An Autumn Day in the Adelaide Hills

The very first time Travis and I visited the Adelaide Hills was in April of 2015 (here). Being from Texas neither of us had ever experienced a proper Autumn with crisp morning air and leaves changing, so we were taken back by how stunning the scenery was. Ever since then I have wanted to live somewhere with real seasons. When we found out we were moving to Adelaide, and in Autumn no less, I was more than a little excited.

When my mother in law and her friend came to visit back in May I knew I wanted to take them out to the Hills. I had heard great things about the Botanical Gardens in Mt. Lofty and also the small town of Stirling, so that was our itinerary.

We headed out to the botanical gardens first thing in the morning, it’s an easy 30 minute drive from Adelaide. When we arrived it was COLD. This is when I learned to add a layer when we go out to the Hills, because it is that much colder.

The gardens looked like a painting. There were orange, red and yellows everywhere you looked and you understood why people come from all over to see them during this time of year.

Leighton especially loved the ducks in the pond.

We strolled around for a while before we decided to head into Stirling to grab a coffee to warm up. While I grabbed takeaway coffees for the grownups the kids had a play at Steamroller Park (pictures from a later visit- we have been a few times since) before we wandered into a cute local bookstore to browse. Stirling is such a sweet little town and the park in right next to the shops and cafes, so a great spot for the kids to run around.

By then it was lunch time so we headed to another spot recommended by friends, Patch Kitchen and Garden. The restaurant is in a cute old house and has a garden with a cubby house for the kids in play in. We sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine while the kids ran wild. The menu was pretty small but our food was really good. Leighton especially loved peaking at the chickens in the coop around back.

Since our visit we have been back to the area a few more times. Another spot we enjoyed (and came recommend) was The Stirling Hotel, the food was really good but you definitely need a booking on the weekends. So if you catch yourself in the Adelaide area during Autumn, you can’t miss a visit out to the Hills.

A Weekend in Noosa

Hi friends! Hope everyone is having a magical holiday season. We are about to head off to Texas for two whole months, so I figured I should share about our recent weekend getaway to Noosa before it’s too late.

Travis and I spent a weekend in Noosa one million years ago (almost four, super old posts here) and we have been saying for ages we needed to go back. It’s an easy almost two hour drive from Brisbane and absolutely stunning, so it seems crazy we haven’t been lately.

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Houston’s First Beach Trip

Hi friends! I haven’t been the best at keeping up with blogging lately, but I thought I would share some pictures from Houston’s first beach trip. I feel like it’s an Aussie right of passage.

We didn’t plan on going to the beach until we woke up Saturday and realized we had no plans. Trav consulted google maps and decided on Maroochydore, mostly because it was a beach we hadn’t been to before. We started loading up the car and realized we forgot to get our beach tent back from our friends who borrowed it. We had already committed though, so we stuck with the plan.

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Byron Bay for the Day

Last weekend was a long weekend because of the Australia Day holiday on Friday. We didn’t do much for Australia Day, so once Saturday rolled around we decided to hit the road and hang out in Byron Bay for the day.

We hit the road by 8am that morning and were in Byron by 10 (which is actually 11 their time, since we crossed the New South Wales border). This worked out well since Leighton could take a little snooze on the way. It was already so hot outside, we immediately found street parking and headed straight to the beach.

It was very sunny and hot out that day, so we made sure to set up our little beach tent for shade and lather on the sunscreen.

We played in the waves (not the sand because Leighton thinks it’s “yucky”) and walked along the beach looking for rocks. After a quick snack and smoothie break in the tent, we were back out jumping in the waves.

After we had enough, we walked around a bit through the cute town center. Byron Bay is such a unique and fun place to visit. You will never be bored people watching either, there are folks from all walks of life and someone always wanting to read your palm or tell you your fortune. It started to sprinkle a bit as we walked but the dark clouds quickly passed by.

When we couldn’t decide on a place to eat lunch, we chose to move on to the next stop on the itinerary, The Farm at Byron Bay, and eat there.

We had been hearing about The Farm for a while now, but hadn’t made it out there yet. Luckily, it was right on the way out of town so the perfect place to go before we headed home. The Farm is a working farm that also houses a restaurant, bakery, produce store and flower shop. So you get to see the animals and produce that they sell and serve. It’s supposed to be a learning experience as well as a culinary one.

