Growing up remote

Dundee beach, NT.

I remember being in Canada and having people say(Australians mind you) “wow its crazy that you’re from such a small town and you’ve ended up/come all the way here”…… Ummmmmmm. Excuse me Mr. Melbourne’?(I still hear this in Brisbane, sigh). What the heck is that supposed to mean? Is that a compliment? An insult? Just something that people have not thought through before they’ve spoken? Why would me travelling abroad to live in another country be any different than my other Australian/foreign friends from cities/larger areas of the world? It’s kind of mind boggling. I had access to an airport, it wasn’t a 30minute uber away(you poor city slickers), but it was do-able. I had a good job, income(you generally make a better wage remote- der) and DESIRE, DRIVE and a massive WANT to go and live overseas, too. A few things stand out to me here. A massive one(which I’ve probably realized more with age) is:

Interest:

When people say these, sometimes seemingly raw comments; they are generally just interested. I get it. Sometimes we can take these ‘unfiltered’ if you will, things the wrong way but it is really cool that strangers show interest in our lives. It’s cool they care! It’s great having a conversation with someone that is from somewhere you haven’t visited, you want all of the information you can get. I know I do!

Possibly Spitefulness?:

Australian’s are well travelled. But when it comes to our own country I definitely think we could visit/learn/be more educated about certain pockets of our island. I do think where I am from originally(which is Katherine, Northern Territory, 3 hours south of Darwin- I’ve actually had an Aussie ask me where Darwin is located before- wow…) is quite misunderstood. Not many people I know personally have visited- but everyone has an opinion. We all have a voice these days, especially on the internet- (aka me on this blog, lol). Anyway, I often do feel like spite occurs when chatting to people that aren’t from a regional area.

In saying all of this, I am not from the most remote, isolated place in the world. I grew up in a town of 10,000 people. Small for sure. But It had everything you needed to survive. A grocery store, a few schools, a hospital, sporting opportunities(hated sport, catch me anywhere but there). It was a great up bringing- I grew up with three siblings and parents that are still together(rarity). We had so much fun. Spent a lot of time outdoors, swimming in our pool, rivers, going camping and fishing. I have so many great memories growing up in the NT. I feel privileged I was able to experience such a cruisey, low key, simple up bringing. I now see 10 year old kids walking across pedestrian crossings in Brisbane CBD and it looks so, odd. I want to grab their hand and make sure they get to school safe. But hey, it’s all about your upbringing and what you’re used to, right? These kids don’t know any different. Catching the public train to school and dodging corperate suits each morning would be the norm for them. I have no idea what that’d feel like. Just like they wouldn’t know what it’s like going to a high school with 500 kids. They’d think that’s odd.

Isn’t it so funny how much where we are from shapes us? Is it with us forever? I truly think so. No matter how much we move around(like I have), where we were born plays such a massive role in terms of who we are, our morals and values. I wonder if I’ll still be telling people that ask where I’m from that the NT is home in 20 years time? Probably. But then they say home is where the heart is huh, I feel like I’ve had many homes around the world. I’m lucky to have made so many memories in different parts of this country and globe. Katherine, Banff CA, Noosa, Queenstown NZ, Broome, Brisbane. Ah nostalgia. I cant wait to visit my previous ‘homes’ again.

Anyway. I tell everyone I meet to visit the NT. It’s barren, out of the way, unique, sunburnt, underpopulated(winning throughout COVID), wild, rugged, friendly, the wages are great, the sunrises and sunsets are some of the best I’ve ever seen, the lifestyle is a simple one, non-pretentious, you can’t buy booze past 8pm(boo), its always warm, there are waterfalls, millions of bugs, it’s full of wildlife, there are social issues, you can swim with crocodiles in Darwin CBD, you can drive a boat without a license and more likely than not you’ll hit a kangaroo or two driving the massive distances along the Stuart highway. The NT is classic Australia. It’s got to be visited. If you are reading this and are Aussie- go this year. Flights are cheap and it’ll be unlike anywhere else you’ve ever experienced. I promise πŸ™‚

Mataranka hot springs, NT.

Will I ever live there again? Hmmm possibly, possibly not. It’s hard to go home again after living elsewhere for so long. But I LOVE visiting!

