Australian Bush – Just What the Doctor Ordered

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After three and a half months in rural New South Wales, it’s hard to believe that we’ve only three days left of our housesitting assignment. This has been the first leg of Our Global Adventure since selling our home, belongings and business and quitting jobs and school to travel the world with our children. In terms of ‘world travel’ we didn’t actually go that far. The eco-friendly, off grid house that we have been living in, is in fact only about 1400km from our Adelaide suburban home. However, the differences between the two are enormous, and living here has been the therapy that we were looking for – Just what the doctor ordered… Continue reading

Australia’s Parliament House, Canberra

'New' Parliament House

‘New’ Parliament House

Last week we popped over to Canberra for a quick shopping trip in Australia’s capital city. Canberra is only a couple of hours away from where we are staying in the Bega Valley and as it is nestled so close to Australia’s Snowy Mountains it is home to many great outdoor clothing stores. Since we’ll be heading to cold, wet Ireland in less than a month, a trip to Canberra was on the cards to deck the kids out with some cool Gortex and Fleece jackets in the end of winter sales. After a couple of hours shopping and a quick bite to eat for lunch, we found ourselves with an afternoon free in the capital to visit one of the many sites.  Continue reading

Brogo Dam – NSW Australia

Kayaking, canoeing and boating, in some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable in South Eastern Australia, topped off with great fishing in a dam stocked with hundreds of thousands of Australian Bass!

Kayaking on Brogo Dam

Kayaking on Brogo Dam

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Going Underground… At Buchan!

Stalactites and stalagmites inside the Buchan caves.

Stalactites and stalagmites inside the Buchan caves.

Can’t face getting another year older? Go underground… Literally!

Last week it was my birthday, I like to say that I turned 29, but I’ve been turning 29 for a few years now. Truthfully, I don’t like birthdays very much, and with each passing year I realise more and more why my Grandmother lied about her age. By the time she passed away, Grandma was at least 20 years younger! Knowing how much I enjoy birthdays, and that I definitely would not want a present (no room in the backpack for more stuff!) Simon suggested we organise a trip to do something special to mark the day instead, and I think it may just have been my best birthday yet! Continue reading