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10 things to know about snow holidays in Australia

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10 things to know about snow holidays in Australia

Snow holidays and Australia wouldn’t be two things that come to one’s mind, yet it’s becoming more and more popular! Although if you live in Australia, you’d probably head up to New Zealand or Japan for incredible snow - Australia also delivers when it comes to snow holidays. 

I recently went back to Thredbo for a long weekend and really felt like I reconnected a little bit with the mountain spirit. I quite miss it being previously used to go every year when I was in France. However, I’ve decided that I really want to keep trying to go every year now and really practice my snowboarding and exploring new mountainscapes. 

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And I think you should too! There’s nothing like thinking you are in Australia and that you are in the snow. It’s quite unusual, fun and a good story! 

So here are 10 things you need to know about snow holidays in Australia and why you should totally go for it! 

1. Yes, it is possible!  

OK, this is obvious but I would never have thought five years ago that I would be able to ski or snowboard in Australia. Most people here haven’t experienced the snow at all and actually many don’t know there are mountains and ski fields in Australia. 

Yet, with a bit of knowledge, a bit of money and willing it’s definitely possible to go experience the snow in Australia & extremely fun!

If you'd like to read my detailed article about skiing in Thredbo, I also wrote one here from 2015! 

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2. It can be very very expensive  

So let’s be upfront: snow holidays in Australia are VERY expensive. Like so expensive, you’d really think twice if you should really go… Which kind of crushes my heart every single time I’m looking up to go. 

BUT don’t despair! If you really plan in advance, you can find good deals on various websites and around the shoulder season too. You also have the option of not staying in the village like Thredbo, but staying in Jindabyne (about 40 minutes away) and paying less for accommodation. But definitely take into account the lift passes, rental, accommodation and food which can be up to a 1000 dollars per person for just 2 to 4 days. 

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3. It’s perfect for beginners and good for intermediate but don’t expect crazy conditions  

Beginners, rejoice! Learning how to ski or snowboard in Australia is really good and not too difficult. The slopes aren’t that hard, the instructors are really really nice and helpful, and it can be crowded but not so much that you can’t learn at all. 

I particularly found that snowboarding is really good in Thredbo to learn as the slopes are wide and the instructors I had were really awesome and helpful. I think I did more progress in 2 days of snowboarding than 3 years of it when I was a teen! 

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4. The season runs from early July till mid to late September  

Obviously but for visitors from the Northern Hemisphere, it can be a little nerve-racking to understand the different seasons! First time I went to Thredbo, I never thought in my life I’d be skiing at the end of July - being a typical summer month for me! 

Another point to remember, the season is quite short. It shouldn’t snow before July and you’d have to be lucky to still have snow end of September. Yet the conditions can be really amazing in a good year!

5. There are 16 ski resorts in Australia   

According to Travel Weekly, the top 5 is: 

  • Thredbo, NSW (That’s the only one I went to and really enjoyed it both times)
  • Perisher, NSW
  • Falls Creek, Victoria
  • Mount Hotham, Victoria
  • Mount Buller, Victoria 

If you’d like to see the full list of ski resorts and areas from the Australian Capital Territory to Tasmania, check the Wikipedia page here. Funny how Corin Forest in ACT has only one lift! 

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6. The après ski can be super fun too! 

It doesn’t compare to the French Alps but there are a few things to do - you’ll find the good old Aussie cafe, fun bars and more activities to try if you’re willing to spend a bit more. But to be honest, there’s nothing better than also chilling at your accommodation after a day on the slopes. 

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7. The closest to Sydney is Thredbo with a 5 to 6-hour drive  

If you are currently living in Sydney, Thredbo is probably your closest and best bet to get some snow time. But if you feel like something different, Perisher is about and Charlottes Pass is about. 

Otherwise, you can always fly to Melbourne and drive to the Victorian ski resorts too! 

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8. The snow can be good but don’t expect crazy powder 

Following the years, the seasons can be very good in Australia compared to New Zealand but it can also be the other ways. You can expect some decent snow and the snow guns are usually pretty good too. 

However, don’t expect insane amounts of powder like you would in Japan or maybe Europe if you’re lucky! The snow can also get quite slushy towards the end of the day and the villages aren’t always covered in snow like they would in other places in the world. 

Just don’t set your expectations too high and you will be sweet. 

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9. You might want to try NZ at some point too...  

It’s great to experience the Australian snow but if you are an avid skier or snowboard and want to get more bang for your bucks, you’ll probably want to look over the Tasman to New Zealand! New Zealand is supposed to have amazing ski resorts and also a really cool atmosphere that brings you back a bit more like in Europe. 

If you feel even more adventurous, there’s always Japan that’s just a 10-hour plane away. 

10. You’ll probably never get as cold as in The Alps or Japan! 

That can be a good and bad thing. It’s good because it means you’ll never need that many layers or extra-thick socks or your toes might fall! So you can enjoy mild conditions without feeling frozen. However, it can still get cold so don’t underestimate it! 

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Just go already!  

Still thinking about it? Just start researching, plan a 3-day trip and enjoy! It may be a bit of money but there’s nothing like knowing you’ve skied or snowboard in Australia. It’s a truly unique experience which I’m sure you’ll want to do again! 

Have you been skiing or snowboarding in Australia before? Let me know! 
 

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How to visit the Whitsundays: my sailing experience

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How to visit the Whitsundays: my sailing experience

In October 2017, I finally ticked off one of the top things I wanted to do in Australia: sailing the Whitsundays! It took me a while to decide if I would visit the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns or the Whitsundays. I finally set my mind on sailing the Whitsundays Islands because I thought the experience could be a little bit different and I also really wanted to experience new landscapes I hadn’t seen before.

You can experience the Whitsundays through the air - check my blog post here on my flight experience over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef with Backpacker Deals, through day trips from Airlie Beach or for a few days with a full-on sailing cruise.

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Always wondered what it could be like and if this adventure is for you? Discover my sailing experience in the Whitsundays in details. Let’s go, sailor!

Before - book really in advance and ask yourself what kind of sailing experience you’d like

I started to look at what boat to book in early September for the end of October and they were all almost full. So big tip: book as early as possible if you want several days on a sailing boat! This is important because then you’ll be able to choose the boat you prefer and which one is the most suitable for your budget and travel style. I booked through Sailing Whitsundays which was very easy as there were lots of boats on offer on the website and all kind of prices - but lots were booked out already so we had to choose our second best option.

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There are many styles of sailing experiences - sailing for just one day, backpacker style sailing (with a lot of loud music and a lot of people on the boat but cheap!), young active/couple sailing cruises with smaller groups, family-friendly sailing with no partying and easy activities, some other sailing boats go around for more than three days and some even go to the reef. So many possibilities!

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If you want to see the Whitsundays without rushing and feeling overwhelmed with the crowds, I would suggest booking a boat with 10 to 12 people maximum so it’s intimate but still affordable. I personally wouldn’t go for the big party boats unless you’re really in the party mood and don’t mind sleeping a bit rough (I heard from our boat crew some of the boats have also some bed bugs so careful and read reviews before!).

Although not our first choice, we ended up on a family-friendly boat called Prima which was super relaxing and nice to sail on! We opted for a 2 nights - 2 days and half days package and had some meals included which was really convenient and pretty cost-effective in the end.

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During - Sailing the Whitsundays is really relaxing and beautiful in good weather

Overall you can expect the Whitsundays Sailing experience to be quite relaxing and easy - just get comfortable in your cabin, head out and breath in all that pure ocean air.

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With the crew on the boat

About our boat - don’t expect 5-star comfort but a lot of fun

Sailing is a different experience though if you’ve never sailed before. You can expect to have minimum personal space - if you stay in a cabin, it’s very tiny but cosy and the bathroom - that you may have to share - is a combined toilet-shower of about a square meter. You can also expect to take very short showers to save the precious water and really you won’t dress up fancy at any time or wear make up for the girls. But it’s part of the charm of sailing, you just relax, let your hair down and don’t give a damn about anything else in the world just for those few days.

Our boat Prima 

Our boat Prima 

Our boat, Prima, was really nice on the outside deck with tons of space and a sitting area to observe the different landscapes and islands. The inside was really cosy and nice as well with 4 private cabins and 4 beds available on the center of the boat (cheaper beds but you would have to sleep in the “living room” of the boat basically.) Our cabin was really good, I didn’t mind it being tiny and we shared our bathroom which meant it was a bit cheaper than private bathrooms. On those boats, you wouldn’t really spend much time inside anyway as there’s so much more outside of course!

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The crew was also amazing, super knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to help or accommodate so you’d have the perfect Whitsundays experience. The food they made was also super delicious - which is always a bonus as you can get quite hungry after so much adventuring, snorkelling and sailing!

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Snorkelling is quite basic but still beautiful

When sailing the Whitsundays, don’t expect to go snorkelling on the reef as this is a lot further away than the islands itself. There are some spots though where the boat will take you and you can definitely get a lot of snorkelling in. I snorkelled about five times in total which was really nice and it’s always good to swim around but doesn’t expect to see crazy stuff.

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I saw some cute fishes but none were super exotic. The coral was also quite basic although I didn’t see any that was dead. There also has been a big storm in March 2017 so the corals may have had some damage too which was maybe why it’s wasn’t as stunning. Finally, we didn’t see any turtles inside the water but we did at sunrise looking from the boat, which was still really nice!

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Oh and since the region around the Whitsundays is prone to deadly Jellyfish - see my jellyfish section on my top things to do in Airlie Beach blog post - it was highly recommended to wear a stingers suit to protect ourselves from any passing jellyfish. It wasn’t the season so we weren’t at high risk but nonetheless, it’s better to wear it plus it protects from the sun and makes you float! Not the sexiest wetsuit though! Also, bring your own flippers if you’d like to swim faster and easier.

Whitehaven Beach is very very bright!

Part of our sailing adventure, we got to spend a few hours on Whitehaven beach - said to be one of the most beautiful beaches and with the whitest sand in Australia. It really is a stunning place with incredible sand and colours. I really loved the lookout Hill Inlet over the beach but the crowds were really annoying. There were so many people everywhere, the beach kind of became the victim of its success. Be prepared for a lot of brightness and to be very hot, but it’s worth it. I wish I could have spent an extra hour on the beach and exploring the other side actually as it was really nice.

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After - back on land the head full of memories

It’s funny how, when on a boat, time seems to go fast and slow at the same time. You kind of forget about the outside life, and it feels good. I loved sleeping on the lightly rocking boat at night, looking at the stars from my tiny window, taking my breakfast on the deck overlooking the islands, jumping in the water for a snorkel, and walking on Whitehaven beach…

Our boat was quite relaxing and quiet so nothing crazy for my saling experience in the Whitsundays but each sailing experience will be unique so make it your own! If you’re hesitating, don’t worry just go and you’ll have the time of your life I swear!

What would you like to see in the Whitsundays? Let me know!

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12 days of travel stories

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12 days of travel stories

As the end of the year approaches, my feet are itching for some more travels and since I won't travel internationally till 2018, I shared a few travel stories on my instagram account before Christmas day. A good way to countdown, isn't it? 

But I haven't forgotten about you either dear readers so here's a recap of my 12 stories in one blog post! Hope you enjoy those. 

Happy holidays! 

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Day 12 - Planes are the best  ✈️

Some may dread being on a plane, some may love it. I definitely love it! .
Whenever I’m at an airport, it makes me super happy because I know I’m going on a new adventure. I do struggle to sleep in planes and it’s hard to stay still for long, but it’s fine because it’s all too exciting.

My favourite thing? Look at the stars and lightning 🌩 on a night flight! .
 

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Day 11 - Visiting familiar places 🗺

I was thinking, how does it feel to travel in your own country or to a place that is or was familiar?
After three years of living in Australia, I finally went back to Paris this June. It was funny to consider myself as a traveller in a city where I use to live and that I visited countless times.

Yet, I loved rediscovering my favourite spots in Paris, getting lost and capture moments like this one at the Trocadéro with my friends.

Because I think, after all, we appreciate even more familiar places when we are relaxed, visiting and enjoying them rather than getting stuck into the daily routine.

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Day 10 - Gotta love a road trip 🚗

Road trips in the USA, so many in Australia, in France to Germany or Portugal, in New Zealand, in Uruguay... so many good memories on each of those

And since I’m living in Australia, I’m even more addicted to road trips! I just love the feeling of getting on the road, discovering new landscapes, having a good playlist and sometimes singing along... 🎤

My little indulgence? Go to Macca’s on a long road trip 🍟🙊 don’t tell me this is a road trip classic! 

My most funny road trip memory was our car breaking down in the middle of the US countryside while driving from North Carolina to Washington D.C. and having to stay overnight in a random city.

And finally, it’s fun to share road trips with loved ones. This picture is from road tripping in Tasmania two years ago with my family and I still vividly remember the winding roads, the lush environment, endless kilometers without seeing a car and the fun of it... I'd road trip there again in a heartbeat! 

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Day 9 - living in New South Wales, Australia

I consider myself very lucky to be able to live and travel around Australia and my state of New South Wales so easily and still be in awe of every new corner I’m discovering.

This photo is from the Stockton Sand Dunes, 2.5 hours from Sydney, I’ve been only twice but I really want to go back again as the landscape is so magical and mystical. Plus, there’s so much to explore around like Port Stephens, Newcastle and more!

The landscapes in Australia, whether by the sea or inland, are just incredible. This is also such a big country, you can never go bored of travelling around!
 

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Day 8 - New York City 🗽

I’ve only been twice to New York City but I have so many stories attached to it weirdly

First, a funny one when I went to NYC in August 2001 for the first time with my parents. My mum made me walk countless kilometers to see this building, the flatiron building, because she was obsessed with seeing its unusually shape. I can still remember asking how much long I would have to walk to see it and after probably asking a billion time, we finally made it! I was exhausted but happy we made it and thought this building was quite funny

Of course when I came back for the second time in 2012 before studying in North Carolina, I had to go back to this specific place with such a vivid memory of it. The building was as impressive as I thought it was back then but I didn’t think the walk was that long then! I’m pretty sure we didn’t walk that far in the end, how funny it seemed like forever as a kid!

