Lucia got me skydiving for Christmas! it was epic and we’ll probably be doing it again. We jumped at 14,000 ft, had a free-fall of 60 seconds, and 6-7 minutes of spinning and sightseeing under the parachute.
Enjoy the photos =)
This post is pretty self explanatory. We got together with a few friends and celebrated the new year on a 39′ sail boat on Sydney Harbor! We were lucky enough to anchor at a terrific spot with views of both the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge, so we saw every bit of the fireworks show. It was truly spectacular, and the company we had was fantastic as well.
It was a great way to help wrap up our time here in Australia. Enjoy the videos and pictures! The video play list has 5 different videos, so make sure you watch them all!
Today we did three things: Ate Breakfast, lounged at the beach, and walked to a lighthouse.
The breakfast was pretty ridiculous. I had a breakfast burger that was stacked high with bacon, avocado, fried eggs, rocket, and stuff I can’t even remember. Lucia had a regular breakfast sandwich that was equally as impressive.
After that, we pretty much had no choice but to walk it off/lay about. So we walked to the lighthouse and on the way became the MOST EASTERLY PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA. Yes. You read that right. We were as far east as you can go on mainland Australia. You can tick that one right off the bucket list! I know this sounds like sarcasm, but I was genuinely excited. I get excited over simple things.
The beach was equally as fantastic as it was a couple days earlier, but with the added benefit of just a gorgeous day. Unfortunately, we got a bit sun-kissed, and have learned a lesson about the Australian sun, “No amount of sunscreen will ever be enough sunscreen. Use all of the sunscreen.” Words to live by.
Today we woke up early, had a couple granola bars for breakfast, and hopped in an SUV that took us to Mt. Warning. Once we got there it was nothing but hiking up a mountain! Nothing too unexpected happened on the way up. The last 400 yards or so was a 45 degree rock scramble, so that was pretty fun. We made it to the top in just under 2 hours, which is a decent pace for people who never hike!
At the top you can typically see the beach and Byron Bay, but visibility was too low. This was probably a good thing because it meant the temperatures stayed reasonable (unfortunately it also meant the humidity was super high). While we were up there, we sat around a bit and rested, drank some water, took some pictures, and then decided to head back down (again taking a bit less than 2 hours).
Heading down ended up being much harder than hiking up. The rock scramble became REALLY difficult, and then the rest of the hike was just really hard on our knees. The only real road block we hit on the way down though was a couple run-ins with turkeys. Lucia has a bit of a phobia of birds, and this little turkey nearly chased her all the way back up the mountain! We eventually safely passed the predator and left it far behind us.
Once we were down, we rewarded ourselves with some hamburgers before heading back to the hotel. There we took showers, relaxed a bit, and then took a cab into town for some dinner. We had some KILLER Chinese food, and followed it up with a romantic evening walk on the beach.
All in all, a fantastic and exhausting day!
For Valentine’s day/weekend we decided to get on a propeller plane and fly up to Byron Bay. It’s a place we’ve heard A LOT of good things about and we were pretty excited to check it out!
Upon arrival at the extremely small airport we needed to make the 30 min drive to Byron itself – actually we were staying about a 40 min walk outside of Byron in an area called Wategos. We had planned to take a shuttle bus in, but apparently they only ran every hour or so and we had just missed it. Lame. The taxi ride into town is $100+. SUPER lame! Luckily we made some friends while waiting for our bags and split a cab with them. Success!
When we rolled up to our hotel (which was more like a B&B without the breakfast) we were pumped to find that we were a hop skip and jump away from a gorgeous beach. The front desk lady was nice and gave us some tips about where to grab breakfast, how to walk into town and to the lighthouse, and let us know that we were practically nextdoor to Rae’s (a well known restaurant).
Since it was lunch time, we figured we should check out Rae’s — we did, and it was delicious! If you’re ever in Byron get some food there for lunch or dinner, the view of the beach is killer (especially during the day when it’s not dark).
From there it was time to get in our bathing suits and hit the beach. The surf was pretty high (around 3 feet) so it was perfect for body surfing and just generally more fun than glassy waters. Plus the water temperature was waaaay warmer than Sydney so we ended up staying in for a while (and we didn’t even turn blue!). Eventually we got pruney, though, and had to dry off which was fine because it was almost time for dinner!
We headed back to the hotel, got changed and headed off for the 40 min walk into Byron. Luckily for us there’s a “fitness” path that goes from town right past our hotel. We hopped on that and enjoyed a really wonderful coastal walk all the way without having to step foot on any of the roads (which are windy and narrow and scary if you’re in a car, let alone if you’re just walking).
Once we were in town, we had some time to kill so we walked around quite a bit to get our bearings. One thing we noticed were the hippies. There were hippies everywhere! Campervans, psychedelic busses, drum circles, this place was hippie heaven.There was also a free falafel lady — I’ll never forget the free falafel…so delicious. Everything else was as you’d expect in a beach town: hopping bars, lots of restaurants, beachy craft stores, souvenir stands, and, of course, a beach. We ended up finding a nice people-watching spot and shared some wine before heading to dinner.
Dinner was delicious, but there’s not much to say there. We finished up, took a cab home, and passed out. We had a big day ahead!