Sculptures by the Sea

Every October, I vow I’ll make it to Sculptures by the Sea. And nearly every single year I never get there. It only runs for two weeks and it’s a good hours drive away,  so trying to fit it in at that busy time of the year can be hard. I can’t understand why events like this and things like the Vivid light festival and the Hyde Park noodle markets only run for two weeks in Sydney. They are getting so popular and attract thousands of visitors  that when you do visit it’s completely crowded.

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This year, we ventured out on an overcast Sunday to see the famous exhibition of sculptures. I knew parking would be hard so we opted to park down near Bronte beach and then walk towards Bondi. It was definitely a good walk, a 6 km round-trip!

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The Bondi sculptures were a mix of traditional style, humorous, abstract, eclectic and absurd. It really was a great day out, combining various works of art with the lovely coastline of the eastern suburbs.

I definitely like to go again,  maybe when it’s not so crowded? Ha ha!

They also hold this event in Cottesloe, WA in March. I bet that isn’t as crowded as Bondi!

 

 

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The Doors of North Hobart

On my recent trip to Hobart in June, I stayed with friends in an Airbnb in North Hobart. Unlike my previous trip to North Hobart, this one was all on foot. No hire car, mainly walking to everything and the occasional taxi.

Even though walking can take longer, I enjoy it as a form of holiday transport as you can see a lot more details, and stop a lot more regularly. People, plants, pets, shops, food, signs… you can unearth all of these while exploring on foot.

A collage of photos on a particular ‘theme’ can look great all printed out together for frames, magnets, notice boards or as a collage in a photo book or album.

When I was in Hobart I loved seeing all the doors to all the old cottages, here are some of the ones I spotted.

 

Cave Ins

I love visiting caves but have realised I love big open caves with awesome lighting, as opposed to small ‘crawl in’ style spelunking adventures. Claustrophobia? Lack of interest in belly crawling? Lazy traveller? Pea brain that likes pretty colours? Whatever…. big bright caves are for me.

Just recently went to the Ngilgi caves in Western Australia, super awesome but feel that it was the artificial coloured lighting made them look ‘super awesome’. The cave torch experience is something different, but you can’t beat blue lights on stalactites and stalagmites.

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Other memorable cave moments :

Natural Bridge, Queensland, Australia

Wieliczka Salt Mines, Poland

Dau Go Cave, Halong Bay, Vietnam

Dark cave tour – Batu Caves Malaysia

Burial Caves, Sabah, Borneo

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

 

Happy Spelunking!

Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia

Cottesloe Beach

I had the joy of visiting Cottesloe Beach on the outskirts of Perth in April for a friend’s wedding. We decided to stay for 4 days and make the most of this sleepy seaside town. A location this close to the Sydney CBD would be crowded with tourists (both travelling through and living there), heaps of restaurants and bars, not enough car parks and regular heavy weekend traffic.

Cottesloe has a much different vibe. Relaxed, one main road that snakes the coast next to the beach. A few take away shops, cafes and upscale bars, with a few simple necessity shops and an old pub (location for the wedding ceremony). We stayed across from the beach and enjoyed walking the boardwalk every day, grabbing coffee and banana bread, or cocktails or fish and chips. Walking around the neighbourhood revealed the most glorious homes, decadence reminiscent of a bygone era, all sweeping verandahs, gazebos and formal gardens.

The water always looked inviting, crystal blue with very little waves (perfect for water wusses like me) but with wedding preparation keeping us busy each day we only got to the water once. It may have also been the numerous tales of shark attacks that kept us apprehensively out of the ocean too!

The ‘Freemantle Doctor’ definitely rolls in each afternoon and unfortunately turned the ocean into a carnivorous-like attack of waves just when we decided to bravely enter the water. If visiting, it’s best to head for a swim in the morning.

And of course Cottesloe is the best spot for the ‘daily sunset watch’, such a treat for us East Coasteners who don’t get to see the sun set over the water…and I’m rarely up for sunrise over the Pacific!

 

Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania

A road trip down to Port Arthur was broken up by stopping to see some lovely coastal sites.

As quoted here by wikipedia:

The rugged coastline has been the scene of a number of shipwrecks. Two large seagoing steamers have sunk after hitting the Hyppolyte Rock off its east coast – theTasman in 1883 and the Nord in 1915. Munroe Bight to the north of Cape Pillar is named after the former American barque James Munroe wrecked there in 1850.

The Tasman Peninsula is well known for its rugged eastern coastline, and much of it is now the Tasman National Park. At Eaglehawk Neck are many strange rock formations, including The Devils Kitchen,Tasman’s ArchBlow Hole and the Tessellated Pavement. Further south are the highest sea cliffs in the southern hemisphere, rising 300 m (980 ft) above the Tasman Sea at Cape Pillar. The peninsula is claimed to have some of Australia’s best surf spots at Cape RaoulRoaring Beach & Shipstern Bluff.