Black Sands

Happy Thursday! I mentioned last week about trying to get back into blogging and sharing with you all, just what it was that we got up to while we were away and have decided to do this like a kind of “Throw-back Thursday” type deal… so maybe a little slowly to begin with but I’m sure we will pick up steam soon. But for now keep your eyes peeled on a Thursday.

Back to New Zealand… and in particular the beaches of New Plymouth. Whilst staying with my aunt and uncle, Jack and I got into a bit of a routine of going down to one of the three beaches every day to go swim in the ocean, which I loved! The beaches of New Plymouth were unlike any I had ever been to before, the sand is black. It took some getting used to, but soon I loved it, especially how it looked against the bright blue of the sky and sea. But my gosh it was SO hot from the sun – a lot of quick stepping from the towels to the sea!!

A few more photos for you this week – think I’m getting the hang of things again. Next week will be the last of New Plymouth, so look out for that… some pictures of a very cool bridge to look forward to. Enjoy the rest of your week!


Etty Bay

During our time in Mossman and the Daintree Rainforest we had hoped to catch a glimpse of a Australian cassowary, an endangered bird only found in north Queensland. Whilst at Mossman we didn’t spot any of the birds but were told that we would probably spot one at either Etty Bay or Mission Beach, so that is where we headed. During the wet season swimming off the northern beaches of Queensland isn’t recommended due to the number of jelly fish inhabiting the waters, luckily Etty Bay had a stinger net and so we were able to spend the day on the beach and in the sea whilst waiting for a cassowary to appear. Cassowaries are very odd looking birds, with their wattles and horn they look pre-historic. Armed with a dangerous claw you are advised to be “cass-o-wary” and give the birds right of way… so when one emerged from the forest and headed straight for our table I quickly got out of the way, retreating down the beach to take some photos. The final photograph in the post is of the Big Cassowary in Mission Beach, another big thing to add to our collection!

Little Bay & Shell Beach

On the road back out of Shark Bay we stopped off at a few more sites, including Little Bay and Shell Beach. The name says it all, instead of a sandy beach you are greeted by cockleshells underfoot. We didn’t spend long at each place, just enough time to stretch our legs and grab some fresh air before making our way further up the West coast heading for the Ningaloo Reef.

Lucky Bay & Thistle Cove Part I: The Beaches


Just East of Esperance is the Cape Le Grand National Park, home to Lucky Bay, voted the whitest beach in Australia. From here it is a short coastal walk to Thistle Cove, more white sands and crystal clear waters. We spent a few days in the park, lounging on the beaches with the kangaroos and generally resting up after our long days of driving across the Nullarbor.