QUEENSTOWN

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If you haven't been to Queenstown in the summertime you need to add it to your list asap. You want to know why? I believe it is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever travelled to. I have visited many parts of Australia, Europe and the UK and don't get me wrong they all have their own uniqueness and beauty but Queenstown in New Zealand, every which way you look it is breathtakingly stunning.

I decided to write this post to tell you all about some of the incredible experiences that I had and share some insight so when you travel there it can be a little guide of places to explore.

Okay I will stop rambling on and let you get to the tips below!


MY TIPS FOR QUEENSTOWN


ACCOM

I decided to stay in an air bnb as I discovered almost everyone in Queenstown rents out their home or a room for visitors to stay. This was much more affordable than staying in a hotel or a hostel believe it or not and we were out exploring most of the time so just needed a bed and bathroom. Staying out of town you definitely needed a hire car and I would DEFINITELY recommend getting one for yourself even if you stay in town as Queenstown is quite a small town and there is so, so much more to explore in the surrounding towns and mountains. Plus they don't have Uber and the taxi's can get quite expensive.

COST

Everything but the flight to Queenstown is quite expensive so ensure you save your pennies prior to your trip so you can enjoy this beautiful place to it's fullest. the dollar difference isn't too different from Australia so that is a plus if you're travelling from the land of Aus that is.

EXPLORE

As I said earlier every which way you look in Queenstown is stunning so exploring the town and it's surrounds is a must. Taking a road trip from Queenstown to Glenorchy is the most picturesque drive along lake Wakatipu and I highly recommend it. One thing I didn't get to explore was Milford Sound by plane which I regret, so if you can do that and tell me how amazing it was please do!

FUN

I love extreme sports so zip lining and the Shotover Jetboat ride were a must for us! If you're a little more daring you may want to give bungy jumping a go as there are plenty of spots around that do it. I considered taking the plunge but I felt jumping out a plane last year was enough for me for now.

DINE

There are endless bars, cafes and gelato stores around town so if you wander around you will come across some cool places. Some that I loved and recommend are yonder cafe for a healthy modern breakfast and world bar for drinks and delicious nachos (Mexican food fiend has her hand up!). I was also recommended to try fergburger which is the most popular burger place in town, I didn't indulge as the line was always out the door but if you have more patience it is a must!

WINE

A little out of town you'll find a bunch of wineries all on the same road (sorry I cant remember the name, but google is helpful). I went to two of many and as much as going on wine tours sounded fancy and fun I got a tad bored (each to their own). Packing your own picnic is a good idea, with wine and hire some bikes from Gibbston Valley Winery to ride along the winery tracks yourself. If you do a bike tour ensure you wear comfy riding clothes, sunscreen and are prepared to work up a bit of a sweat.


Have you booked your ticket yet? Do it! 

PS. This isn't an ad or anything of the likes.. I genuinely want you to see this crazy beautiful place for yourself!

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THIGH HIGH BOOTS

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The one day out of my recent trip to Sydney I decided to wear my new Tres Jole thigh high boots it was absolutely freezing..I felt like I was standing in front of an air-conditioner when I walked out of my hotel onto the street. I later found out it was one of the coldest days on record in about two decades..(good work Jess).

Unfortunately the flu I now have would suggest it wasn't the most logical decision I have ever made but sometimes fashion comes before logic, especially when you love your new boots as much as I do and didn't want to pass up a photo shoot in the city. I also used the cold weather and my decision not to dress warm enough as an excuse to buy a new scarf at H&M.. (which I might add had so much more variety in the city compared to the new one on the coast here.)

On a smarter note the boots are an extremely versatile having a mid sized heel; which meant running around the city finding beautiful locations wasn't a worry. I also love that they can be styled with much more than a skirt on these cold days we have recently had thrust upon us. I paired them back with black jeans, black turtle neck and my black leather jacket for a sleek all black errrythang look a few days ago and felt amazing!

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RAY BAN SUNGLASSES, H&M SCARF, SHILLA COAT, COTTON ON TOP, UNIVERSAL SKIRT & TRES JOLE BOOTS

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NEWRYBAR

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If you follow my instagram or snapchat you would have seen I recently went on a fun trip to the beautiful little town of Newrybar which is about a 15min drive south of Byron Bay. The town is so full of history and charm, I didn't know about the town until I visited and stayed at The Art House's homely cottage with my gal pal Megan for a little creative and relaxing get away.

We had so much fun exploring the town and all it had to offer! I may have gone a little snap crazy with the images.. but I love taking photo's and wanted to share with you all the beautiful places we discovered.

One place you must visit is Newrybar Merchants .. It is set to become a world-renowned hot-spot for those seeking a unique retail experience. The store is a destination that enables customers to experience rustic charm effortlessly blended with sophistication within a beautiful and unique collective retail space. Each trader has a room to style within the historic building.. Some of my favorite collaborators were Shannon Frick, Jai Vasicek and Tigmi Trading

Also if you are a food lover like myself you must not go past Harvest for a meal or a macadamia milk coffee from Harvest Deli. We enjoyed our beautifully styled share plates, they were full of so much flavour!

Some other places to visit are The Shed for beautiful antiques and Driftlab store.. I love that every single item of clothing, accessory, skin care product, artwork and vintage homeware in Driftlab has been carefully selected and curated to reflect the unique point of view,  
inspiration and charm behind the brand. 

If you do ever get the chance to visit this little town I say it is a must even if it is only for the day!

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NEWRYBAR MERCHANTS


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THE ART HOUSE


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HARVEST


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DRIFTLAB


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THE SHED


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JUPITER'S HOTEL

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I recently had the pleasure of spending the weekend at Jupiter's Hotel on the Gold Coast. It is not too far from where I live but still a beautiful place to escape for some relaxation and down time.

i spent my Sunday morning by the pool in a private bungalow poolside with spa, day beds, television and music; plus it also came with a complimentary fruit platter and water. I was lucky enough to have the poolside area to myself for most of the morning which gave me the opportunity to snap a few photos of the newly refurbished area that is only the start of the amazing $345 million transformations coming to the hotel. 

My gal pal Steph came over later in the day to enjoy a night of fine dining with me at beautiful new restaurant Cucina Vivo situated in the hotel. A big plus is that the wait staff were oh so lovely and accommodating the entire evening..not only that the food was absolutley divine as we indulged in a three course meal accompanied by some cocktails. I loved the fresh modern interior of the restaurant that overlooked the pool area via the terrace.

Overall it was a fabulous weekend and we were so lucky to sneak in some sunshine and enjoy the pool in this winter weather. I cannot wait to head back there soon and view more of the amazing changes coming to the hotel!


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If you would like to find out more information on Jupiter's Hotel head to their website www.jupitersgoldcoast.com.au


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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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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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