But I also have a more emotional memory about NYC. As I said above, I discovered the city in August 2001 and passed many times in front of the World Trade Center. Weirdly, we never went up the towers. My dad just didn’t feel like it and I honestly really don’t know why we didn’t go up. Maybe we had a feeling...

Needless to say when 9/11 came and I was just getting out of my school day, I was terribly
shocked and sad of what had happened and
how just a few weeks before I was just standing in front of those towers where people were coming in and out.

So once again when I went back in 2012, I had to visit the memorial which was also super emotional. Just standing in front of those massive fountains and reading each name of every person in those towers was just... I was speechless.

But there’s so many other cool memories I have made with NYC. Getting massive slices of pizzas at the local delicatessen, walks in Central Park or on the high line in the upper west side, Brooklyn views, checking gossip girl spots and more...

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Day 7 - I missed a flight... 🛫

This one’s for the mini-meltdowns and struggles of travelling!

Don’t be fooled, getting to this magical island of Kangaroo Island and *finally* be able to observe those funny creatures that are sea lions from Seal Baywasn’t as easy and seamless as I imagined.

Last year, I thought it would be a good idea to leave about 1h30mn before our flight to Adelaide from Sydney. That was on the 27 December, aka one of the most busiest times of the year to fly domestically.

I also thought it would be a good idea to leave only one hour and half in advance given that we had to park the car at the airport (I was living a bit far at the time) and then catch the shuttle from the car park to the airport. 

What I didn’t take into account: car park was full so had to park on the edge hoping it’s ok (I booked before though!), shuttle took forever to come get us, the most insane lines I’ve ever seen for check in, virgin airlines system totally broke down anyway but weirdly they didn’t want to take us.

So missed the flight. And although I was a bit angry but still calm, managing my annoyed French family was another thing. Luckily the VA staff saw my despair on my face and booked us on the next flight, for free! Relieved.

But next problem: we would miss the ferry to Kangaroo Island. And did I mention busiest time of the year? Back to the start: now finding a way to go to Kangaroo island in time to not loose 3 nights of accommodation non-reimbursed. Ouch. Thank god after countless calls with Sealink (who’s staff was so lovely), they booked us on the last ferry of the day! I mean, we even considered flying to kangaroo island. After all that, we made it to this amazing place. 

Moral of the story: take your time before flying during the holiday period, don’t book flights and small ferry transfers to small islands back to back, don’t let your family get into a mini-meltdown. And, have a nice holiday!

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Day 6 - Arriving late at night to discover new landscapes!

After traveling through a big part of New Zealand, we finished by settling down for a few nights in Baylys Beach on the north of the north island.

After a long drive we arrived pretty late and saw the relatives of my boyfriend and didn’t get to the place till it was pitch black. And as we arrived in a small sea side town, we really didn’t know what to except nor could see much when we arrived. I still remember though the very rough and heavy noise of waves rumbling down the beach, not far from our little cabin, and wondering what it looked like up there.

So of course when the sun came out in the morning, I just couldn’t wait to see this beach. And I wasn’t disappointed! The light on that morning was just incredible and on top of that, there was no one else on the beach!

I wish we could stay a little longer and that I took a few more pictures with that incredible light. But in the end it was such a nice moment, that’s all that matters really.

 

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Day 5 - if life gives you lemons, make lemonade! 🇰🇷

Last June, I had a 20-hour layover in Seoul, South Korea between my way from Australia to Europe. A little detour but I was determined to make the most of those 20 hours.

I decided really last minute on where to sleep, what to see and get a bit of advice from a dear friend as well. I was running short on time so literally downloaded maps and guides for the plane and figured out what I’d do when on the plane.

What I didn’t expect was an amazing supercity, bustling with energy, between traditions and technology and a totally new scenery for me. Now I just can’t wait to plan a trip back to Seoul and to discover more of South Korea as I am quite unfamiliar with its culture still. Funny fact: I’ve never had Korean BBQ!

So I’m super grateful for having this 20-hour layover between my planes and having discovered a brand new country and culture. You can read all about it here in my blog: 20-hour layover in Seoul: My experience. Random travel opportunities like that are the best! 

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Day 4 - Travel photography 📸

What I love about photography when travelling is the spontaneity of it. When I was on this little weekend escape and discovery this new place last month, I was walking over to the headland when I noticed this group of teenagers ready to hit the water.

I already thought it would be a good shot but then they all lined up perfectly with their surfboard and I was so glad I could capture that moment. So I guess that’s true for any travels or escapes, when spontaneity hits it can make amazing pictures!

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Day 3 - Wombats, wombats, wombats...

I haven’t posted a wildlife shot in a long time and thought about this funny story while I was camping in in Kangaroo Valley last year. We were at this cute and basic camping called Bendeela and as the sun was setting, wombats and wallabies arrived as well.

It was amazing seeing them so close and observe them munching on the grass. .
What wasn’t amazing though, was once we were sleeping in our tent to hear them literally crunching the grass right next to our tent. I am sure I literally felt one wombat next to me eating extremely loudly. A bit annoying when you want to sleep

At one point of the night, my boyfriend even thought a wombat entered the tent and quickly moved his arms around as to defend himself. Turned out it was just me moving around because I couldn’t sleep, it was so ridiculous, I laughed so hard haha.

So yeah observing wombats is great but sleeping next to them isn’t that fun

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Day 2 - Travelling Solo

I absolutely loved travelling solo to this wonderful city and the feeling of freedom when travelling alone was just amazing.

I was surprised at the different reactions I got when I said I was travelling alone (positive and negative) and how weirdly it isn’t yet totally accepted! I wrote a blog post about that which I still didn’t publish but promise it will come out.

Re-discovering San Francisco after 7 years was also really fun. To go back in places I knew, to discover new ones and try to live like the locals! I also met up with a friend I hadn’t seen for almost 5 years!

My favourite part of this solo trip in SF was to hire a bike and bike 12 kilometres in one day around SF. I had so much fun!

This trip definitely makes me want to go on more solo trips and made me learn one thing: although travelling solo you are never ever alone. You meet so many people!

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Day 1 - Travelling for Christmas! 🎄

This one’s a bit special because it’s Christmas! So merry Christmas to wherever you are in the world and I hope you had or will have a wonderful time surrounded by loved ones 💓

Although I wanted to travel so bad this end of year, I decided to stay in Australia and explore a bit more of the Shoalhaven region of New South Wales with my family. .
I especially chose this place so I could surf everyday during my little break and mostly on Christmas Day! I never surfed on Christmas Day before so this was for me quite fun and made me super happy!

But most of all this holiday, I’ve decided to kick back a bit and enjoy just relaxing and not go exploring all the time. Something I don’t do often because I can’t really stay still haha...

Just a few days now before the end of the year now, watch out for my best nine of 2017 in my stories soon and a few more snaps before the year ends!

And that's a wrap for my travel stories of this year! Hope you enjoyed those and watch out for many more stories in 2018 :) 

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Que faire à Airlie Beach, Queensland pour ne jamais s’ennuyer

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Que faire à Airlie Beach, Queensland pour ne jamais s’ennuyer

J'ai découvert Airlie Beach dans le Queensland pour la première fois en octobre 2017 lors de mon voyage aux îles Whitsundays et il y a beaucoup à faire en seulement quelques jours! Mon séjour n’était de seulement deux jours et demi mais j'ai trouvé que cela était suffisant pour découvrir les environs. Il est bon d'ajouter quelques jours si vous souhaitez explorer plus la région et faire un road trip.

En attendant, j'ai listé ici les meilleures activités à Airlie Beach pour plein d'inspiration d’ici votre prochain séjour. Et gardez l’oeil ouvert pour mon prochain article sur les îles Whitsundays.

Airlie Beach Free Lagoon! Photo: Marine Raynard.

Airlie Beach Free Lagoon! Photo: Marine Raynard.

1. Évidemment, profitez du lagon artificiel gratuit au milieu de la ville

Ce que j'aime dans beaucoup de villes australiennes, et en particulier dans le Queensland, ce sont tous les lagons artificiels dans lesquels vous pouvez plonger ! Airlie Beach ne fait pas exception et en plein coeur de la ville, vous pouvez voir le lagon situé entre la plage et la rue principale.

Le lagon est immense et, par une belle journée, étonnamment relaxant bien que je préfère habituellement nager dans l'océan (mais c'est compliqué à Airlie Beach, plus d’infos sur cela ci-dessous.) Et vous pouvez également vous détendre sur l'herbe, pur bonheur! Et c’est totalement gratuit.

Airlie Beach Lagoon fun with the GoPro and the Dome case. 

Airlie Beach Lagoon fun with the GoPro and the Dome case. 

2. Parcourez la rue principale pleine de restaurants et bars

Puisque nous sommes dans la rue principale, ne cherchez pas plus loin car tout se passe vraiment ici! Airlie Beach a tout à fait l'ambiance backpackers donc ne soyez pas surpris de voir de nombreux bars très festifs la nuit ainsi qu’une horde de jeunes voyageurs du monde entier allant joyeusement de bar en bar. Et bonne nouvelle pour les Sydney-siders, il n'y a pas de lock-out au Queensland!

Pour la nourriture, il y a énormément de choix pour manger dans la rue principale. De McDonald's aux restaurants de fruits de mer, vous avez beaucoup de choix pour différents budgets. Cependant, je n'ai pas été très convaincu par les restaurants, beaucoup étaient trop chers et la nourriture n'avait pas l'air géniale. En revanche, nous avons trouvé un super café un peu plus loin - plus d’info sur celui-ci ci-dessous!

Airlie Beach's beach walk. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Airlie Beach's beach walk. Photo: Marine Raynard.

3. Optez pour une promenade au bord de la plage

La promenade s’appelle la “Beach Walk” mais je la nommerais bien “tiny Beach Walk” car il faut littéralement 15 minutes pour la faire haha. Ce n’est pas mal cependant pour ceux qui veulent juste faire une promenade rapide et vous pouvez toujours voir la plage principale d'Airlie Beach, profiter du parc et si vous êtes là un samedi ou un dimanche, jetez un oeil au marché.

Shades of Blue in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Shades of Blue in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

4. Reposez-vous près de l'océan - mais méfiez-vous en nageant!

La plage n'est pas la plus belle que j'ai vue mais agréable par une journée ensoleillée. Cependant, il y a une chose que vous devez savoir à Airlie Beach: les méduses peuvent être super-dangereuses! Pendant la «stingers season» comme ils disent - qui est de novembre à mai - vous pouvez voir ou être piqué par certains types de méduses dans une partie du Queensland. Les deux types principaux que vous devez surveiller sont la Box Jellyfish (généralement énorme et très dangereuse mais vous ne devriez pas en mourir) et la méduse Irukandji (typiquement minuscule, vous ne pouvez pas la voir, et extrêmement dangereuse, peut être mortelle).

Par conséquent, vous verrez sur de nombreuses plages d'énormes panneaux d'avertissement sur ces dangereuses méduses et comment éviter les piqûres. Pendant la stinger season, il est recommandé de porter une combinaison ou de ne pas se baigner. Et même si ce n’est pas la saison, il est toujours recommandé de porter la combinaison au cas où et comme la température de l'eau augmente chaque année. Il y a aussi du vinaigre disponible sur chaque plage en cas de piqûre. En cas de doute si vous avez été piqué et que vous ressentez une douleur massive, appelez 000 si vous êtes capable ou obtenez de l'aide à proximité.

Beautiful view of Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Beautiful view of Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

5. Découvrez  l'un des deux ports de plaisance et des lieux de détente secrets!

Le premier est Port of Airlie où vous trouverez plus de cafés et de restaurants - le cadre est assez relaxant et il y a quelques magasins aussi. La bonne chose à savoir à juste quelques minutes à pied est une autre petite plage appelée Boathaven Beach qui est beaucoup plus agréable que la plage principale à Airlie Beach. En plus, vous avez des filets pour empêcher les méduses de passer dans l’eau! Donc parfait pour une baignade en toute sécurité tout en observant les bateaux venant dans la marina.

L'autre port de plaisance est Abel Point Marina et se trouve à 10 minutes à pied de la plage d'Airlie. Vous y trouverez encore des restaurants (il y a une pizzeria où vous obtenez 2 pizzas pour le prix d'un sur certains jours!) et encore plus de cafés. Il y a une belle vue et la promenade à cet endroit est vraiment agréable depuis Airlie Beach (plus d’infos sur cela ci-dessous).

Flying over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Flying over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Marine Raynard.

6. Faites un vol scénique au-dessus des îles Whitsundays et de la Grande Barrière de Corail

C'était vraiment le clou de mon voyage à Airlie Beach et des îles Whitsundays. Après avoir réservé notre expérience grâce à backpackers deals, nous avons pris l'avion minuscule à l'aéroport Whitsunday pour une balade magique d'une heure au-dessous d’un paradis bleu sans fin. C'était vraiment incroyable de voir les différentes îles, les plages de sable blanc comme la plage de Whitehaven et enfin la Grande Barrière de Corail d’aussi haut.

Je pense que la partie où on a survolé la Grande barrière de corail était même la meilleure parce que les couleurs et les formes étaient tout simplement hors de ce monde. C'était le mix parfait avec notre voyage de voile car nous ne sommes restés que dans les îles. Merci encore à Backpackers Deal pour l'organisation de cette incroyable aventure, lisez l'intégrale de mon aventure sur leur blog ici.

Inside the plane when flying over the Whitsundays. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Inside the plane when flying over the Whitsundays. Photo: Marine Raynard.

7. Nager dans une cascade sauvage

Les choses ne se passent pas toujours comme prévu en voyageant. Et vous ne souhaitez certainement pas une pluie infernale le premier jour de votre voyage non plus! Eh bien, nous avons dû faire face à cela dès notre premier jour à Airlie Beach mais après un peu de recherche, j'ai trouvé un endroit incroyable avec une chute d'eau à environ 25 minutes en voiture de Airlie Beach. Cela dit, si vous n'avez pas de voiture, c'est un peu difficile d'y arriver et il n'y a pas de réception téléphonique une fois là-bas.

