Hello crafty friends,
How has Autumn been for you? For me the last couple of months have been a whirlwind of events and happy, super happy moments.
My parents flew from Spain to Australia in April and we spent Easter together.We took them to Yamba in NSW, which is one of my favourite coastal towns. I can’t recommend the Tweed and the Northern Rivers enough to friends, family and tourists who come to this part of the country (a good friend of mine calls us The Yambassadors! Hilarious).
We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB house very close to the beach, a classic surfers’ pad. We enjoyed bike rides and picnics by the beach with freshly caught prawns. We did long walks around the headlands and watched the surfers riding the rolling Pacific waves at Angourie. We had yummy breakfasts and capuccinos at the cosy cafes in town. We saw dolphins, sun bathed a bit and swam in the ocean.
If you have never been in Yamba and live anywhere close to this part of the world I would wholeheartly recommend a visit here. My parents said it was like living inside a postcard.
See some of the photos of our trip, and continue reading!
After Easter, my sister and her husband arrived from France and the 6 of us flew to Adelaide. And the road trip through Australia started! I had never been to South Australia before and I loved it. Except for the weather. But we are very spoilt in Queensland.
We arrived on a Sunday, heading directly for lunch and a promenade at Henley Beach. We chose Estia, a Greek restaurant that seemed pretty good and had views to the Southern Ocean. Everyone loved it.
Later on, after checking in at our AirBnB, we went for a walk in Adelaide. What a pretty city!
While in South Australia, we also visited a few wineries in Barossa and MacLaren Vale. My brother-in-law loved Barossa, the rest of us slightly preferred MacLaren, but we were biased by the weather, it was much better there.
We had lunch at Harvest Kitchen, in Barossa which everyone loved.
You know those moments were the time stops and you just want to savour every second and keep it with you forever? I experienced one of these moments in MacLaren, sitting in the sun at a beautiful estate (Lloyd Brothers Wine and Olive) looking at the perfectly designed rows of vines, horses in the background, fresh air from the ocean and amazing wine and cheese with all my family together.
After the winery sessions, we drove from Adelaide along the Princes Highway towards Melbourne for 3 days. We spent the nights on the road in Robe, Port Fairy and Apollo Bay. They are all lovely coastal towns, it was a shame we couldn’t stay for more than 1 night in each of them.
Although the 3 of them were beautiful, I think my favourite one was Port Fairy. The houses were so quaint and it had a beautiful river meandering through the town, with the ocean surrounding it.
We stayed at a converted mill house over the river. It was a 4 storey building, that still preserved the old structure of the factory . In Port Fairy, we had a wine at the local pub, warming ourselves by the crackling fire…it was freezing! Cooked an amazing dinner at home, followed by hand crafted chocolate from and board games night. Another moment to treasure.
The Great Ocean Road was stunning too. The part that goes from Apollo Bay to Lorne was spectacular. I totally agree with the Lonely Planet, it is one of the most beautiful roads I have seen in my life. The ocean view from the road was magnificent.
We did some BBQ lunches on the road too, like this one right on the bank of Murray River (the longest river in Australia).
Once in Melbourne, I ran into my boss from my previous job in the CBD! What a coincidence, it was so great seeing her after so long. On Friday night we had a super fun dinner at Mamasita preceded by some drinks at Madame Brussels. We wanted to go to Supernormal but silly us, we didn’t have a reservation. Next time! On Saturday we woke up early and went to Victoria Market to have a good coffee with an almond croissant (my favourite!). Then we caught the train to in Prahran for brunch at Isit Cafe. My mum, my sister and I spent the afternoon shopping in Melbourne while the boys went to watch an AFL (Australian Football League) match. Dinner was at Ladro, in Brunswick and after dinner G&T’s at Black Cat (in Fitzroy too).
After this trip, my sister, her husband and me went to Byron Bay and Bangalow. That was a complete different trip…no wine this time, we needed a detox after the road trip. Instead we had lots of hipster drinks like Matcha Lattes and Golden Mylks, Acai Bowls, Buddha bowls and we even took a yoga class at super awesome Creature Yoga. We went to The Farm for breakfast and took lots of photos at the Lighthouse. And we just missed Chris Hemworth and Elsa Pataky, damn it!
And that was our road trip through Australia. Now everyone is back home, and I am back to work too.
Next week I will talk about what I am up to these days, which is pretty eclectic.
See you soon!