BY THE SEA

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"LIVE IN THE SUNSHINE, SWIM IN THE SEA & DRINK THE WILD AIR". –  RALPH WALDO EMERSON


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Have you ever thought about how the ocean connects us all? Isn't it crazy/amazing to imagine the water at your local beach could have been all over the world.. Each grain of sand between your toes may have travelled from different parts of the world, through every sea on an adventure to find itself below your very feet..  It blows my mind & makes me feel a little more connected to this beautiful planet we live on.

Okay so enough mind blowing.. You know what I really love about the feeling of being by the sea is to be at the beach watching the sets flow
, listening to the waves crash, squishing my toes in the sand & seeing the sunshine sparkle over the wavy blue water.. it brings all of my senses alive & refreshes my mind to be by the sea. To be by the water also really encapsulates what Summer is to me (and I guess many others too).. whether it be walking down by the beach, relaxing by the pool or having a picnic at my local creek with friends & family ..that has to be one of the best things about Summer.. quality time with loved ones, spending some time in the sunshine & delicious summertime food all the time creating memories that last a lifetime.  

This post is an exciting collaboration & my competition entry with some of my favorite brands Roc Eyewear, August StreetPink Stitch (which was one of the very first brands I featured on my blog here) + The Luxe Nomad in the ultimate summer blogger competition with the theme of ‘Eclectic Roc and Roll Summer - A Summer style post by the water’. I shot this look on Four Mile beach on my recent trip to the beautifully tropical Port Douglas.

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ROC 'ISLA' SUNGLASSES & PINK STITCH 'ADELIA' DRESS

PS. You can check out all the other bloggers entries at this hashtag #eclecticrocandrollsummer on instagram – I have my fingers & toes crossed!

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WHAT DOES BEING BY THE WATER MEAN TO YOU?


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SHOT BY JAYSON HENNESSY ON FOUR MILE BEACH, PORT DOUGLAS


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PALM HEAVEN

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"WE TRAVEL NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE BUT FOR LIFE TO NOT ESCAPE US". – ANON


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I am baccck and holy moly Port Douglas has some breath taking views just about every way you look! In today's post I wanted to share a few images from one of our days of exploration. I was mesmerised by a symmetrical maze of palm trees just off the highway on the drive into Port Douglas. I quite literally am obsessed with anything tropical, so to come across this field I was literally jumping & running around with joy! The most incredible tall palms with leaves glistening in the sunshine & coconuts!

We also set out on a road trip to check out a few places including a crocodile farm on this day as we were lucky to get a full day of sunshine. Driving along the highway from Cairns to Port Douglas is endless ocean views on one side & mountains on the other.. I couldn't take my eyes off the beautiful turquoise water.. I really don't feel the pictures do it justice; you have to physcially be there, in the moment to view it & experience it yourself but the images definitely give you an idea of some of the views we took in on our trip. 

We were also very, very lucky as the weather report for our time away was pretty much 80% chance of rain every single day as it is actually Port Douglas' wet season.. Uh! But we had a sprinkle on the day we arrived and then lucked out with a few days of sunshine.. thank you mother nature! The locals told us a huge lot of rain and storms had just been through town a couple of days earlier!

We had so much fun exploring & taking the time to relax and enjoy each others company for our anniversary. We also enjoyed eating copious amounts of delicious food & a few cocktails too.. We are definitely planning to head back up that way in the near future. Once I go through more photos I will be sure to post more here on the blog.

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SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES

THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
We were so excited to check out The Great Barrier Reef with out own eyes.. even more excited that it is one of the great natural wonders of the world. We went on a day tour with Quicksilver Cruises. We snorkelled & went in a semi-submersible boat to view the coral & all of i's beautiful creatures with a delicious seafood lunch included. 

WATERGATE 
The Watergate restaurant was one of our favorite places to wine & dine at. The food was delicious, they catered for gluten & diary intolerances & the staff were super friendly. It was also surround by palms.. how could I not like it haha.

PORT DOUGLAS LOOKOUT
The walk up the hill to the lookout gave us some cardio a couple of mornings to burn off our delicious meals but the view at the top is a stunning view of local Four Mile Beach & it also looks like an Iron Man man  fan lives in the house at the top too!

PALM TREE FIELD
As you know from up above I was amazed by this and it wasn't even a tour, it was free for all! If you love palm tree's as much as I do this is a must stop.

ROSE & BOY BOUTIQUE
When I arrived in Port Douglas I posted a photo & the girls at Rose & Boy Boutique saw I was in town & posted some cute instagram photos trying to spot me in town. They have some really beautiful brands in store & gorgeous on trend pieces. I headed into the store on our last day in town and met the lovely Karlie and bought myself a pair of Le Specs sunnies. Thanks girls! x

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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO PORT DOUGLAS?
WHAT DID YOU LOVE?


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