Shoutout to my mate TC for giving me inspiration for this blog!

Hope we are all having a wonderful week. x

1 Week of getting up before 6am

With the ‘new year, new me’ theme I think we all want to do better and work on self improvement. I’ve seen and read a lot lately about the magic of mornings– I totally get it. It’s discipline at the very start of your day, you have more time on your hands and well we feel crap when we toss and turn and prolong our time in bed. So this week I have challenged myself to getting up before 6am everyday. I wouldn’t say that I am generally someone that ‘sleeps in’ as is- maybe 7am would be my rough wake up time daily, but I do really want to get into routine of getting MORE out of my days(plus I love an early night- 8.30pm + buenas noches)

MONDAY AKA DAY 1:

This morning I set my alarm for 5.58am(starting small lol) but I recently got a fitbit(highly recommend) so I used this as my alarm as I really don’t enjoy sleeping with my phone in my room. Fitbits have this feature where if you wake within a 30min time frame of your alarm going off, it will wake you up(makes sense). My partner was up at 5.30am therefore I was up at that time too. It is already light in QLD at that time in the summer so there really should be no excuses when it comes to removing myself from my bed(the comfort thoooo). First absolute pro of the morning: a ripper sunrise from my bedroom window- theres that morning magic I have heard so much about! Worth the early start. I then made myself a lemon and ginger water(meant to be a wonderful mucus dissolvent), did a 50minute yoga practice(I am generally more of a 15-20 minute morning yoga person- but this felt amazing). I meditated for 10 minutes, again this is the longest meditation I have done in the past few weeks, made myself an iced oat latte(drool), journaled + I am now adding to my blog. All by 8am! I really don’t ever have to rush in the mornings but I don’t like it when I do and today is not one of those days(plus its my Sunday woohoo).

Thoughts/feelings:

  • I always feel really energized and pumped for the week on Monday mornings, but today I feel extra good
  • Feeling extra productive, about to go to a PT session and feeling super alert
  • Don’t feel like I need as much coffee
  • Great start to my week

TUESDAY:

I woke with some pretty nasty period pains. Was awake before 6 but I absolutely stayed in bed another hour. The last thing I felt like doing though was moving my body, so I listened to it. Will try to be a little more active later on. But as for now- tomorrow is a new day!

  • Crampy
  • Haven’t had a coffee
  • Went to sleep last night feeling really rested after having an early morning

WEDNESDAY:

Back to it. Was up at 5.30 and felt excited about it. Have realized it really doesn’t take much to physically just get out of bed. And once you’re up- you’re up!

  • Alert
  • Sleeping better of a nighttime, feeling even more exhausted by 8.30pm LOL

THURSDAY:

This morning it was super easy to get up. I drew back my blinds and having natural light really helps me to feel alive. I sat and journaled and listened to the birds sing and the sun rise behind the tallest building in Brisbane- it was really beautiful. I am also loving the peacefulness of mornings, its so quiet- not that I have a busy household at all! Lol

  • Energized
  • Noticed that I would need to be in bed by 9.30 to make 5.30am achievable for me to get up in the mornings
  • Light
  • Productive

FRIDAY:

Had a later night as I had a big day at work but was still asleep just after 10(late for me). Was still up at 5.30 and didn’t really consider going back to sleep which is cool- 5 mornings in and I’m feeling like I am in a better routine and like my body clock has altered.

  • Happy its almost the end of my working week
  • Not feeling tired at all
  • Like there is a lot more time in the mornings, I haven’t rushed out my apartment door once(this rarely happens anyway- but to totally deter it- wake earlier)
  • Sleeping well, have been reading prior to sleep which would be benefiting my sleep I can imagine

SATURDAY:

Today will be my last day of the week getting up at this time. But will absolutely be implementing a 5.30am wake up to most of my mornings during the week. I worked out for longer and looked forward to it. I saw gorgeous sunrises every morning. And I felt really accomplished as soon as I woke! Sunday/hungover mornings will be a different story for sure- but for the most part being up at 5.30am is 100% worth it.

21 Things I learnt in 2020

If you’ve learnt zilch this year…. where have you been? Talk about a year of discomfort and uh learning things.

