All posts filed under: Beach

What are Australia’s Best beaches according to Qantas? // Quali sono le migliori spiagge australiane secondo Qantas?

Hello, sorry for my short absence, but I’ve been a bit busy with studying and work. It’s almost Xmas and here in Zurich it is getting warmer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m ok with it, despite the lack of snow in the mountains. And the reason why is that I realised I’m actually becoming more of a summer person. I missed a wintery Xmas, although I must say, it’s only now I start to miss Australia and I’d like to be in the warm weather. Somehow I changed. I used to enjoy the change of seasons a lot more, especially summer and winter, but now it seems I’d always want to be in spring and summer. 🙂 So, to this I’m sharing with you Qantas selection of Australia’s Best Beaches. Click on the link at the end of the post. If you’re planning a trip, it’s definitely a big help or maybe not. You’d want to go everywhere! And if you’re not planning to visit Australia, well it’s still a great joy for your sight! …

Which are the 2015 TOp 20 islands by Conde Nast Traveler? // Quali sono le 20 isole piu’ belle al mondo secondo Traveler di Conde Nast nel 2015?

Well, today I just want to show you the 2015 Top 20 islands as defined by Conde’ Nast Traveler readers because you’ll just go wow and you’ll probably be going to start planning, once you mange to close your jaw. Well, Christmas is not far away although it might be too late in terms of prices for most of these destinations or maybe it’s not the best season to go. Another thing that you might realise, although you consider yourself as “well-travelled”, you’ll reach a mere 4 or 5 out of 20 and you’ll see there’s still lot to see out there. But don’t feel frustrated, first it means there a lot of amazing places to visit and trips to plan, secondly most probably you’re lucky if you’ve been even to one these awesome islands. Although some FOMO might take over you, but I guess it’s normal. If you don’t know what FOMO is, read my previous post here: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2013/11/24/whats-fomo-how-to-cope-with-it-fomo-uma-vida-correndo-come-fare/  Anyhow, let’s just go to the meaty part, click on this link and you’ll be …

A 3 day recipe to get a taste of the Gippslands

When you visited most of the highlights of Victoria, then it’s time to push yourself beyond. And with beyond I mean the Gippslands. What I’m proposing to you it’s a 3 day trip to see what you have to see around this area, but of course you can extend your stay. Day 1 – Get a flavour of enchanting Wilsons Promontory Day 2 – 90 miles beach and the Lakes Entrance area Day 3 – enjoy the Gippsland a bit more before making your way back through Walhalla Day 1 Wilsons Prom, as it’s known, is about 3hours away from Melbourne. I suggest you make a coffee stop at 2/3 of the way in Meeniyan where there are nice little cafes, like The Meeniyan Store where you can also indulge in quite good treats, also gluten free like the Nougat one, and top up on organic fruit & veg and home-made produce such as jams, sauces, chutneys, fruit in Syrup. Cruise till the Prom and then onto Squeaky Beach where you can admire the amazing …

At least 7 things to do in Phillip Island on a day trip // Almeno 7 cose da fare a Phillip Island

Phillip Island is definitely an option for a day trip, although I’d recommend not to leave this trip as the last one around Victoria or you risk being disappointed, at least by the towns on the island. The nature, as always in Australia, is just amazing. A good plan, if you don’t want to just enjoy the beach, is to start with a quick visit to (1) Churchill Island Farmers Market, on in the morning every 4th Saturday of the month until 1pm. You can find the usual: flowers, fruit & veg, jams, some meats, homemade sweets, sauces and pasta and also nuts for example. We bought some granola and honey crunch macadamia from Twins Pantry. Then we went to (2) Cowes for a brunch at Madcowes. Don’t expect the typical Melbourne “designer/hipster” type of place, but the food is good. Our choice, eggs benedict with spinach for me and with baked beans for Carlo. There are a couple of other options that look inviting at the entrance of Cowes and on the main street …

Cote D’Azur or South Pacific Paradise? Try New Caledonia! // Costa Azzurra o paradiso tropicale? Provate la Nuova Caledonia!