So much fun in the wild waterfall of Cedar Creek Falls. Photo: Marine Raynard.

So much fun in the wild waterfall of Cedar Creek Falls. Photo: Marine Raynard.

L'endroit en lui-même, Cedar Creek Falls, est super mignon. C’est une petite chute d'eau qui peut se dessécher s'il n'a pas plu mais sinon peut être assez forte ! Et la meilleure chose  à faire la-bas, c’est de nager dans l’eau douce et vous vous sentirez seuls au monde. Rien de mieux qu'une baignade sauvage dans une cascade!

The Palmtree swing near Hideaway Bay in Queensland.

The Palmtree swing near Hideaway Bay in Queensland.

8. Explorez les plages secrètes au nord d'Airlie Beach

C'est un peu de route à faire mais je peux vous assurer que ça en vaut le coup. Si vous avez un peu plus de temps, n'hésitez pas à sortir d’Airlie Beach et explorer d'autres environs. Une fois de plus à la recherche d'endroits cool à explorer, j'ai découvert une plage secrète à côté d’Hideaway Bay, faisant partie du Montes Reef Resort. La vue est plus qu’impressionante et vous ne penseriez pas être en Australie. De plus, il y a une balançoire attaché à un palmier ! Oui, vous avez bien lu! C'est tellement beau et soyons honnêtes - pratique pour les photos instagram.

C'est de toute beauté si vous y arrivez pour le coucher du soleil et le regarder couler dans l'océan. Il y a aussi un bar et un restaurant à l'hôtel, ce qui avait l'air charmant! Enfin, vous pouvez également rester dans ce resort qui semble être une bonne évasion loin de tout pour la nuit. J'aurais aimé pouvoir rester dans cet endroit toute la journée, c'était un vrai paradis.

Enjoying sunset in Queensland.

Enjoying sunset in Queensland.

9. Retour à Airlie Beach, faites une promenade de Airlie Beach à Cannonvale pour finir dans un joli café

Ou vice versa! La promenade est vraiment agréable et vous verrez de belles vues sur l'océan en chemin. J'ai particulièrement aimé la passerelle en bois qui est assez pittoresque. Il y a aussi des petites criques le long du chemin pour se détendre. La promenade entière prend environ 30 minutes.

Enfin, quand vous arrivez à Cannonvale, faites une pause dans mon café préféré: le café Fat Frog! Rappelez-vous comme j'ai dit que je me suis battu pour trouver un bon endroit pour manger à Airlie Beach? Je suis contente d'avoir enfin découvert ce petit bijou qui sert du café Campos (j’adore la marque Campos) et de la nourriture délicieuse et bon marché. En prime, il y avait même mon chien préféré (border collie) pendant que j'y étais, donc ça peut être amélioré mon expérience...

The walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. 

The walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. 

10. Planifiez votre voyage en bateau à voile dans les Whitsundays

Si vous n'avez pas encore prévu de naviguer dans les Whitsundays, je le recommande vivement à ceux qui aiment l'océan, les bateaux, la voile, le masque et tuba et un peu de plage aussi ! J'ai planifié mon aventure à l'avance car les places se remplissent très rapidement donc je recommanderais la planification dès que possible.

Il y a des bateaux et des itinéraires pour toutes sortes de vacances et d'âges. Il y a des backpackers boats  / bateaux de fête, bateaux pour la journée seulement, 3+ jours de bateaux à l'extérieur du récif, bateaux de famille, bateaux de luxe et plus ... J'étais sur Prima, un voilier qui fait beaucoup de plongée masque et tuba et a une ambiance très très détendue. C'était super sympa bien qu'un peu trop calme parfois! J'écrirai très bientôt mon expérience de navigation dans les Whitsundays donc gardez un oeil sur ma page !

Sailing in the Whitsundays is quite magical. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Sailing in the Whitsundays is quite magical. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Bonus: observez les kangourous avant l'aéroport!

En entrant ou en sortant, vous remarquerez que de nombreux kangourous se nourrissent sur l'herbe près de l'aéroport. Vous pouvez facilement vous arrêter et les observer ou les photographier, c'est super mignon!

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Alors êtes-vous allé à Airlie Beach? Si non, que feriez-vous en premier? Faites-le-moi savoir!

Checkez aussi ma video ci-dessous sur mon vol au-dessus des Whitsundays & Airlie Beach!

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Top things to do in Airlie Beach, Queensland

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Top things to do in Airlie Beach, Queensland

I discovered Airlie Beach in Queensland for the first time in October 2017 part of my trip to the Whitsundays Islands and found that there are a lot of things to do in just a few days! My total stay there was only two days and a half but I felt it was the right amount of time to discover the surroundings. I’d say it’s good to add a few more days if you’d like to explore more of the region as a road trip.

In the meantime, I’ve listed here the top things to do in Airlie Beach for endless inspiration on your next stay whether it shines, rain or hail! And stay tuned for my next blog post soon about sailing the Whitsundays Islands.

Airlie Beach Free Lagoon! Photo: Marine Raynard.

Airlie Beach Free Lagoon! Photo: Marine Raynard.

1. Obviously, check out the FREE lagoon in the middle of the city

What I love in many Aussie cities, especially in Queensland, is all the free lagoons you can dive in! Airlie Beach makes no exception and right at the heart of the city, you can see the lagoon located between the beach and the main street.

The lagoon is huge and on a nice day surprisingly relaxing although I usually prefer to swim in the ocean (but it’s complicated in Airlie Beach, more on this below.) And you can also relax around on the grass, pure bliss!

Airlie Beach Lagoon fun with the GoPro and the Dome case. 

Airlie Beach Lagoon fun with the GoPro and the Dome case. 

2. Check the main street with food & bars

Since we are on the main street, don’t look further it’s really all happening here! Airlie Beach has quite the backpackers vibe so don’t be surprised to see many bars coming to life at night and a horde of young travellers from all over the world happily going from bar to bar. And good news for Sydney-siders, there are no lockouts in Queensland!

For food, there is a massive amount of choice on where to eat in the main street. From McDonald’s to seafood restaurants, you have lots of choice for different budgets. However I wasn’t very convinced by the restaurants there, lots were overpriced and the food didn’t seem that good. We found a gem of a cafe though a bit further - more on this one below!   

Airlie Beach's beach walk. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Airlie Beach's beach walk. Photo: Marine Raynard.

3. Go for a tiny beach walk

It does say beach walk but I would rename it “tiny beach walk” because it literally takes 15 minutes to do it haha. It’s good though for the lazy ones wanting to take a quick stroll and you can still see Airlie Beach main beach, enjoy the park and if you’re there on a Saturday or Sunday, have a look at the market.

Shades of Blue in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Shades of Blue in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

4. Lay down by the ocean - but beware when swimming!

The beach isn’t the most beautiful I’ve seen but nice on a sunny day. However, there’s one thing you got to know in Airlie Beach: the jellyfishes can be super dangerous! During “stingers season” as they call it - which is from November to May - you can see or be stung by certain types of Jellyfish in some part of Queensland. The main two types that you need to watch for are the box jellyfish (typically huge and very dangerous, you shouldn’t but can die from it) and the Irukandji jellyfish (typically tiny, you can’t see it, and extremely dangerous, you can very well die.).

Therefore you’ll see in many beaches huge signs warning about the dangerous Jellyfish and how to prevent stings. During stingers season, it’s very recommended to wear a stingers suit or to not tempt swimming. During non-stingers season, it’s still recommended to wear the stingers suit just in case and as the water temperature is raising. There’s also vinegar available on each beach in case of stings. If in doubt that you’ve been stung and can feel a massive pain, call 000 if you are able or get some help nearby.

Beautiful view of Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Beautiful view of Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Photo: Marine Raynard.

5. Check one of the two marinas and secret relaxing spots!

The first one is Port of Airlie where you’ll find more cute cafes and restaurants. I haven’t tried any of those but the setting is pretty relaxing and there are some shops too. The one good thing to know if that a few minutes walk from it, you also have another small beach called Boathaven Beach which is much nicer than the main beach in Airlie Beach, plus you actually have nets to prevent jellyfish! So perfect for a safe swim while overlooking boats coming in the marina.

The other marina is Abel Point Marina and is a 10-minute walk from Airlie Beach. There you have more nice restaurants (there’s one pizza place where you get 2 pizzas for the price of one on some days!) and more cafes. It’s a nice view, plus the walk to this place is really nice from Airlie Beach (more on this one below).

Flying over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Flying over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Marine Raynard.

6. Go on a flying experience above the Whitsundays islands and outer reef

This was definitely the highlight of my trip to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays Island. After booking our experience through backpackers deals, we took the tiny plane from Whitsunday Airport onto a magical ride of one hour over endless blue paradise. It was really incredible to see the different islands, the white sand beaches like Whitehaven beach and finally the Great Barrier Reef from up high.

I think the Great Barrier Reef part was even the best because the colours and shapes are just out of this world and it’s really amazing to witness this. It was the perfect combination of our sailing trip as we only stayed in the islands. Thanks for backpackers deal for organising this amazing adventure, you can check my full flight adventure on their blog here.

Inside the plane when flying over the Whitsundays. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Inside the plane when flying over the Whitsundays. Photo: Marine Raynard.

7. Go swimming in a wild waterfall

Things don’t always go as expected when travelling. And you would certainly not wish for crazy rain on the first day of your trip! Well, we had to deal with it and after a bit of researching, I found this incredible waterfall spot about 25 minutes drive from Airlie Beach. That said, if you don’t have a car it’s a bit hard to get there and there is no phone reception once there.

So much fun in the wild waterfall of Cedar Creek Falls. Photo: Marine Raynard.

So much fun in the wild waterfall of Cedar Creek Falls. Photo: Marine Raynard.

The spot itself is super cute, a small waterfall called Cedar Creek Falls, which might get dry if it hasn’t been raining but otherwise quite consistent. The best thing is that you can swim there and there are not many people around. Nothing like a wild swim in a waterfall!

The Palmtree swing near Hideaway Bay in Queensland.

The Palmtree swing near Hideaway Bay in Queensland.

8. Get away to secret beaches north of Airlie Beach

It’s a bit of a drive but I can assure you it’s worth it. If you have a bit more time, don’t hesitate to go out explore other surroundings from Airlie Beach. Once again researching for cool places to explore, I discovered a secret beach next to Hideaway bay, part of the Montes Reef Resort. The view is more than amazing and you wouldn’t think you are in Australia. Plus, there is a SWING attached to a PALMTREE! Yes, you’ve read that right! It’s so beautiful and let’s be honest - instagrammable.

It’s peak beauty if you get there for sunset and watch the sun sink into the ocean. There’s also a bar and restaurant at the resort - which seemed lovely! Finally, you can also stay in the resort which seems like a good escape away from everything. I wish I could stay in this place all day, it was a true paradise.

Enjoying sunset in Queensland.

Enjoying sunset in Queensland.

9. Back in Airlie Beach, go for a walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale and end up in a nice cafe

Or vice-versa! The walk is really nice and you’ll see beautiful ocean views on the way. I particularly liked the wooden walkway which is quite picturesque. There’s also little creeks along the way to relax in. The whole walk would take about 30 minutes.

Finally when you get to Cannonvale, take a break in my favourite cafe: fat frog cafe! Remember how I said I struggled to find a good place to eat in Airlie Beach? I am glad I discovered this little gem which has Campos coffee (I do love me a good Campos coffee) and delicious and good-priced food. Bonus, there even was my favourite dog (border collie) while I was there so it could have enhanced my experience…

The walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. 

The walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. 

10. Plan your sailing experience in the Whitsundays

If you haven’t planned yet to sail in the Whitsundays, I’d highly recommend it to those loving the ocean, boats, snorkelling and some beach time. I planned my sailing adventure in advance as the spaces are filling up very quickly so I would recommend planning as soon as possible.

There are boats and itinerary for all kinds of holidays and ages. There are backpacker/party boats, day boats, 3+ days boats going to the outer reef, family boats, luxurious boats and more… I was on Prima, a sailing boat that’s doing lots of snorkelling and has a very very relaxed vibe. It was great although a bit too calm sometimes! I’ll write my sailing experience in the Whitsundays very soon to stay tuned.

Sailing in the Whitsundays is quite magical. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Sailing in the Whitsundays is quite magical. Photo: Marine Raynard.

Bonus: check the kangaroos before the airport!

On your way in or out, you’ll notice so many Kangaroos feeding on the grass next to the airport. You can easily stop and observe or photograph them, it’s super cute!

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So have you been to Airlie Beach? If not, what will you do first? Let me know!

You can also check the video of my flight over the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef here:

 

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The 2016 Travel Christmas Gift Guide with Aussie Brands

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The 2016 Travel Christmas Gift Guide with Aussie Brands

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I’ve selected 12 top local Australian brands for the 2016 Travel Christmas Gift Guide for the traveller, the explorer, the adventurer, and the outdoor lover!

Can you believe it’s only a few weeks to go until Christmas? This is going to be my third Australian Christmas already and still in Summer! I am slowly getting used to it but it still feels a little weird. What isn’t changing though is my ability to get presents at the very last minute…. So this year I thought I’d get some inspiration about what I love the most, travels! I’ve created this Christmas gift guide for travellers with some of the best Aussie brands.

To all the adventurers out there in Australia, in France or anywhere else in the world, discover 12 amazing brands and products which I’m sure will be on your Christmas wish list or help you to get something for your friends and family.

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1. The Scrubba wash Bag

Going on an adventure is fun until you run out of clean clothes. Especially when camping or going into wild areas, it can get even harder. That’s what Ash Newlan understood in 2010 when he founded the Scrubba Bag after travelling to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with a mate. The Scrubba Bag is a pocket-sized washing machine which will also travellers to wash clothes anywhere anytime. It is super light (145 grammes), requires nothing else that just a bit of water. It can also use as a stuff sack or cushion!

You can find the Scrubba bag here for AUD$64.95 + free AUS shipping or USD$55 + free US shipping.

