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.




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!











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!



Photo of the day … Palm Beach with purple flowers


Palm beach is a ten minute drive from The Artist’s house. We often drive up just to take in the scenery and get out of the house.


I love that it’s always different, depending on the time of day, season and weather.


This glorious spring day was made even prettier due to the purple flowers at the top of the sand dunes.

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.


Hunter Valley, NSW

Just an hour or so out of Sydney lies the Hunter Wine region, one of Australia’s premium grape growing areas that produce some of Australia’s best wine. Not that I am much of a wine drinker, sure I love a good Moscato, but I can’t really tell my Rieslings from my Chardonnays.

The limited wine knowledge may explain why I haven’t taken many trips to the Hunter, not even the mandatory weekend away with the new beau or the hire a bus for a hen’s weekend trip. It’s a great place to take tourists, and on my last visit I did see quite the busloads arriving.

The best way to see it is to organise some sort of mini bus tour, so someone else can drive you round allowing you to slosh wine in small glasses all you like, without having to worry about driving. There are plenty of accomodation options, from pubs, boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts and self contained units and cottages. There are also great foodie opportunities, from deluxe restaurants to local produce, perfect for the me types, more into eating that drinking.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

We had the best weather for our day hiking to the lookout and beach at Wineglass Bay. Sunny but not too hot. No chance of rain, perfect for photographs and a hour or so of incline.  The views as you climb to the lookout are divine, seeing all around Freycinet National Park; the beach below, the ocean, the bay, ‘the hazards’ mountains.

There are a lot of hikes you can do all around the peninsula as well as kayaking, fishing and other water activities.

Stay:  If you can afford it – Saffire Freycinet Or if you need to head to a cheaper option out of town in Swansea.

Eat:  Freycinet Lodge

Visit:  Freycinet National Park