August 6, 2014

Summer Travel Nostalgia

Summer Travel Nostalgia - Queensland Australia -

I write you from a crisp and rather chilly Canberra (feel sorry for me… when I left the house yesterday it was -7 degrees). Seriously, it is so cold my sweaters need sweaters…. Don’t get me wrong, I love the prettiness of paddocks & parks all frozen white with frosts & there really is nothing like fresh fallen snow. In fact, there are many benefits of winter like not having to brush my hair because of the beanie plastered to my head during the cooler months, the convenience of keeping my beer icy cold on the back patio, and the warm cosy days inside watching movies all rugged up. But then there are times when it is simply too much and I long for sun shine and warmth. #RIGHTNOW

So my friends, if I can’t head north on a summer holiday, I can at least reminisce on one of the many summer adventures where I’ve escaped the cold to beautiful, balmy and oh so sunny North Queensland.

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Cooper Inlet – Daintree Rainforest

First stop, The Great Barrier Reef, a world heritage site that is the largest reef system on the planet, it is longer than the Great Wall of China, and it can be seen from space. This was an absolute “must do” on my travel bucket list & whenever I’m there I always spend time on the reef scuba diving.

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Getting my Scuba Dive On!

Once I got over the initial creepiness of hearing my breath in my ears and relaxed into the peacefulness of being under the sea I was hooked. The water is deliciously warm, clear, still and very salty & without a doubt completely beautiful. Oh how I wish I was there now.

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Under the Sea – Under the Sea!!!

Second stop is always The Daintree Rainforest.

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The Gorgeous Daintree Rainforest

I love booking a full day tour that includes a bunch of activities like canoeing in a rainforest stream or a mini hike amongst 120-million year old trees.

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Survivor Anna – Getting my Beach on

There’s always the opportunity of crocodile spotting or swimming in freshwater lagoons.

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Queensland Beaches are amazing

And strolling along rainforest fringed beaches near Cape Tribulation. Did I mention how much I wish I was there?

So tell me dear reader, what’s your favourite season? Do you get your Summer Travel On? And have you been scuba diving before?

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Carmen's Luxury Travel - July 15, 2016 Reply

I’d love to visit the Great Barrier Reef! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

Toccara - July 13, 2016 Reply

Oh man… I can only handle being cold for so long, which is why I’ve always lived in warm places (Florida and California). It’s good that you have warm summer memories to reflect on when you’re freezing! Canoeing in a rain forest stream sure does sound like a perfect summer adventure!

anto - July 12, 2016 Reply

Ahh I still feel sad that I had to miss Daintree every time I read about it. We were so close by but at the end of our 5 month journey and had no money left to go there. Have been forever regretting that since … thanks for the inspiration, this reminds me I should really go back to Queensland one day!

Mar Pages - July 11, 2016 Reply

I love diving, its like a whole new world underwater filled with an unearthly beauty. The Great Barrier Reef is unreal! What a fun post to compile, summer will come again soon 🙂

Meg Jerrard - July 11, 2016 Reply

I wish I was right there with you! Sharing in your – 7 degree Canberra pain!! We’re lucky that we’re escaping August this year and jetting off for summer in Europe – can’t come soon enough!!

stephanie - July 11, 2016 Reply

I think your summers in Queensland are a lot better than my summers in the UK! Scuba diving is great fun, I would love to dive in Australia someday.

Grey World Nomads - July 11, 2016 Reply

Hey, here in Scotland 10°C and it’s Summer! What a beautiful place, you are at the doorstep of most of the most appealing holiday activities. Enjoy!

Fiona Maclean - July 10, 2016 Reply

I’ve been snorkling – I can’t scuba because I get asthma…which is really really sad and annoying. I can just look at your fab pics though

Sumti Bhadani - July 10, 2016 Reply

I too love summer but have never done scuba diving. However I do like doing swimming and some time cycling 🙂

    Anna - July 10, 2016 Reply

    Scuba diving is one of the most amazing things I have ever done, bit scary at first, but awesome once you get into the swing of hearing your breath in your ears. I hope you get to try it sometime soon.

THE HUNGRY MUM - January 21, 2015 Reply

oooh, so many lovely photos! I’ve been on a few ‘try dives’ over the years but never had a camera to snap away. What a dreamy place to be, under the water 🙂

    Anna - January 21, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya Hungry Mum! It sure is a magical part of the world, and once you get over the creepy sound of your breathing underwater, I totes agree, it is amazing hanging out under the sea. Totally thinking about The Little Mermaid now. 🙂

Tim | UrbanDuniya - September 16, 2014 Reply

Tropical North Queensland is on my bucket list – it’s ridiculous that living in Australia for most of my life, I haven’t been there! There’s really no excuse, right?!?!