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scrubba

2. The Travel Bra  

For all the ladies, this might be one of the most useful gift ever! Created in 2015 by Dr Annie Holden, The Travel Bra is the alternative for solo female travellers to money belts. She wanted to feel safe and comfortable in particular when she needed to carry cash or was travelling in places where it was advisable to hide her passport. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, The Travel Bra has multiple pockets such as credit card sleeve, drop down passport holder, pockets in the cups to store cash and mini pockets in shoulder strap for rings and valuables.

The Travel Bra can be found here at a price of AUD$59.99. Alternatively for men, there are also the travel trunks.

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3. The Kathmandu Backpack + Microfibre Quick-Dry Towel Combo

Founded in 1987 in Melbourne, Kathmandu is probably one of the most known Aussie brands to create awesome clothing and accessories for explorers, adventurers, travellers and most of all outdoor lovers. The Wayfarer Pack is a great 25L backpack combined with utilitarian style. Additionally, the Microfibre Quick-Drying Towel is a large and soft blue stripe towel that you can easily carry around as well. The quick dry feature is a must when taking showers on the go or after having a dip in a waterfall!

You can find the Wayfarer pack in cool grey for a discounted price of $108.98 and the large Microfibre Quick-Drying Towel in Soft Blue Stripes for $39.98

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kathmandu

4. The Frank Green Smart Bottle

This Australian made and designed accessory is great to stay hydrated on a road trip and travels. It’s also a great environment conscious accessory as Frank Green wants to motivate others to live more sustainably and to reduce unnecessary waste. Not always easy when travelling abroad, but definitely achievable when on holidays nearby! With a clever push button operations; the Smartbottle opens and closes with a spill resistant lid. It’s also BPA-free and non-toxic. Not to mention the colours are super fun!

The SmartBottle is available here for $34.95.

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frankgreen

5. The Honeybell Waterwear UPF50+ Shirt-Dress

Honeybell waterwear founder Annaliese wanted to create a piece of clothing that would be sun protective, comfortable, rashie-like and fashionable. All that you need when travelling in hot and sunny places like in Australia. Made with lightweight, quick-drying, and breathable fabric that is certified as providing UPF 50+ protection, the Honeybell Waterwear shirt-dress has the highest possible rating available, blocking 98% of the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays. Feeling like a rashie, this is also pretty good if you need to take a quick dip somewhere and don’t have a swimsuit handy.

The Honeybell Waterwear shirt-dress can be found here for $139.

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honeybell

6. The Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug by Wandering Folk

Designed locally in Tamarama, Sydney, and born on a very muddy camping trip, this travel rug with many shades of blue is the perfect improvised picnic companion. Being a fan of road trips, a good travel rug is always a must for a break on the way or at the destination. It weighs 2 kilos and has a waterproof canvas to keep you dry from the damp ground. It is adorned with hand made tassels in each corner as well and it comes with its very own woven strap, so you can carry your new rug wherever you roam.

You can get the Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug by Wandering Folk here from $180 + free shipping in Australia. Its size is 164cm x 147cm.

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ultramarine

7. A’OK Espadrilles

You’ll think, why espadrilles in a travel gift guide? Well for me, it’s been one of the most useful shoes to carry around on travels. They are super lightweight, very easy to carry around and so comfortable while still stylish for day or night. That’s exactly why Australian Brand A’OK decided to launch in 2014 their own version of the traditional footwear seen in the town of St Tropez, France. A’OK Espadrilles are also all about the everlasting spirit of summer with a stylish and chic touch for every occasion while travelling. Each shoe is created from canvas with an inner sole made out of rope. For durability, the outer sole is made of rubber.

You can get the A’OK Espadrilles here for $29.99 in many fun colours!

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8. The Australian Made Scarf by Love Merino

Sourced exclusively from a family-owned farm in Wellington, Western NSW, Love Merino have beautifully designed 100% superfine merino wool scarves. Lightweight of about 180 grammes and a size of 2m x 45 cm, these warm scarves are the perfect travel accessory for cold planes and air conditioning. I know I easily get a sore throat when travelling so always carry a scarf around! The scarves are limited edition (1 of 50) and can be traced right back to the flock of sheep on the farm. Love Merino has also embraced the “slow fashion” ethos by working in small scale production with local Australian manufacturers (Woolerina), artists (Manuela Strano) and design houses (Publisher Textiles and Shibori) to produce limited edition pieces inspired by the land they love so much.

You can find different colours and style from $170 to $190 dollars on Love Merino website. The Paper Daisy Scarf is my favourite!

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merino

9. Paper Planes earring by Fairina Cheng Jewellery

Crafted by Sydney jeweller, Fairina Cheng, the Paper Planes earrings are inspired by travel stories and wanderlust. Crafted in solid sterling silver or solid 9ct gold, their simple, geometric shape tells of tales scrawled in well-worn journals and postcards sent from across the seas. Much like their owner, they are happiest when travelling the world. I know while travelling I always want to keep stylish while not have too many jewels to carry so having one set of earrings that are so dreamy is perfect for happy travels.

You can find the Silver paper plane earrings here for $95 or the Rose/Yellow Gold for $329 here.

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silver-paper-planes

10. The Cord Roll by Afternoon with Albert

Afternoon with Albert Founder and Qantas Pilot, Shane Thompson decided to design a travel accessory based on his experiences of moving about the globe so frequently. We’ve all experienced the chaos of cable management for phone and music accessories and dreaming of a life untangled. The Cord Roll is a simple way to keep cords, cables, thumb drives and all of life’s necessities safe and organised in one easy-to-find spot. The Cord Roll comes in three colours, Jet Black, Tan and French Grey and fits into jacket pockets, jeans, backpacks or handbags. It is also made of vegetable tanned leather.

The Cord Roll is available in three colours for $75 each.

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11. Adventure Travel Turkish Towels by Sandy Cove Trading Company

Created in 2014 by Australian co-founders of Sandy Cove, Phoebe and Duncan, the adventure Turkish towels are perfect to carry on a sunny holiday. Lightweight and easily packable, the towels come in many colours and are wide enough for a break on the beach or a picnic in a city park. You can also wear it as a sarong! Sandy Cove is also donating 10% of all profits to selected environmental and humanitarian charity organisations. The Adventure Travel - Turkish Towels is made from 100% cotton, highly absorbent, lightweight and fast-drying.

You can shop the Adventure Turkish Towels in many colours on Sandy Cove website for $42.95 + free delivery in Australia and free delivery over $100 internationally.

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12. The Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag

You probably understood by now that I am a fan of packable, lightweight accessories! The Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag is just that. Founded in 2013 by Kellie, Harlequin Belle is an Aussie brand creating all kind of leather products as well as this lightweight bag with handless uses when travelling to carry beach products, food, books or anything else you would carry. It’s made from beautiful raw fabric with a soft leather handle. Not to mention that if you purchase any leather product by Harlequin Belle, you will get this bag for free.

You can buy the Triangle Shoulder bag for $39, its size is 60cm width and 65cm height.

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harlequin-belle

Happy Christmas shopping!

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Le Guide de Noël Voyage 2016 avec des Marques Australiennes

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Le Guide de Noël Voyage 2016 avec des Marques Australiennes

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Pour ce Guide de Noël Voyage 2016, j’ai sélectionné 12 super marques australiennes pour le voyageur, l’exploreur, l'aventurier et les amoureux des extérieurs!

Croyez-le ou non, il ne reste que trois semaines jusqu’à Noël! Cette année va déjà être mon troisième Noël en Australie, donc mon troisième Noël en été! Je m'y habitue, mais c’est toujours un peu bizarre d’avoir aussi chaud le jour de Noël.

A Noël je suis pourtant toujours aussi dernière minute et pas organisée donc j’ai décidé cette année de sélectionner les meilleurs produits de marques australiennes. J'espère que cette liste vous inspirera à voyager et surtout gâter vos proches

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1. The Scrubba wash Bag

Partir à l’aventure est amusant, jusqu'à ce que vous vous retrouvez sans un seul vêtement propre et que vous cherchez désespérément où les laver. En camping ou dans la nature, cela est encore plus difficile. C'est ce que Ash Newlan a compris en 2010 lorsqu’il a fondé le Scrubba Bag après avoir voyagé en Afrique pour monter le Kilimandjaro avec un compagnon. Le Scrubba Bag est une machine à laver de poche qui permet aux voyageurs de laver leurs vêtements n'importe où et à tout moment. Il est super léger (145 grammes) et ne nécessite rien d'autre que juste un peu d'eau. Il peut également être utilisé comme un sac ou un coussin!

Vous pouvez trouver le Scrubba Bag ici pour AUD 64.95$ + livraison gratuite AUS ou USD 554 + livraison gratuite aux États-Unis.

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2. The Travel Bra  

Pour toutes les femmes, cela pourrait être l'un des cadeaux les plus utiles! Créé en 2015 par Dr Annie Holden, The Travel Bra est l'alternative pour les femmes voyageant seules et ne voulant pas du bon vieux sac banane. Annie voulait se sentir en sécurité et à l'aise quand elle voyageait, en particulier dans les moments où elle devait transporter de l'argent ou dans des endroits où il était conseillé de cacher son passeport.

Fabriqué à partir de coton biologique et de bambou, le Travel Bra a de multiples poches pour carte de crédit, passeport, argent et mini-poches en bandoulière pour bagues et objets de valeur. Sachant que plein de fois je ne savais pas où mettre mes propres affaires, cela est très pratique.

The Travel Bra peut être trouvé ici au prix de 59,99 AUD $. Alternativement pour les hommes, il ya aussi le boxer de voyage.

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3. The Kathmandu Backpack + Microfibre Quick-Dry Towel Combo

Fondé en 1987 à Melbourne, Kathmandu est probablement l'une des marques australiennes les plus connues. Kathmandu crée de superbes vêtements et accessoires pour les explorateurs, les aventuriers, les voyageurs et surtout les amoureux du plein air. Le Wayfarer Pack est un sac à dos de 25 L combiné avec un style utilitaire. En outre, la serviette séchage rapide microfibre à rayures bleues est facile à transporter sur la route et surtout légère.

Vous pouvez trouver le sac Wayfarer en gris pour un prix réduit de 108,98$ et la grande serviette microfibre à séchage rapide pour 39,98$.

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kathmandu

4. The Frank Green Smart Bottle

Cet accessoire made in Australia est idéal pour rester hydraté sur un road trip ou voyage. C’est aussi avec une conscience environnementale que cet accessoire est créé: Frank Green veut pour motiver les consommateurs à vivre plus durablement et réduire les déchets inutiles. Pas toujours facile lorsque vous voyagez à l'étranger, mais certainement réalisable lorsque vous êtes en vacances dans votre pays! Avec un bouton intelligent, la SmartBottle s'ouvre et se ferme avec un couvercle résistant aux déversements. Elle est également sans BPA et non toxique. Sans oublier que les couleurs sont super fun!

La SmartBottle est disponible ici pour 34,95$.

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frankgreen

5. The Honeybell Waterwear UPF50+ Shirt-Dress

La fondatrice de Honeybell Waterwear, Annaliese, voulait créer un vêtement qui protégeait du soleil, soit confortable, en matière aussi pratique qu’un maillot de bain et surtout tendance. Cela est tout ce dont vous avez besoin lorsque vous voyagez dans des endroits chauds et ensoleillés comme en Australie. Fabriquée avec un tissu léger, à séchage rapide et respirant, certifiée protection UPF 50+, la robe Honeybell Waterwear bloque 98% des rayons UVA / UVB nuisibles du soleil. Et comme on se sent comme dans un maillot, c'est également plutôt pratique pour un plongeon rapide dans une cascade quelque part et si vous n’avez pas de maillot de bain disponible.

La robe-chemise Honeybell Waterwear peut être trouvée ici pour 139$.

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honeybell

6. The Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug by Wandering Folk

Conçu localement à Tamarama, Sydney et né dans un voyage de camping très boueux, ce tapis de voyage avec de nombreuses nuances de bleu est le parfait compagnon pour un pique-nique improvisé. Etant fan de road trip, un tapis, ou rug en anglais, est toujours un must pour une pause sur le chemin ou à destination. Pesant 2 kilos, le Regal Ultramarine est fait d’une toile imperméable pour vous garder au sec du sol humide. Il est aussi orné de mini guirlandes faites à la main dans chaque coin ainsi et une sangle tissée, de sorte que vous pouvez transporter votre tapis pour chaque voyage.

Vous pouvez obtenir le Regal Ultramarine Picnic Rug sur le site de Wandering Folk ici à partir de 180$ + expédition gratuite en Australie. La taille est de 164cm x 147cm.

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ultramarine

7. A’OK Espadrilles

Vous pensez, pourquoi des espadrilles dans un guide de cadeaux pour les voyageurs? Eh bien pour moi, c’est l'une des paires de chaussures les plus utiles à porter en voyage. Elles sont super légères, très faciles à transporter et super confortable tout en restant élégantes jour et nuit. La marque australienne A'OK a lancé en 2014 sa propre version de la chaussure traditionnelle  de St Tropez, France. Les espadrilles A'OK rappellent l'esprit éternel de l'été avec une touche élégante et chic pour chaque occasion. Nous ne savons jamais ce qui peut arriver en voyage! Chaque chaussure est créée avec de la toile et une semelle intérieure faite de corde. Pour la durabilité, la semelle extérieure est en caoutchouc.

Vous pouvez obtenir les espadrilles A'OK ici pour 29,99$ dans de nombreuses couleurs!

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aok_blue

8. The Australian Made Scarf by Love Merino

Originaire d'une ferme familiale à Wellington, dans l'ouest des Nouvelle Galles du Sud, Love Merino crée des écharpes magnifiques et 100% laine superfine Merino. Légères d'environ 180 grammes et d'une taille de 2m x 45 cm, ces écharpes sont l'accessoire de voyage parfait pour les avions froids et la climatisation. J’attrape tellement facilement un mal de gorge en voyage donc j'apporte toujours une avec moi. Encore mieux, les écharpes sont en édition limitée et peuvent être retracées directement au troupeau de la ferme. LoveMerino a également adopté la philosophie «slow fashion» en travaillant à petite échelle avec des fabricants australiens (Woolerina), des artistes (Manuela Strano) et des maisons de design (Publisher Textiles et Shibori) pour produire des pièces en édition limitée inspirées de la terre qu'ils adorent.

