Friday Favorites: Tour Guide Edition

Happy Friday!

It has been a whirlwind of a week over here in Australia.

Our friend Sean landed in Sydney Friday morning and I flew over to meet up after work. We spent the weekend playing tour guide there before flying back to Brisbane on Sunday night. This week Travis has been at work so it has been Courtney-Sean adventures everyday. It has been pretty busy but here are my top 5 from the week…

Sydney Coastal Walks 

One of my favorite things to take visitors to do in Sydney is the Coastal Walk from Coogee to Bondi (read about previous trips here, here and here) so obviously we had to fit this into our itinerary. The forecast called for rain but it was gorgeous and sunny our entire walk. We ended the walk with a pint at the iconic Bondi Icebergs.




After that we hopped in a cab and headed toward Watson’s Bay to grab some fish and chips and take a stroll on a different coastal walk (we are all about walking on vacation if you can’t tell). Mid walk we ended up getting stuck in some wet weather so we had to post up in an old cement cannon shelter (the area is an old military base with lots of old weapons, tunnels etc.) for a good while. This was painted on the inside…


He loves me, I promise. Once the rain stopped we made it up to lighthouse and snapped some photos before hopping on the ferry back to Circular Quay.



Sunday morning we met up with our friend Gabe, who recently moved to Sydney, for brunch in the hipster neighborhood of Newtown. Little did we know it was the day of their neighborhood festival, Newtopia. This wasn’t your usual dinky neighborhood festival either. Think thousands of people, multiple stages with live music, rows and rows of artisan stalls and food vendors. We ended up spending the rest of the time before our flight lounging in the grass, listening to music and people watching.



Koala Sanctuary

Back in Brisbane, the first place I take anyone is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Our friend, Alicia, gave Sean a voucher for his entrance and more importantly a koala cuddle so he was all set.

Mount Tamborine

After our morning at the Koala Sanctuary we hit the road and headed up to Mount Tamborine to check out the views and hike around the waterfalls.


This little guy wanted a bite of Sean’s iced coffee. Andy yes, this is what Australian iced coffee looks like.


Mount Ngungun 

The next morning we headed to the top of Mount Ngungun to take in the views and get a little exercise. This is one of my favorite hikes to take people on because of the stunning views from the top.



That’s all for today! We are off to Byron Bay for the weekend so the boys can dive and I can read a book on the beach!

Linking up with Heather and Andrea as usual!


12 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Tour Guide Edition

  1. I don’t even know where to start with your life. I love it. Like, those pictures on the rocks are GORGEOUS!! And the kangaroos!!!!!! I’m sitting here like wanting to cry because I don’t know if I will ever get to meet a kangaroo. And that little bird, oh my god. Is that normal??? Usually birds freak me out, but he looks pretty cute. It’s better than the weird birds that are here. What are those anyways? All these freaky black birds around Houston. I ate outside with my sister somewhere the other week and these birds were like all over the fence next to us making weird noises. I would much rather have that colorful little guy up there.

    • That bird was just flying around in the wild (there were a bunch of them). Right after this picture Sean goes “look he’s so gentle”, petted him and then the bird bit him! They are called Lorikeets. Have you seen all of the creepy black birds at Highland Knolls and Mason by the HEB? It’s like the movie The Birds.

  2. All the walks you did look fabulous! There’s nothing quite like a walk, I do agree. I’ve only ever done the first half of Bondi to Coogee because whenever I’ve visited it’s been far too hot to do the rest! I’m working up to it though 🙂

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