Category: Travel

Day 1 | Sydney to Port Macquarie

In case you didn’t believe me when I said I was moving home (which, let’s face it, I don’t really blame you if you didn’t!) here I am to prove you wrong! I am writing my first #roadtrip post from my motel in Port Macquarie, a solid 386km away from Sydney (with only 2218km to go until Cairns…).

It was a pretty early start this morning – I woke up around 6:30am, very excited to get on the road and start my little adventure. I said my final goodbyes to my cousin and her lovely little family and got myself moving.

My first stop of the day – and of the entire trip woohoo! – was the Central Coast. It took me just over an hour and a half to arrive and I’d left Renee’s house early so my schedule was looking good. My original plan had been to spend a bit of time there but once I’d gotten out of the car and taken a couple of snaps of the scenery I realised I wasn’t ready for lunch yet and still had plenty of energy so I hopped back into Jessie Jazz and started driving to my next destination.

It took me an hour to arrive at the Memorial Walk in Newcastle. I’d been keen to have a quick look at it after reading about the stunning panoramic ocean and city views on Trip Advisor. It definitely didn’t disappoint! The memorial itself is very touching and the views are unbelievable. Looking back, I wish I would’ve done the whole walk! I’m sure there will be more opportunities for me to do some stunning coastal walks over my trip through, so I’m not too disappointed!

Once I was finished taking in the sights I drove to the Kotara Westfield for some lunch and a stretch of my legs. I was surprised when I realised that I’d spent two hours wandering through the shopping centre – it was a really nice one with some stores I’d never heard of! I managed to find a copy of a book I’d been wanting to read for a while as well, so I’m particularly excited to tuck myself into bed with it tonight.

I left Newcastle around 2:30pm and started the three hour drive to my motel in Port Macquarie. I was tossing up whether or not to stop at Forster but in the end decided against it as it was my first day of driving and I wanted to get to my motel at a reasonable time. In the end I was glad I skipped Forster because it was nearly 5:30pm by the time I reached my motel, and very dark!

The most exciting part of the day had to be the FREE UPGRADE I got when I arrived at the motel! I was the only person who had booked into a budget room on the lower floor so the kind lady moved me up a floor into a balcony room! Yay, balconies! (I’ve got two beds now as well, y’know, in case I want to push them together for a mega-king-bed. It could happen.)

If all this excitement wasn’t enough, I had a delicious satay noodle dish delivered to me fromΒ Wok ManiaΒ for dinner – so satisfied. Now, I must work out what sights to see tomorrow and get some rest with that book I mentioned earlier… After taking in the fact that I have ACTUALLY left Sydney, because I haven’t really done that yet…

The East Coast

I’ve been very busy over the past few days, planning and packing for my upcoming trip! I have definitely done more planning than packing, but I’ll get to it…

I’m excited that I’ve finalised (most of) my accomodation and stops along the way. I’m only waiting now to touch base with some family to make sure I can stay with them while I’m passing through. I’m very lucky to have so many family members scattered along the way – it will be the best of both worlds! An independent trip, my own time frame, my choice of sight-seeing and my own rules, but visiting the family will keep me from getting too lonely on the road. So, so lucky.

This is what my Trip Planner currently looks like:

22 stops in there, and they are mainly places I’ve never been before! I’m getting more and more excited to explore this beautiful part of the country. I’m very grateful that a trip like this is possible, and that I don’t just have to hop on a plane and leave. This road trip will undoubtedly help soothe the pain of walking away from this mammoth part of my life.

I don’t want to go into too much detail now about the places I’ll be visiting because I’ll be doing lots of posts along the way, but I just thought I’d post my little Trip Planner as a teaser.

Only 14 days to go!

It was super difficult to keep this a secret, but my cousin Renee, her two beautiful baby boys, and I booked a flight in secret and flew to Cairns this afternoon! Nobody knew except for us, so it was a big happy surprise for everyone when we arrived at their doorsteps out of the blue!

First we surprised my parents, who couldn’t believe I was home, then we surprised her parents, who couldn’t believe we were here with their grandbabies! Then we sent a photo to our cousins and invited everyone over for a mini family reunion. It is incredible to be home and to see everyone again. I even hid behind my best friend’s car and gave her a bit of a fright after she finished work, which was awesome! I haven’t seen her in so long, and she flies to Europe tomorrow – so I made it just in time!

It is just so good to be home. Cairns is beautiful. I have some very tough decisions to make over the next week, and it’ll be nice to have my parents and family around to chat to about the whole situation…

Expect updates soon!