24 January 2014

Australia - the good, the better and the best

So I've just returned from this little vacation.....OK, it was a huge vacation, one I'd been looking forward to for more than three years - 56 hours, 10 flights, four hotels and a massive flood of tears in Sydney airport later, I'm back and ready to tackle the rest of the winter and save up all my pennies to get back there asap.

We left Amsterdam on 22 December, and after a brief stop-over in Sydney, arrived in my hometown, Hobart, on Christmas Eve.  My dad and step-mum hosted a Christmas Eve dinner for us, with two of my brothers, their partners and my niece and nephew (who I met for the first time), before everyone came back on Christmas Day morning for my dad's famous egg and bacon muffins and SUNSHINE!  Yes, it was 28 degrees celcius - Dave's first ever summer Christmas really turned it on!

Christmas sunshine!

After all the Christmas excitement, we escaped to the city for two nights - attending Taste of Tasmania (a food festival celebrating Tasmanian produce), wandering around my old stomping ground and eating the best seafood in the world (I am totally unbiased!)

Although I lived in Australia for the first 25 years of my life, I've never been to the Great Barrier Reef - and as Mr Sykes needed some sunshine I took it to the extreme and we jetted off to Cairns for four days, including for New Years Eve.  Every day it was more than 30 degrees, humid and sunny and we crisped up a treat, especially whilst enjoying the reef - it was AMAZING.

After our roasting, we jetted back south to my favourite city (after Hobart) - Melbourne!  We spent a day at Melbourne Zoo (of which I have no pictures, Mr Fancy Camera has yet to upload them and share with me), and two other days just wandering around and re-embracing a city we both love.  

After stuffing ourselves stupid (and eating in the same pub three times in FOUR days), it was time for the big event - The Wedding.  It was so awesome seeing my brother get married, especially with his children there, and a special mention of my mum during the ceremony was so special.  I felt incredibly honored to be part of such a fabulous day, and the weather was amazing!

In a sneaky (but ill-disguised) attempt to convince Mr Sykes we need to move to Australia asap, I miraculously caught the bride's bouquet and Dave caught the garter.  Now that's some kind of pressure ;)

And then it was time to go home and I won't lie - I bawled my eyes out.  Every time I leave Australia it gets harder and harder - I honestly don't think I could handle just going back for a vacation next time - it will need to be for reals.

And this was BEFORE the tears even started!
And by the end of the holiday, we were selfie pros.

And that was my vacation!  It was awesome, amazing, wonderful, calorific and reminded me just how much I love Australia.  


  1. Looking at all those sunny, pretty pictures.. I just want jump right into them! Looks like you had a great time there. It's now wonder you want to move back there!

  2. I know how you feel leaving to go home. I felt it the two times I came to visit Florida and had to leave and go back to a place I hated living. Luckily I am here permanently now, so I hope it happens for you soon too. Your trip looks like it was a ton of fun!

  3. I loved looking at all the pictures! Your trip looked like so much fun, and I probably would not want to leave Australia either, if I ever had the opportunity to go there. Also, I'll have one of everything that you took pictures of, foodwise.

  4. Kristin@Blood, Sweat and BooksJanuary 25, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Sounds like you had an amazing trip back to Australia. I love all the photos and the food looked so tasty especially the fries paired with the steak,so thick!! I didn't see any Lamingtons pictured. Isn't that a must have food for Aussies? Your brothers wedding looked like fun and such a pretty bride.Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip to Australia. I loved looking at them.

  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip back to Australia! Would you believe me if I said this is the first time I've seen any pictures of Australia that are not centered around Sydney? Seriously I had no idea they had such beautiful buildings and gorgeous beaches! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Everyone always talks about Sydney, but I actually don't like it there :) but I'm a small town girl after all!

  7. I actually DIDN'T have any lamingtons! I totally should have....

  8. So. Much. Food. And it was all amazing!

  9. Its horrible - the first two times we came back it was OK, but this time I was devastated. I will definitely be moving back in the near future!

  10. I'd almost forgotten what the sun felt like ;)



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