A journey up the coast in search of sunshine
18.04.2015 - 15.05.2015
After leaving the farm we were in need of some warm weather so headed north up the New South Wales coast calling in to camp along the way. On the way we stopped at Canberra, the Australian capital. Our main sights we wanted to see was the war museum and the national gallery and both did not disappoint, they were really good. The capital itself is up and coming as a trendy place to be but it still feels a little bit like Australia's financial capital.
One of our favourite places here was Hat Head National Park. It was a quiet camp site with beautiful beach views and we enjoyed a few days on the empty beach relaxing and swimming in the sea.
We watched the sunset from the sand and enjoyed a cold beer next to our brand new tent!
The national park area is pristine and it is an area which has small farms and stunning views and it is here where you start to see the first glimpses of a change in landscape and housing. We started to see the first Queensland style housing, on stilts off the ground and the sugar cane fields even though we were still quite a way away from Queensland and we called at an old pub on our way out for a cooling drink.
We walked up to Smoky Cape lighthouse and the views from the top were stunning.
Also along this stretch is Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and all the way up to Byron Bay and Tweed Heads. We started to see
some warmer weather and camped at Port Macquarie, enjoying a walk along the waterfront where the public have painted the rocks.
Byron Bay is also one of our favourites. It has a small quaint town, full of nice cafes and shops, beautiful beaches and a lovely relaxed atmosphere and it is the beginning of the subtropics. We loved enjoying the beach, playing in the sea and enjoying the sunshine. From the beach you can see Dolphins playing in the surf and it is perfect to sit on the beach at sunset and admire the view or have a little picnic.
Further up the coast you reach Queensland, the sunshine state! And after exploring the coast we decided Brisbane would be our next stop off for a job. The city makes a good impression, it is bright and vibrant and restaurants and bars line the Brisbane river. You can cruise down the water on a river ferry, shop, dine outside and either side you are an hour from the Gold Coast or and hour from the Sunshine Coast.
We both found a nice little job in a cafe and a nice flat ten minutes from the city. Now it's time for some hard work and some saving of our pennies.