I’m excited – I’m taking my first trip since landing here in Oz. We have a long weekend (Labour Day takes place a month later in Australia vs. the US) this upcoming weekend, so I want to preface any blogging silence with this post detailing the agenda (and because I’m giddy with anticipation and I need an outlet).
I’ve dubbed the trip: The Awesome Superfast Gold Coast Roadtrip
I’m starting by flying from Sydney to Brisbane at the CRACK of dawn on Friday morning. I arrive there around 8 a.m., meet up with my travel companion (who booked a flight on a different airline but arrives at the same time I do), grab the car we rented, and drive straight up to Noosa Heads to meet up with my cousin Kelly who just landed here in Australia last week! She’s spending the year in Melbourne as a nanny. Apparently I’m a trendsetter, as I have another cousin coming here to study abroad in January too! I love how clannish my family is – it’s an unspoken rule: if one family member goes, a couple others follow (just to make sure none of these Browns get lost anywhere). When my parents picked up and moved from Philadelphia to California in their mid-twenties, it wasn’t much later that two of their siblings also packed up their families and became West Coasters too. Anyway, I digress.
We are spending the rest of the day and the night checking out Noosa: beaches, bars, shops, etc. We’re staying at the Noosa Heads Motel which seems pretty nice and is centrally located.
We’re hopping in the car first thing in the morning and taking the coastal roads all the way down to Ballina, which is just south of a really popular spot for Sydney-siders called Byron Bay. We plan on making stops all along the way, and probably trying to snorkel at Julian Rocks (I need to get certified to dive!), which is supposed to be AWESOME. We’re staying at the Ballina Beach Resort that evening, which looks delightful (and right on the beach).
Then we head back North to Brisbane so Kelly can get to work on Monday, but will probably try to stop and see the glowworms at the caves at Springbrook National Park. We’ll get Kelly on a bus back to Noosa Heads so she can attend to her children, then will crash out at Diana Plaza Hotel (probably after a few good drinks for all our driving). The next morning, I’m planning on frolicking with Australian wildlife (might finally get that koala picture my friends have been hassling me about). We’ll end out by exploring Brisbane for a day, probably by boat tour before we have to get to the airport and fly home Monday night to prep for the week ahead.
So if you don’t hear from me for a while, don’t worry! I’ll try to post from the road because nothing beats capturing an experience accurately like chronicling it as it’s happening, but I make no promises. I do promise posts next week with lots of photos and (hopefully humorous) anecdotes about the trip.
Until then, I’ll leave you with this deep and very inspiring quote from one of my favorite Lost Generation authors, and the original American Expatriates: