Beautiful Ballina

During our time in Byron we would often catch the bus to different places that were near and our last stop was Ballina. Ballina is about an hour bus ride from Byron Bay and has great shops, cafes and an AMAZING beach (which was pretty deserted the day we went!)

Upon exiting the bus at Ballina it soon became clear that the town had an OAP vibe to it, we were pretty much the only three people on the bus that were under 60, there was even a huge mobility scooter shop…and after walking for miles along the coast that day I wish I had one to ride back on!
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It seems like every beach we visited during our stay in Byron was just a beautiful as the last, the sea is a beautiful turquoise colour and the sand is so light that it actually squeaks under your feet.
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We walked for miles and miles (…my Dad loves a walk) along this beach and the view hardly changes, just turquoise sea and white sand.
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Walking along the beach we met the odd dog walker (I swear the dogs are so chilled out and happy in Australia!) but that was it, we pretty much just had the beach to ourselves and it was lovely to just walk along taking in the views.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
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It was great to visit Ballina for the day, to be honest we spent the majority of the day walking along the beach, we weren’t bothered about shopping we just to see the sights. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to see the Ballina Big Prawn, which is, you guessed it, a massive fake prawn!

If you’re staying in Byron or near Ballina in NSW I would take the trip there, the beach is beautiful and it has a really chilled out atmosphere. If you’re after a beach like Byron’s but without the crowds Ballina is a great choice!

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Broken Head Beach = Paradise

Living in Byron for 2 weeks means we’ve had our fair share of beach days, the beach at Byron is beautiful and I thought it couldn’t be topped until we discovered Broken Head beach which is about a 10 minute drive from Byron.
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The view was absolutely incredible, we walked along a path that was surrounded by trees and suddenly we’d get little glimpses of the view and it was amazing! The sea was so blue and beautiful.
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We walked down the hill to a little section of deserted beach and it was absolute paradise. Just us as a family down there, swimming in the sea, sunbathing, taking photos, climbing on the rocks, building rock towers and skimming stones in the sea. It was such a lovely relaxing day!
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The cliffs on the beach were so beautiful to look at, to see where the sea had carved out shapes in them and the different colours of rocks that were built up on top of each other were amazing. All the little muscles and snails were so cute too!
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This was one of my favourite days I’ve had since I’ve been away, it was so lovely to be surrounded by my family in a beautiful part of the world and this beach was one of the most amazing I’ve ever been too, I feel so lucky!
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Which other beaches are there in Australia that can’t be missed?!

Minyon Falls – a lovely, lovely waterfall.

When you travel around Australia you’re spoilt with waterfalls and mountains to visit and today we chose Minyon Falls which is about 20 minutes from where we’re staying in Byron Bay and let me tell ya, Minyon Falls is a beauty!
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The waterfall descends more than 100 metres but because there hasn’t been much rain recently there wasn’t that much water when we went but…it was beautiful none the less!
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The view was incredible and you see could see for miles from the top. When you looked at people on the ground they looked like little specs!
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When you see sights like this it’s easy to see why people fall in love with Australia, having this on your doorstep must be amazing!
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Any suggestions for other natural wonders that can’t be missed in Australia?!

Sightseeing in Brunswick Heads

After having a great day visiting Bangalow we decided to take the bus and explore another new little place close to Byron Bay. We picked Brunswick Heads which is only a 20 minute bus drive away.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrunswick Heads was very similar to Bangalow in that it had lots of lovely little cafe’s and cute shops but it also boasts the most amazing beach!
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After exploring the beautiful sights at the beach we headed into the town to have a mooch about. We did the usual and stopped off for some coffee and a look around the town. All the shops are independent shops and there are lots of nice boutiques to look in.
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After having a little sit down at the lake and looking out on the beautiful sights we decided to walk to another part of the beach. It was so beautiful, the beach was deserted, apart from the washed up jellyfish that were on the sand!
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Another incredible day sightseeing and exploring whats around us. Any suggestions of where I should explore next?!

