Our final week together in Byron the van so we wanted to make it one to remember and headed to the Coromandel.
It was a week filled with walking on white sandy beaches and collecting the most amazing seashells.
New Zealand felt so cold in comparison to Australia, so when I heard about Hot Water Beach with natural 65 degree springs it became a must do location. We headed down just before sunrise and at low tide in order to find the springs, you could see where they are because of the steam rising from the sand.
We borrowed a spade from one of the locals and Edd dug away whilst I eagerly waited to get in and warm up. The water was so hot that we actually had to let the sea water in so that the pools were bearable. It was super amazing sat in the sand watching the sunrise through the steam, it was definitely worth getting up early for.
Cathedral Cove was another highlight, walking 45 minutes to a small beach and seeing the rugged archway that has formed in the cliff. Edd was in photography heaven, which was wonderful to see.
Staying in a campervan has been amazing, parking up in secluded spots by the beach and hearing the waves crash at night is something we will always remember.
The van has been our home, shelter, bed, kitchen, security, transport, kitchen and most importantly dependable friend. I hope that this is the start of more campervan adventures to come.
After many a movie watched and attempted sleep on the plane, we have made it – touch down in Melbourne Australia!
During the flight Ally decided to adopt the unconventional ‘nodding dog’ technique while trying to fall asleep, each time waking herself up. Eventually we found enough pillows to prop her head up on my shoulder.
The highlight was seeing the sunrise over the east coast of Australia, Ally spotted it and woke me to say, it was an awesome sight.
Ally’s family welcomed us into their home and we had a great day with her young cousins. The day started with breakfast, although to us it felt like dinner, and was rounded off with an awesome sunset walk to spot some kangaroos. A real treat for the first day here. The landscape is amazing in this area, the first thing that took my breathe away were the trees, especially the one in the photo below.
We’ve only been here a day so far but Australia is everything we each remembered it to be – we can’t wait for the next few months ahead…