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Living in Brisbane : Expat diary part 3

Living in Brisbane : Expat diary part 3

LIVING IN BRISBANE EXPAT DIARY PART 3

We have now spent 4 months living in Brisbane (and a total of nearly 8 in Australia). Although the weather was a little wet throughout February and March (it is the rainy season) we did manage a few trips. I have also spent some time in Northern Queensland for work which was really enjoyable.

So what have we been up to since my last update?


A WEEKEND IN NOOSA AND PEREGIAN BEACH


I have been wanting to visit Noosa for a long time – I think I read somewhere that Brad Pitt owns/owned a villa there! I will be doing a more in-depth post about our weekend there soon but I will spill the beans right now about Brad Pitt. He was a bit like the koala in the national park – nowhere to be seen.

The weather was not great though did improve on the Monday so we had a few hours on the main beach at Noosa. There was also a surfing competition on over the weekend so Noosa was very busy. Normally Noosa beach is packed so we were quite lucky to be able to enjoy one of the best beaches on the East Coast of Australia with only a few hundred others!! This is my husband looking smug as it is a Monday morning and he isn’t at work!!

Noosa Main Beach

We stayed in Peregian Beach and not in Noosa because it is more affordable for accommodation!

We were very lucky to find a vacancy at The Retreat Beach Houses. To say that the villa we had was superb would be an understatement – it was absolutely perfect. The view of the beach and ocean from the private balcony was stunning. The villa was well equipped and decorated. Each villa has a full kitchen with dishwasher and oven and separate laundry facilities. The spacious lounge has a flat-screen TV and a DVD player (there are DVD’s available to borrow from the on-site office)

There is a tennis court and a lagoon-style pool as well as BBQ facilities on the 5-acre property. We found the managers Dan and Nora extremely helpful and friendly and they ensured we had a comfortable stay. The Retreat Beach Houses are in an ideal location – only a 5 minute drive to the shops and restaurant of Peregian Beach and Noosa Heads only a 10 minute drive away.

If you are planning a trip to Noosa I would highly recommend staying at The Retreat Beach Houses.

the retreat beach houses peregian beach Living in Brisbane expat diary part 3

 

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TOWNSVILLE


I am very lucky in my day job to have to opportunity to travel and my first business trip was to Townsville in Northern Queensland. We already have a soft spot for this part of Queensland after spending 3 months in Mackay but this is as far north as I have been so far and I really loved it.

A palm tree on the Strand in Townsville

We stayed on The Strand with beautiful views of  Magnetic Island. The restaurants on The Strand are also pretty awesome and if you are lucky you may spot black parrots (believe me you will hear them first!!!!)

We will be passing through Townsville again in July on our road trip from Brisbane to Port Douglas so more about Townsville coming soon!


LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY


We are members of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and it is always a great day out. I have been taking some photography lessons (I think I would fail if there was an exam) but I am enjoying practicing! As you can see there are more than just koala at the sanctuary!

Peregrin Falcon - living in brisbane

 

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A VISIT TO DAYBORO


One amazing this about living in Brisbane is the sheer amount of fantastic places to explore at a weekend. We take a picnic and go for a drive, a walk and enjoy all that Queensland has to offer. This month we took a drive to Dayboro a quaint little town a short drive north of Brisbane. It has some of the best craft shops, cafes and bakeries and some of its buildings date back to the 1800’s.

You can take a drive up Mount Mee (yes I know!) and stop in the state park for a hike through the forest – we saw a wallaby on the path in front of us as well as birds and lizards.

Mount Mee and Dayboro - living in Brisbane

Go for a walk at Mount Mee then go for cake and coffee and a shop at Dayboro! Perfect day out!

WHAT I LEARNT THIS MONTH


Well not that much so I must either have learnt it all (nope) or I have acclimatised as it were to the Aussie way of life! (possibly)

So this month I learnt

  1. The name Megan is pronounced Meeeeeeeeegan….probably not if you were named Megan before moving to Australia (do you have to correct people all the time like I do “no e” there is “no e” in Tracy!!!)
  2. You can’t have a rabbit as a pet in Queensland – nope no cute bunnies here. Unless you want to pay a huge fine. I guess knowing that rabbits breed – like rabbits – is enough of a clue of the reason why. So many native Australian species have been lost due to the introduction of foreign species which have thrived here. Some of these species jumped off ships a few hundred years ago but others were deliberately introduced (think cane toads)

So that is it for my Feb/March round-up of living in Brisbane. Next month I anticipate telling you all about the bush tucker I tried during our tour (wichitee grub anyone??) and of course there may be a few photographs of Uluru!!!!

Keep travelling!

Tracy


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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

Dream it, plan it, do it!!

Tracy

“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”
-- Michael Palin