Unfortunately since we were arriving a bit late for lunch (2pm) they were closing down the restaurant, Three Blue Ducks, for a private event so we couldn’t eat off of their menu. The bakery and BBQ stand were still open though, so we grabbed a sandwich and a bbq lamb wrap to share between us. The grounds are so pretty and we found a picnic table overlooking the fields to post up at. There were people all around picnicking in the grass.

After eating we strolled around and looked at the flowers and the animals. Leighton was very excited to see this sheep and ran up to him excitedly. When she did, his cow friend got a bit protective and let out the loudest moo and scared her half to death. I felt bad for her, but it was absolutely hilarious at the time.

The sun was getting a bit intense at this point and I realized I was getting a sunburn on my feet, which is never fun, so we decided to head for the shade. We scoped out the produce shop and I headed back to the bakery in hopes of getting one of their homemade donuts to take home. Unfortunately they were sold out, but I picked up a scrumptious pan au chocolat I enjoyed later.

With full tummies and sun kissed skin we headed back to Brisbane. Leighton and I both took nice long naps while Trav drove the hour and forty five minute commute. It’s safe to say we will be back, Byron.

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The Best Place to Live in Australia

Hi friends! I have a special guest over on the blog today, Rachel from A Nesting Nomad. We have both been working on a project with Currency Fair, but I will let Rachel share more about that… 
When I met Courtney back in July, we had so much to talk about. Despite following each others blogs for years (!!), as a new expat I had so many questions for her about what it was like to live in Australia, and Brisbane specifically – and why she moved here in the first place. What can I say, I’m nosy and I love a good relocation story.
A great opportunity arose recently for both Courtney and I to share our stories with Currency Fair, giving the reasons for picking our particular neighbourhoods within our respective cities. But today, we thought we’d continue the share-fest and tell you what we love about our cities. So here is why I think Sydney is the best place to live in Australia, and if you hop on over to my blog, Courtney will be making the case for Brisbane.
The harbour
Of course I’m going with the big ticket item first. It’s what most people know Sydney for – that big blue gem right in the middle of the city. There’s nothing like rounding the corner onto Circular Quay and seeing the Harbour Bridge and Opera House just sat there, facing each other across the water. Or going for a stroll in a nondescript suburb and coming across a sheltered beach with a killer view and not a soul in sight. It links the city from East to West, North to South; everyone loves the harbour and I don’t care what you say – as long as I live here I will never fail to go “oooooh” whenever I catch sight of it.

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Australia’s Nature Must Sees

Hi friends! I have a special guest on the blog today. Alex is a blogger who wanted to share an Aussie’s point of view on the best places down under to tick off your bucket list. I have only been to one of these, but the others have been on our list for ages and we need to get to them! Hope you enjoy :).

After years of consideration, tossing up the amount of time and effort it would take to get to Australia, the great land down under, you finally made it with some cheap flight deals! What’s the point of travelling all the way to land in another metropolitan city you ask? Well, Australia is so much more than just the hustle and bustle of the major cities. Of course the cities are stunning, feature beautiful architecture and cultural icons, but Australia’s crowning jewel is the natural environment. If you really want to see what Australia has to offer, I suggest you get out of the cities and check out some of my favourite places in Australia. Continue reading

Enoggera Creek Reserve

Hi friends! I am keeping it short and sweet today and sharing a little Brisbane gem we discovered recently. The weather has been getting pretty warm here lately (considering it’s still just Spring- eek), so we have been on the lookout for activities to enjoy and also to cool off. Travis had read about the Enoggera Creek Reserve and we decided to check it out one Sunday after Leighton’s nap.

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Perling Falls {Springbrook National Park}

I mentioned here that we had taken a day trip to Springbrook National Park while we were entertaining family, but I wanted to share more about our day.

Travis and I had visited Springbrook and done the Perling Falls hike back when I was quite pregnant. As pretty as it was, the falls were a mere trickle while we were there. Since it was the same time of year I was worried that we would have the same fate.

So, I did what any other millennial traveler would do and I searched the Instagram hashtag and geo tag for recent photos hoping to see any pics from the past few days. Every picture I saw (and I was careful to read captions to make sure they weren’t throwback pics) looked like the falls were flowing nicely, so we took off first thing that morning.

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