Vous pouvez trouver différentes couleurs et styles de 170 à 190 dollars sur le site Love Merino. La Paper Daisy Scarf est ma préférée!

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merino

9. Paper Planes earing by Fairina Cheng Jewelry

Fabriquées à Sydney par la joaillière, Fairina Cheng, les boucles d'oreilles Paper Planes s'inspirent des histoires de voyage et de l'envie de voyager. Fabriqué en argent sterling massif ou or massif de 9 carats, leur forme simple et géométrique rappelle les contes de voyage et les cartes postales envoyées de l'autre côté du globe.

Lorsque je voyage, j’apporte toujours une seule paire pour rester élégante tout en étant pratique. Un ensemble de boucles d'oreilles si rêveuses est parfait pour des voyages heureux.

Vous pouvez retrouver les boucles d'oreilles en argent pour 95$ ici ou en rose / or  pour 329$ ici.

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silver-paper-planes

10. The Cord Roll by Afternoon with Albert

Fondateur de Afternoon with Albert et pilote Qantas, Shane Thompson s’est inspiré de ses expériences de voyage et ses déplacements fréquents autour du globe pour concevoir un accessoire pratique et esthétique. Nous avons tous connu le chaos de la gestion des câbles pour le téléphone et écouteurs malheureusement. Des heures perdues à démêler tout ça.

Le cordon rouleau est un moyen simple de garder les câbles et toute autre nécessités en toute sécurité et organisé dans un endroit facile à trouver. Le rouleau de cordon est disponible en trois couleurs, Jet Black, Tan et French Grey et s'insère dans les poches de vestes, jeans, sacs à dos ou sacs à main. Ils sont également faits de cuir tanné végétal.

Le Cord Roll est disponible en trois couleurs pour 75$ chacun.

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11. Adventure Travel Turkish Towels by Sandy Cove Trading Company

Créé par les cofondateurs australiens de Sandy Cove, Phoebe et Duncan, en 2014, les serviettes  de voyage turques sont parfaites pour apprécier ses vacances ensoleillées. Légères  et facilement compressibles, les serviettes sont disponibles dans de nombreuses couleurs et sont assez larges pour une pause sur la plage ou un pique-nique dans un parc de la ville. Vous pouvez aussi les porter comme un sarong! Sandy Cove verse également 10% de tous ses bénéfices à des organismes de bienfaisances humanitaires et environnementaux. L'Adventure Travel - Turkish Towels est fabriquée en 100% coton, très absorbante, légère et à séchage rapide.

Vous pouvez acheter les serviettes turques d'aventure dans beaucoup de couleurs sur le site de Sandy Cove pour 42.95$ + livraison gratuite en Australie et aussi livraison gratuite pour plus de 100$ internationalement.

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12. The Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag

Vous avez maintenant sûrement compris que je suis une fan d’accessoires légers et pratiques! Le Harlequin Belle Triangle Shoulder Bag fait juste ça. Fondée en 2013 par Kellie, Harlequin Belle est une marque Aussie créant tous les types de produits en cuir ainsi que ce sac léger. Aux multiples utilisations, il permet de transporter sans soucis les produits de plage, la nourriture, les livres ou tout autre chose que vous porteriez. Il est fabriqué à partir de tissu cru avec une poignée en cuir souple. Sans oublier que si vous achetez un produit en cuir par Harlequin Belle, vous obtiendrez celui-ci gratuitement.

Vous pouvez obtenir le sac Triangle Shoulder pour 39$, sa taille est de 60cm de largeur et 65cm de hauteur.

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harlequin-belle

Happy Christmas shopping!

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Brisbane à pied en une demi-journée  + Vidéo

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Brisbane à pied en une demi-journée + Vidéo

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Située dans le Queensland, Brisbane est la troisième plus grande ville en Australie et la première dans l’état. Relativement jeune, Brisbane est un ville vraiment agréable à découvrir en une journée ou deux. Alors que je me dirigeais vers Fraser Island (voir mon article ici), je suis partie de Sydney pour Brisbane. Je n'avais jamais mis un pied à Brisbane avant donc c'était un excellent moyen pour moi de découvrir la ville en une demi-journée!

Ma meilleure façon de découvrir une ville pour la première fois est en marchant. C’est idéal pour découvrir des endroits que vous ne verriez jamais sinon et rester actif toute la journée! C’est le parfait moyen pour découvrir une ville gratuitement et plonger dans son atmosphère. Bon j’avoue que dès fois cela peut être fatiguant mais il y a toujours la possibilité de faire une bonne pause au bar local ou café.

Voici quelques endroits à ne pas manquer lorsque vous découvrez Brisbane à pied:

Les jardins botaniques de la ville

Une des premières choses que j'aime voir dans une ville sont les jardins car c’est en général un bol d’air au milieu des buildings. Les jardins botaniques de la ville sont bordés par la rivière Brisbane, ce qui donne une très belle vue. Vous trouverez également autour des jardins Alice Street, George Street, le Parlement et Queensland University of Technology campus (endroit cool pour étudier!).

South Bank

Vous pouvez accéder à Brisbane South Bank en traversant un pont lors de votre visite à pied. South Bank est un quartier culturel, éducatif et récréatif où vous pouvez monter sur une grande roue, plonger dans une des piscines gratuites ou voir l'université du Queensland. J'ai trouvé l’idée des piscines à l’eau turquoise au milieu de la ville super cool, surtout quand la température monte vite à Brisbane l’été.

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Centre-ville avec le centre commercial de Queen Street et l'hôtel de ville

Il y a beaucoup à faire, voir et à acheter dans le centre de Brisbane. Le Queen Street Mall est une sorte de centre commercial à ciel ouvert et piéton, super moderne avec de nombreux cafés et bars autour. Pas trop loin, il y a aussi l'hôtel de ville, une pièce d’architecture vraiment impressionnante à voir!

Les musées

C’est malheureusement un peu court pour découvrir quelques musées en seulement une demi-journée. Mais il est toujours agréable de passer devant certains d'entre eux surtout s'ils sont sur le chemin! Donc, si vous êtes curieux et avez un peu de temps, jetez un coup d'oeil autour du Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Museum et beaucoup d'autres.

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Australian Museum Brisbane

Vues sur la ville

Enfin, il ya beaucoup de vues cool à voir autour de Brisbane! Que ce soit de la rive sud, l'un des ponts ou n'importe où près de la rivière, il ya toujours quelque chose de cool à voir. Je n'ai pas trouvé d’endroit très en hauteur encore, mais il serait cool de voir toute la ville du top d’un building!

D'autres choses à voir:

Shrine of remembrance à côté de la place d'Anzac. C'est une belle pièce d'architecture et de la place de la ville est classée au patrimoine, située entre Ann Street et Adelaide Street, à Brisbane.

Post Office Square, belle place de verdure avec une énorme galerie marchande et un parking.

Un peu plus loin, le mont Coot-Tha vous permet de voir une belle vue sur toute la ville tout en profitant des jardins botaniques, des cascades et des randonnées.

Et bien d'autres choses que je n'ai pas encore vues!

Verdict:

Brisbane est une ville amusante à découvrir, surtout en une journée ensoleillée! Tout semblait très nouveau pour moi, buildings et rues, donc c'est très intéressant de découvrir une ville comme celle-ci. J’ai hâte d’en découvrir plus la prochaine fois.

J’espère que vous appréciez mes photos et vidéos. Que me conseillez vous à faire à Brisbane la prochaine fois?

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Brisbane sunset
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Brisbane city view
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South bank big wheel

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Brisbane Essentials in Half a Day + Video

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Brisbane Essentials in Half a Day + Video

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Located in Queensland, Brisbane is the third biggest city in Australia and the first in its state. Relatively new city, Brisbane is a really nice place to discover and go around for a day or two. While I was visiting Fraser Island (see my article here), I flew from Sydney to Brisbane and back. I never set a foot in Brisbane before so that was a great way for me to discover the city in half a day!

My best way of discovering a city when travelling is by walking. Walking is great for you but also to discover places you would never see on a tour or from hoping from place to place. It can be exhausting from time to time, but you always have the option to go at that local bar or cafe and take a break!

Here are some must-see things for a Brisbane walk guide:

City Botanic Gardens

One of the first things I like the check out when in a city are their botanic gardens. In such new cities like Brisbane, I find it really good to wind down and see a bit of green. The City Botanic Gardens are also bordered by the Brisbane River which makes a very lovely view. You will also find around Alice Street, George Street, Parliament House and Queensland University of Technology campus (what a cool place to study!).

South Bank

You can access Brisbane South Bank by crossing a bridge on your walking tour. South Bank is a cultural, educational and recreational precinct where you will find a big wheel, amazing and free swimming pools and Queensland university. I thought the swimming pool idea was super cool, especially when Brisbane must get pretty hot in summer.

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Centre with Queen Street Mall and City Hall

There’s a lot to do, see and shop around Brisbane centre. The Queen Street Mall is a pedestrian outside mall, super modern and has many cafes and bars around. It looks like there’s also a stage for concerts! Not too far from it, the city hall is a really cool piece of architecture to also check out.

Museums

For just a half day, it might be short to check museums but it’s always nice to walk past some of them especially if they are on the way! So if you’re curious and got a bit of time, have a look around Queensland museum, Queensland Art Gallery, Museum of Brisbane and many others.

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Views of the city / Eagle Street Pier

Finally there are many cool views to see around Brisbane! Whether it’s from the South Bank, one of the bridges or anywhere near the river, there’s always something cool to see. I haven’t found a place yet but it would be cool to see the whole city from very high as well! I still got to see a beautiful sunset from a hostel before leaving.

Other things to see:

The Shrine of Remembrance next to the Aneac Square. It’s a beautiful piece of architecture and heritage-listed town square and war memorial located between Ann Street and Adelaide Street, in Brisbane.

Post Office Square which has a really nice patch of green as well as a huge shopping arcade and car park.

A bit further, Mount Coot-Tha lets you see a beautiful view of the whole city while enjoying botanic gardens, waterfalls and hikes.

And many other things that I haven’t yet heard of I’m sure!

Verdict:

Brisbane is a fun city to discover, especially on a sunny day! Everything looked very new to me so that’s very interesting to discover a city like this. I’m looking forward to the next time I visit the city and discovering more things!

Hope you enjoyed the video and my photographs as well! What should I see in Brisbane next time?

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Brisbane city view

 

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Mon top 5 des meilleurs timelapses de Sydney

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Mon top 5 des meilleurs timelapses de Sydney

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Quelle meilleure façon d’admirer la beauté de Sydney que de regarder un timelapse? Bien que je me dois toujours de maîtriser cet art, il y a plein de gens très talentueux à Sydney qui ont su capturer la vie quotidienne de Sydney en quelques minutes. Entre la ville, des plages, les événements et les tempêtes folles, j'ai choisi mon top 5 des meilleurs timelapses de Sydney. Découvrez les vidéos ci-dessous et dites moi laquelle vous avez préféré!

 

1. Tiny Sydney by Filippo Rivetti

Les timelapses rendant les villes comme une maquette minuscule m’étonneront toujours! Dans cette vidéo, on se sent tout petit dans la grande ville qu’est Sydney. Depuis la plage de Bondi jusqu’au centre, Tiny Sydney vous emmène dans un voyage dynamique à travers la ville. Mention spécial pour le zoom qui permet de voir les moindres détails de la circulation, des activités sociales et des endroits populaires de Sydney. Tiny Sydney est une vidéo de taille miniature mais grande en beauté par Filippo Rivetti! 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Bti00TCDw

 

2. Vivid Sydney by Matthew Vandeputte

Vivid, connu comme la fête des lumières à Sydney, est l'un de mes rendez-vous favori chaque année. Autour du centre, vous pouvez voir tous les bâtiments éclairés ainsi que l'Opéra et le Harbour Bridge. Vivid dure environ deux semaines et est un paradis pour les photographes! Avec la variété des couleurs, des graphiques et des histoires, il y a tellement de choses à photographier et filmer.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYPlQ4PRLtg

 

3. Syd-lapses by Romain Mongin

Depuis le jour jusqu’à la nuit, Syd-lapses montre les endroits les plus emblématiques de Sydney. Crée par Romain Mongin, la vidéo comprend également des timelapses des meilleurs lumières de Vivid en 2015. Ce que j’adore aussi dans cette vidéo sont les passages de ciels étoilés - magique! Ce genre de timelapse vous transporte dans la grandeur et creativité de Sydney avec une belle musique en prime.

 

https://vimeo.com/128715304

4. Sydney Superstorm by Matthew Vandeputte

La météo Sydney peut être chaude et ensoleillée, mais elle peut aussi tourner en tempêtes massives en toutes saisons et en rien de temps. Bien qu'elles ne durent pas très longtemps, les tempêtes de Sydney peuvent être très agressives et surtout dramatiques! J’ai vu plein d’images et de vidéos magnifiques l’année dernière de Sydney Superstorm mais cette vidéo résume en quelques minutes le meilleur de ces tempêtes.  De ciels dramatiques à de la foudre effrayante, il y a quelque chose à propos des tempêtes de Sydney qui les rendent chaotiques et magnifiques en même temps.

 

https://vimeo.com/131055168

 

5. 2010 New Year’s Eve by City of Sydney

Le feux d'artifice de Nouvel An à Sydney est probablement l'un des meilleurs et des plus célèbres au monde. Chaque année, cela rend les foules folles avec des personnes tellement fan, qu’elles attendent et campent 48 heures en avance pour avoir une belle vue. Cette vidéo de 2010 est un beau souvenir, on y remarque le port plein de bateaux et la quantité impressionnante de feux d’artifices aux coups de minuit! Probablement la meilleure façon de voir les feux d’artifices à Sydney!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0hjTboG5X0

Alors quelle est votre timelapse préféré? 