PATIENCE

Coming in hot at no.1. We’ve all had to be patient in a sense this year. Whether its been waiting to hear back about job applications, from your insurance company that “had you covered” on that 2020 trip of a lifetime or standing on those little red crosses at grocery stores. Life’s been a little slower. But hey, they say “patience is a virtue”. Most probably not the worst trait to have.

A SMOOTHIE A DAY

You can basically put anything in the world in a smoothie and make it work. They are generally packed full of goodness, hydrating and easy to consume when you’re getting ready for work. Greens powders as well are incredible and play a massive role in general health I feel! Best way to start a summer day after a sweaty workout.

THE THINGS WE FEEL LIKE DOING THE LEAST- ARE GENERALLY THE THINGS WE SHOULD DO

“I don’t have time to meditate”, *said person complains about back tightness, doesn’t do anything for back tightness*, “I need to make that appointment- but I’ll do it next week”. We are all guilty of putting things off or dreading a task but I guess this is where discipline comes into play. A massive one is stopping, breathing and chilling out when we feel rushed, anxious and overwhelmed. It is what our bodies are telling us to do.

ALWAYS HAVE A BOOK ON THE GO

Seeing this book around your living space, reminds us that there are other things we can be doing than scrolling. Even if its just a couple of pages here and there- it’s so much better than nothing! And on this note, reading is SO much more enjoyable when you have selected the book yourself/like what the author has to say et, otherwise- can be such a drag!

KNOW YOUR SELF WORTH

It seems like we all need to be reminded of this sometimes- isn’t that crazy?! We should never not have our own backs. Life is too short to spend our precious time w shitty people πŸ™‚ Revaluate, stand up for self and do yo own thing πŸ™‚

MONEY DOESN’Y BUY HAPPINESS, BUT IT DOES GIVE US MORE FREEDOM

It really is so true. When we have freedom we have more room/option/leeway to do what we want to do. To more stable incomes in 2020, taking on all of the sides hustles and worrying less about money because lets face it: its exhausting.

LULU OVER ANYTHING

The best workout gear ever. I knew this already but so worth the hype + price tag. It pays to be comfy/like the way you look/feel when sweating balls. It makes you want to do it more!

SOMEONE ELSE ALWAYS HAS IT WORSE

V true. I know that my fellow Australian’s reading this will agree. Talk about hitting the jackpot residing in Australia during all of this. (Most of us) have had room to move + BREATHE. I’ll never get over how underpopulated Aus is compared to other countries, I just bloody love it. Whenever I am feeling sorry for myself I remind myself where I am living and it changes my mindset instantly. Anway just pays to be nice to people bc we never know what someone else is going through.

SPOTIFY IS THE BEST AP ON THIS PLANET

Couldn’t live without it. Podcasts, playlists for every event/mood/genre + ‘wrapped’ playlists put together this time of year. Use it all the time. Thanks for letting me use your account Maxi, hehe.

NEVER TAKE ANY TRIP FOR GRANTED

I’d like to think I never did BUT even weekends away, flying domestically etc are all such special memories and moments! Grateful for the travel i’ve been lucky enough to do as well as the travel that will happen in future Tully’s life!

MEXICAN ALWAYS

I probably have Mexican inspired food too many times per week but it is such an easy cuisine to whip up. Beans will last in your pantry forever, there’s always some kind of vegetable in your fridge(fingers crossed) and did someone say hot sauce?! YUM.

WE ALL NEED TO PUT OUR PHONES DOWN MORE

I feel horrible at the end of the day if I’ve been a hungover piece of shit and scrolled my way through the day. It actually gets us no where. I also find it super unattractive if you’re in a group setting and someone is constantly staring at their screen, antisocial much? Set a screen time limit, have self control and even turn your phone off if need be. They’re so addictive its crazy.

TOMORROW ISNT PROMISED

Literally. We all need to stop and appreciate that we are here more. It keeps us grounded.

YOU CAN’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR

Case is point: Rona. The news. The media. Facebook. Gossip from people around you etc. We can’t take any of it for gospel. We need to do our own research and have our own beliefs. Too much mumbo jumbo is thrown around and we need to take things people tell us w a grain of salt.