Farm life – my first two weeks

I have just finished my first two weeks working on a farm in Dayboro. The farm is about an hour away from Brisbane and is a sanctuary for animals that have been rescued from the meat and dairy industry, the farm is also fully vegan so for me it’s heaven!

I was very overwhelmed when I first went to the farm, the days are long, 14 hours to be exact. We work from 5am – 7.30pm and the first couple of days I felt exhausted. The general day to day jobs that I have to do include feeding everyone, cleaning out their barns, making sure no one has wandered off from the farm, doing heat stress checks, administering any medication that anyone needs and putting them all to bed at the end of the day.

The farm is incredible, it’s set on a 55acre plot high up in the hills, it’s a beautiful place to live and the views are breathtaking.

My 5am view, not too shabby!


The farm is home to 15 cows, 7 pigs, 8 sheep, 13 goats, 18 hens, 4 roosters, 1 duck and a Guineafowl. All these animals have been rescued from terrible situations and now live the rest of their lives in safety on the farm. Considering these animals have had awful things done to them by humans they are so loving and I love being around them. It’s great to open your front door in the morning and be greeted by all the goats or by Portia the pig (who is an absolute sweetheart) 
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The view from my front door

The pigs that live on the farm are Heather, Ellen, Portia, Moby, Thomas, Howard and Kane. These guys are so sweet, they get so excited when they see you and do their little happy grunts, it’s usually because we have food! These guys never fail to make us laugh, they have such funny personalities and are so gentle.
img_1923img_1941img_1919img_1918The farm is also home to a herd of cows. The cows that live on the farm have some of the most heart breaking stories, especially the dairy cows who have been bred from their entire lives, having their babies taken from them at birth so we can have their milk. It’s awful to think what these animals have been through but once again they are so loving and gentle.

Sam, one of the cows, has been very sick recently. He has a tumour growing in his mouth which has spread to his bones. Sam’s mum, Precious also lives on the farm and gave birth to Sam when she was rescued but unfortunately the neglect she had already experienced meant that Sam was born with a low immune system which meant he couldn’t fight off the infection when he was young which lead to his tumour growing rapidly. Despite all that Sam is going through he is such an angel, he is huge but is so gentle around us, he is such a beautiful special boy.

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This is the wonderful Mary, she is 20 years old! In the meat and dairy industry cows wouldn’t live past 5 or 6 years old, we decide they are worthless to us after that age. Mary is so loving, she loves a fuss and gets spoilt rotten by everyone here. 

This is just a quick summary of my first few weeks here on the farm, I have another two weeks left here. It’s hard work, especially as Queensland is currently having a heatwave which means temperatures have been as high as 37 but being around these beautiful animals everyday makes it worth it.
For more information on the farm please visit www.farmanimalrescue.org.au 

The farm has lots of open days where you can meet the animals and hear their stories. It’s a great day out for all the family. I mean who wouldn’t want to cuddle sweet animals all day?!

Don’t know what to do with your day? …Climb a mountain!

A few weekends ago me and Jake were trying to think of what to do with our day, we wanted to do something that was cheap and outdoors because the weather was really nice.
‘We could climb Mount Ngungun?’ said Jake, after I’d stopped laughing at the name I decided it would be a great idea!
The mountain is about an hour from Jake’s house, it’s the sixth tallest of the Glass House Mountains and stands at 253 metres high.
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The climb was beautiful, lots of amazing views along the way.
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Within no time at all Jake told me we were near the top, you couldn’t get a bearing for how high we were because the walk in lined with trees so you can’t really see out. I could not believe it when we reached the top. You have to climb over a few big rocks before you get to the top and I know it sounds super cheesy but when I got to the top and looked out, the view took my breath away. I had never seen something like that before and it was beautiful! You just look out for as far as you can see, the sun was shining and it was amazing!
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Me and Jake sat down just looking out onto the amazing view, I didn’t want to rush being up there because the views was incredible (…and I wanted a rest and was putting off the walk back down!)
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It was such a great day and amazing to do something different. When I see and do things like this it reminds me that I’m living in an amazing country with such natural beauty and that there is so much more of it explore!

Here is a video that I made of the climb