    Anna - September 17, 2014 Reply

    Tim it really is one of the most magical destinations, totally recommend a visit.
    I can appreciate that you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, I am exactly the same. Lucky us having so many wonderful things to see and do I say! 🙂

Sriprae - September 5, 2014 Reply

Wow, The Great Barrier Reef! How marvelous to get to see it up close and personal. I’ve never been snorkeling but would LOVE to do it. I love the ocean, especially the pristine, clear water ocean.

That was a good mini tour of North Queensland. Thank you. I can sigh contentedly and when I go to sleep, I’ll image myself upon that beach, wiggling my toes in the sand and walking out into the water. 🙂

    Anna - September 6, 2014 Reply

    Sriprae, its a magical part of the world, I am very lucky to have easy access to one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. 🙂
    Totes get on some snorkling, sooooo fun! 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - August 28, 2014 Reply

Hands down, summer is my favourite season!!! I do the same kind of reminiscing during winter as you do 🙂 not too long now before Canberra warms up!

    Anna - August 28, 2014 Reply

    Boom! We actually had a little bit of warmth on the weekend, Canberra was getting about in TShirts. Didn’t last, back to a pleasant 3 degrees. HA! The count down is soooo on now Jean. 🙂

Sophie - August 25, 2014 Reply

But I love cave climbing & speologie!

    Anna - August 25, 2014 Reply

    Ohhhh whats Speologie? Is it like extreme caving? 🙂

Sophie - August 25, 2014 Reply

Waw, this looks like a lot of fun too, Anna!
You look cool in your scuba diving outfit!

    Anna - August 25, 2014 Reply

    So much fun Sophie! It was a wonderful holiday.
    And those scuba outfits really aren’t that flatering, but you forget about that when you are seeing all the amazingness under the sea.

Dedy@Dentist Chef - August 24, 2014 Reply

wow, loooks like a fun trip!!!,
even a little bit cautions for croc thoug

    Anna - August 25, 2014 Reply

    Haha! We were lucky to see the croc, apparently they dont show themselves to often.
    It was a wonderful holiday tho. Guess you are used to the warmth and maybe crave a holiday in a cooler climate.

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - August 12, 2014 Reply

Funny seeing this post as it almost appears like it’s happening as it’s Summer here! The season is in full heat mode, with me melting and complaining about how hot is is every single day. I love the Summer because of the garden but I’m a Winter girl at heart and can’t wait for sweaters that need sweaters!

    Anna - August 12, 2014 Reply

    Wow, I totally pictured you being a summer bunny, but thats mostly because of all the fun you have in your garden. 🙂
    Haha, only a month or so to go before you can get back into your winter warmies.
    As always, soak up some rays for me. 🙂

Krista - August 11, 2014 Reply

Such beautiful images of a place I long to visit one day. 🙂 It has actually felt like Spring here this week – flip-flops and sundresses every afternoon. I’m in heaven. 🙂 My favorite season is the beginning of each new one. 🙂

    Anna - August 12, 2014 Reply

    Why thank ya! It really is just a hop, skip & jump from you, get on a visit stat my lady, its totally worth it. 🙂
    Thats awesome you are having such amazing weather, totally jealous!

Erin | The Law Student's Wife - August 11, 2014 Reply

Loved this mental tropical trip! I’m going to save it for winter here.

    Anna - August 11, 2014 Reply

    Reading your France and now US Summer posts have been torture, you guys have been royally spoilt. 🙂

anotherday2paradise - August 10, 2014 Reply

Great pics, Anna. We did a Great Barrier Reef cruise a few years ago, and hubby loved the scuba diving. I’m not a ‘water baby’, but I did manage a bit of snorkeling. Sorry about your temperatures there in Canberra. 😯 It’s mid winter here in Durban, South Africa, but always really warm and sunny, so unfortunately I never get to hide my hair under a beanie. 🙂

    Anna - August 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps! Haha… I much prefer the land too, but when one visits the Great Barrier Reef one must partake in the things it is famous for right (it was pretty scary at first) but the snorkelling is pretty spectacular, so you are not missing out on too much staying above 5 metres. 🙂
    Yes, my South African buddies have said you guys are experiencing a pretty mild winter. Lucky ducks!
    Im getting in enough beanie wearing for the both of us. lol.

Alyssa @ My Sequined Life - August 10, 2014 Reply

Those pictures look beautiful, Anna! We’re in complete opposite seasons – it was SO hot and muggy today – let’s meet in the middle, k? I’m sure that would be much preferable for us both! I’ve never been scuba diving before, and to be honest I think I would be a bit of a chicken to try it. Something about breathing freely while underwater. I know it’s hooked up to be just fine (obviously) but the thought freaks me out a little. Lovely views, though! Hope you’re keeping warm! 🙂

    Anna - August 10, 2014 Reply

    Thanks heaps Alyssa. 🙂
    We really are in complete opposites season wise. Where would the middle be? Asia maybe… Sounds like fun, its a date.
    Yes, diving was initially pretty scary for me too. The way your breath sounds is super creepy, but if you can relax into it, its really worth it. Keeping as warm as possible, very grateful for my onesie thats for sure.

Allison - August 8, 2014 Reply

WOW! I love this sort of adventuring. I’ve never been scuba diving but I’d really like to. I love cooler, crisp weather of fall. Very cool underwater shots as well! So neat!

    Anna - August 9, 2014 Reply

    Thanks lovely one, it was super fun being able to take snaps under the sea. 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - August 8, 2014 Reply

I LOVE the Great Barrier Reef, what a wonderful holiday 😀
Gorgeous travelling, I am wee bit jealous!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - August 9, 2014 Reply

    Oh how I was I was there now. 🙂

Agness - August 8, 2014 Reply

Sometimes I feel like leaving everything behind and just go diving! Like right now after reading your blog post! 🙂

    Anna - August 8, 2014 Reply

    Haha…. I hear that Agness. 🙂
    Your post totally inspired made me want to pack up and get adventuring too.

My Inner Chick - August 8, 2014 Reply

The Great Barrier Reef!
My fave. season is HOT)) is that a season?!
Send me your address please. xxx

    Anna - August 8, 2014 Reply

    Oh its absolutely gorgeous Kim, we Aussies are lucky to have such a beautiful destination in our backyard. 🙂
    Yes HOT is a season, my fave is HOT too.
    Emailing you now. xox

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - August 7, 2014 Reply

Great shots and can I just say you look amazing in a bikini!

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Thanks lovely Lorraine. 🙂

Susan - August 7, 2014 Reply

Your reminiscing is making me reminisce, love F.N.Qld so much too & high time for a spot of snorkling methinks.
Another great post ShenANNAgans.

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Bring on Asian adventures I say. Snorkelling a plenty. 🙂

Alice - August 7, 2014 Reply

Love your description of sweaters, that need sweaters!!! Lol! It was 13 degrees in Sydney recently and I felt cold Anna. I’m talking 2 cardi’s jacket, scarf & gloves! I might need to hibernate during the cooler winter months in Canberra! I’m actually jet setting to Shanghai in a couple of weeks, so going to get my dose of Vitamin D then 🙂

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Gahhhh Miss Alice, its sooooo cold. You are going to need to start purchasing sweaters for your double cardi, scarf & glove combo my dear, and potentially come for a couple of visits to acclimatise. 🙂 LOL, 13 degrees is balmy to a Berra inhabitant. Good thing I can point you in the direction of ALL the bars, restaurants and general ‘hot with fireplace’ spots about town.
    Wawhooooo, go you soaking up some Vit D in Shanghai, be sure to soak some for me too. #sojelly

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - August 7, 2014 Reply

I have only good memories of the Daintree rain forest and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef. Sadly I cannot scuba dive due to problems with my ears. I see it has been very cold where you live. We have had a mild winter overall. My favourite season is holiday season 🙂

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    It really is one of the worlds most beautiful places. 🙂 I love that you have good memories from the Daintree too.
    Thats a shame you cant dive, although snorkling on the reef is pretty spectacular too.
    Boom! Summer is your fave season too.

sandra - August 7, 2014 Reply

To go against the summer tide, autumn/winter are my favourite. Love the icy mornings, especially when I was training my horses, they would get icicles on their whiskers. A icy morning in Canberra makes a sunny day.

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Icicles on the horses whiskers, thats crazy and waaaaaayyyy too cold for my liking, but would be fun to see.

Elias Hallaj - August 7, 2014 Reply

Another wonderful post Anna! Great photos and brilliant idea for a yarn and *icebreaker* (thank me later 🙂 … I do like summer but reckon the best season in Canberra is definitely spring! closely followed by the beauty of autumn, then winter and then summer. But I actually love all four seasons and try to make the most of each. I’ve been scuba diving and visited the amazing GBR in Queensland. Also been kayaking/snorkelling with dolphins in WA (add that to your bucket list!) … if you have a good wetsuit you should also try snorkelling around Sydney’s eastern suburbs in winter – brilliant sunshine, visibility and few crowds. make sure you take an underwater camera with you!

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Bahahahaha…. Brilliant dad joke! #thankyou
    Wow, the kayaking/snorkelling with dolphines would be phenominal, adding to the bucket list right now.
    Really re Sydney eastern suburbs, wouldnt have thought there was a lot to see. Will check it out if ya think its tops.