MOON CUPS

Should have surfaced ages ago, love them!

DIFFUSERS ARE THE BOMB

Lavender, peppermint, onguard… mmmm! The best way to start the day/wind down at night.

BARISTA MADE COFFEE COSTS YOU $1,200 ANUALLY

Buy a coffee machine, pronto.

ORGANISED MAKEUP= ORGANISED LIFE

Putting makeup and brushes in jars/containers so they are accessible is a game changer. Makes life so much easier.

YOUTUBE HAS IT ALL

I’ve never realised how great of a tool YouTube is. Workout vids, meditations, apartment cleaning playlists, Spanish classes, travel vlogs, manifestation chats etc. Learn something from YouTube today!

SMILE AT SOMEONE EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEY WON’T SMILE BACK

It’s not you- it’s them! I’m sure its appreciated πŸ™‚

CALL YOUR PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS

It makes their day and takes 10mins out of yours! Do it.

What have you learnt this year? I recently learnt that learnt: English + learned: American/Canadian. Lol

Who knows what next year will have in store for us, but I do know that we are going into 2021 more resilient. We will be in control and more prepared for what is yet to come. Here’s to great health, secure wealth and being surrounded by our wonderful friends and family! We’ve got this in the bag. πŸ™‚

6 Things that give me motivation to workout… when it is the last thing I feel like doing

Some mornings, afternoons and nights we really just don’t feel like moving our bodies- and that’s okay! We all have these days/weeks. But we all know that being active is good for our mental health and wellbeing. So here are six things that will hopefully give you motivation when you really need it- especially as the end of the year is near!

Go for a walk

Getting outside, coming into a good breathing pattern and getting our heart rate up can absolutely get us into a ‘workout’ state of mind, especially if you are listening to an upbeat playlist. Even if you don’t get a session in after the walk- at least you’ve done something!

Drink something that makes you feel like being active

This could be anything for you(pls don’t say redbull). Drinking anything that will hydrate you and tell your brain you are getting ready to move will make you want to move, especially if you take your time and mentally prepare. Coffee stimulates our mind, gets our digestive system going and gives us energy. A black coffee or shot of coffee is what you’d have if you were hardcore, I guess- but have coffee the way that you want to have it prior to working out. I’ve also been trying BCAA’s recently which is nice to have something other than water in the morning, its a passionfruit flavour- yum. BCAA’s stand for branched chain amino acid’s and are considered the building blocks for muscle recovery. They are filled with electrolytes and help with muscle soreness post workout. I’m still yet to see ‘results’ or ‘change’ with BCAA’s as I wonder if they are a little placebo driven but also- If a placebo works- it works. AND if you’re getting more daily movement/workouts in due to this, having an extra coffee, possibly a sweetner/sugar in a drink- then its so worth it in my opinion. Lemon water is also a good one or a homemade iced tea!

Get inspiration from Instagram

I’m sure our fave fitness peeps have these days too. Scrolling through a workout they’ve posted, blog they’ve written, looking at a pic of their bangin’ bod LOL will surely give you motivation. Just don’t keep scrolling. 10 min limit.

Music

Our go-to playlists always lift our spirits! Workout beats + tropical house workout are good playlists on Spotify

Use YouTube

YouTube has it all! Type in ’20 min arms’ and there will be a video of someone instructing you, music to keep your energy up and a timer. Plus it feels like you aren’t working out alone.

Try something new

We all get sick of the same sequences, exercises, moves etc so if you’re in a bit of a rut- try something new! If you are dreading lengthy/hard strength workout- don’t do a strength workout! Go for a light jog, do 15 mins of ab work, go for a swim, do a pilates YouTube vid(loving these lately). SOMETHING is always better than NOTHING. I also think having the intention is saying something in itself and even if you get through 10 mins and decide that’s enough- well done! Thats dicipline. And we’ll do better tomorrow! Lets not be so hard on ourselves, but also keep active through this busy, fun, exciting and indulgent time of year!

To a great week! Tully x

Best smoothie recipes

It’s warming up and I am lovingggggg smoothie bowls atm! I have an old ninja that keeps on keeping on, and I feel like I always have ingredients of some form to throw into these bad boys for breakfast! Here are my fave smoothie recipes this summer-

Green smoothie bowl

Probably my all time fave!

