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Nom and Om – relax in Sydney with Brunch and Buddhism

By Chris K

Today’s Itinerary

  • 8AM – Find peace relaxing in the placid waters at Balmoral Beach.
  • 9AM – enjoy the best brunch in Sydney at the Bathers’ Pavilion.
  • 11AM – take a relaxing drive down to Wollongong.
  • 2PM – find your centre at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple.
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The theme for today is peace and relaxation. We’ve heralded the brand new year in Sydney with a celebration of all things pyrotechnic, watching the Harbour Bridge light up at midnight. After a day to slowly recover from all that excitement, we’re going to find some time and space today to centre ourselves, and set ourselves on the path we want to follow for the coming year.

We don’t have a jam-packed agenda today, but what we do have planned, we’re going to immerse ourselves in. Literally and figuratively!

Bather's Pavilion at Balmoral Beach is the best place for a relaxing brunch in Sydney

The view from the Bathers’ Pavilion out towards the Sydney Harbour headland.

8AM – find peace in the placid salt-water at Balmoral Beach in Sydney’s north

Bather's Pavilion at Balmoral Beach - right on the water at Balmoral, so a swim is essential before brunch!

A gorgeous day looking in the water at Balmoral beach, looking back to Bathers’ Pavilion. Photo by kerno.

You could easily visit Sydney and pass right on by Balmoral Beach. This almost hidden suburb, nestled off the busy Military Road that leads over the Spit Bridge to Manly and beyond, is tucked away from sight. And yet if you drove on past Balmoral you’d miss an amazing experience.

Driving down the incredibly steep Awaba Street, foot firmly on the break, we’re amazed to see people running up the hill! They’ve started their New Year resolutions with admirable dedication.

With our eyes firmly fixed on the horizon, with stunning view that stretch to Sydney’s North Head and beyond into the Pacific, we park the car and head down to the beach. At 8 AM in summer the water is going to be wonderfully refreshing, and no matter what you have to stay in the water until you’ve gotten used to the temperature.

It’s time to shake off the excesses from New Year’s Eve and put in for some vigorous splashing about.

There’s a brunch to earn, after all.

9AM – the best brunch in Sydney at the Bathers’ Pavilion

We shake the water from our hair and head just across the sand into the Bathers’ Pavilion salivating at the thought of the food that awaits.

The amazing brunch at the Bathers' Pavilion in Balmoral, Sydney, Australia.

The amazing brunch offered at the Bathers’ Pavilion includes the best baked beans you’ll likely ever eat! Photo by kerno.

There really is no brunch like a Bathers’ Pavilion brunch. Serge Dansereau has turned a run-down old bather’s building into a Sydney institution, with both casual cafe and more formal dining areas. As we are still in out

The food is wonderful, and with amazing variety. Just a few favourites are the house-made baked beans, the french toast, and the oven-roasted tomatoes sprinkled with oregano. We’ll have several coffees here, but an additional treat with our meal is the cranberry and watermelon cocktail – perfect for a summer’s day that is already warming up.

It’s easy to lose track of time here, watching the passersby on the promenade and the endless swell washing onto the beach. As they say in ‘The Castle’ – how’s the serenity?

11AM – take a relaxing drive down to Wollongong

Our bellies full and our heads slightly buzzing from all that coffee, we pile into the car and hit the open road.

From Balmoral, it is just a one and a half hour drive down to Wollongong, where our next destination awaits. A real highlight are the views from the high bluffs as we approach Wollongong, with a great view over the southern beaches of Sydney.

2PM – find your centre at the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple

You can see the Nan Tien Buddhist temple as you approach, and we all agree it is an odd sight.

A tall tower and massive orange roof rise above the city of Wollongong, looking lost amidst modern Western architecture. And yet, it does exists, and what’s more, we’re visiting today!

The Nan Tien Buddhist temple is reputed to be the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere, and it is easy to believe when we arrive and see the size of the structure.

The imposing steps leading into the main temple, flanked on either side by stone lions, lead up to a place of worship and of great beauty, with panoramic views stretching to Mount Kembla.

Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in Wollongong, Sydney, Australia, is the place to relax

Photo by woof69, CC License

The smiling Buddha statue in the grounds of the Nan Tien Temple, Sydney, Australia

Photo by ss2001, CC License

We begin our afternoon with a Temple tour, which costs $4.00 per person. The guide explains to us the origins of Buddhism, the history of the temple, and leads us around the incredible grounds of the temple. Populated with statues representing Buddhist faith, they are both solemn and amusing.