New Caledonia is a great holiday option if you have already visited most of Australia, you do not want to travel far from it (assuming you’re living here) and you want to explore the Pacific Islands, with a French twist! Just northeast of Brisbane, less than 4hrs from Melbourne, with a direct flight not available every day. Our flight option: Qantas flight Melbourne-Brisbane (1h 40) + Brisbane-Noumea (1h 40) Most people will only speak French, although very close to Australia, and you’ll see many French chains like Simply Market, Decathlon, … It feels like being in Europe, thousands of Kms away from it, a tropical France! Destination Ile des Pins. Our flight got postponed to the afternoon, apparently it happens quite often. This gave us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local community, having breakfast at the Noumea Sunday local market and visit the Cathedral and the city. Followed by the Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, whose building has been built by the Italian architect Renzo Piano. The centre gives you an insight on Kanak culture …

What does a World Top 10 Beach look like? Go to Tasmania and find out // Come vi immaginate una tra le 10 piu’ belle spiagge al mondo in Tasmania? Venite a scoprirlo

For a while I wanted to go back to Tasmania. Since I’ve been there for Xmas in 2012 and our rental car was cancelled. So finally a Jetstar promotion came up and we flew to Launceston on a Saturday morning for a very affordable price. Destination: Wineglass Bay (in the Top 100 Best World Beaches) and the Bay of Fires, worth seeing too. Car rented through Hertz for $80, we stayed in a very cheap motel in St Helens booked through Booking.com. 1st Day A couple of hours later we indulge in a 2nd brekkie at Barkmill Tavern & Bakery. Delicious Tomato, Bacon & tomato Quiche and not a bad croissant. We’re now big fans of a salty breakfast. the bakery is pretty good and we buy some bread for a later snack. Even though we’re in the middle of autumn, the temperature outside is pretty good, around 18-20C and mostly sunny. We arrive at the National Park, 24$ entrance fee per car for 24 hours. We pass by Coles Bay that we’ll later explore …

Where does Surf, Relax, Wellbeing, Beach meet in Australia? Byron Bay

We’re almost half way through autumn in Melbourne, already missing summer, although we still have a warm day every now and then. What’s better than an escape up the coast of Australia? An option, not too far from Melbourne is definitely Byron Bay. A laid back, beach & surf town in NSW. 2 hour flight from Melbourne, just over an hour from Sydney, probably a 2hr drive from Brisbane. Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin and Tiger fly to the Gold Coast airport in Coolangatta. And then it’s a 45min drive down to Byron Bay. April is a good month as it’s still warm, but not too crowded. The main activity is going to the beach or do surfing or the likes, like body boarding. There are plenty of places to book your surf lesson or to rent the gear. You can rent a body board for 2hours for as a little as $8 at the Corner Shop. There’s a lot of focus on wellbeing, so you’ll find a lot of Yoga, Pilates, massage & Spa places. And …

Beach Weekend South of Sydney… Where? // Un weekend al mare a sud di Sidney… Dove?

Whether you are cruising around Australia, you’re looking for a nice relax stop south of Sydney or you live in Sydney and you’re searching for a nice escape to the beach, Jervis Bay is definitely one of the best places to go! It’s about 2:30-3hr south of Sydney, a nice drive through NSW. Jervis Bay is a laid back summer holiday destination, mostly for 2nd houses, so the accommodation offer is not huge. If you don’t want to rent a nice little cottage, it’s not available just for the weekend or you don’t want to pay premium prices even for average accommodation, you can spend the night in Berry. It’s a cozy, little town full of cafes and nice little ships. It could take up to a week to try all the coffee shops, although half a day is enough to visit. Accommodation is not cheap here, but still probably a -20% less than down the bay. BEACHES NOT TO MISS: – Vincentia Beach on Marine Bay – Hyams Beach, absolutely amazing white sandy beach …