 

 

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The Best Sydney Timelapses in 5 Videos

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The Best Sydney Timelapses in 5 Videos

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What’s the best way to capture Sydney beauty by time lapsing it? I’ve always loved watching timelapses, and although I still got to master the art, there are some really talented people out there capturing the daily life of Sydney in a few minutes. Between the city, beaches, events and crazy storms, I’ve selected my top 5 of Best Sydney Timelapses. Scroll below and let me know which one is your favourite!

 

1. Tiny Sydney by Filippo Rivetti

Timelapses making cities looking tiny have always amazed me. In this video, you really feel like that you are a tiny person in a big city. From Bondi beach to the CBD, it takes you on an energetic journey across the city. The colours are full of blues and greens. And the zoom lets you see the tiniest details of traffic, social activities and popular places in Sydney. Miniature and magnificent Sydney by Filippo Rivetti!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3Bti00TCDw

 

2. Vivid Sydney by Matthew Vandeputte

Vivid, known as the festival of lights in Sydney, is one of my favourite rendezvous each year. Around the CBD, you can see all the buildings lighting up as well as the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Vivid lasts about two weeks and is a paradise for photographers! With the variety of colours, graphics and stories, there’s so much to photograph and video.

In this video, Matthew Vandeputte captures the groovy feel of Vivid Sydney as well as its busy spots! Can’t wait for Vivid Sydney 2017.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYPlQ4PRLtg

 

3. Syd-lapses by Romain Mongin

From day to night, Syd-lapses shows the most iconic places in Sydney. It also includes timelapses of Vivid’s best lights from 2015. Some of my favourite parts in that video are the night sky full of stars. This is the kind of time lapse that let you imaginative about the city and appreciative of its beauty!

 

https://vimeo.com/128715304

4. Sydney Superstorm by Matthew Vandeputte

Sydney’s weather can be hot and sunny but it can also lead to massive storms at any season. While they don’t last for a very long time, they can be very aggressive and mostly dramatic! I’ve seen lots of cool footage and pictures of last year’s superstorm but this timelapse tops it all. From dramatic skies to scary lightning, there’s something about Sydney’s storms to be chaotic and beautiful at the same time.

 

https://vimeo.com/131055168

 

5. 2010 New Year’s Eve by City of Sydney

New Year’s Eve fireworks in Sydney are probably some of the best in the world. It makes the crowd go crazy every year with some people starting camping on the best sites 48 hours before. This video from 2010 is an oldie but a goodie. You can notice how busy the harbour gets and the impressive amount of fireworks for the midnight craze! Probably the best way you’ll ever see the fireworks.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0hjTboG5X0

So what’s your favourite Sydney Timelapse?

 

 

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Petit bilan de deux ans en Australie

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Petit bilan de deux ans en Australie

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Joyeux anniversaire à mes deux ans en Australie! Je n’arrive pas à croire que cela fait déjà deux ans aujourd'hui que je suis en Australie. Année après année, il me semble que le temps passe encore plus vite. Et au bout de deux ans en Australie en tant que Frenchie, je me sens encore plus heureuse et décidée de vivre ici. L'année dernière, j’avais déjà fait une sorte de bilan sur ma première année et mon opinion sur Sydney et l’Australie. Même si j'ai l’impression que c'était hier, je voulais cette année à nouveau partager avec vous mes pensées. Pour cette deuxième année, je me sens plus mûre, plus ancrée dans la vie australienne et je suis impatiente de continuer à explorer l'Australie et au-delà! Découvrez mes pensées ci-dessous et écoutez en bas de l'article mon interview sur la radio Australienne hier matin! 

Mon calendrier est ultra-chargé

Cette année est sans aucun doute l'année de projets fous, de la vie de travail intense et des opportunités cool. J'ai essayé d'augmenter le rythme sur The Frenchie Escapes avec plus d'aventures et de vidéos. Bloguer est comme un deuxième job à temps plein mais super passionnant. J’ai hâte d’en faire plus et de vous montrer plus d’aventures.

J’ai aussi un nouveau job depuis près d'un an et cela m’occupe très bien aussi! Jongler tout cela demande beaucoup d'organisation et de détermination. Mais avec de la passion, on peut tout faire ou presque. Et je suis chanceuse que chaque jour soit différent et de faire plein de choses que j’aime. L'Australie est très dynamique et flexible sur le marché du travail en tout cas donc si vous savez ce que vous voulez, ce qu’il faut rechercher et travailler dur, cela devrait marcher!

Enfin, il y a tellement de choses à faire à Sydney, il est parfois difficile de tout suivre! Tellement de lieux à explorer, d’événements à assister, et des amis à rencontrer. Peut-être que New York est la ville qui ne dort jamais, mais je trouve que Sydney est la ville qui ne s’arrête jamais. C’est sur que j'ai eu beaucoup à faire depuis un an entre mon blog, mes amis, ma photographie, le surf et plus encore!

Loving Sydney! Photo: Marine Raynard
Loving Sydney! Photo: Marine Raynard

J'ai acheté une voiture et ma liberté

Un grand pas dans ma vie depuis un an: l’achat de ma voiture! J’ai maintenant l’impression d’être une adulte accomplie - ou presque! Certains ont une voiture dès 18 ans, mais pour moi, ce fut un joli et grand pas comme je n’en n’avais jamais vraiment ressenti le besoin en vivant en France. Mais après un an ici, je ne pouvais pas faire un jour de plus avec les transports publics lents de Sydney. Avoir ma propre et adorée Honda 4WD me rend tellement plus indépendante et libre d'aller surfer et explorer quand je veux. Et si vous me connaissez, vous savez que J'ADORE les road trip. Donc, avoir votre propre voiture signifie une seule chose: la liberté!

Je me sens de plus en plus Australienne

Je serai toujours “The Frenchie”, mais cette année, j’ai vraiment pris de plus en plus d'habitudes australiennes et l'on m'a dit de nombreuses fois que mon accent est plus aussie que français de temps à autre.

On le sait, les australiens aiment beaucoup faire tout tôt, et surtout commencer leur journée super en forme avec une séance de sport. Cette année a été un peu difficile pour moi de me réveiller tôt tous les jours mais avec un peu de détermination, je suis un peu plus australienne dans ma manière de vivre et de me réveiller - très tôt tous les jours et même le week-end. Je suis totalement accro au surf, et n’hésite plus vraiment à me réveiller à 6h du matin un dimanche matin pour aller affronter les vagues (ok pas tous les dimanches quand même haha ). Et j’apprécie encore plus mes soirées tranquilles à travailler sur mon blog, lecture, détente et surtout dormir tôt. Pas de honte à ça!

En parlant de surf, je suis 100% accro et à fond dedans. Je savais que j’avais déjà cette passion en moi, mais je ne pouvais pas totalement être libre de faire du surf sans une voiture et une planche. Maintenant que j’ai tout cela, j'y vais presque toutes les semaines et j’ai même rencontré des surfeuses plus que géniales, aussi passionnées et dédiées à ce sport grâce à Girl Boardriders Fraternity. Il n'y a rien de mieux que de sentir la puissance de l'océan et vous mettre des défis que le surf. Je vais acheter une nouvelle planche dans quelques semaine, ma planche à moi et j’ai tellement hâte!

Cette année, j’ai vraiment adopté le style de vie australien, que ce soit d'être active, faire des barbecues, manger mon avocat “écrasé” sur mon pain sourdough grillé, suivre les élections politiques, aller à des concerts locaux et suivre les tendances ausstraliennes. J'adore l'Australie et ma vie à Sydney de plus en plus chaque jour. Et non rien ne me manque de la France. Bien sûr, la famille, les amis et la nourriture manquent mais j’ai des occasions de temps à autre pour manger français et voir mes proches donc cela marche bien. Oh, et je mange aussi du vegemite maintenant (avec mon avocat “écrasé”).

My favourite thing is going surfing and taking photographs! Myself with my friend Agathe. Photo: Marine Raynard
My favourite thing is going surfing and taking photographs! Myself with my friend Agathe. Photo: Marine Raynard

Je me sens plus inspiré et prête pour plus d'exploration

Il y a un an, j'ai rencontré beaucoup d'autres photographes dans le même état d'esprit et des artistes autour de moi grâce à la communauté Instagram de Sydney et cela a été très inspirant et enrichissant pour moi. Découvrir et construire des amitiés avec de nouvelles personnes qui ont une passion pour tout ce qui est créatif et la photographie m’a vraiment poussée à en faire plus.  J'ai développé mon blog et Instagram de plus en plus et je pousse toujours plus pour de nouvelles opportunités. Malheureusement, le temps manque parfois et j’aimerais pouvoir me cloner pour tout faire, mais c’est si gratifiant d’obtenir des réactions positives.

D'ailleurs hier matin j'ai eu la chance d'être interviewée par une légende du journalisme en Australie, Tim Webster a 2UE. Il m'a posé des questions sur mes voyages, mon histoire et pourquoi j'aime autant l'Australie. Découvrez l'interview en entier ici! 

Grâce à mes explorations et ma passion pour le surf, l’inspiration me vient beaucoup plus facilement. J’ai hâte de voir ce que me réserve l'année prochaine dans ce magnifique pays!

Cheers pour une nouvelle année en Australie!

Marine, The Frenchie

Ps: suivez mes aventures quotidiennes sur mon compte Instagram et ma page Facebook

Picture of myself shooting in the stockton dunes by Oli Coultard.
Picture of myself shooting in the stockton dunes by Oli Coultard.

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Checkup after two years in Australia

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Checkup after two years in Australia

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Happy anniversary to me! I can't believe it's already been two years today that I’m living in Australia. Year after year, it seems like time flies even faster. And after two years in Australia as a Frenchie, I now feel very happy and very set with my decision of living here. Last year I did a little recap of how I felt after one year of Aussie life and although it still feels like it was yesterday, I have more thoughts to share with you. I definitely feel like I’ve matured a bit more into the Australian life and I am keen to continue exploring Australia and beyond! Discover more of my thoughts here and head below to hear my radio interview with 2UE yesterday about my passion for Australia and travels! 

I’m busier than I ever been

This year is definitely the year of crazy projects, intense work life and fun opportunities! I’ve tried to increase the pace on The Frenchie Escapes with more adventures and videos. Blogging is a full-time second job but more exciting than ever! Can’t wait to do and show you more.

I’ve also taken on a new full-time job since almost a year and this has kept me super busy! Juggling everything takes a lot of organisation and determination. But you know what they say, when you love what you do, you don’t count and you do it! And I’m lucky to do something I love and that I am excited about every day. Australia has definitely a very open and dynamic job market. There are many opportunities if you know where to look for those and work hard.

Finally, there’s so much to do in Sydney, it’s sometimes hard to keep up! So many places to explore, events to attend, and friends to meet. Maybe New York City is the city that never sleeps, but Sydney is the city that never stops. I’ve had a lot to do since a year between my blog, my friends, my photography, surfing and more!

Loving Sydney! Photo: Marine Raynard

I bought freedom and… a car

A big step in my life since a year: I've bought a car! Now that’s adulting Level 100! Some people own cars since very young but for me I never had the need before so it was a pretty big step to buy my own car. I’ve never really had the need while living in France but after a year here, I couldn’t go one more day with slow public transportation in Sydney and not being able to go on adventures. Having my own and dear Honda 4WD has made me so much more independent and free to go surfing and exploring whenever I want to. And if you know me, you know I LOVE road trips. So having your own car means just one thing: freedom!

I feel a bit more Aussie day after day

I'll always be “The Frenchie” but this year I have taken on quite many Aussie habits and I've been told many times my accent is more Aussie than French from time to time.

This year for example, I’ve tried to wake up earlier every day, as many Australians love to do as well, and also exercise early in the morning. Thanks to a bit of determination, I am actually waking up quite early every day and even on weekends. I am totally addicted to surfing, and won’t hesitate to wake up at 6am on a Sunday morning to go hit the waves (ok not every Sunday that early haha). It also means I love even more my quiet evenings working on my blog, reading or relaxing. No shame here.

Speaking of surfing, I am 100% addicted and committed to it. I knew I already had this passion in me but couldn't totally do it as well without a car, it is a bit hard to go surfing. Now that I have all of this, I met amazing surfer girls as passionate and dedicated to this sport thanks to Girl Boardriders Fraternity. There’s nothing better than feeling the power of the ocean and challenge yourself. I am now getting my own new board in a few weeks and can’t wait to get better at it.

I am really embracing the Aussie lifestyle, whether it’s about being active, doing BBQs, loving my smashed avocado on toast, following the elections, go to concerts and follow trends. I love Australia and my life in Sydney more and more every day. And sorry not sorry, but no I don’t miss France at all. Of course family, friends and food are regretted but I see them from time to time and get to do my own kind of food as well so not that a big deal. Oh, and I now like vegemite (with my smashed avocado).

My favourite thing is going surfing and taking photographs! Myself with my friend Agathe. Photo: Marine Raynard

I feel more inspired and hungry for exploration

A year ago I met many other like-minded photographers and artists thanks to the Sydney Instagram community and this has been so inspiring for me. Discovering and building friendships with other creative people has truly inspired me and pushed me to do more. I’ve developed my blog and Instagram account more and more and am pushing for new opportunities. Unfortunately, time is sometimes missing and I wish I could clone myself to do all of it but it is so rewarding when you get amazing feedback.

I also feel more inspired thanks to surfing and exploring. I have many exciting things coming and can’t wait to see what next year will be like. I love going around Sydney and New South Wales, there is so much to see just a few hours away from your doorstep. I am also planning on more adventures in the future.

Actually, yesterday I had the amazing opportunity of being interviewed on Australian radio 2UE with Aussie legend Tim Webster. Have a listen here to discover more about my story, my travels and my love for Australia!

After two years in Australia, it's time to get to do even more exploring and blogging!

Cheers to another year in the lucky country!

Marine, The Frenchie.

PS: please follow me on Instagram or like my Facebook page for daily updates :)

 

Picture of myself shooting in the stockton dunes by Oli Coultard.

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What to See in Central Coast for a Half Day

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What to See in Central Coast for a Half Day

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It was the middle of Winter in Sydney and me and my friends wanted a nice little break to discover something new: Sydney's Central Coast. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't at its best at first but became pretty sunny throughout the day. We then decided to hit the road with my Honda and explore! I've never been to Central Coast before and we had only an afternoon so we decided to drive around discover the main areas. Leaving the rest for this summer! There's definitely a lot to see but here are some essentials we visited and that you can easily do in one afternoon if you have a car!