Once our tour is complete, we have the option of participating is several choices of course. We can choose from Tai Chi, Calligraphy, Meditation, and Basic Buddhism.

Personally, the appeal of relaxing the mind and finding our centre is very strong, especially at such a reflective time of year. All of us complete the Meditation session, and then awaken our bodies with a course on Tai Chi.

The temple runs intensive courses, including weekend retreats, throughout the year.

Invigorated and inspired the leap ahead into the new year, we watch the setting sun fall behind the distant mountain ranges, and ponder – where are we going next?

What amazing travel destinations are you hoping to visit this year?

Tell us in the comments!

See the Fireworks in Sydney on New Year’s Eve

By Chris K

Today’s Itinerary

  • 9AM – Grab your picnic food and drinks
  • 11AM – Grab your spot on the Harbour for the fireworks
  • 9PM – Family fireworks show in Sydney Harbour and Darling Harbour
  • 12PM – New Year’s Eve in Sydney! We’re gonna party like it’s 1999!
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We’ve made it to Sydney after an amazing road trip through the East coast of Australia. It’s the end of a long, fantastic year of travel and inspiration, and it’s time to let our hair down a little.

Ok, a lot.

We’re in Sydney for New Year’s Eve, and there’s only one show in Sydney that we need to see – the fireworks!

What is it about fireworks that can make grown men and women gasp and gaze into the sky slack-jawed with wonder? Could it be that we feel like we are looking into the universal truth about our origins, or is it just that we like to see pretty colours and things exploding? We don’t know, but maybe after a few champagnes on NYE we’ll have a better answer.

One thing we do know for sure it that we’ll be witness to the best New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the world.

Want proof? Check out this infographic provided by the City of Sydney.

what on sydney? sydney harbour bridge fireworks on new year's eve

Infographic by City of Sydney

Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks Facts:

  • Sydney’s NYE fireworks display draws the largest crowd in the world, of approximately 1.5 million people
  • over a billion people watch the Sydney Fireworks on television
  • there are more than 100,000 individual fireworks set off on New Year’s Eve
  • and the whole event is carbon neutral!

source: City of Sydney

The plan for New Year’s Eve in Sydney

The plan is to have a picnic on New Year’s Eve, staking out a spot with an amazing view as early as possible.

There are over 1.5 million people trying to get a great view of the fireworks, remember! So don’t be surprised if you get there late and find all of the good spots taken. With so many people wanting to be dazzled by the spectacular fireworks and the amazing party atmosphere, we need to find a venue, fast!

Luckily, there are many options all around the harbour to see the fireworks, and these include locations that are alcohol free or BYO (bring your own), that have disabled access, and that provide food and beverage available to purchase. It’s an important decision to make, because you don’t want to be uhm-ing and ahh-ing on the morning of New Year’s Eve.

We need to know where to go! So to kickstart your research, we’ve done some of the heavy lifting for you below.

By far the most up-to-date information on New Year’s Eve locations in Sydney is provided by the City of Sydney here.

Sydney NYE Tip:

There are plenty of options to choose from when trying to decide which is the best place to see the fireworks on NYE, but recently, many of the most popular sites have introduced limited access with ticketing. You’ll need to purchase tickets in advance to get into some of the most popular places to New Year’s Eve in Sydney.

Here are 11 amazing places to watch the fireworks in Sydney on New Year’s Eve

Our top spots to watch the fireworks, culled from years of research and personal experience in trying to get as close to the action as possible!

1. Sydney Opera House

  • Address: Bennelong Point, Circular Quay, 2001
  • Capacity: 4,200
  • Open from: 6.00am
  • Open till: 2.00am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

There aren’t very many places that offer vantage points as good as the Sydney Opera House. Just imagine standing underneath those gleaming sails as the sky above you explodes in outrageous colour combinations that only Sydney can pull off. There’s limited capacity here so make sure you get in as early as you can – but you’ll be glad you did.

2. Dawes Point (Tar-Ra) Park

Wondering what to do in Sydney? Why not get an amazing view of the fireworks by showing up early to secure your spot.

Photo by Nigel Howe, looking back to Dawes Point and the Harbour Bridge. CC License

  • Address: Parkland, Dawes Point Park, The Rocks
  • Capacity: 25,000
  • Open from: 12:00am
  • Open till: 12.00am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

The official City of Sydney NYE website says that “there’s only a limited view of the fireworks”. Well, that may be the case if you leave your run too late – but most revellers on the lower end of George Street in the Rocks are having way too much of a good time to pay attention to when the fireworks are about to start. If you make your way down towards the bridge at around 11:30 PM, you might be able to sneak yourself into a good position.

