Sunday, March 24

eumundi markets

The small town of Eumundi, ten minutes inland from Noosa, comes alive every Wednesday and Saturday morning with their famous markets for artisans, growers, healers, designers and creators.  The original vision of "make it, bake it, sew it, grow it" has been diluted over the last couple of years as imported and mass produced goods have been allowed entry, however there remains many excellent handmade items and delicious, cheap food. We went back a second time just to have lunch - authentic Tibetan momos, gluten free vegan patties and local bananas. 

Keeping with our funnymoon themes, we explored the stacked shelves of Berkelouw Books, refuelled at the Bohemian Bungalow and picked up a few second hand treasures for the kitchen.

Saturday, March 23

hip, hippy & hippest

A $35 flight from Sydney to the Gold Coast was too good to resist, and so our funnymoon migrated north, co-inciding with the first day of the Quicksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks.  We briefly checked in with the scene in Mullumbimby and Byron, confirmed there are still 300 surfers in the line up, and that tie-dye never goes out of style in some corners of the globe.

The Conscious Cafe (raw, organic, vegan), Byron Bay
Rock & Roll Coffee Company, Mullumbimby

Wednesday, March 20

the next two days

The scenic coast road from Ulladulla to Sydney. 

berry & the southern highlands

We continued the waterfall route in the Morton National Park, and the soggy path to the Fairy Bower Falls was alive with leeches that made a feast of Tom's bare feet. We spent the night at the Bundanoon YHA, a former Edwardian guest house, then travelled through Kangaroo Valley and Fitzroy Falls to a charming B&B in Berry.  

For a small town, Berry has retail and cafe therapy covered, as long as you don't want to start before 10am. Artist Lisa Madigan has a gallery, store and cafe that had me swooning with lifestyle envy,   nearby the Berry Tea Shop infuses leaf loveliness, and the Berry Woodfired Sourdough Bakery draws crowds from afar for their artisan loafs and pastries. 

Tuesday, March 19

mount wilson

Our accommodation in the Blue Mountains was the palatial home of Tom's Uncle and Aunty. Long time antique dealers and art collectors, they have an impressive collection of Australian and European pieces, each with a lively story - no Ikea wall units here. The house stands among twelve acres of exotic garden, mature gums and fruit trees. Sculptures and giant pottery urns create points of interest among the flowers and ferns. The property borders the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, with views to the lights of Sydney on a clear night. We were hoping to see wombat, but they were hiding away from the soggy weather. 

blue mountains

Leaving Sydney in our compact hire car, to the tune of toll roads direct debiting money from our credit card, we arrived in the misty Blue Mountains. Western Australia doesn't do a very good line in cascades or ferns - it is more likely to walk through grey green bush to a two metre high drop that is dry.  It seems when waterfalls were being handed out, New South Wales got all the love. 

annual funnymoon series : sydney

The winner for our annual funnymoon destination was Sydney and northern NSW, with a repeat visit to the Gold and Sunshine coasts as a bonus extension. We arrived in the wildest storm of the summer and the rain continued through our ten day stay. Any visions of sunny headland walks and lazing on golden beaches were replaced with gumboots, wrestling with rusty umbrellas and wave ravaged ocean pools. The perfect antithesis to the crispy WA summer we had left behind.

It was Tom's first visit to Sydney and he was suitably impressed with the delights of its iconic harbour. I never tire of the great coathanger and the opera house, and get a kick out of unexpected glimpses as you move throughout the city.

The general focus of our days were coffee, gallery, bookstore, coffee, op shop.  I declare the public transport map to be incomprehensible, and so we walked the streets of Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Kings Cross, through the Botanic Garden and back to Circular Quay for the glorious ferry trip to my cousin's apartment in Manly.

Our little list of picks :

Bourke Street Bakery, Surry Hills
Ben Quilty exhibition at National Art School (until 13 April)
Follow, Surry Hills
Shelf/Life, Surry Hills
Published Art Bookstore, Surry Hills
Architext (architecture & design bookstore), Potts Point
Koskela & Kitchen by Mike, Rosebery

See these spots and more on our google map. In the absence of a smart phone, I had to print out sections of the map and carry hard copies, much to my cousin's dismay. Good grief, so last century. 

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