2 x teaspoons greens powder, 2 x tablespoons salted caramel protein powder, half a banana, 1/2 cup milk of your choice(I like soy or oat), 1 x teaspoon flax meal, 1/4 zuchinni, 1/4 cucumber, few spinach leaves, 2 x pineapple chunks! Greek yoghurt also goes really well in this mmmmMmmMm. Topped w: with whatever I had in fridge/ pantry! Almonds, berries, pepitas + PB is a must πŸ˜›

Acai smoothie bowl

Soooooooo delicious in the morning after a sweaty workout!

2 x teaspoons acai powder, 2 x tablespoons salted caramel protein, 1 banana, few blueberries, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 x teaspoon fibre, 1/4 zuchinni. I topped this w: fresh berries, PB, passionfruit, mango pieces and pepitas! (Can you tell I love pepitas ;))

Goji berry smoothie bowl

Super tasty + something diff!

2x tablespoons goji berry powder, 1/2 cup oat milk, 2 x tablespoons greek yoghurt, 1/4 cucumber, 1 x teaspoon fibre, half a small banana!

Topped w: PB, goji powder, PEPITAS, frozen blueberries, sunflower seeds!

Would love to know your fave smoothie ingredient(s)?! Also find myself making quite large portions and would love tips on reducing calories/ limiting even though I’m eating ‘healthy’ foods…

Thanks for reading and happy MONDAY! x

Christmas 2020 but w/ less waste

Growing up in a household of 6, Christmas day was always BIG. It was the BEST, being too excited to sleep in so you’d wake your siblings up, and then hassle mum and dad hardcore to let you start opening presents! But I also remember the garbage bags full of wrapping paper, toy boxes, plastic, ribbons etc. None of it is really used for that long before its disposed of, its kinda sad really. We could all be doing better- including myself. Here are a few things I’ll be being conscious of this festive season-

Make a christmas tree

Out of anything. Draw one and stick in on your wall. Use a pot plant/actual tree and decorate til your heart is content. Create one out of red and green beer cans. Obviously purchase a tree if you’ll have it for the next 5+ years! PS: I definitely wish my Xmas tree was a jacaranda! How beautiful are they.

Use anything else for wrapping paper

Wrapping paper is a waste of paper and money. Use news paper, re-use wrapping paper that you’ve stored in your cupboard from a previous gift you were given b/c you’re an eco warrior :P. Use an old pillow case(it add’s character). Get creative!

Secret santa

If you’re reading this and you too are from a big family you won’t be a stranger to this suggestion. It’s exhausting buying for so many people/why spend money on something that you know the receiver won’t LOVE?! My fam and I used a gift exchange generator app so no one knowwwwws who each other got… JK’s we all talk and have most prob spilled many beans. I love this idea though and it makes gift giving more fun.

Homemade cards

Self explanatory. Make them your own! Or get a touch note account and send your loved ones post cards for $2! Best site ever.

Eat all of the leftovers

This must be done. Is it even Christmas if you aren’t eating all of the same food groups for 5 days solid? There will be no waste! Absolutely the best part about Christmas though- cooking, food + fam! Bring it on.

Give

Donate something this Christmas. $5 to a charity, dry goods to a food bank or some old clothing items. You’ll feel better for it.

Came across this quote and thought it was fitting, “This is a beautiful day, I’ve never seen this one before” -Maya Angelou. Hope everyone is having a lovely week! Good vibrations, positive moments and money manifestation’s are being sent your way! Ciao x

Lets talk about living more simply

I am currently sitting in a park in Brisbane and this topic came to me. For which I am very glad as this blog is becoming less and less about travel as well… we cant. Speaking of less….

I like living with and owning ‘less’. By doing this I never feel frustrated with clutter AND it’s easy as can be when I decide to move. I’ve lived in 6 cities/towns in my adult life(I am 25) and rented 6 different places- one could admit that she likes to move around.

I really do like this about myself and I hope wanting to live minimally doesn’t change with age.

