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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa June 6th 2012

Eumundi is famous for one thing, and that’s its markets. There is a market every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. And we’re not talking an average kind of market – this is the mother of all markets. The big version is on Saturday mornings but even the Wednesday one, which we went to, was huge! We spent several hours checking out the many stalls and cursed ourselves for having eaten a hearty breakfast as there was an abundance of delicious food on offer. I couldn’t help myself and had an early lunch of chicken satay skewers and various snack and drink samples. In an attempt to get rid of a headache and stiff neck/shoulders, I went for a craniosacral ‘jaw aligning’ treatment. I’d never had one before and it wasn’t exactly what I had expected. Unlike manipul ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Caloundra June 1st 2012

Bribie Island is a cool little place where you really feel like you’re on an island, but everything you need is there. We stayed in the township of Woorim on the east coast. I wasn’t feeling so well so had a day of chilling out in the van. When I was ready to get active again the next day, it started pouring and didn’t stop for a couple of days. Much to my annoyance I pulled a muscle in my back (not sure how since we didn’t do anything!) so we spent lots of time in the van, reading and chilling. Before leaving Bribie Island, we went for a drive around the island.Sadly most of the terrain is accessible for 4WD vehicles only, so our explorations were a bit limited. On Sunday we headed to Caloundra, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 28th 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cleveland May 25th 2012

We spent a day chilling out in our van in Beenleigh (we lost the war on condensation again that night!) and were lucky enough to be in town for the District Cane Festival & Street Parade. The festival has been held in Beenleigh for over 60 years and we watched the endless stream of floats, bands and marchers make their way along the high street. Before we left, Dean got a fantastic deal on an awesome surf board in the local pawn shop.Now we just need a good surfing beach! We were so excited to be catching with our friends Mel and Timmy who live in Carbrook. On our arrival, we were eagerly greeted by the gorgeous and energetic Frankie. I have switched from being a cat person to being a dog person, and I want ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Surfers Paradise May 21st 2012

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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Mullumbimby May 19th 2012

Happy birthday to Zach who is 11 years old! We hope you had a wonderful day and look forward to catching up with you soon. xx After an early morning yoga session with a distractingly attractive teacher (google ‘Ananta Yoga Byron Bay’ for proof!) we made our way to the town of Mullumbimby. What a cute name. Its Aboriginal meaning is ‘small round hill’. It was a nice surprise to find that the local Saturday market was in full swing when we arrived. We whizzed around it as we didn’t have much time before checking in to the lovely Kiva Spa. This place is a little gem: it’s a Balinese inspired day spa where you can either just use their grounds (two spa pools, an icy plunge pool, sauna with fairy lights, relaxation area and lovely ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales May 17th 2012

Hmm, yes, we returned to town… So to some degree, the Lonely Planet prophecy seemed to be coming true: Byron Bay drew us back in. I suppose it’s because there is so much to do and life is easy as everything is here. Besides, it was on our northbound route. We headed back to the Arts Factory to have dinner, watch a very entertaining gig by Cockatoo Paul at the Byron Bay Brewing Company’s Buddha Bar and check back into our van space in the car park. The next day was pretty sensational and started with an amazing breakfast of raw vegetable juice from the café + my concoction of toasted muesli with coconut yoghurt, berry compote and almond milk topped with banana and nuts. Dean had some chill-out time with his book while I mooched ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lennox Head May 16th 2012

Lennox is so gorgeous that, for the first time during our trip, we reversed our travel direction and headed back south for a couple of days.There were no regrets and it was definitely worth it! I went to a Sivananda yoga class with in the beautiful circular ‘loft’ at the Lennox Head Community Centre. It was the Sivananda tradition that got me into yoga several years ago and it was so lovely to come back to it. The teacher, Madhava, had actually lived, trained and taught at the Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Centre in London which I used to go to. Small world! I’d highly recommend White Lotus to anyone in or passing through the area. The next morning we headed back to our lovely little gym, checked ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Byron Bay May 12th 2012

Byron Bay. Where to start.Here is what the Lonely Planet has to say about it: “Byron Bay’s reputation precedes it like no other place in Australia. It’s a gorgeous town where the trademark laid-back, New Age populace lives an escapist, organic lifestyle against a backdrop of evergreen hinterland and never-ending surfable coastline. With such a heady high rap in mind, the pitfall lies in arriving in this utopia along with every other backpacker on the coast, and wondering what all the fuss is about. Never fear, the sensation doesn’t last long. Byron’s unique vibe has a way of converting even the most cynical with its long days, balmy weather, endless beaches, delightful accommodation, delectable food, delirious nightlife, ambling milieu and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lennox Head May 11th 2012

We woke up to beautiful sunshine and a stunning view of the ocean and a seemingly never ending beach… so decided to hang around Lennox Head for the morning, before driving on to Byron Bay. Lennox is just gorgeous and flew straight onto the ‘wonderful places’ list. It is unspoilt, relaxed, friendly, beautiful and peaceful. Its ‘centre’ is literally just one long strip of shops opposite the beach but there is much more behind the scenes. Being fairly upmarket and modern, Lennox has a very cool Cultural Centre and you can tell it’s got a great community spirit. There is so much on offer - from cookery classes to every imaginable type of yoga – that you could keep busy for quite some time. We tried out the local gym and ticked off the need for ... read more

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