3. East Circular Quay

  • Address: Promenade, Alfred St, Sydney, 2000
  • Capacity: 4,500
  • Entry Fee: FREE

A location that will fill up fast, and can get quite crowded. You’ll have a spectacular view but keep in mind that once capacity is reached, access will be closed and there will only be pass-outs until 10PM.

4. Campbell’s Cove

  • Address: Hickson Rd, Sydney, 2000
  • Capacity: 6,000
  • Open from: Midday
  • Open till: 12.30am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

Campbell’s Cove has got to be one of the best places in Sydney to watch the fireworks. A great view of the Harbour Bridge and directly across from the Opera House, you’re really in the middle of the action here.

5. The Cahill Expressway …what?

The Cahill Expressway – yes, that’s right folks – on a road! Not just any road though – the Cahill Expressway has got to have one of the best views in all off Sydney, taking in both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House from it’s position above Circular Quay. This year, Transport for New South Wales are running a competition to watch the fireworks from the Cahill Expressway, with a family-friendly event planned.

6. Mrs Macquarie’s Chair

  • Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, 2000
  • Capacity: 17,000
  • Open from: 10.00am
  • Open till: 12.30am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, is a perennial favourite for watching the fireworks. Do note, however, there is a long, long list of restrictions for this site. These include;

  • All patrons entering the site will be subject to security searches
  • No BYO alcohol
  • No glass
  • No unsealed beverages, including water
  • No pets
  • No plastic sheeting/tarps
  • No tents, pegs or shade structures
  • No barbecues
  • No bicycles
  • No sharp or serrated knives
  • No bean bags, mattresses or inflatable furniture
  • No sparklers
  • No footballs
  • No frisbees

So beware! And leave the frisbee at home this New Year’s Eve.

7. Harbourlights

  • Location: Fleet Steps South, Mrs Macquarie’s Point
  • Open from: 6.30 pm
  • Open Till: 1.00 am

Prepare to bring in the New Year at this 18+ only party.

8. Lawn with a View

  • Location: Bennelong Lawn, Tarpiean Way, Sydney 2000
  • Open from: 7.00 pm
  • Open till: 12.30 am

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic rug to this one! Some other essential NYE picnic items are;

  • Champagne or Australian Sparkling Wine
  • bottled water
  • plenty of food – dips, chips, sausage rolls, olives, oysters, prawns…let your stomach guide you
  • speakers for your iPhone/iPod
  • sunscreen – you’ll need it if you’ve gotten in early to get a good spot. Make sure it’s SPF 30+, and reapply
  • insect repellent
  • playing cards or board games
  • camera and tripod

9. Blues Point Reserve

  • Address: Blues Point Road, McMahons Point, 2060
  • Capacity: 12,000
  • Open from: Midday
  • Open till: 12:30am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

A bit tough to get to if you’re staying in town, but the advantage of distance is perspective – and you’ll have a great perspective of the action.

10. Bradfield Park

  • Address: Alfred Street, North Sydney, 2061
  • Capacity: 50,000
  • Open from: Midday
  • Open till: 12:30am
  • Entry Fee: FREE

This is one of the absolute best locations in Sydney to watch the fireworks, but this is one spot that will fill to capacity pretty quickly. Get in early, and grab your spot.

11. Goat Island

Goat Island – funny name, but it has some spectacular views of the fireworks during New Year’s Eve. It is ticketed but the good news is that your ticket includes the cost of return transport from King Street Wharf in Sydney.

Best Family Friendly Place to Watch the Fireworks

Bradley’s Head

With no alcohol allowed here and bag searches to make sure, plus plenty of entertainment provided for the kids, they’re sure to enjoy the night leading up to the biggest fireworks display in the world.

Taronga Zoo

Roar with the lions as the fireworks light up the sky. This is definitely a family-friendly place to watch the fireworks, and the proceeds from ticket sales go to supporting the Lemurs. Goodness knows they’ve had a tough year!

Best place to camp out for New Year’s Eve

Cockatoo Island

Enjoy three days of camping, with barbeques, asian feasts, and hot breakfasts, as you both settle in to enjoy, and recover from, the fireworks display that’s taking place right above you.

The most expensive place to watch the fireworks?

Blu Bar, The Shangri-La Hotel: Granted, you’ll have an incredible panoramic view of Sydney, but at $600 per person, you’d almost expect to be able to set off your own fireworks!

Make sure you take some amazing New Year’s Eve Photographs

Our tip: don’t forget to bring your tripod! It will help you make sure your photographs are super-sharp. Ken Rockwell gives some more detailed tips on taking photographs of fireworks.

For inspiration, have a look at this gallery (and thank the many talented photographers, who have generously shared their pictures under a Creative Commons License.

Oh, what a night!

So – have you found a pozzy? (as they say in Oz – they mean, “have you found a good location”).

Great. Let’s kick our shoes off, enjoy some amazing food and fantastic wine, and count down to the New Year will all of our friends and family, past and present.

From Jacob and Chris, a big thankyou to everyone who has made our year one of the best ever. We can’t wait to keep travelling with you, next year and beyond.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Road Trip, Sunset Cruise, Joy Flight, Wine Tasting, In Heaven?

By Jacob Aldridge

Today’s Itinerary

Beach Sunrise - not just blue

Sunrise in Yamba, northern New South Wales. Photo by Mark Wassell, Licensed under Creative Commons

Australia has a reputation for being a big country. It covers 5% of the earth’s surface all by itself, is twice the size of India (but with just 2% of the population), and is the only country that is coterminous with a continent (we like big words).

Australians also have an infatuation with ‘bigness’, and no Australian road trip is complete without visiting at least some of these … attractions. As we continue our drive down the east coast, we bypass the Big Prawn in Ballina but make sure to stop at the unmissable icon that is Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana.

The Big Banana

Australia’s Big Banana, in Coffs Harbour. Picture by Adam. Licensed under Creative Commons

Since it opened in December 1964, the site has grown into a theme park of sorts and the Big Banana itself has featured on an Australian stamp!. We’re happy to settle for a walk-through the icon, a photo in front, and a banana split (what else?!) in the cafe.

Friday afternoon we arrive at tonight’s pitstop, the beach-side town of Port Macquarie. We’ve missed the May-November whale watching season, but there’s always time to grab a cold drink and enjoy a 90 minute sunset cruise with Port Venture Cruises.

Sunset over the water

Sunset in Port Macquarie, NSW Australia. Photo by Eugene Regis, Licensed under Creative Commons

Saturday morning dawns, and while the humidity decreases with every hour we drive further south, it’s still warm enough to justify an early morning swim before we jump in the car. They call it the Pacific Highway for a reason, as the Pacific Ocean is never too far away.

Until, that is, we turn inland, headed for the regional town of Cessnock. After a few days of relaxation by the water, it’s time to amp up the adrenaline again, and we have just the experience: a 35 minute joyflight in aboard a Nanchang Warbird!

Joyflight - joy?

Joyflight in a 1957 Nanchang Warbird. Picture Copyright Freeman X Experience

The angry flying dragon on the side of the plane speaks to the power the engine creates, as we find ourselves alternating between enjoying the 360 degree cockpit views and feeling the g-forces in manoeuvres at almost 400km/h (250mph). And just when you think you’ve got the hang of this, wham, the canopy opens! It’s intentional – so we can say we truly “felt the wind in our hair” as we zoomed above Newcastle.

Wine Barrel Hunter Valley

Wine Tasting. Photo by Wendy Harman, Licensed under Creative Commons

We’ve earned our drinks on Saturday night, and the town of Cessnock (like all good Australian country towns) offers plenty of local pubs to choose from. We’re really looking forward to Sunday morning, however; Cessnock is the heart of the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions.

So from a heady plane flight yesterday to the heady flavours of a good Hunter Valley red wine – and as a sensible precaution, we’re taking a tour and letting someone else do the driving as we explore 5 of the regions 25+ vineyards … plus a cheese shop and some chocolate after lunch.

Two weeks ago it was Viennese Gluhwein, and here we are drinking a room temperature red wine under the Australian sun. How do you explore a big country? One unique experience at a time.

Want to go? Need to know!

  • The Big Pineapple in Queensland is another icon, though the ‘road trip tourist attraction’ is sadly dying in an era of discount airlines
  • Port Macquarie is a popular stop on the east coast Australia road trip, neatly breaking up the distance between Brisbane and Sydney. A longer alternative is to head inland, via towns like Tamworth, Dubbo, and Bathurst
  • Whale-watching season along Australia’s east coast runs from mid-May to mid-November, but there are never any guarantees even during the August-September peak period
  • 20 minute flights are also available from Cessnock, and there are a range of planes and experiences all around Australia
  • Australia’s 3 best wine regions are Margaret River (Western Australia), the Barossa Valley (South Australia), and the Hunter Valley (New South Wales)

Agree or disagree with our east coast Australia road trip suggestions? Want to recommend a winery elsewhere in Australia? Let us know in the comments below.

Let’s Surf Byron Now, Everybody’s Learning How…

By Jacob Aldridge

Today’s Itinerary

Learn to surf to be like this guy

Surfs up! Photo by Sander van Dijk, Licensed under Creative Commons

Nothing cures a Christmas hangover like an early morning swim in the ocean, so when we say farewell to Cabarita Beach in Australia we do so with clear heads full of beach Christmas memories.

We’ve hired a car, as we continue the self-drive exploration of Australia’s east coast, led by our local guide (and everydaydream co-founder) Jacob. There are almost 1,000 kilometres (625 miles) between the cities of Brisbane and Sydney – that’s the distance between Paris and Prague (but with far less Germany along the way).

Today is a much shorter stretch of that road, the drive from Cabarita Beach to Byron Bay. Byron, as it’s more commonly called, is Australia’s eastern-most point, home to an iconic light-house, several surf beaches, and a range of cultural events including the annual easter Blues and Roots festival.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World

Byron Bay Lighthouse, Australia’s eastern-most point. Photo by thinboyfatter, Licensed under Creative Commons

We arrive about 11am, and the walk up to the lighthouse is our first destination. Construction began here in 1899, cost £10,042 (those are Australian Pounds; the Aussie dollar wasn’t born until St Valentine’s Day, 1966), and featured an eight-ton French-made optical lens. The lighthouse is still active, and also includes a permanent red light that shines on the nearby Julian Rocks, more famous today as a dive spot than for shipwrecks.

Not in Rome

When in Rome. Photo by Taki Lau, CC License

Obligatory “eastern most” photos taken, there’s a few moments to look out over the ocean and reflect that the expanse of the Pacific stretches here for 11,500 kilometres. Head out in a straight line, and the next land mass you will find is Chile, South America.

Lunch is a casual affair at the Beach Hotel. “Top Pub” to the locals, and situated in the middle of town overlooking Main Beach, it’s theorised that every backpacker who’s been to Byron has enjoyed a beer here, and the chips aren’t bad either.

And then we’re off down to Belongil Beach to learn how to surf with Black Dog Surfing. The basics of surfing seem simple as we run through them on the sand: dangle your feet over the back, pop yourself up with intent in one, quick movement, and then hold your balance.

Best Learn to Surf School in Australia, Byron Bay

Learn to Surf in Byron Bay, Australia. You won’t be the only one! Photo by Viajar24h, Licensed under Creative Commons

The only things to do in Byron Bay

Things to do in Byron Bay. Photo by BudgetPlaces.com, CC License

Sun set, Byron style. Photo by Aidan-Sally, CC License

Sun set, Byron style. Photo by Aidan-Sally, CC License

Actually mastering this while the waves are crashing down around you is a different matter! Thankfully, in this heat, nobody’s complaining about constantly being dumped into the cool blue water. And by the end of our 3.5 hour lesson, we’ve all managed to get upright a couple of times – nothing to challenge local(ish) boy and new surfing world champion Joel Parkinson, but enough to ensure we will leave Australia with some experience of this national obsession.

You can – and many people do – spend an entire holiday in this town. Our afternoon surf lesson is a start – there are even surf schools offering 3 month long intensives, until even the goofy foot can hang ten. For us though, there are other towns further south as we continue toward Australia’s largest city.

Want to go? Need to know!

  • Tourists make this trip on wildly varying budgets. One of the cheapest ways to do it is to rent a camper van – transport and accommodation in one expense. Wicked camper vans may not be the cleanest, but they sure are the funniest
  • A goofy foot is actually just a left handed surfer, so it’s not as insulting as it seems
  • Parko is actually a Coolie boy – closer to Cabarita than Byron, but local to Byron when compared with Vienna and Oman
  • Byron Bay hosts the Blues and Roots ‘Bluesfest’ festival in easter, and Splendour in the Grass in July. Different styles of music fans will have their preference; local farmers welcome both because it seems rain is guaranteed every time
  • The Pacific Highway runs down Australia’s east coast, and is a reliable road, although popularity (especially over Christmas) makes it Australia’s deadliest highway – drive safe

Are you a grommit, goofy foot, or newly crowned world champion? Share your surfing tips (or Australian coastline experiences) in the comments below.

Bridge Climb and an Australian Beach Christmas

Our Christmas Itinerary

By Jacob Aldridge

Waking up beside the water in the river city is always a treat, even when we do it this close to dawn. The first rays of each new sun strike the top of Mount Warning, about 2 hours south, and we have somewhere special to be not long after the sun rises in Brisbane: on top of the iconic Story Bridge.

After the safety instructions, we climb as a group 80 metres above the Brisbane River, right to the top of the steel cantilevered bridge, opened in 1940. This is your last chance for a bridge climb Christmas gift – photographs of you dressed like a Teletubbie in your grey-and-blue jumpsuit are a guaranteed hit.

Story Bridge Climbers

Climbers on the Story Bridge, Brisbane. Photo by ed37, Licensed Under Creative Commons

From up here you can see all the way from the Sunshine Coast up north to the Gold Coast down south. For tourists, Brisbane is mostly a gateway to these miles of beaches. And for Christmas, it’s south to the beaches that we must go. And we’re going down faster than you might imagine – this is an abseil climb!

If you’re used to a northern hemisphere winter Christmas, then an Aussie beach Christmas comes with fair warning. There are no chestnuts roasting on an open fire – in fact, there’s a total (outdoor) fire ban here at the moment, as the mercury moves past 30°C (86°F) most days.

Jacob's Christmas Pavlova

Our co-founder Jacob once made this Pavlova for a family Christmas. Once.

Hot roasts and puddings are mostly replaced by cold slices of ham and pavlova smothered in summer fruit. And forget staying indoors – an Australian ‘White Christmas’ means beach cricket and plenty of sand being kicked in the air.

Limoso put us in an airconditioned car for the trip – to avoid the GC crowds, we’re driving a little further south, to spend Christmas on the northern New South Wales beaches of Kingscliff and Cabarita.

Christmas day feels similar wherever it is celebrated. The anticipation; the opportunity to reflect on another year over, and a new one just begun. Travelling at Christmas and away from family, it can be a sad time, as those you love enjoy festivities without you. This can also be an opportunity to forge new traditions, replacing mulled Gluhwein and turkey with cold beer and prawns (or vice versa).

After the pressies, it’s down to the beach. Everyone’s a mate today, so get stuck into the nearest game of cricket – guaranteed there’s someone trying out the new set from Santa.

Sun, Sand, Water - Howzat!

Australia’s national sport, played in Australia’s favourite backyard – the local beach. Photo by Colin J, Licensed under Creative Commons

Some folk are sticklers for the rules of beach / backyard cricket – 3 step run ups to bowl, one-hand one-bounce catches, and any shot into the water is six and out. We’re more relaxed – making the water part of the game is a perfect excuse to field knee-deep in the ocean! Everyone agrees that you can’t get out first ball.

And there’s always patience for beginners – ask for a bat, have a swing, try not to get caught, and remember to have fun.

The perfect right hand break

Catching a wave. Photo by Aristocrats-hats, Licensed under Creative Commons

Cold prawns and cold beer

Prawns and Beer – enjoyed worldwide, perfected down under. Photo by Kevin Walsh, Licensed under Creative Commons

There’s unanimous agreement on the evening of Christmas Day, as we sip another cold drink, eat some more prawns, and brag about the waves we caught on a borrowed body board, or the diving catch we made in the sand. Today was brilliant, and with Boxing Day (December 26th) also a public holiday, we’ll be doing it all again tomorrow.

From the team at Every Daydream, have a Merry Christmas. On Thursday, we’ll be back with another great Australian summer tradition – the ocean road trip!

Want to go? Need to know!

  • Story Bridge Adventure Climb were just the third bridge climb in the world, and offer a range of bridge climb packages including a New Year’s Eve fireworks climb
  • Gold Coast accommodation books out early for the festive season. We think the less popular destinations, like the Sunshine Coast and Northern NSW, are much nicer anyway
  • There are even pseudo-professional beach cricket series in Australia – watch some video here
  • Become an Aussie Christmas legend by making your own pavlova from scratch. Or just be sure to buy a kilogram of prawns on your way to the party!
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Wherever you are in the world, what are your Christmas traditions?

Have you experienced a Christmas travelling away from home?

Tell us in the comments.