Glass House Mountains, Queensland

When saving for a holiday, it can be tricky to think of things to do which don’t break the bank but which also get you to leave the house. Welcome to the humble road-trip! We are fortunate enough to live on the river in Brisbane, so it is relatively easy to head North or South, especially with the Motorway so close to our home.IMG_9731Saturday involved a flip of the coin and the choice to head north. A girlfriend of mine had suggested Mount Mee as a daytrip, so that’s where we took off. My GPS has died, so I decided to use trustee Siri on my phone. ‘Trustee’ Siri absolutly fails to take you the easiest route, despite what you are lead to believe! We couldn’t quite hunt down the attractions of Mount Mee and so we drove straight through to the Glasshouse mountains for a well-needed bushwalk.

After a failed negotiation to only complete the 3km route (me), we headed off on our 6km round-trip (G’s choice). Unfortunately for G we had forgotten to leave our backpack in the car and he carted this thing around the entire walk. Also, there is nothing in this world which will remind you of how unfit you are like a) walking past the fittest most attraative couple you have ever seen at the end of their walk without a likc of sweat on them and b) sweating so profusely you consider taking your shirt off only 5 minutes into your walk.

The walk itself was really nice, muggy but nice. The lookout is really pretty and as we made it to the top it started to rain which was a nice break in the heat. G said it would help from being judged too harshly, because most people would (surely) figure it was rain. I was not convinced, mine looked suspiciosly like sweat and the look of death going along with it was a bit of a give-away!

After our walk, which took about an hour and a half we were excited to go and have our picnic and G has now decided he wants to go back and climb the east face of Mt Tibrogargan like a goat sometime in the future. I think seing an elderly gentleman returning from the hike, kitted out in his climbing anchors and harnesses may have given him false confidence there.

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We travelled further up the road and visited the Glass House Mountains Lookout. I have great memories of visiting this place when I was a kid – my family and I used to head up here a few times a year as we lived in Caloundra.

Th Glass House Mountains, named by Captain Cook during his voyage along the east coast are beautiful, they are the remnants of volcanic activity that occured between 25 -27 million years ago. These beautiful volcanic mountains are the iconic landmarks of the Sunshine Coast.

The Glass House Mountains lookout is along Glass House Woodford Road and are open 24 hours, the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout Cafe is just down the road and if you have your own packed lunch (like we did), then there are bbq facilities and picnic tables at the lookout as well.

From Brisbane, follow the Bruce Highway north, take the Glass House Mountains tourist drive turn-off and follow the signs to the Glass House Mountains.

Have you been to the Glass House Mountains? I would love to hear about it!

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My tips for eco-Friendly travel in 2018

In 2018, it would be near-impossible to act as though you were unawares of the environmental damage we all cause from not only every day life, but in travel. Travel has so many wonderful rewards not only for yourself, but for the world. It increased tourism, throws money into the economy and teaches us the important of awareness and social action around the world.

pexels-photo-346885.jpegOn the other hands, we are all leaving our carbon footprint, the cost of planes, hotels, plastics and packaging, and the equivalent of human wear + tear, wherever we go. We have a lot to be responsible for. There are some people out there who have decided to no longer travel by plane, unfortunately this just is not an option for those of us in Australia. We are simply too far away from anything to not use planes.

Thankfully there are eco-friendly travel practices in place, some of which we can use in everyday life. TripAdvisor conducted a survey where it was found that nearly tw-thirds of travellers do intent to make more environmentally sound choices moving forward.

There are the more simple items, which (hopefully) we have all been practicing for some time. You can turn lights/fans/air conditioners off whenever you are not using them. Re-use your linen and towels, recycle where you can etc., What else can we do? How can we make a bigger impact? Here are my best tips.IMG_9876

Strap on those walking shoes. 

Where possible, explore your destination on foot. Not only will you discover other places, but you will be keeping yourself fit and helping the environment. Rather than taking taxis’, try the public transport system to get around. Every little bit helps, seriously.

