Friday, August 2, 2013

Guest Post ~ Ultimate Katie

The beautiful Clare has asked me to share what I love about Australia, while she is off gallivanting around South America on a well-deserved holiday with her hubby. Yes, it goes without saying that I'm well jealous.
I've actually done a lot of international travel myself, but there is something truly special about coming home, especially when my home is such a beautiful country as Australia. It's almost a shame that my particular strain of the travel bug tends to pull me overseas instead of inland, because there really is a lot to offer here, and so much diversity!
Our Home is Girt by Sea
My parents live in a little town called Bargara, on the coast near Bundaberg (where they make sugar and rum!) and it really is a little piece of paradise. It's the start of the Great Barrier Reef, and home to one of the largest natural turtle rookeries in the world. While my husband and I were living back with my parents a couple of years ago, Clare and her hubby came to visit and we actually went to see the turtles laying eggs at Mon Repos. It was so much fun!! All in all, Bargara really is the perfect location of a relaxing holiday, with safe swimming beaches, sunshine all year round and a truly country town laid back mentality.

photos of Mon Repos courtesy of Queensland Blog
Our Land Abounds in Natures Gifts
In 2007, I was very fortunate to spend 4 months living and working in Yulara right in the middle of Australia. The area is filled with natural geological pheneoma including the most famous, Uluru. I recently stumbled on this AMAZING elopement photographed by Ben Adams, which took place in the beautiful outback. I was genuinely taken aback by just how stunning it is. Don’t you agree? You can view the rest of this incredible elopement at Ben's photography blog.

ben adams elopement pics

Of Beauty Rich and Rare
My home today is at the foot of the Blue Mountains, which is an incredible series of sandstone rock formations, waterfalls, rivers and gullies that feature great bushwalking tracks and stunning panoramic view points. This year, as part of my 30 Before 30, Clare and I along with our hubbies, hiked the National Pass from Wentworth Falls and up the Grand Stairway (which nearly killed us, by the way…hahaha!) It was GORGEOUS!! I'm so glad we got to do it, because not only was it another item crossed off my list, practice for Glenn and Clare before they jetted off to hike the Inca Trail, but it was also a great way to experience our home turf. 

Blue Mountains photos by moi
As part of my 30 Before 30 List, I've included a few more experiences here in our home state, as well as a few interstate ones as my "stretch" goals:
#7 Run/walk/skip my way to the finish line of a 5km fun run – The 4 of us are all registered for the Colour Run in Sydney on August 25th!
#8 Play tourist and take a walking tour of my home town, Sydney
#9 Go on the Q Station Ghost Tour in Manly
#11 Hire a van and travel around Tasmania
#24 Explore the Jenloan Caves
#25 Take a wine an dcheese tour
#26 Go glamping on Cockatoo Island
#27 Ride the River Cat
#28 Climb the Harbour Bridge
I can't wait to tick them all off the list…and I'm sure my bestie Clare will be right by my side the whole way! J

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Thanks for sharing on Soulful Mama ~ Clare x