How to get to Central Coast:

By car and from Sydney it's pretty easy  to get to Central Coast, you just need to follow the M1. Once on it, you will have several options to exit to where you want. You can take the main exit Gosford as well as it then links roads to the beaches. But I always recommend having a look at Google Maps before of course!Once there, also calculate the times you need in between the places you want to visit. Although it's super fast on the M1, it can take some time while on the coast to get from A to B.

By train, you can get the Central Coast and Newcastle line from Central station in Sydney. It will take you about an hour to reach Gosford. But then if you want to go to the beaches and other places you might have to get a car or take buses, but definitely not at easy! Having a car gives you a lot more options and freedom.

Beautiful Avoca Beach in Central Coast. Photo: Marine Raynard

What to see in a half-day at Central Coast:

1. Avoca Beach

When I hear Avoca Beach, I always think Avocado beach haha! But be reassured, it has nothing to do with avocados (cool thing if it would be). Avoca Beach is a beautiful, wild and large beach at the beginning of Central Coast. It's great for surfers as it generally has good waves and is big enough to welcome all the surfers.

I am not sure about summer but in winter there are so many dogs on the beach! Which if you are a dog (or any animal) lover like me, is a bit of a paradise! There's nothing cuter than seeing those big balls of fur jumping and running in and out the water.

There's also a beautiful little bay with the beach and ocean. Great for photos on a sunny day! (I managed to get the picture right before it was cloudy again.)

Avoca Beach in Central Coast

2. Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Beach is probably one of the most known places in Central Coast. It is very touristy and has lots of cafes, bar and a big hotel where people usually go party.

The beach is nice but a lot less wild and natural as Avoca beach. However, at the end of the seaside walkway, there's a nice short walk with beautiful red rocks. It's good to take a break there and watch the seaside town and its people.

After patting once again way too many dogs, we went for ice cream and smoothies. I recommend this place called “Juicy Junkie” where they have the most wonderful and delicious juices. Bonus for the surfing magazines while waiting.

I also met this photographer from Central Coast, Glenn McKimmin. His pictures taken from helicopters or beaches and ocean are just incredible. We talked a bit of photography, Instagram, landscape photography, gear and what it takes to become a professional photographer. Great meet, I'll definitely come back say hi and if you are looking for beautiful photographs while at Terrigal, have a look!

Finally, for the frenchies, there's a really good French restaurant in Terrigal. It's called “Le Chat Noir” I've passed in from of it and it seemed really nice so I'll make sure to visit again and try it! I've also heard only good things about it from friends.

Terrigal Beach at Central Coast

3. The Entrance

The weather started to deteriorate when we arrived at The Entrance but our timing was great because it was “Pelicans feeding time”, and what a funny experience!

I've seen pelicans before but never seen that many at the same time. It was very impressive and quite entertaining to watch because of the excited pelicans and of all the tourists as excited to watch! It lasts about half an hour and lots of fishes are being thrown around for the pelicans, and everybody is saying “wooow”.

Other than that, we didn’t explore much The Entrance but it seems nice to explore on a sunny day, there are some nice cafes and the possibility to rent some boats to go around the bay for quite cheap.

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4. Nora’s head with Nora’s lighthouse

This is the point where the weather really got bad so we didn’t spend as much time as we wished but still got some nice views from Nora’s lighthouse. Only a short drive away, you can see once again a really nice view of the ocean and rocks next to Nora’s lighthouse. If you are a really good surfer, you can try taking some uncrowded waves out there. Fishing amateurs will also like the place, we’ve seen a few ones on the rocks, rain or shine they are always there!

Finally, you can also visit the lighthouse, there are tours almost every day and several times a day. There are also few houses next to the lighthouse if you wish to stay overnight or more. With the bad weather it looked a bit spooky but on a nice day, it must be a great escape!

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What’s for next time on the Central Coast?

There is so much to do and see around the Central Coast area, you definitely need more than one afternoon to discover the region. My next adventure will definitely be Bouddi National Park on a sunnier day as it looks so scenic and like a great hike. The entry fee is 8 dollars for a day but I am sure very well worth it!

Have you been to Central Coast? Where do you recommend for me to go next time? Let me know your best places and tips!

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Trailblazer exhibition: do you have the explorer gene?

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Trailblazer exhibition: do you have the explorer gene?

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You might find out in a visit of the Trailblazers exhibition and from explorer's adventures at the Australian Museum in Sydney before July 18.

 

I finally got the chance to take a look and it is obvious why it won the Australian Best Exhibition Award for 2016. In an hour or more you can discover Australia’s 50 greatest explorers and how they pushed themselves to the limits. While it is not a big exhibition, you really get to see and understand what drove those explorers to do more and make us change the way we see the world.

 

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From the early Australian days and first Aboriginal explorers to the more contemporary times with astronauts, Trailblazers gives you keys to learning a lot about what it takes to tackle oceans, mountains, deserts and the air. I’d have to say my favourite parts were probably the ocean and the air as they are so unpredictable and mysterious.

As you go through the exhibition, you actually start thinking of what kind of explorer you would be and what adventure you would take on. I also got the chance to meet one of them, Gaby Kennard, the first Australian woman to fly solo across the globe.

 

The great Gaby

Here are a few numbers: Gaby flew 27 years ago in a Piper Saratoga VH-GKF, Maule M7260C Orion, did 39 touchdowns, visited 21 countries, flew at about 28,000 nautical miles, crossed the globe in 99 days and the equator 5 times. She arrived on the 10th of November 1989, the night after the berlin wall fell down. 

 

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More than numbers, her courage and strength got her out of scary and threatening situations. The video she showed at the beginning of her talk at the Australian Museum showed exactly that. I was very impressed of her calm when she encountered her first challenge with her plane engine stopping 5 times in the middle of the Pacific and the second big scare when she was thrown up and down for 4 hours during a thunderstorm close to the African coast.

But her perseverance kept her going, “It is easy to think, ‘oh bad luck, I'm going down the ocean’, but I thought I have to figure this out, I need to see my children again, I have to keep trying, focus and find a solution,” Kennard said about her engine failing 5 times but she kept trying, and she was fine.

On what drove her to start this exceptional adventure, it was certainly the inspiration from Amelia Earhart’s journey being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. But there is more to that as Kennard explained: “If I can make this dream a reality, if people think ‘if she can do this, then I can do what I want’ is the reason why I did this.”

Although being a single mother, and with only 450 hours of flying - Gaby took down all the obstacles and got her commercial license, studied hard and bought her own plane. She mortgaged her house, started with 5000 dollars from Dick Smith and few sponsorships to make her dream come true.

Now 27 years later, she is still standing strong and her kindness and modesty shine. Her journey afterwards has not always been easy but she learnt how to face her fears that the worse thing can happen and that’s ok. Getting the Archibald prize is now her next dream.

 

Myself meeting Gaby Kennard at the Australian Museum

So what makes an explorer?

As Kim McKay, Executive Director and CEO, of the Australian Museum said: « They haven’t found it yet, but I’m sure the adventure gene exists. »

There’s definitely an explorer in all of us - but it yet has to awake. Going on an adventure isn’t always easy. It can take lots of resources, logistics, and planning or it can be totally improvised. It can trigger feelings of excitement, happiness like it can be scary and hard physically and emotionally. But then being an adventurer, isn’t just about trying something new? Getting out a bit of the comfort zone?

What do you think makes an explorer and are you, yourself an explorer? Tell me all about your adventures.

And if you just need to be inspired and are in Sydney, have a look at the Trailblazers exhibition - it will surely trigger some wanderlust and adventurous feelings.

 

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Trailblazer exhibition: avez-vous le gène explorateur?

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Trailblazer exhibition: avez-vous le gène explorateur?

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Vous le saurez peut-être si vous visitez l'exposition “Trailblazers” à l'Australian Museum de Sydney avant le 18 Juillet.

J'ai enfin eu un peu de temps pour jeter un coup d’oeil à l'exposition et j’ai rapidement compris pourquoi elle a remporté le prix de la meilleure exposition australienne en 2016. En une heure ou plus, vous pouvez découvrir les 50 plus grands explorateurs australiens. Et bien que ce ne soit pas une très grande exposition, vous pouvez comprendre comment ces explorateurs ont repoussé leurs limites pour changer la façon dont nous voyons le monde.

 

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Dès les premiers jours d’exploration en Australie avec les aborigènes jusqu’à plus récemment avec les astronautes, Trailblazers nous apprend beaucoup sur comment explorer les océans, les montagnes, les déserts et l'air. Mes parties préférées étaient probablement l'océan et l'air comme ce sont des éléments si imprévisibles et mystérieux.

Au cours de l'exposition, on se prend facilement au jeu à penser quel type d'explorateur l'on pourrait être et quelle serait notre prochaine aventure. J'ai aussi eu la chance de rencontrer une exploratrice exceptionelle: Gaby Kennard, la première femme australienne à voler en solo à travers le monde.

 

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Voici quelques chiffres: Gaby a volé il y a 27 ans dans un Piper Saratoga VH-GKF, a atteri 39 fois, a visité 21 pays, a volé à environ 28 000 miles nautiques, a traversé le globe en 99 jours et l'équateur 5 fois. Elle est enfin arrivée le 10 Novembre 1989 - soit le jour d'après la chute du mur de Berlin.  

 

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Plus que des chiffres, son courage et sa force de s’en sortir lors de situations effrayantes et menaçantes sont admirables. La vidéo de son périple qu’elle a montré au début de son discours à l’Australian Museum a montré exactement cela. J’en été très impressionnée de son calme lorsque son moteur d'avion s’est arrêté 5 fois au milieu du Pacifique et lors de sa deuxième grosse frayeur quand elle a été jetée de haut en bas pendant 4 heures au cours d'un orage près de la côte africaine.

Mais sa persévérance l’a toujours sortie d’affaire. «Il est facile de penser, 'oh pas de chance, je vais tomber l'océan', mais je pensais ‘je dois comprendre le problème, je dois revoir mes enfants, je dois continuer à essayer, me concentrer et trouver une solution," dit Kennard au sujet de son moteur qui s’était arrêté 5 fois et aurait pu disparaitre si elle n’avait pas réussi à le redémarrer en quelques minutes cruciales. Mais elle a continué à essayer, et elle s’en est sortie.

La raison pour laquelle elle a voulu tenter cette aventure exceptionnelle était certainement grâce à l'inspiration du voyage de Amelia Earhart: première aviatrice au monde à voler en solo à travers l'océan Atlantique et autour du monde. Mais il y a plus que ça pour Kennard comme elle a expliqué: «Si je peux faire de ce rêve une réalité, si les gens pensent« si elle peut le faire, alors je peux faire ce que je veux aussi' est la principale raison pour laquelle je fait cette aventure."

Bien qu'étant une mère célibataire, et avec seulement 450 heures de vol - Gaby est passée à travers tous les obstacles et a obtenu son permis commercial, étudié dur et a acheté son propre avion. Elle a hypothéqué sa maison, a commencé avec 5000 dollars de Dick Smith et quelques sponsors pour réaliser son rêve.

Maintenant 27 ans plus tard, elle est toujours debout, pleine de force et sa gentillesse et  modestie brillent. L’après-aventure n'a pas pourtant pas toujours été facile, mais elle a appris à faire face à ses craintes, que la pire chose peut se produire mais que ce n’est pas grave. Obtenir le prix Archibald (le prix le plus prestigieux pour les artistes peintres en Australie) est maintenant son prochain rêve.

 

Myself meeting Gaby Kennard at the Australian Museum

Alors, qu’est ce qu’un explorateur?

Comme Kim McKay, directrice exécutive et chef de la direction de l'Australian Museum, a déclaré: «Ils n’ont pas encore trouvé, mais je suis sûr que le gène d'aventure existe. »

Nous avons tous un explorateur en chacun de nous mais encore faut-il le réveiller. Aller à l'aventure n’est pas toujours facile. Cela peut prendre beaucoup de ressources, de logistique et de planification ou cela peut être totalement improvisé. Cela peut déclencher des sentiments d'excitation, de bonheur, comme cela peut être effrayant et dur physiquement et émotionnellement. Mais être aventurier, n’est-ce pas essayer quelque chose de nouveau? Sortir un peu de sa zone de confort?

Selon vous, en quoi consiste un explorateur et êtes-vous, vous-même explorateur? Dites-moi tout sur vos aventures! Et si vous avez juste besoin d'être inspirés et soyez à Sydney, jetez un oeil à l'exposition Trailblazers - cela déclenchera sûrement des envies d’aventure en vous!

 

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Mes endroits préférés dans les Blue Mountains

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Mes endroits préférés dans les Blue Mountains

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À environ deux heures à l'ouest de Sydney, la région des Blue Mountains est un endroit étonnant à découvrir. Outre les principaux points touristiques, il y a tellement de choses à voir que vous auriez bien besoin de plusieurs semaines pour tout explorer !

C'est l'escapade nature idéale, que ce soit pour les randonnées, la découverte de cascades, ou encore chercher les plus beaux coins aux couleurs de l'automne, comme je l'ai fait récemment.

Avec une superficie de plus de 11.400 km2, les Blue Mountains ont des paysages spectaculaires, des falaises abruptes, des forêts d'eucalyptus et des villages sympas à découvrir. Ce sont des montagnes mais bien sûr vous ne pouvez pas les comparer aux montagnes européennes. Le Mount Werong, le plux haut, culmine à 1215 mètres. Là-bas, vous ne pouvez pas skier (si vous voulez skier en Australie, jetez un oeil à mon article ici), mais néanmoins il peut y faire bien froid l’hiver !

