Travels

Sunday, 14 July 2019

The Bloody Long Walk Brisbane | 35km Walking Challenge



The Bloody Long Walk Brisbane | 35km Walking Challenge
“If you haven't any charity in your heart, You have the worst kind of heart trouble.”

Since when does a Queenslander say no to a challenge? Call it intimidating, call it crazy, and call it the “mother of all charity walks”… one thing’s for sure: at 35 kilometers long, The Bloody Long Walk certainly stands up to its name.
The Bloody Long Walk is a 35 kilometre challenge owned and operated by the Mito Foundation. Mito is a debilitating and potentially fatal genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to convert food into the energy needed to power muscles and major organs; 1 in 200 people are at risk of developing mito. One Australian child born each week suffers a severe or life-threatening form of mito making it the second most commonly diagnosed serious genetic disease after cystic fibrosis.




The start of The Bloody Long Walk was at Sandgate’s, Curlew Park. All checkpoints were stationed by local volunteers who seek to support the participants and the cause. People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. This was Kim’s third event volunteering this year, helping out International Women’s Day Walk and the Ballina to Byron event.  Water, fruit and first aid members were available at all checkpoints to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants. Kim was stationed at Check Point 6, located at the New Farm Riverwalk. Riverview Court New Farm and the entry to The Brisbane Riverwalk, which is one of Brisbane’s absolute must do’s, a water highway for pedestrians and cyclists jutting out along the most scenic tract of Brisbane river between New Farm to the Howard St Wharves and on to the Brisbane CBD. The 870m long Riverwalk is happily segregated into dedicated roadways for cyclists and pedestrians so neither can intrude on other’s turf, with cyclists enjoying a 3.5m path and a comfortable 2.5m one for pedestrians.




The route followed the train-line from Shorncliffe to North Boondall. It then trailed parallel to the Gateway Motorway before hitting Nudgee Road, and eventually, the Kedron Brook Floodway Park.  From there, on to Nundah, Ascot and Newstead, then the route hangs tightly to the north side of the Brisbane River, before eventually crossing the Goodwill Bridge to the final stretch of pavement.




If this sounds complicated, don’t despair, we saw extensive section maps that were available to ensure individuals and teams can remain on track, and safety officials were located across the whole route to provide everyone with the best support as participants embarked on the challenging journey.



We headed early to Sandgate to take a few photos of everyone starting, jumped in the car and watched people passing the first Check Point at Nudgee and then onto her Check Point 6.



Kim’s Check Point was the most vocal, with bells and horns welcoming every walker with smiles and hugs and needed encouragement for the last 6k’s till the finish.
Kim’s put her name down for the Gold Coast event and maybe we’ll walk it next year.



Check out the video from the weekend:





Saturday, 6 July 2019

STYLE YOUR WAY, FERNY HILLS, QUEENSLAND. AUSTRALIA

Style Your Way
Shop 6, 18-20 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills (1.18 mi)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4055


Australia prides itself on being a giving nation. But would you give unconditionally to a homeless person and be okay with not knowing what your money was spent on?  Haircuts, clean clothes, a warm dry place to store their things -- these are creature comforts many of us take for granted, but for those living rough on the streets, even the simplest things are a luxury they can only dream of. Kim is passionate about giving back to the community and is happy to put the word out there to promote a great shop called "Style Your Way".






Style Your Way is situated in Ferny Hills, a suburb 14 km north-west of central Brisbane, is on the upper reaches of the Cabbage Tree Creek and Kedron Brook. It adjoins Arana Hills, which in turn adjoins Everton Hills (moving downstream), and the three suburbs constitute the Hills District in the south of the former Pine Rivers Shire (now in Moreton Bay Regional Council).

Lee Martin is a Joining Hands Ambassador, and her aim is to create a sustainable business and support the health and wellbeing services to the local homeless young people without drawing on Government funds and grants so she will gratefully accept any good quality, pre-loved women and children's fashion delivered to the store.




