Lake House at Smith’s Lake

Here are some photos of the beautiful house we had to ourselves for 2 nights on Smith's Lake, a vacation community in the Great Lakes region south of Forster. We only wish the weather had been nicer, so we could've sat out on the gorgeous multi-level deck in the evenings… We arrived at the house in…

Dorrigo National Park

After a delicious breakfast of a sausage pie sort of thing, we packed up and headed out. It had been recommended to us by our hostess’ friend that it would be worthwhile to take a detour and see Dorrigo rainforest, up in the mountains not far south of Sawtell, so we decided to do that.…

Barrels

After another delicious tea (involving really yummy crumb cake), and a little nap, we went out to dinner at a surf-themed tapas bar called Barrels. Barrels – web This is a photo from their website, but we actually sat at that high table on the right, just inside the open-air back patio. It was kind…

Creekside Inn

Creekside Inn – web Creekside Inn was our home for two nights in Sawtell. It's a very nice B&B with three guest rooms. We had reserved the Garden Room, which was a little more money because it had an extra bed for Alex; still better than having to get two rooms, and still not bad…

Sunny Sawtell

Sunny Sawtell … not so much. Here are some photos from our rainy, windy, chilly walk from the Sawtell headland, up the beach, to the lookout, and along the cliffside pathway.       Sawtell headland   Don't get me wrong, we could see it's a very pretty area, and it was beautiful in a…

Trip to Sawtell

We left Brisbane pretty early Monday morning, after picking up Alex and all his belongings, and drove the 5 or 6 hours to Sawtell. Along the way, we stopped for breakfast at a service center which had a coffee shop and also hot cooked breakfasts. The highway was 4-lane for a while out of Brisbane,…

Stormy weather

Storm on Mt Coot-tha We decided to go to dinner at the Summit Restaurant at the top of Mount Coot-tha, overlooking Brisbane, because Alex had been wanting to go up there, but hadn't made it yet. It wasn't too far a drive (same side of the city as Toowong), but by the time we wound…

Day 2 in Brisbane

Wordsmith Cafe After a delicious "brekky" at the Wordsmith cafe next to the bookstore on campus…             Alex took us by City Cat to the Saturday open-air markets on the South Bank and at an area called Riverside. The South Bank market had a special area that day for booths…

Finally, real life

After 4 months of seeing photos only of things like surfing, frisbee, and travels, we finally got to see the more mundane side of Alex's life here in Brisbane…   Bicycle Parking Al and I woke up with the sun at 4:30 (yipes!), and then sat around and read our books till it was time…

Dinner on the South Bank

  Brisbane late afternoon For dinner we decided to go to a brewpub in the city, so after showering and changing, we walked to a bus stop since Alex thought that might be quicker to get to where we wanted to go. After walking up and down Albert St a couple times, we found the…