Gold Coast, Australia

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Hi Everyone, :)

After rather crazy exciting time at Sydney and Melbourne we headed to Gold Coast in Australia. We were there for a little more than 2 days and we decided to do NOTHING. seriously and we did that. The everyday routine was – wake up, walk in a little lane near our hotel, pick a cutie restaurant for breakfast, come back to the hotel, pack for the beach, soak in the sun, take a dip in the ocean, pick some lunch on way back, get ready for evening, go out for drinks and depending on our mood have dinner outside or do a takeaway. 😛 We did not even roam around much because we were way too dedicated to the sun, sand and the sea. 😀

This was a mixed bag of 2 days. Let me finish off with the bad first.

First our camera stopped working so the pics you see in this post are a mix of my iphone photos and camera photos (until it was working).

We stayed at the Pepper’s Hotel at Broad Beach. It was a gorgeous all white apartment style hotel. I had ever stayed in a hotel like it. It was a home away from home. Plus the location was spot on. It was minutes walking from the beach, shopping areas and restaurants. There are a lot of issues with this. You’d think it is right ‘on’ the beach ( the way it is marketed), it is not. The photos on their site are kind of misleading. There were other sea facing properties that you can pick that would give you a view of ocean when you wake up. The staff was so laid-back. They’d call it a day at 4:30-4:45 and then you’d have to rely on one attendant who is looking after some 100 rooms. The housekeeping was also not good. They’d leave the dishes in dishwasher and expect you to use them from there itself. We had an early morning flight, there was no one to take our luggage downstairs..and this is a luxury property. I could really go on with a lot of other small issues as well. Would not recommend it.

Now the good. We had the most amazing and relaxing time here. After travelling the world so much, Sanjeev and I had a single opinion about the Goa beaches- they are the best. But Gold Coast beaches are the ones that would give some real competition to our Goa beaches. They were huge- I mean you look left or right all youd’ see is the infinite sky and ocean. Plus the water was such that you could have some real fun with the waves. Infact all the beaches that we have been to so far in Australia have been real kickass. So it was a mixed bag of a mini trip to Gold Coast but I only have happy warm memories of the place. I would go back any day to relax and refresh myself in this cute little town.

I hope you enjoy the photos of whatever we could captures during this short trip in our photos!

Wait for some real crazy excitement in our next post from Cairns! :)

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Must Do Things in Sydney : Koalas at Featherdale Zoo, Blue Mountain, River Cruise

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Hi Everyone, :)

I barely got time to share anything on social media for the past 2 days we spent in Sydney. So here’s is the whole dose of what all we did. The trip is moving faster than I am able to blog. Anyway, let me take you around. :)

We spent some time moving around the city. i wore this easy khaki dress. it’s like a mini kaftaan with big armholes, very roomy and perfect for travelling esp when you have to eat at all the yummy bakeries that are out there. 😛

We did a full day tour to the blue mountains  , Featherdale wildlife park and finished off with a gorgeous river cruise. It was a gorgeous day, a bit cold but later the day cleared out and we got to spend a lovely time around. That’s how the day went.

  • We made a stop at katoomba echo point for coffee and basically echo. 😀
  • Then drove up to the blue mountain where we experienced a super steep crazy train ride down the mountain.
  • Then we did a bit of a hike. You can choose to do longer ones but we had limited time.
  • Then we took a cable car up to the mountain.
  • Made a pit stop for lunch at a gorgeous little village called Leura. It was almost like a fairytale town with little cafes, gorgoues tress, autumn leaves..dreamy at its best.
  • Then we went to the Featherdale Zoo. OMGG Koalas!! You’d die of their cuteness. 😛
  • Then we were dropped at a point for a river cruise. BEST THING EVER!

It looks like a lot of things in one day but I felt we had sufficient time to do everything. Just ask your hotel desk for a blue mountain tour. We did the tour via AAT Kings both in Melbourne and Sydney. Highly recommend them.

The next morning before the flight we spent some time lazying around taking walks near the Sydney Harbour, stopping for a coffee and soaking in the last bit of this gorgeous city. OMG!! I can’t wait to come back here already. We seriously needed a few more days there. :)

But Sydney has been our favourite so far. It got madly hectic for us but we loved every single bit of it. The Four Seasons hotel, the experiences we gathered, the food, the people…. it was pure love! I hope you enjoy the photos and donnn’t forget to check out the video. :) . Talk to you soon! Loooadss of love.

Here’s your cheatsheet of must do things ins Sydney

  • Featherdale Zoo
  • River Cruise
  • Sydney Bridge climb
  • Drinks by the Sydney harbour and def photos with Sydney Opera House in the background. :)
  • Spend some time at the Bondi beach. Take a dip at Bondi Icebergs
  • If your health permits you, take some gorgeous walks. We did Coogee to Bondi.
  • Shopping at Queen Victoria’s
  • Darling Harbour is worth visiting any day. They do fireworks every Saturday night.
  • Waverly Cemetery. a hard to believe view.
  • Have gelatos by the Sydney harbour.
  • Walk around. It’s stunning! Stop by for coffee every now and then. :)

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The Magical Sydney, Australia Part 1

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Hi Everyone, :)

We spent around 4 days in Sydney. Check : When you plan a trip to Sydney, plan it for atleast a week. It is probably one of the most magical cities we have come across. Not only it is such a stunner in terms of natural beauty but Australians have created magic with the manmade things as well. There is soooo much to do here and yet find a whole lot of places to chill and relax too. I am sharing a few things in the post that we did –

  • A 3 hour hike from Coogee to Bondi Beach. Do it only if you are a bit fit. It is very tasking. But it is so worth it. The scenery, the sea, and the energy of the people around it makes it all worth it. You get to see the magical Bondi Icebergs too. You can do the walk from Bondi to Coogee as well..whatever you prefer. In that case you’d want to spend time at the Bondi beach and then take a hike. But I feel once you become a beach bum, all you want to do is take a shower and grab some meal.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb : One of the most unique experience we have experienced. I mean it is scary to think that you’d be climbing a bridge that is miles above the sea but it is very safe. You are attached to the bridge all the time. They take photos for you so you don’t get distracted and also enjoy the climb wholeheartedly. You don’t have to be very fit to do this. It’s a slow easy climb. There were some elderly people in our group as well that climbed with us. :)
  • Did some shopping and spent some time at the Queen Victoria Building.
  • Had dinner at the Darling Harbour and enjoyed the gorgeous views. They do fireworks every Saturday.
  • Woke up to the stunning scenery everyday. We stayed at the Four Seasons and it was every bit worth it. Beautifully located and had stunning views. We could not get Park Hyatt that is right at the coast. If you can, definitely give it a go.
  • Also spent one lazy evening at the Sydney Opera house and grabbed some gelatos on our way back. :)

And this is not it. There is more to come. Wait for it! :)) Until next time. I love you a tonnnn!!! Continue reading

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Must Do things in Melbourne, Australia

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Hi Everyone, :)

We spent 4 days in Melbourne and by the end of the 4th day we knew it was time to move on to the next city. We may not have done just about everything that is out there but I think we really touched some of the unique and brilliant experiences that Melbourne has to offer.

Here’s our list of must-do things

  • Eureka Sky Deck : You have to purchase the ticket to reach to the 88th floor and an extra ticket to experience the edge. It’s worth every penny.
  • Phillip Island for Penguin Parade : You have to purchase tickets to watch the show. You have various price range to view the cutie little penguins coming out in the evening after their long day. We’d suggest that you take the underground glass box option to view penguins at the eye view level.
  • Balloon Ride At Yara Valley : Honestly, it was beautiful and balloon rides are always so much fun. I felt it was way too expensive and then they asked us to help them deflate their balloon and wrap things up. As a guest it was really not part of our task. But they took us to a gorgeous winery later on for a lovely breakfast. That was really nice. But Yara Valley on its own is so gorgeous. You can do a lovely wine tour there. Ask your hotel concierge to book it for you.
  • Dracula Cabaret Show : OMG!! It is an adult comedy show. They serve you drinks and dinner. Then they put up some performances. The whole set up is made spooky. the waiters are dressed up as vampires. They also take you through a ghost ride… Scary as hell but brilllliannttt experience. There is a bit of a skin show and adult humour in the show. Wouldn’t recommend it if you have kids along with you. You can book tickets for this through your hotel or online through their website. It’s housefull on most days.
  • 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road : Most people do a day tour. But some people also choose to spent a night in lodges around that area and come back the next day. You can also do hikes around that area. Whatever you choose, it is a MUST do thing in Melbourne. Just ask your hotel or do a bit of your own research to see what suits you. But we decided to do a day tour. It’s a 3 hour drive each side and you get to spend a few hours at the 12 apostles. Plus you also get to stop at many places to click photos. You can drive around on your own or go via a tour with other people. We did the latter. It was brilliant. The scenery changes every minute. It is hard to believe that a world so stunning exists. You can also do a helicopter ride above the 12 Apostles if your budget allows. The price changes according to seasons. But HIGHLY recommended. It take the whole ride to the 12 apostles to an epic level and something that’s yo’d cherish all your life. :)
  • Melbourne Zoo : If you are visiting just Melbourne, it would be fun to see the lovely wild life if Australia. But since we were coming to Sydney, everyone suggested that we visit the Taronga zoo in Sydney. So we skipped that one.
  • Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
  • Puffing Billy Steam Train Day Tour
  • We stayed at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne. A lovely one. Totally recommend it. Plus the location is gorgeous and is close to most main attractions.
  • Shopping Places . Aha! David Jones, Emporio Mall for just about all things shopping, Bourke Street Mall, Flinders Lane, Collins and Elizabeth Streets.
  • We were right across the Evan Walker Bridge so crossed it many times during the day. But the whole SouthBank area is sooo beautiful. It’s worth taking a walk around and stopping by for a nice meal. It was just beautiful every evening.
  • Definitely stop for coffee at various places in Melbourne. They do really ‘happy’ coffees. :)
  • You can also do skydiving n Melbourne if you have the heart to. 😀 Just ask your hotel about it. A lot of people do it around the Great Ocean road.

We are in Sydney at the moment. And if you are really impressed with how gorgeous Melbourne is. Well! wait till we show you Sydney. Catch up with you soon. Mwaaaahhh!!! Continue reading

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Melbourne, Australia Part 1

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Hi Everyone, :)

Sanjeev and I are travelling through Australia this time around. It’s been a while we have gone on a trip so this was a much-awaited one. The beginning of April was real tough on me so I did not start this trip on the most exciting note. I barely shopped or planned anything this time around. But you take things one step at a time, move forward and hope for the best. :) So here I am in Australia living a dream life and being grateful for everything that was and is in store for me. :)

We are staying in Langham Hotel Melbourne. They have given us a gorgeous riverside room. I wake up looking at the beautiful skies, a stunning river flowing underneath and breathtaking skyscrapers. This hotel is totally on our recommendation list.

We have been here for 4 days now and have done some of the most exciting things so far. Sharing the first part of Melbourne, Australia with you all. I’d be sharing Part 2 with must do things in Melbourne in my next post.

The first day we went to Eureka Sky Deck, the tallest building in Melbourne, where you get to see the stunning views of Melbourne from the 88th Floor. Plus there is a sliding glass box, called ‘the edge’, that takes you out of the building with nothing but glass below your feet and the ground 280 meters below. You need a tiger heart to do that. 😛 The scariest and most exciting thing I have done so far.

Then some people connected me through instagram to meet up. I really did not know we had IMBB readers in Australia too. So I contacted everyone on a short note. Only Mehek and Aarthi could make it. I could meet them only for an hour but it was such a pleasure. I would have never thought that my little IMBB would take me this global. :)

Then Sanjeev and I left for Phillip Island to watch the penguin Parade. This was something. Imagine hundreds of tiny little penguins running around cutely in front of you. I mean you’d die of their cuteness. I can’t even… 😀

The next day we started early for a balloon ride to Yarra Valley. We also had to do a winery tour and a zoo visit. But we rather skipped it and came back to the city. We spent time roaming around and shopping. It was such a gorgeous sunny day.

Btw it is slightly cold here in April. You should have light cardigan or jacket handy with you always. Hope you enjoy the pics. I’d share all the details of the trips we booked, how you can plan and more exciting-insane things we have done in Melbourne so far. It is suuuuuch a beautiful place. I am more than ecstatic to see what’s more Austrlia has to offer to us during this trip. :)

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