BONDI TO COOGEE WALK

You know my feelings about a good coastal walk: enthusiastic. Very.

Sydney is, of course, an amazing city. Lots of people. Lots of energy. And lots of traffic.

Maybe that’s why spending some time stretching your legs and breathing in the salty air on this walk feels really good and refreshing.

We hit the track nice and early one recent Sunday morning and made it to Coogee, about 6km down the track, before needing to be back in town.

Here are some snaps from this beauty of a walk –

Early morning in Bondi, nice and peaceful, before the crowds

You’ll pass the iconic Bondi Icebergs Club as you weave around the headland. It’s pretty impressive in the morning light.

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THE BEACH

It’s no secret that the beach is my preferred location.

Sun, surf and and cool clear water. Salty hair, sand everywhere. I’ll take it all.

So before we get into our Italy recap, I thought I’d share some snaps from what was a particularly good beach weekend.

North Burleigh proved a great spot for a relaxing Australia Day.

Not a bad backdrop to listen to the hottest 100.

Did the Burleigh rainforest walk on Saturday, starting at the main Burleigh beach and winding around the headland.

At 2.3km return, it’s an easy walk with some stunning scenery.

You’ll see plenty of pandanus and eucalypts trees and pretty rainforest.

You know my feelings on a good beach-though-the-trees shot.

Make sure you head all the way up to Tumgun Lookout for this spectacular view –

Look at that water. Perfection isn’t it?

Tallebudgera creek continued to turn on the magic Sunday morning.

Honestly, you’re just showing off now

Sunday afternoon with the girls meant it was time to try out this frose recipe from Vogue Living.

Watermelon + sparkling rose + ice + lemon = delicious

Archer made us this amazing Oh She Glows vegan chilli to cover our pool-snacking-needs. No photos though because we were starving from the surf. It happens. 

Some people are a bit anti-Surfers Paradise. I’m not one of them.

I simply can’t dislike a stretch of sand that allows for such good beach walks.

This was my sunrise walk before back to work on Monday –

Just quietly, I’m thinking battling the M1 traffic might be an OK trade-off if I can wake up to this every morning?

And as all good long weekends should, we ended things with an early morning breakfast at Elk before our drive back.

I hope your year is off to a great start!

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LONG WEEKEND PERFECTION – PORT DOUGLAS

A beach weekend is always a good idea. But if you combine that with the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, it moves out of good idea territory and into get your togs and book it to the airport right now territory.

Port Douglas. A truly incredible town, so stunning and so fun and the only place on earth where two World Heritage Sites actually meet.

So when the question pops up – should we long weekend in Port Douglas? The answer is an easy one (You Already Know feat. Port Douglas, bethandarcher.com).

First up, it’s super easy to get to. Carins is just a two hour flight from Brisbane (three hours from Sydney) and just like that, you’ll feel the tropical north the second you get off the plane.

The drive to Port Douglas takes about an hour and is super picturesque.   You’ll also love the fact that it’s super straightforward – just follow the main road leading from Cairns up the Coast for an hour and you’re there.

Make a quick detour to Palm Cove (about 20 minutes into the drive) for amazing brunch spots and views like this.

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THE BYRON BAY LIGHTHOUSE WALK

Sometimes in life you’ve got to follow the lead of the Hemsworth brothers and get yourself to Byron Bay. 

Really, for your own wellbeing you should drop what you’re doing right now and go if that’s at all possible. In fact, I hereby volunteer to drive. Archer can DJ the trip with her typical uplifting and predominately hip-hop based playlist.

Byron has all the things we love – great beaches (and plenty of them), amazing natural surrounds for hiking and exploring, great cafes and bars and some pretty incredible places to stay.

And it’s also home to one of the most beautiful walks in Australia – the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk.

Here’s our how-to guide for one of our all-time-favourite walks.

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SAND DOLLAR BEACH

Sitting below impressive cliffs on the southern Big Sur coastline you will find a crescent shaped stretch of sand, known as Sand Dollar Beach.

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This is the longest, and perhaps easiest to access, beach on the Big Sur coast. And it’s gorgeous.

A perfect spot for a walk or a picnic.

So what is a ‘sand dollar’ anyway? 

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