It’s been a bit since I wrote my last update from our trip to the Blue Mountains! Mo and I have been continuing to take advantage of all that Sydney has to offer (especially the gelato) and have also been busy planning a few big trips we have coming up. In the next month we’ll be in four of the six states in Australia. It’s about to get crazy! Sydney is in New South Whales, this weekend we will be flying to the Northern Territory to see the iconic Ayers Rock, then we will be taking a road trip to Victoria to visit Melbourne over Easter and lastly, flying to Queensland to relax and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to those trips, Mo is currently in New Zealand for work. That makes four states and two countries for him in the span of the next four weeks!
I had the opportunity through Laneway Learning to take a DIY Flower Crown class. It was a lot of fun and I met a few wonderful women through the class. We all had our reasons for being there and personally, I think it’s a great skill to have in the event planning industry. Making a flower crown was surprisingly easy! I’m hoping to make one again soon and post a blog on how to make your own.
Even though the 1st day of March marked the official beginning of autumn here, it stills feels like very much like summer. We are going to soak up every ray of the sun that we can! We beach bummed at Bondi and admired the spray paint murals that are all along the beach walk.
We have gone on a few dates as well, one of our favorites being at El Loco, a cute and colorful Mexican Cantina, with delicious tacos, refreshing margaritas and huge cactus table numbers. They make it pretty easy for the waitress to find your table!
The warm temperatures have been perfect for outdoor movies at Centennial Park, so Mo and I packed a picnic and watched American Sniper at the Moonlight Cinema. It got pretty crowded, so it was good we arrived over an hour early!
Mo and I realized we had been in Australia for about two months and still had yet to learn how to surf! We signed up for lessons through Manly Surf School and on our walk to the beach for lessons, we couldn’t resist these cute girls selling homemade cupcakes and (very sour) lemonade. We had an awesome time surfing for the first time. Luckily the waves weren’t too huge and both Mo and I stood up a number of times to ride the waves. The two hour lesson went by way too fast!
Just this past weekend, we took a drive to Royal National Park, about an hour outside of Sydney. There are numerous walking paths, picnic areas, waterfalls to swim in, etc. and it was a wonderful day spent away from the city and in nature. The Coastal Track we walked was absolutely stunning. The views we had of the blue sky, clear blue waters and towering cliffs can’t be beat. We made it to “Wedding Cake Rock,” which is a slice of shimmering white limestone that is cut out of the cliffs and overlooks a steep drop below. Unfortunately, our camera’s lens cover fell to its death at Wedding Cake Rock. RIP Camera lens cover. At least it wasn’t the camera… or one of us!
We had a great time “hanging out” (pun intended) at Royal National Park and have enjoyed our past few weeks in Sydney. Our first trip will be this upcoming weekend to Alice Springs to see Ayers Rock, better known as its Aboriginal name “Uluru.” We will be flying into the middle of the dessert and spend two nights enjoying Australia’s Outback! The high temperature at Alice Springs today is ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT DEGREES. Luckily when we are there this weekend, it will only be in the high 90’s. We’ll be sure to follow the Australian saying, “slip, slop, slap.” Slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat!