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Cairns
If driving from Port Douglas to Cairns a good stop-off is Palm Cove.  The upmarket, more intimate destination has a jetty great for fishing, boutiques, cafes and palm tree lined paths for cycling, jogging or walking.  We stopped off here at Coffee Haven for a cold drink and was enticed by some sweet potato chips with a “secret sauce” ... the best I have ever had!

One of Cairns most popular day trips is to the Kuranda rainforest.  Take a ride on Australia’s longest Skyrail cableway soaring over treetops to reach the Kuranda village.  A chance to really experience the aboriginal culture with the locals playing their didgeridoos, and venture into an arty, alternative hippie world.  Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Santuary are all located in the market.  I loved the souvenir shops and local produce available here!  

At 2pm and 3.30pm every day the Kuranda Scenic Railway then makes the descent out of the rainforest over bridges, through tunnels back to Cairns.  I would allow a full day for this whole adventure, as the cableway and railway both take 1½ hours each way. 

Back along the main esplanade in Cairns its great to cool down in the lagoon.  The 4800sqm salt water swimming facility is open all year round for you to enjoy without stingers or crocodiles!  Come evening there are a huge range of restaurants, many offering fresh seafood - The Prawn Star being one of the most popular!  A boat restaurant lit with beautiful fairy lights in the marina.  Waterbar & Grill Steakhouse overlooking the Marlin marina was one of my favourite dinners.  Succulent meat, a buzzing atmosphere and professional service - I would recommend making a booking!  

Sydney
Sydney... actually my least favourite place visited but the weather definitely influenced this!  Unfortunately the cyclone hit for the last few days and made for a very eventful ‘Blue Mountains’ trip!

Key tourist attractions are around Circular Quay and the Rocks; Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge. This whole area is easy to wander round, grab a coffee/lunch and browse the shops!

Take a ferry from Circular Quay across to Manly Wharf to enjoy a day on Manly beach.  Ferries depart every 30 minutes and cost just $4.80 each way.  Bondi beach is Sydney's other iconic landmark with its graffiti walls, rescue tower and 'Bondi Baths'.  Buzzing from dusk until dawn the beach is patrolled by professional lifeguards 365 days of the year - just remember to swim between the yellow and red flags!

Not a beach person?  There is a scenic coastal walk from Bondi right along to Coogee beach linking 4 beaches together and 6km long.  We stopped off and took a dip in Bronte baths along the way as the waves out to sea were a bit too rough! There are a number of man-made ocean pools to take advantage of, most of them free.

An Instagram picture perfect location!  The grounds include landmark cafes, restaurants/bars, an animal farm, florist and markets etc.  I met a friend back from the UK in The Potting Shed for lunch and was really impressed! It was buzzing with groups of friends, the food was delicious and the decor of hanging baskets and flowers arches was outstanding!  Definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to venture a little further out of the city! 
Tasmania
Aka “Tassie”...

Home to the Tasmanian devil, the pink robin, platypus and some of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes.

Just 1 hour and 15 mins from Melbourne to Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, it was a unique getaway. Famous for its ‘Salamanca Market’ held every Saturday from 8.30-3pm and located amongst the sandstone buildings the nearly 300 stalls offer a variety of hand-made gifts, fashion, jewellery and fresh food. I got some great gifts!

For nature lovers and hikers there are various National Parks offering a huge range of opportunities; a chance to spot local wildlife, various trails and the many waterfalls.  Mount Field was the first of our stops where I spotted my first wallaby sighting and the breathtaking Russell Falls.  Accommodation wise - a particular mention to Duffy's Country Accommodation in Westerway that was my favourite place to stay!  A real chance to experience Tasmania's country lifestyle in either a self contained cabin or cottage. Beautiful gardens, an "outback" vibe and so peaceful, plus a chance to spot the wallabies at night! 

Taking a step back in time we spent 4 days on the west coast in a town called Strahan. Must-do tours over this side of Tassie are the Gordon River Cruise and the West Coast Wilderness Railway. Just a short drive north is also Cradle Mountain national park with lakes, river gorges, plenty of wildlife-watching opportunities such as wombats, wallabies, devils and platypuses and Tasmania’s highest peak Mt Ossa (1617m).

Lastly I have to mention a trip up to Mt Wellington!  Journey up Pinnacle Rd by car (12km) with lookout points on the way to reach the top at 1271m. It was the most amazing view I have ever seen!

Top sights I visited:

Salamanca Market
Mount Field National Park (Russell Falls!)
Cradle Mountain
Mount Wellington
Wineglass Bay
Gordon River Cruise
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
West Coast Wilderness Railway


Bergen 'Mint' Backpack - Kapten & Son
Melbourne
20th-26th January 2020
Touch down in Australia!

Melbourne was top of my list to visit, and to coincide a stop with the Australian Open tennis.  My auntie and uncle also joined me here from Perth.

The city itself had a great vibe with business people, tourists and the noticeable sound of trams going up and down the main streets.  So much to see and explore, the Fitzroy gardens, Flinders Street Station, Eureka Skydeck 88, Yarra River and lots of shops - there was something for everyone.  The free tram zone around the main city centre makes it easy to hop on and off as often as you like.

Highlights for me had to be the ‘Street Art’ tours which you can discover on your own. Hosier Lane in particular is famous for its vivid graffiti.  Degraves street - very narrow laneway bustling with people was fantastic for some breakfast (eggs benedict was awesome!). 

Other tops things to see/do:
  • Visit the State Library Victoria.
  • Take a trip up the Eureka Skydeck 88 and watch the sunset over Melbourne.
  • Go to the Queen Victoria Market - lots of fresh produce & hand made gifts.
Triangl
Our final day in Portugal...  so in true tradition its bikini picture time!  We all do it ... showing off our best tans, beach hair and fun times from our holidays!!

My sister and I decided to show off our Triangl swimwear!  Dominating social media and one of the most popular swimwear range's of the moment weirdly we actually didn't see anyone in Portugal wearing their bikini's!

Bold colours in "neoprene", these bikini's really hold their shape well.  In and out of the sea, the "wet suit" type material fits perfectly.  If you don't mind splashing out, and like the sporty-luxe style... these high quality bikini's are for you!

Photography taken on Arrifes and São Rafael beaches, Portugal.
Lily - Aqua Punch Bikini - Triangl
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