Autumn in Mount Wilson. Photo: Marine Raynard
Autumn in Mount Wilson. Photo: Marine Raynard

Histoire rapide des Blue Mountains

Les Blue Mountains ont été formées il y a environ un million d'années dans le cadre de la formation de Kosciusko pendant le Pliocène. Avant l'arrivée des européens en Australie, la région était déjà habitée par les aborigènes - les peuples Gundungurra et Darug.Il aura fallu longtemps cependant pour completer la construction d'une route à travers les Blue Mountains. Dès les premières explorations, le terrain accidenté avait posé de nombreux défis aux explorateurs car la traversée des montagnes était extrêmement difficile. C’est seulement en 1814 que la première route a été construite grâce à la technique des européens et des aborigènes.

Ce que j’aime dans les Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls et la Charles Darwin Walk

Wentworth Falls est de loin l'un de mes endroits préférés dans les Blue Mountains. Ce lieu offre une vue magnifique et de belles randonnées. J'aime aussi la façon dont l'atmosphère peut changer selon que le temps soit brumeux, ensoleillé voir même orageux ! La promenade Charles Darwin vous permet de suivre les célèbres marches du naturaliste qui s'y promenait régulièrement en 1836. Vous pouvez démarrer la randonnée à partir de Wilson Park et vous promener tout au long du circuit et aussi dans la brousse alentour jusqu'à la fin pour des vues impressionnantes.

The Charles Darwin Walk. Photo: Marine Raynard
The Charles Darwin Walk. Photo: Marine Raynard

Hassans Walls Lookout

Situé à Lithgow, ce point de vue va vous montrer un panorama spectaculaire sur les Blue Mountains. À environ, 1.100 mètres au-dessus du niveau de la mer, vous aurez une vue d'ensemble sur le Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana et le Mount Blaxland et l'ensemble de Hartley Valley en contrebas). Il paraît que c’est encore plus spectaculaire pour le lever ou le coucher du soleil. Je n'y suis allée qu'en journée mais j’ai hâte d’y retourner !

Myself in at Hassans Walls. Edit: Marine Raynard
Myself in at Hassans Walls. Edit: Marine Raynard

Les tunnels de vers luisants près de Lithgow

Soyez prévenu, ceci est une véritable expédition pour y arriver ! Après environ une heure de conduite sur une route très sauvage, poussiéreuse et sans goudron sur le plateau de Newnes, vous pourrez accéder au tunnel de vers luisants, un lieu majestueux et mystérieux. Ma partie préférée avant d'y arriver est de passer avec la voiture dans un autre tunnel massif qui ressemble à un décor de Jurassic Park. Frissons et souvenirs de Disneyland garantis ! Une fois arrivé, il faudra marcher 20 minutes à travers la forêt pour rejoindre le tunnel. Assurez-vous d'apporter des lampes car c’est assez sombre une fois dedans, mais ne les laissez pas allumées trop longtemps sinon vous aurez du mal à voir les vers. C’est mieux d’y aller tôt le matin ou tard le soir, car il peut y avoir du monde. Et si vous n'êtes pas trop peureux, allez y de nuit - frissons encore plus garantis!

Glowworm tunnel. Edit: Marine Raynard
Glowworm tunnel. Edit: Marine Raynard

Mount Wilson en automne

Il y a beaucoup de villages dans les Blue Mountains et je dois encore en explorer la plupart ! Toutefois, s’il vous arrive d'être à Sydney pendant le mois de mai, c’est le meilleur moment pour explorer Mount Wilson et Breenhold Gardens. Vous verrez les plus belles couleurs de l'automne australien ce qui vous laissera ebahi ! Assurez-vous d'apporter votre appareil photo !

Magic happens in the gardens! Photo: Marine Raynard
Magic happens in the gardens! Photo: Marine Raynard

Katoomba et les Trois Sœurs

Bien que ce soit un coin touristique et probablement le plus célèbre des Blue Mountains, je recommanderais de tout de même d'y aller. Très accessible et gratuit, la vue est magnifique sur les montagnes - vraiment - bleues. Vous pouvez également explorer le coin avec de nombreuses promenades. Soyez prudent car plus vous descendez, plus la remontée est difficile haha! Mais cela en vaut vraiment la peine.

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Bonus: Lincoln Rock

Lors de mon dernier voyage à Mount Wilson, nous avons voulu terminer la journée par le coucher du soleil et mon ami Kel a suggeré Lincoln Rock. Bien que ce soit un recoin caché des Blue Mountains, une fois de plus vous pouvez avoir une vue magnifique ! Le rocher plat est assez grand pour s’asseoir et apprécier la vue. Soyez juste prudents si vous allez près du bord, on ne sait jamais !

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 Cela est bien sûr une liste non-exhaustive car il y a tellement de choses à découvrir dans les Blue Mountains. Je veux vraiment y retourner et découvrir de nouveaux horizons !

Que recommanderiez vous :) ? Au plaisir de voir vos commentaires!

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My favourite places in the Blue Mountains

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My favourite places in the Blue Mountains

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Located at about two hours west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains is an amazing place to discover. Apart from the main touristic points, there is so much to see you would need weeks to go everywhere!

For me, this is the perfect nature getaway for hikes, waterfall chasing and autumn leaves chasing as I did recently.

With an area covering more than 11,400 km2, there is a wide range of dramatic landscapes, steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, and cute villages to discover. These are mountains but of course, you can’t compare to the European mountains. There you can’t ski (if you want to ski in Australia, have a look at my article here) but nonetheless, it still gets cold in Winter. The highest point in Mount Werong with 1,215 metres.

Autumn in Mount Wilson. Photo: Marine Raynard

Quick history of the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains formed around one million years ago as part of the Kosciusko Uplift during the Pliocene Epoch. Before the Europeans arrived in Australia, the region was already inhabited by the Aboriginals - the Gundungurra people and the Darug people.

It also took a really long time to figure out how to build a road around the Blue Mountains. From first explorations, the rugged terrain and many challenges made the crossing of the mountains extremely difficult. It is only in 1814 that the first road was constructed thanks to great engineer skills from Europeans and Aboriginals.

What I liked in The Blue Mountains

Wentworth Falls and the Charles Darwin Walk

Wentworth falls is from far one of my favourite places in The Blue Mountains. It has wonderful views, entertaining hikes and so much beauty. I love how the atmosphere can change whether it is foggy, sunny or even stormy!

The Charles Darwin Walk let you follow the famous steps of the naturalist who walked this track in 1836. You can start it from Wilson Park and easily stroll through the boardwalk and bush tracks within the forest until the end of the walk for impressive views.

The Charles Darwin Walk. Photo: Marine Raynard

 

Hassans Walls Lookout

Located in Lithgow, this lookout (among many other cool lookouts around the area) will show you spectacular views over the Blue Mountains. At approximately, 1,100 metres above the sea level you will have an overview of to Mount Wilson, Mount York, Mount Tarana and Mount Blaxland and the whole Hartley Valley below. It is said to be at its most spectacular for sunrise or sunset. I’ve only experience during the day but can’t wait to go back!

Myself in at Hassans Walls. Edit: Marine Raynard

Glow Worm tunnels near Lithgow

Be forewarned, this is a true expedition to get there! Through about one hour of driving on a very wild, dusty and unsealed road in the Newnes plateau, you will arrive to the majestic and mysterious glow worm tunnel. My favourite part before arriving was entering with the car this massive tunnel that just looks like a decor out of Jurassic Park. Thrilling feeling and memories of Disneyland guaranteed!

Once arrived, you have 20 minutes walk through the forest to get to the tunnels. Make sure to bring some lamps as it can get really dark but don’t let them on for too long otherwise, you will have trouble seeing the worms. Best to go early or late as it can get crowded. And if you are not a scaredy cat, go at night. Even more thrilling feelings guaranteed!

Glowworm tunnel. Edit: Marine Raynard

Mount Wilson in Autumn

There are many villages in the Blue Mountains and I have yet to explore most of them! However, if you happen to be in Sydney during the month of may, this would be the best time to explore Mount Wilson and the Breenhold Gardens. You will see the most beautiful colours of Autumn leaves which will leave you with an unshakable feeling of mystery and beauty. Make sure to bring your camera!

Magic happens in the gardens! Photo: Marine Raynard

Katoomba and the Three Sisters

While this is a very touristy and probably the most famous area of the Blue Mountains, I would definitely recommend you have a look at it. Very accessible and free, the lookout offers majestic views on The Blue Mountains. You can also explore the area with many walks around, be careful though the lower you get, the harder it will be to go back up haha! But definitely worth it.

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Bonus: Lincoln Rock

On my last trip to Mount Wilson, we wanted to catch the sunset from somewhere and my friend Kel suggested Lincoln Rock. While this is a small part of the Blue Mountains, once again you can see wonderful views! The giant flat rock is great to sit on and relax and appreciate the view. Just be careful if you get closer to the edge, you never know!

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So this is of course a non-exhaustive list as there is so so much to discover in The Blue Mountains. I really want to go back again and discover new places!

What would you recommend I go to next :)? Looking forward to seeing your comments!

 

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Joyeux anniversaire The Frenchie Escapes

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Joyeux anniversaire The Frenchie Escapes

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16 Avril 2015: c’est avec sur-excitation, peur et joie que je partageai pour la première fois mon nouveau projet et un blog The Frenchie Escapes.

C’est une idée de longue date, sur laquelle je travaillais depuis plusieurs mois jusqu’à que je sois contente de pouvoir la partager avec le monde entier.

The Frenchie c’est maintenant depuis plus d’un an avec plus de 40 articles en anglais et en français, quelques centaines de photographies et certainement des milliers d'heures de travail.Je suis tellement reconnaissante et heureuse que cela fasse déjà un an et une année pleine de bonnes choses. Je dois avouer que tout cela prendre du temps, souvent tard le soir ou tôt le matin à côté d’un travail à temps plein que j’adore aussi mais cela vaut la peine quand on aime ce que l’on fait!Mes moments préférés ont été définitivement de toujours trouver de nouvelles idées, de poursuivre de nouvelles aventures, de rencontrer de nouvelles personnes et plus que jamais partager ce que l’Australie peut offrir.Voici un petit top 3 des articles les plus aimés: 1. S’échapper de Sydney, le Top 10

2. Vivid Sydney à travers l’objectif de The Frenchie

3. Visite à Sydney: les incontournables

Alors, quoi de neuf pour 2016?Beaucoup de choses! Mon cerveau est littéralement plein d'idées et il a du mal à coopérer! Je prévois de faire de nombreuses nouvelles aventures, maintenant je que j'ai une voiture, il est beaucoup plus facile de sortir de Sydney et explorer les environs et les Nouvelles Galles du Sud. Avec un total de 809 444 mètres carrés, j’ai de quoi explorer!Je veux comme toujours partager des belles photographies et pleines d’inspiration. Jour après jour, je me mets de nouveaux défis et essaye de faire mieux et plus fort. Espérons que mon prochain gros achat sera un objectif zoom et peut-être une coque sous-marine pour mon appareil photo (Je dois bien economiser là!)Enfin, mon nouveau grand projet est ma nouvelle chaîne YouTube! Je suis déjà sur Vimeo où j’aime partager mes voyages et découvertes - d'une manière plus artistique - mais cette nouvelle chaîne YouTube sera pour moi l'occasion de montrer un peu plus de moi-même, dans les coulisses et dans l'action des aventures et de la photographie avec je l’espère -  style documentaire . C’est très nouveau pour moi et je ne suis même pas sûre de ce que je fais mais j’espère que vous allez apprécier ces vidéos.

Restez dans les parages car beaucoup de nouvelles choses vont venir (notamment un beau voyage dont je rêve depuis longtemps!) et surtout n’oubliez pas le concours qui est possible jusqu’à Dimanche! Vous avez une bonne chance de gagner quelque chose alors essayez :) The Frenchie Escapes GiveAway X Claire Tincey Design X Sandy Cove Trading Company

Vous pouvez gagner l'un de ces 3 prix:- Une aquarelle A3 carte du monde toile- Une serviette de voyageur "nautique"- Une photographie toile de Bondi Icebergs à la plage de BondiN’hésitez à commenter ou vous savez, juste me dire joyeux anniversaire :)

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Happy birthday The Frenchie Escapes

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Happy birthday The Frenchie Escapes

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16 April 2015, this is with excitement, fear, and joy that I was sharing for the first time my new project and blog called The Frenchie Escapes.

It was an idea I had for a while but been working on for several months until I was happy to share it with the world.

The Frenchie is now 1 and with more than 40 posts in both English and French. Few hundred of photographs and definitely thousand of hours of work.

I am so grateful and happy on how it went for the past year. I have to tell you it is very hard work after-hours when working a full-time job I also love but so worth it.

My favourite moments were definitely brainstorming with myself on new ideas, chasing for new adventures and more than ever sharing the most beautiful places Australia is offering.

As a throwback here is my top 3 of articles most read and liked:

  1. Vivid Sydney through The Frenchie’s lens
  2. Yes, you can ski in Australia
  3. 6 walks in Sydney you must do

So what's in store for 2016?

Many many things! My brain is literally bursting with ideas and I can't even keep up with myself haha.

I am planning on going on many more adventures, now I that I have a car it is much easier getting out of Sydney and exploring the surrounding as well as NSW. With a total of 809,444 square meters I have definitely enough lands to explore!

Beautiful and inspiring photographies as always. Day by day I am taking on new challenges and trying to do better higher stronger. Hopefully, my next big purchase will be a zoom and maybe an underwater housing case! (Gotta save a bit hum!)

Finally, my big new focus is my brand new YouTube channel! I already had a Vimeo channel where I like to showcase my traveling videos - in a more artistic way - but this new YouTube channel will be for me the opportunity to show a bit more of myself in action with adventures and photography in a documentary style channel. This is totally new to me so I can tell you I'm totally scared but I hope you will enjoy those videos. I love and will always love photography but videos are pretty cool too!

Stay tuned for many more new things coming up and don't forget you can win free presents! Check out here this amazing contest I am organising: The Frenchie Escapes GiveAway X Claire Tincey Design X Sandy Cove Trading Company to win one of those 3 prizes:

  • A watercolor A3 world map canvas
  • A traveler towel “nautical”
  • A photography print of Sydney Sunset by me

You can enter via Instagram or Facebook, very simple and you have a decent chance to win!

Don't hesitate to comment or you know, just say happy birthday to me :)

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