Joining Hands provide a bridge for vulnerable and homeless young people to access health and wellness services, and live a life filled with health, joy and purpose. Joining Hands is leading a movement of GiveBack for social change, transforming the lives of homeless and vulnerable young people. When thousands of Individuals and Business join together to give, it adds up and creates great change in our world. Sessions they provide include; Haircuts, Nutrition, Trauma Informed Yoga, Dance, Massage, Bowen Therapy, Reiki and Fitness.




With your support, they have ‘gifted’ wellness services to homeless young people since they established the GiveBack Program in 2012.

If you have any unwanted Women’s and Children’s clothes sitting around at home, drop down and see Lee at Style Your Way - Shop 6, 18-20 Ferny Way, Ferny Hills 
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4055


Sunday, 30 June 2019

WELLINGTON AND VICTORIA POINT, QUEENSLAND. AUSTRALIA



WELLINGTON AND VICTORIA POINT, QUEENSLAND. AUSTRALIA


Up before the sparrows we headed to the  popular coastal village, Wellington Point,  situated in the Redlands. Bordered by water on both sides Wellington Point is a weekend hot-spot for picnic goers, families, boaties and those who love a bit of vitamin sea.



As you arrive you are greeted by a range of boutique eateries and friendly cafes where you can stop in for a lazy brunch before you continue your journey down the road towards the picturesque Wellington Point Reserve. Scattered with historic Moreton Bay Fig Trees, sandy beaches, barbecue areas and playground equipment this pretty park is a destination in itself. The iconic wooden jetty and frequent fairy floss sunsets make this little spot an Instagrammers delight, but we were here for sunrise. The treats of this coastal village continue when on low tide a sandbar emerges creating a natural bridge from the reserve to your very own islet, King Island. 



A definite bucket list item to experience is the unique sea walk between King Island and Wellington Point at low tide.  Although popular for its waterside playground and impressive climbing trees, visitors to Wellington Point will benefit from checking the tidal conditions first as its only as the waters ebb away to their lowest point that the natural sand walkway stretching between the point and King Island, situated about 1km offshore, is revealed. The island itself, now a conservation park, is a combination of sandy pathways alongside twisted trees and surrounded by mangroves.  Although uninhabited now, the island was once the home for a family for medicinal reasons in the early 1900s and plaques set up on the island tell the story of the two years they lived there in a temporary dwelling on a sand dune.  A letter from Mr Philips to his sister Jo is in the possession of the Wynnum Manly historical society, depicting their life during the brief sojourn on the island. Although the island is only small this experience is really all about the journey itself.  The 2km round trip is suitable for all ages and is much loved by kids in particular as the retreating waters leave behind a pathway that is usually littered with an array of different marine life such as curling shells and small mud crabs just waiting to be discovered.  Although it is important to keep an eye on the tide to make sure you don’t lose your pathway back, many people and children who are a little older like to make the trip as the path starts to dwindle – half paddling / half walking the route. Unfortunately the council doesn’t allow dogs; we haven’t wanted to do the trek. 



 We then dropped past and grabbed a coffee before heading to Raby Bay Foreshore Park so Shari could have a run on the beach with heaps of other early morning furry friends. More than just a park that ticks the boxes for your mutt, owners can set up undercover at a picnic table to watch them run into the water, again, again and again.



The next day we were out again near Cleveland, checking out the Victoria Point Markets (previously known as the Whitehouse Markets) which are a boutique market selling arts and crafts, handmade items, vintage and pre-loved clothes, toys, household items and supporting local small business and the community. Held every three months at the beautiful historic Whitehouse in Victoria Point these markets are the perfect place to pick up a beautiful unique gift, shop for a new outfit or amazing Market find and support local business.






As busy as we are, we need to go out and claim that alone time. We must make it a priority.
Another big benefit to our relationship is just that I feel loved when Tony takes the lead in planning a weekend like this; I am so grateful that he does it. It’s an awesome way for him to show me his love.


