Here are some places that I wanna visit when I live in Aus one day.
The Daintree Rainforest,Cairns, Queensland,
Cairns Great Barrier Reef
Aurora Australis Tasmania：https://www.facebook.com/groups/auroraaustralis/
Final coverage post for our trip in May to Central Coast – part 3!
Don’t forget to try the fish and chips in Nelson Bay, nothing quite like a seafood box from a sea town.
Upon leaving our cottage on the last day we wrote in the guestbook to leave our mark and romance!
Mandatory selfie before leaving.
Other things we managed to slip into our trip were visiting the local national park in the area – a must do. We managed to find a waterfall at this one too.
Jess getting excited to use her bubble gun.
She’s got it out!
Gan Gan hill look out!
Back at home and repairing out skin with Jess’ recommendation for skin repair!
Hope you enjoyed it and have an idea of what to do, I know we certainly did!
Following my previous post on Nelson bay, I had mentioned that it wasn’t our first time there. It was back in 2011 when we had first met each other (this is a whole other story) and will just briefly cover what we got up to that time around compared to our most recent trip 5 years on!
We stayed at Samurai Beach Resort which has sadly closed down since then. It was a beautiful place although I do remember it wasn’t as easy to find the rooms in the dark because of the lack of lights!
Not sure what I was doing here but the room was beautiful and came with our own bathroom also unlike some places which may have a shared bathroom.
Sand dunes and boarding seemed like the thing to do when you’re up in Nelson Bay!
What else can you do at Nelson Bay if you’re only there for a night?
Ah hah! No trip is complete without a good Baskin & Robins ice cream!
Another view of Jess at the bottom of the dunes, so cool!
We also had a Domino’s pizza on the way back which was so delicious and ever stuck in our memories that Jess was so full she slept on the way back to Sydney!
Next up, we packed our bags and headed to Peats Ridge about 30-45 minutes from Nelson Bay Sydney bound direction.
We rented a beautiful secluded little cottage in a farming area.
It’s worthwhile going to Coles or Woolies before you embark on the journey as Peats Ridge is quite in the middle of no where!
Preparation for our meals.
No animals were harmed in the making and cooking of our meals above and future displayed ones 🙂
Will finish off with part 3 shortly!
In May of this year, Jess visited Sydney again and we decided we’d have a trip to the central coast of NSW. It was our first “wild” adventure where we would stay away from suburbia and have a little time away from the busy-ness of Sydney. Where did we decide to go? Central Coast of course!
We first went to Nelson Bay to catch some sunshine and a bit of the ocean and stayed at a house hosted in Nelson Bay. It was a nice cosy place right next to the beach!
Highly recommended the host Trisha as she was very helpful and friendly, here is Jess taking a mandatory selfie of herself 🙂
Now us together after a good night’s sleep.
Next up we went to the sand dunes via the tour buses for some sand boarding! They have various levels of difficulty (which was pretty much different sand dune starting heights). I felt it was quite slow on the non-steep ones and wasn’t really worth the effort walking up unless you went to the steep ones!
Keep your hands out to balance on your way down!
Next up, we took the bus back to Nelson Bay then went for a boat trip for dolphin watching!
Don’t forget your sunscreen!
They also had a boom net which I managed to convince Jess to go on. Surprisingly there were no dolphins that came to that side because of the sun being on the other! Shame.
All suited up to go now 🙂
Funny thing was, once Jess got off the boat and into the boom net everyone started wanting to go in! I took the role of photographer!
Best thing was, we actually did see dolphins and a beautiful view this time (one of our first trips out of Sydney was to Nelson Bay but unfortunately no dolphins that time).
Continuing from my old post found here
4) Gould’s Book Arcade
Now this is a really cool second hand book store that has literally hundreds of shelves and shelves of second hand books. If you’re interested in grabbing a bargain, finding something interesting to read or just to browse around something different. Pop down to Newtown and check these guys out.
I almost always end up buying something, Jess probably would too but she doesn’t have much space in Taiwan so we often have to leave it here in Sydney until she comes next year!
5) Pho An in Bankstown
Given I’m Vietnamese, we’re bound to have Pho some time, although we haven’t had a bowl together recently! For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s the most popular Vietnamese dish worldwide and probably the first thing that would come to mind when thinking about Vietnam.
Unfortunately we didn’t take a photo of the actual dish itself but the expression on our faces should be able to tell you the review! Extremely fast service and large servings, price is a little higher than what’d you expect if you were from Cabramatta but overall a good place to try!
6) Christmas lights hunting
This is a tradition in Australia particularly in Sydney during Early December to Mid January each year. This probably doesn’t happen as much as it did before simply because of rising electricity prices but still, it is quite popular and people do get into the spirit!
As you guys may realise that James and I are animal lovers. Unfortunately I can not keep any animals at home as some of my family members are allergic to them, however, my luckiest bf has lots of animals at home which I enjoy the chance of getting close to them.
