A Mother and Daughter Trip to Australia

Oh my goodness, the end of last year was so packed full of happenings that I'm only now getting around to posting about the mother and daughter trip that I took with Jessica at the end of November! We've had a full and fabulous family festive season that has morphed into a slow January... and I've been loving every minute of it!


Anyway, what an awesome idea it was to go away, just the two of us, for some fun in the sun last year! Mother-daughter trips are the bomb, I tell ya. Fun, fun, fun, but I'm not going to lie, there were a few arguments and frustrations along the way. Turns out that the expectations of this middle-aged woman and her 20-year-old can be slightly different. But, for the most part, we had a fantastic time together. And a good few laughs too.

That kid of ours is such a fun person to be around and is always game for an adventure - so we made the most of every day that we were away.

We divided our time between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, on Australia's East Coast. And the weather played along very nicely so we got to soak up lots of vitamin D every day while we were there.


We stayed at a lovely hotel on the GC which was ideally situated a short walk from the beach.

QT, Gold Coast

QT, Gold Coast

QT, Gold Coast

On one of the days that we were there, we took the tram and bus to Movie World for a day of theme park fun. And I've got to say that I dug deep getting onto some of those roller coasters that day. Shoo. Scary stuff, but so satisfying to have conquered my fears.


Movie World, Gold Coast

Movie World, Gold CoastMovie World, Gold Coast

Movie World, Gold Coast

Movie World, Gold Coast

Movie World, Gold Coast



On other days, we took advantage of the great weather and headed to the beach.



QT, Gold CoastQT, Gold Coast

QT, Gold CoastQT, Gold Coast


And then we boarded a Greyhound bus and drove south to Byron Bay:


And boy, was that little surf town so very beautiful and quaint (albeit full of tourists).

One morning we set off on the coastal walk to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. It was a gorgeous walk and the beaches we encountered along the way were phenomenally pretty.









And after much huffing and puffing (on my part), we made it up to the Lighthouse:

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Byron Bay Lighthouse

Byron Bay LighthouseByron Bay Lighthouse

And the views from up there made it all worthwhile. Wow.

And then a storm rushed in and soaked us to the bone! I kid you not. The heavens opened and we were completely and utterly drenched! I duly called an Uber to drive us back to our hotel. Hahahaha! Such a crazy experience. And such a quick change of weather! 

I'm so pleased we got to finish our walk up, though. And to be honest, I was rather relieved to be Ubering back, not walking! Hah. (Note to self: work on fitness!)

The Byron Bay General Store

There are so many lovely restaurants and cafes in Byron Bay and we tried quite a few of the ones recommended by our hotel concierge.

And getting to talk to Jessica about life, future plans, goals, and everything else - was so special, and hugely beneficial. It's always good to get one-on-one time with each of my children, to find out what's going on in their minds, in more depth than what we usually get to do. It definitely gives me more insight into their thinking and where they see themselves going, what they're struggling with and what makes them happiest.

I loved our special time together.

The Byron Bay General StoreThe Byron Bay General Store

And Byron Bay sure is a cute town to have enjoyed it in.

Spell & the Gypsy Collective

We stayed in a lovely hotel called The Lord Byron which had some very charming features.

The Lord Byron Hotel

The Lord Byron Hotel

The Lord Byron Hotel

The Lord Byron HotelThe Lord Byron Hotel

The Lord Byron Hotel

The Lord Byron Hotel

And after our sunny, relaxed days in BB, we headed back to the GC for our final couple of days before heading home:

QT, Gold Coast

QT, Gold Coast




So I'm thinking that I'd like this to become a little family tradition with all of my kids when they're 20. Not a bad idea, right?

Until next time, 'Stralia.



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