Plastics & Papers

Did you know that there is not a single piece of plastic which has ever been made (ever, n history) which has decomposed as yet? Rather than buying and using several bottles a day – buy a reusable water and refill it where you can. Not all countries have drinkable water, so this is not always an option, but where you can, give it a shot!

pexels-photo-580871.jpegDon’t be a litter-bug

Look, I am sure you don’t litter. However, some people do and we can’t really change the minds of people who already disrespect our beautiful earth. We can however, make sure that we take nothing which was there before we got there, and leave nothing which came with us. If you can’t find a bin – that doesn’t mean Mother Earth should have tp cop your garbage. Take it with you until you can find a bin. While you’re at it – pick up any rubbish you see lying around. Every little thing you do for the environment helps!

Low-carbon activities

My favourite travel activity is photography, thankfully it leaves very little of an environmental impact. Activities set in nature and wich are low-carbon are not only good for you,  but good for the Earth!

IMG_4659Be Culturally aware

It is so important to just throw yourself into the social norms and customs of where you go. Live like the locals do and enjoy every minute!

Choosing places to stay

You can research places which are environmentally conscious. Pick a place which is locally owned, hires local people, have a recycling program? Does it encourage the reuse of towels and sheets? Are there energy efficient lighting or alternative energy sources? Make sure you play your part in conserving energy. Treat it like your own home. I know sometimes it is easy to get swept up in the “it’s not my place, so I am not paying for it” with “it” being air conditioning and electricity. Well, no – technically you are not paying for it, but our environment is!

If we all play our part and try to be as green as we can, we can all positively impact our  the environment around us.

IMG_6037If you would like to see how ‘green’ you are, Go Green and Travel Green .com have a quiz here Shades of Green Travel. (I was a Greener/Kelly Green traveler!).

Do you have any travel tips?

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Finding my Zen – Part 2 (a five day turnaround is not looking good…)

Day one. Okay, so there were no earth-shattering revelations or learnings in terms of self-help, no defining Eat, Pray, Love moment and I am far from centred. I did do a few things out of order though, to shake things up.

pexels-photo-904616.jpegI slept in. Until 9am. This was super weird, I felt lazy and all in all a bit strange.
I did not go to the gym. On a Saturday. Which is normally habit for me.

I drove in sh*tty peak-hour traffic down the coast on a Saturday, in the rain. Again, something I passionately avoid. I did NOT lose my mind doing it. Made it to mums, discovered my step-father had AGAIN left the wrong keys out. Could not get into the house. Again did not lose my mind, just tried every one of the 73,467 locks/doors around the house until I had success with the screen door and got inside.

I decided to explore the bush out the back of my mums house. I was overly ambitious and thought a toy poodle and i would go for a casual stroll down to the creek. It turned into a mild rescue mission, with a historical poodle losing her mind and me billy-goating my way back up the hill. Followed by intense sweating and all in all, a dismal physical display. There are likely bush turkeys laughing somewhere.

 

My sister and niece showed up at mum’s not that long after and then my mum, step-dad and nephew showed up. Cue mass excitement and noise. Again, this is not something challenging, in fact it is one of my favourite things in the world – loud noises, and mass family excitement is something which will always make my heart happy.

IMG_9267I went swimming in the rain (in the pool, not the ocean – I’m not quite that brave). It doesn’t sound that crazy, but I had already washed my hair and I threw caution (stop laughing) to the wind and leapt into the pool, in the rain – without even checking the temperature (stunt-woman?). Then my four year old niece and one year old nephew also came barrelling into the pool on top of me. We had an amazing time and swam until our lips were blue. To top this day off with another ridiculous thing I did, I slept without closing the blinds, and stared out at the moon and the stars as I drifted away.

I am out of control. Seriusly, somebody stop me! Okay. So I did a few things differently. I would give myself probably a 1/5 in stretching myself beyond my comfort zone. I will try harder on Sunday.

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How do you challenge yourself? Do you have any tips for me? I would love to hear them!

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Finding my Zen – Part 1 (P.S – I have no zen, I am zen-less)

woman-hand-desk-office.jpgAs of 2016 there were 7.442 billion people in the world, 24.13 million in Australia, 4.691 million of these in Queensland and of that, there are 2.4 million are in Brisbane. As one of these 2.4 million people, I am very happily married, have a decent social life, work full-time in the Brisbane CBD (which I do love). I live in a set of 6 units, in a busy area and also take public transport to work. I go to the gym (also quite busy), try to run my social media / blogging accounts, message/call and FaceTime my friends and of course shop/clean/cook and immerse myself in books and tv where I can. So taking all of this into consideration and admitting that I am not living in Betoota, how can someone with such constant exposure to human contact and people feel so…alone?

pexels-photo-867453.jpegFor the last month I have gradually (and then very rapidly) felt my mind disconnecting itself from my body. I feel as though I have been observing myself, rather than living my day to day practices. Gym + work + routine +sleep – repeat. I get it, this is life, it is how every other functioning adult segways from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday and so on. I have worked full-time since I left high school, without a break. My reward for working hard has always been travel every 1-2 years, normally for 4-5 weeks, sometimes for less and just once for more.

pexels-photo-287240.jpegOur next big trip (the trip of a lifetime if you will) is in September this year, we have been talking about, planning and dreaming about this trip for five years. It is coming up on us fast. yet six months is still you know, SIX months away. I think the constant routine, saving money and the same day in, day out repeat has finally weighed on me. What a bizarre situation to find yourself in – no real acute event or clear source to pin where things changed, where you lost your spark. It has happened though. On a humorous note, I commenced a 12 week no-drinking challenge as of New Years Eve and it has been brought to my attention that my attitude is 100% worse than what it was when I was drinking. So pro-tip, quitting drinking does not make you feel better, it has in fact, made me feel bloody dreadful.

pexels-photo-372281.jpegSo seeing it is only March and I feel like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards, I clearly need to do something about this. This is not a normal or appropriate amount (or lack thereof) energy to have at 31 (I will not say 32 until my birthday looks me in the face). I normally save my annual leave days the way a butcherbird stockpiles snacks, but given the state of mind and intense feeling of fatigue (and an unwelcome reoccurrence of high cortisol and hypertension), it is time to take a few days off and re-set the clock.

I have come down to one of my favourite places on earth, my mum’s house. I am armed with x2 books – which I plan to read.I have my togs for swimming. Will try to get some swimming in, will have a crack at meditation and will also try to take some photos. I actually have zero clue on how to relax. Can you be rejuvenated after only a week? What are your tips?

I would love to hear them!

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Brisbane Heritage Trails <3

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The Kookaburra Queen has been cruising the Brisbane River since 1986.

When you travel the world, you often do things you may not think to do at home. I find I walk a lot more when I am travelling, I explore on foot, I  like to find the best places to explore, the history of my location etc. When I found my Husband was exactly the same, it makes for fun adventures. We both love getting up early, smashing breakfast and heading out for the day with camera + backpack and a loose idea on where we are going and what we are in search of.

So what would happen when we tried to do the same thing back home in Brisbane? Walking was normally a source of exercise at home, also – what was there to explore in Brisbane?

It turns out there is a LOT! The Brisbane City Council has many Heritage Trails which they have put together, they are free and excellent resources which you can download and access offline (perfect for a free walking adventure!). There are 18 different heritage walking trails across our beautiful Brisbane. The two which we have done recently are the Classic City Centre Heritage trail and the Reflections on the River Trail.

Naldham HouseMy preference is to walk the trails, it is a fun way to get some exercise and get a good feel for the city, if you aren’t keen on walking – there are plenty of public transport options around the city which you may prefer. The reflections on the river trail starts at Customs House, weaves through to the City Botanic Hardens through to QUT Gardens Point Campus and then over to the Coal Wharves of Southbank. We then finished at Southbank. The beauty of this trail is that you can end in Southbank to a plethora of food options!

We took a backpack, some cash for coffee along the way, a couple of water bottles and apples and good walking shoes. We must have walked a good 10,000 steps by the end of it and really, the entire day only cost our coffees and our lunch we had over at Southbank – not a necessary expense, it was just something we shouted ourselves on the day.

It is possible to ‘do things’ in Brisbane without having a large budget to play with and it saves staying at home weekend and you can walk away with new found knowledge of our beautiful city!

Honestly, i cannot recommend doing this enough, you will walk away with a newfound appreciation for your city as well as knowledge you did not have before!

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