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Gold Coast Snapper Rocks

Gold Coast Adventures of the Over-30 Set

When I first came to the Gold Coast as a 23-year-old, I was attracted by the bright lights of Surfers Paradise. My friend Alexa and I laid out on the beach all day, then hit up the bars at night. We visited Surfers to verify its reputation as a tacky, glitzy party town. Since that’s […]

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A Month in Brisbane

I was trying so hard to stay in chronological order on the blog, but I just can’t. I’m so close – all I need to write about is the Gold Coast and Tropical Fruit World – but I have to get back to real time. Jared and I have been in Brisbane for a month, […]

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Cape Byron Australia

How Not to Ask a Stranger to Take Your Photo

Byron Bay contains the most easterly point in mainland Australia. Like any good point of interest, there is a sign legitimizing it. If you want a picture of yourself with the sign, you either have to wait in line or sneak in like a ninja when the other people are examining the photos they just […]

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Byron bay NSW

Good Omens in Byron Bay

We booked seven nights in Byron Bay, and the sun was shining when we rolled into town. It was a good omen, I thought, while fighting the crowd in the surf for a piece of wave. The next day I dropped my phone on the concrete floor of the camp kitchen, smashing the screen. It […]

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Yamba NSW

Is Yamba Still the Best Town in Australia?

When I first moved to Newcastle I was not impressed. It struck me as dull and suburban, especially in contrast to London, where I’d most recently lived. Newy lacked the backpacker vibe I’d loved in Coffs, and if I wanted to get to the beach from my in-laws’ place, I had to drive. Like, in […]

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Coffs harbour NSW

Return to Coffs Harbour

I first arrived in Coffs on an overnight bus from Sydney, unaware that the town would play a pivotal role in my life. I planned to stay for weeks but stayed for months, extending my flight back to the US because I wasn’t ready to leave. It’s where I learned how to be a backpacker […]

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