Hot air balloon! sounds so exciting by its name right? I am probably the only one person who brought a swimsuit for the first hot air balloon experience. You may ask me why I brought that. It’s because James told me we were going to the beach at 5 a.m. LOL I know I know, it sounds ridiculous, but en, I believed him.I realised that I was actually flying in the air at very last second. It was another surprise for me.
‘Australia’, a word originally from Latin means a southern island, “a big land dominated south in pacific ocean”
2007, I was 17, the first time I visit this mystery country in the south, I looked at the sky and southern cross was upon me, then my journey has begun.
Here are 10 things I think about Australia or I may say Sydney.
Alright, as everyone knows, English should be the most used language in Australia, however I found out an interesting trend in Sydney city. The ratio of Western people to Asian is like 5 :5 now. For those Chinese who are anxious about language barrier in overseas, I would definitely say…”don’t worry mate, you will survive. you can hear Mandarin everywhere in every corner”
The reason that I make this comment for kangaroos is they just know how to be picky on food, especially the one in reptile park. lol Reptile park has an open area for kangaroos jumping around, don’t worry! They are all friendly, so that everyone can be intimate with them by yummy grass, hmmm, I should have said the yummiest grass. If you love animals, I would highly recommend you to visit reptile park where is about 1.30 hour away from Sydney.
I still don’t know how people are able to chew crocodile meats as I imagine crocodiles have tough skin which should be best for a wallet instead of someone’s dinner.In addition, you just can’t cook little cute bunny!!! Look at their innocent face and adorable face.
When I say blue sky, it means blue CLEAN sky without any clouds. Isn’t that amazing?
I know it also means high UV, but oh what ever, JJ need another getaway for our stressed unhappy life. lol
It was like 35+ degree everyday.
Most Australians that I met in my journey are generally friendly and hospitable. They make jokes and you can hear laughter most of the time .
You guys may disagree with me from this point as I heard lots of ppl complaining about Sydney traffic, BUT I wound say if you have ever driven or even walked on the street in Asia, you wound definitely appreciate it more. LOL
Too many scooters on the road and everyone follows their own rules on the road. No one let you go first really. I recently just got a bad car accident which I got hit by a car. look at my scooter Sydneysiders!!!
Don’t ask me why I like it. lol Just grabbing a nice cup of beer and enjoy yourself with friends and watching the show in the bar.
It’s very very odd for me, people do this to me in the petrol station, even you ride a scooter! When I think about it again, yes, it may be cheaper for the dealer to save the cost from employment, but they must don’t have an idea of that not everyone knows how to use that machine. Oh well, I am the one.
Alright, here are few things that I think about Aus. What’s yous ?
Peats ridge is a small town on the way back to Sydney through pacific highway. We found a very cool cottage on airbnb where has everything ready for us to be wild. 😀
Unfortunately, we didn’t realise being wild means cutting off the connection with outside world. Poor receptions for phones and without Wifi access, yes, that’s the place we gonna stay for two days.
I enjoyed cooking, baking there though. We had nice pizza and some side dishes with red wine for our first night.
There were plenty diamonds breaking the darkness in the sky, the hundreds of stars was shining and dancing in front of us. James took his new telescope and taught me how to look for our favorite planet, Saturn, and southern cross.I know, I know, he just knows how to be extremely romantic. XD
Next day, we then went abseiling in Glenworth valley which was absolutely a fun adventure for us, however we were still scared of wild spider or snacks running around in the nature.
Official website: http://www.glenworth.com.au/
Price for abseiling: AUD 90 per person for 2 hours, includes 3 rounds of abseiling , introduction & gear hiring.
Suggest duration: 3+ hours
Glenworth valley was really big, I was wondering to go kayaking, unfortunately, we couldn’t go as there’s a minimum people for the activity. Anyways, I did have a great time there and just enjoyed the nature.
Abseiling was really cool, it has a similar ideal of rock climbing, instead of climbing upward on the rock, we went up to the top of small cliffs first then jumping down but tried to attached the cliff as close as possible. The activity is very safe, you have to put on a helmet and dual safety locks with ropes around your waist, the instructors would hold.one side of the rope and you have another side. Both of you can easily control the speed and safety. There are two ways you can go for, backward which is for beginners and face down rundown ( I definitely would not do it though.), but it really depends on your skill and encouragement.
It’s definitely an awesome and fun activity for someone who loves outdoor and nature.
Brisbane water national park was our next stop. (I know it sounds weird that “Brisbane” national park is in NSW.)
Brisbane Water national park [link]
Free access, but parking free is $8 per day
Suggest duration: 2- 3 hours
We just drove around in the national park then headed back to Sydney with 3 hours driving in the bad traffic for the ending of our honeymoon trip.