Kris Johnston - August 7, 2014 Reply

I’m a summer kind of guy. I could do summer all year round.
Though nothing beats those crisp morning rides (when I have enough clothing on) in the middle of winter.
You truly took me to a happy place reading this weeks blog. I have done the same trip before, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree are truly amazing. It is a must see before a person dies. Beautiful!
Thankyou for sharing with us. Till next week.

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Yep, I figure we like the Summer more because thats when we were born, its a natural inhabitance.
    There is something really special about the crisp Berra mornings (if you are all rugged up). AND… Welcome, happy to share the summer travel love with ya.
    Im yet to do the zipline in the Daintree like you guys, but agreed, a must see before ya die.

Hannah - August 7, 2014 Reply

Summer hands down my favorite season. Though I am partial to the pretty Autumn leaves, the snow season (if i manage to get to the snow) and who can pass up the pretty Spring blossoms. But summer is the best, simply because of the warmth!

As far as scuba diving… I can’t do it because I get asthma. However I would say I’m a snorkeling pro and I love trips to The Great Barrier Reef or any tropical island!

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Haha Hannah… Sounds like you enjoy allllll the seasons. 🙂 Although, like you I love each for the reasons you said too.
    A snorkling pro… Ohhh, we should add snorkling together to the list of things we do.

      Hannah - August 7, 2014 Reply

      YES!!! We must!!

      I’m thinking we are going to have to start our own bucket list and actually write them down instead of occasionally saying ‘isn’t that on the list of things we are doing’

        Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

        That sounds like a fabulous idea…. A shenHANNAHgans bucket list. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - August 7, 2014 Reply

Yes, that makes me feel warmer – chilly here in Hawke’s Bay, NZ too – but probably not as chilly as Canberra:)

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Thought you guys would be experiencing similar temps?! Stay warm Rachel. X

Fran - August 6, 2014 Reply

All I can say is, wish I was still in Bali 🙁 Ffffreezing.

    Anna - August 7, 2014 Reply

    Oh dear Fran. That would have been awful landing back in Aus after sunny Bali. Especially this past week.

Zoe @ Tales from over the Horizon - August 6, 2014 Reply

My favourite season depends on where I am in the world. In NZ its summer – there is nooooo sun most of the time in winter, but in Hong Kong I like the ‘winter’. Summer is too hot. I’ve been Scuba diving a couple of places in NZ and in the Red Sea off Egypt. 🙂

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    Summer in NZ sounds like Summer here in Canberra, nice and warm. I hear very good things about Honk Kong winters too. Wow, I bet scuba diving in the Red Sea was epic. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - August 6, 2014 Reply

We just had a power cut and so I don’t know what happened to the comment I just posted! I heard on the breakfast program just how cold it was in the ACT in the mornings and couldn’t believe how far below zero it was. No wonder you’re dreaming of a trip to FNQ. And don’t you look gorgeous in your bikini! xx

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    Yep Charlie… Its flipping freezing in the Berra. It surprises me every time the temps drop that far below zero too, and I’ve lived here a long time. Thanks for the compliment, I put the pic up as motivation to get the bod Summer ready. Happy hump day! xox

Dedy@Dentist Chef - August 6, 2014 Reply

Damn, you made me want to visit the Great Barrier Reef even more now, both of my sisters alrealy there…..

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    Oh Dedy, you must, you really must! Its such a beautiful part of the world. 🙂

Mandy - The Complete Book - August 6, 2014 Reply

Without any question SUMMER is the only season for me. I so miss living in Mauritius when we have our winter months here at home, although I must add that this winter has been *whispers* very mild. Long may it last!
Yay that you will be visiting us in summer – can’t wait!
Have a beautiful day dear Anna and stay snuggled and warm.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    Lucky you having a relatively mild winter, we have got you covered in Aus, fingers crossed it stays that way huh?
    Boom diggity… Oh how excited I am to Summer adventure in South Africa with you. #meerkats
    Wishing you a wonderful, fun filled week my lovely friend.
    Hugs and loves. xx

Lizzy (Good Things) - August 6, 2014 Reply

Oh Anna, I celebrate all four seasons, to be honest. And I really love my home town and birth place, Canberra. That said, I am indulging in a winter getaway… me, my broken foot and my man are currently enjoying the warmth of the sunshine coast. Love this post, lotsa fun!

    Anna - August 6, 2014 Reply

    Wow Liz… Born & bred Berra inhabitant. Thats awesome. 🙂
    Nice, you certainly deserve a sunny shiny relax, soak up some rays and down a cocktail me. xo

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