Don’t keep things/gifts you don’t actually want

Why do we feel obliged? Why would we keep something in our lives if it didn’t have a fundamental purpose? I understand keeping something for a short amount of time, it needs to be appreciated! How lovely that a friend/family member has purchased something with you in mind! But I really think that these items need an expiry date. Therefore I am super against buying small, crappy presents for people I love when I know the gift wont ‘serve’ them. In this case, shout a friend to dinner, go on a hike and have a picnic at the end destination, book an Airbnb to a nearby town + make cocktails together, do some painting and eat cake in the park- I know I personally would rather any of the above! Meaningful, thoughtful + nothing unwanted taking up space in your living area! *On this note also I absolutely keep handwritten cards because A) they’re easy to keep in a bag and out of the way B) they are the bomb/ a rarity/ have oh so much meaning!

Re-evalute every three months

Yep, four times a year sort your sh*t out. Go through your kitchen and wardrobe, oh and that crap cupboard- we all have one. De-cluttering feels oh so good. It’s refreshing and uplifting in my opinion. I have ‘give’ on my habit tracker(that I’ve spoken about in a previous blog) and daily I try to give something, whether its dropping something at the thrift shop if I am walking by, picking up rubbish or making a small donation. Clothes you don’t want? Give them away. That book you know you’ll never read again? Give it away. Point of the story: if it isn’t valuable to you- give it away. Thrift shops and thrift shop customers really appreciate the things that you no longer do!

Be realistic

If something has broken and you tell yourself you’ll fix it, then it’s still sitting in the same place you left it a year ago… broken- throw that damn thing out. If you truly don’t think you’ll repair it/pay someone else to, why would you keep it? Do yourself a favour, lose attachment and throwwwww into(sensible/ eco friendly) bin.

A money related vlog I watched recently had a really great question/quote:

“What will happen if I DON’T purchase this thing/product?”

Imma leave that there. PS: generally nothing happens. :p

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday! x

3 Things I am loving on my skin this summer

La-roshe posay sunscreen

Always always always. I feel naked without it. We get SO much sun here in Queensland- especially in the summer. This one is 50+, lightweight, fragrance free and easy to spread foundation over the top of. Probably the best I’ve used. Also under $30 from chemist warehouse. Performs and doesn’t break the budget.

Photo cred: google

Vitamin C oil

Loving putting this under my eyes of a nighttime. It’s pretty heavy so I don’t feel like much is needed but it does feel really hydrating. It is meant to be brightening and helps with the production of collagen in the skin. I’ve heard along the grapevine that at the age of 25 our bodies stop naturally producing collagen(I turned 25 this year….). Vitamin C oil helping a sister out!

Photo cred: google

Clinique beyond perfecting foundation

I have been using this for over two years now(my Mum got me onto Clinique). I can wear a little or a lot but it LASTS. I’ve had my current bottle for over 13 months- amazing! It doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin and gives full coverage which I like(I would only wear makeup 3-4 times a week). It has a ‘stick’ applicator with a sponge on the end so is really easy to apply!

Photo cred: google

Skin care is important and I myself need to put more time/effort/money into my day-to-day routine! Any tips I’d love to hear them.

Here’s to a fabulous week πŸ™‚ X

6 Recommendations for Airlie Beach!

I recently had the absolute pleasure of visiting the Whitsunday’s! What an area. It really is more beautiful than you could imagine, I hope my iPhone 8 pics do it justice! Here are my top 6 recommendations for Airlie Beach(where we stayed)!

  1. GET ON A BOAT

Any boat! We used the company ‘ocean rafting’ and hands down that’d be the best tour I’ve been on. They were knowledgeable, professional and most importantly- fun! Our tour took us the the hill inlet hike (roughly 20 mins up + 15 mins down) that has a viewpoint of the delicious swirls of Whitehaven beach! There were barely any other people there- it was amazing! We then sank a few drinks at Whitehaven, the weather was perfect as well as the water crystal clear and sand snow white. The silica sits at 98.9%, therefor is the highest/purest sand in the world! After we had lunch on the island(which is included) we cruised over to the first reef and snorkelled for roughly 45 mins- it was incredible, the colours, the fish, the peacefulness. We then hit one more snorkel spot before we cruised home and were home by 3.30PM! This is a must and only set us back $160. A whole day of fun for that price, sign me up!