Today I am going to share a very good bargain buffet in Sydney.
I cant believe there is a nice buffet with very reasonable prices in expensive Sydney.
Well, just for your information, please allow me to give you some details of the price of buffet in Taiwan.
The very basic buffet, I mean the cheapest one, costs about $300-400 NTD, which is $10-15 AUD, whereas the meal in food court in Sydney charges about $ 8-10 AUD, and the buffet is a least $40+ normally.
HOWEVER, we bought the deal from groupon on the other day, and it cost us $14 each person for the dinner buffet. ($11pp for lunch). We were originally quite worried about the quality and limited variable dishes in the restaurant, although it presented so well in their ad.
Apart from the worries, I was still looking forward to the dinner because there is a BUFFET SUSHI TRAIN!!!
Last Sunday, we arrived there just on time, 5:30pm, however, there was a queue already. Luckily, I made a reservation in advance.
We browsed around the restaurant with curiosity and surprise because its not a trick, its a really good bargain.
They have everything and the food combines the eastern and western style, salad, main course, dessert , and drink. We started planing our buffet menu in our head and grabbing as much as yummy food into our plates until we both looked pregnant and felt stomach cramps.
Here are the dishes I had on that day:
I know we missed a lot of nice food there, but we really couldn’t put anything into our stomachs. (SAD)
The best section I love is the sushi train, I ate maybe 5 plates of sushi in total. (FAT)
I also enjoyed the chocolate fudge and the pancake.
Btw, while I was waiting my sushi, I couldnt believe that James had eaten 3 big dishes of pipes!!
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However not everything there is delicious, I personally dont like deep fried food there, its tasteless sometimes.
The restaurant was packed that night. Overall the food is good and its a gd bargain.
I will rate it as 3.5 out of 5.
We enjoyed ourselves in the dinner and of course I was very guilty after a big meal which led me forced myself to exercise one hour at that night and James and I determinate not to binge for a while.
[The information of the restaurant]
Address: Second ave, Blacktwon, NSW ( in RSL)
NOTE: Because we bought the deal on groupon, its only$14 pp, the original price should be $ 25 for dinner. Please see their web for the accurate price.
We went to Mel for Charlie’s wedding which was a really good experience for me and a chance for me to explore Mel.
Everything in Mel is new for me , everything was wonderful except our 10 hour driving nightmare plan. lol I am not joking, its absolutely terrible of staying in and driving the car for 10 hours!! yes, its 10 hours.
Hi guys, here I am again.
Hmm , or I should say I’m back to my small country ,Taiwan, again
Welcome back to LDR again guys. I hate working a lot and doing LDR. It’s like the hell~~~
Well, I have to acknowledge that I did have a great Easter this time,although I came to syd with wrong time . Honestly it’s the best Easter ever (because this was my the only one lol), I had a lot of fun and memorable experience.
Okay let me share my Easter to you 🙂
Hehe, we went to the second hand book store in Newtown before we started our Easter show. I got my first English nursing book with a gd price here. 😀
We then took the train from central to Olympic Park. (The train is FREE public transportation during Easter) which only took about 15 to 20 mins to get there.
We were apparently the only passengers on the train, ya bi 🙂
We then soon became the smartest couple there coz of the umbrella with UV free afternoon. I’m really scared of being dark moreover my bf is worried about getting skin cancer.I know I found it weird that people use umbrella in summer in western country, but I suppose this is why skin cancer is more common in those country.
Our first stop was……..
the TOILET, lol cant believe it right, but en, its true.
Next, I saw a lot countless show bags, food and some cosplayers there. I also saw some fishes in a huge tank for the dealer showing how well their fishing equipment works. Honestly, I was really worried about the fish was going to be cooked under the 32-33 degrees. But well, I didn’t think there was anyone who was interested in his fishing show.
Later, I tried some oz lolly which didn’t turn as delicious as I imaged. OMG! I really have no idea of that freaking black yuck thing.
We then met some adorable animal friends, such as ducks, ham, sheep and so on, in the indoor farm.
After a few more walks, we started getting a bit tiring of the travelling Easter show, especially when I saw the most non-recycle traditional oz wood chopping competition,. You can’t imagine how much wood chips they consumed that makes me feel sorry for the cleaner.
Next stop, we were unexpectedly attended Woolies chef show. Guess what! We got the FREE food. (Sorry I’m always surprised that you can get something for free in Aus)
The master chief magically turned tuna into a delicious dish in front of us. The food is beautiful, especially it’s free.
After few trying we went to samsung shop to leave our photo in the ph, but eventually they deleted our photos (unhappy)
Our day ended with the most excited thing was we went to the freaking scary roller coaster which made me alsmost SPEW >< . It was scary but when I think back now it was fun lol
Finally, I would like to thank to my dear for this unforgettable amazing Easter experience. Love you and Happy our anniversary and Easter ❤