2. HAVE A DRINK(OR 10) AT NORTHERLIES BAR AND GRILL

This lil beauty even has a courtesy bus to take you on the 20 minute drive out of town. Sitting at Northerlies made myself and my friends feel like we were overseas! Think south east Asia vibes with Australian prices haha. The seafood platter there is OUT OF THIS WORLD(found a new love for sashimi) and the cocktails are most likely the best I’ve ever had. The bar still feels really ruggared but super tropical at the same time. Try the ‘Yu gizz’, amazeeeeee.

Mi Chica’s

3. GO SKYDIVING

I was delightfully shook/scared/crazy excited to find out that my partner had surprised me with skydiving for my birthday YaHoOoOooOo. Best part was that 5 of my friends I was in Airlie with signed up also and WE ALL SKYDIVED TOGETHER! ThE coOlEsT eXpEriEnCe!!!!! Would absolutely do this again. Airlie beach is stunning via land but you get a whole new perspective for the area from above!

The reality of skydiving thru covid
Insane
Airlie main beach

4. VISIT CORAL BEACH

This is a 15 minute walk through the rainforest to end up at a beautiful quiet beach made of, you guessed it… coral! Would say this is possibly more of a ‘local’ secret but so worth the venture! The clearest water and zero crows. Pack a picnic and take snorkel gear!

My Sister and her husband throwing ze coral

5. SPEND THE DAY AT THE LAGOON

The lagoon is right in town and there is room for everyone. Airlie area is a known home for stingers(jellyfish) at certain times of the year, so having the lagoon right in the village centre is ideal. You can take some food down, tan and lax. Its so lovely down there. PS: there’s also a designated pool for the kids ha yay!

6. EAT/TRY/ATTEMPT ALL OF THE SEAFOOD

You are absolutely spoilt for selection of seafood in a place like the Whitsundays. Its all so fresh and beautiful. You pay for it for sure, but worth every cent! I liked seafood at Northerlies, Fish D’vine or the supplier Fishi! One day we bought our own and sat on our killer balcony(Marina shores! The best accom in Airlie) taking in the marina whilst devouring crustaceans and it was perfecto.

Fish D’vine and rum bar
Our view for a week!

Its such a wonderful time up north! Zero international tourists so barely any busyness to put up with, it was fabulous! October is also a great month to visit! Enjoy FNQ x

6 Of my fave things to do in Brisvegas

There’s heaps to do in Brisbane! Great sized city in a fantastic location. Keep reading to find out my top 6 fave activities in Queensland’s capital.

  1. Roma street parklands

Roma street is a happy place. It is so well looked after and there are numerous different colours throughout this natural space right in the middle of the city. So lovely to walk around, have a picnic in or do some painting like my friend and I did recently! Highly recommend.

2. Howard smith wharves

This little spot has to be one of the most beautiful places in Brissy. Whether you are brunching, after a knock off drink or even a stroll along the river walk. This is such a trendy area with good energy. You’ll see lots of weddings and everyone seems happy. Not a cheap suggestion but worth heading down for a brew on the brown snake.

3. See a game at Suncorp

I couldn’t have less interest in sport but suncorp is fun. Such a good atmosphere and most of the time you can pick up a ticket for $30. They also have concerts here(pre covid) went and saw U2 with my rents and was such a wicked show/night/memory.

4. Eat something sweet @ Eat Street

Eat street is amazing! It’s a few gold coins to enter but its paradise! Any cuisine you could ever ask for will be at these markets. They are also licenced and sell cocktails and beer, woohoOoOo. Try the halloumi gyros and anything that has nutella on it!

5. New Farm Park

New Farm is another beautiful area in the city. On the edge of the river and a great location for a park workout or a stroll. The powerhouse is also here so could catch a comedy show if the stars aligned.

6. Go for a cruise to Mount Nebo

This is a tourist drive but if you time it well you wont have to deal with all of the other cars. Super scenic, pretty and really windy roads. Feels like Far North Queensland and as if you aren’t near a city at all. Roughly a 25 minute drive depending on where you are leaving from! Also some nice walking trails to partake in!

There’s so much to see and do in Brisbane. Get out there and have some fun ya bloody pork chops!