  #wellingtonpoint #moretonbay #Brisbane #Queensland #sunset_hunter #nature_perfection #fantastic_earth #cloudzdelight #world_bestsky #earth_reflect #master_shots #colors_of_day #earthpix #earthfocus #awesome_photographers #gottolove_this 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

COOLY ROCK ON, GOLD COAST. AUSTRALIA



Each and every day we are blessed with on this Earth begins with one. We may not yet be awake, and it is sometimes hidden from view by cloud, but it is there nonetheless.

The sun-rises each day so a missed alarm is no excuse to miss the sun at its finest. In my city of Brisbane, there’s a hill we call Mount Coot-tha, which is about ten minutes from the CBD. You can walk up to the summit, down the other side and back up and down in around an hour and a half. For those ninety minutes, you bathe in a eucalypt forest. I made a detour before heading to Coolangatta. Mt Coot-tha is the best place to watch the sunrise in Brisbane.



 The Mount Coot-tha Lookout gives absolutely breathtaking views. The best time to get there is at least 30 minutes before the sun rises. It’s especially magical if there is a blanket of fog covering the city. Easily the most popular spot to see the sun rise, Mt Coot-tha offers a panoramic view of the city and Brisbane surrounds. Many people up early to see the city radiate in a golden glow as day breaks and the bright globe rises behind the city skyline. Sunrise photography is all about light, which depends on the weather to a great extent. You need to learn how to plan to get the best sunrise landscape shots. Typically, I prefer a partly cloudy sky. I wouldn’t bother with less than 30% cloud cover for a general sunrise landscape.



There are, of course, different scenarios. For instance, for a waterfall or a forest, I would prefer a clear sky to increase the chance of getting sun rays beaming through the trees. Sunrise, in my opinion, is the most magical time of day, when we can reconnect with nature in full. I’m always keen for a new exciting sunrise photography adventure even if I have to wake up at 3.30 am. Set your next alarm clock early and try it out!



After a few shots I headed on to Cooly Rocks On, Coolangatta. Established in 2011, Cooly Rocks On™ has evolved to become Australia’s largest rock’n’roll and nostalgia festival and a signature event on Queensland and Australia’s event calendar. Set on a combination of outdoor stages and venues within the beachside streetscape of iconic Coolangatta, the highlight of Cooly Rocks On™ is the destination; the spectacular Southern Gold Coast beaches, the relaxed and friendly hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere for which the Southern Gold Coast is renowned for and an event I look forward to each year.



 This year, Cooly rocked with an incredible entertainment line-up that featured headline artist direct from Los Angeles, California, Marcel Riesco who has toured world-wide with his blend of Roy Orbison inspired music paired with the best Rock’n Roll of the 50’s and 60’s. There is so much to savour at Cooly Rocks On™ 2019 with cars, live music, dance displays, parades and markets, all set on stages, streets, parks and venues within iconic Coolangatta. 



Hundreds of cars were displayed in what is the most beautiful and iconic location for a Show ‘n’ Shine anywhere in Australia. There were more car clubs participating than ever before and will underpin the classic culture. Show’n Shine cars can be manufactured up to 1979 which incorporates the heady days of the ultimate muscle car era blending perfectly with the colourful classics. The vibrant colours, costumes and crowds seen at festivals  can make them a photographer’s dream come true. The spectacle, colour and crowds that are the hallmarks of festivals around the world make them a great subject for travel photography. 




They offer the chance to see a completely different side to the people of the place you’re visiting.
Many people dress up for the event, either in their best 60/70’s clothes, or just for fun in whacky gear. You also find people are generally more relaxed, in high spirits and very happy to be photographed. Take advantage of the crowds and festive atmosphere to mingle with the locals and get in close to the action. The showers stayed away and I left just before the crowds packed the streets.




A sunrise is one of the most majestic spectacles we can ever witness. Its beauty is a powerful force, one capable of imparting its warmth on the most hardened of souls. It inspires, it energizes, it renews, it gives hope. And this is why sunrise is so fondly spoken about. It hints at the possibilities that exist for us if we should reach out and take them. It reminds us that time is moving ever forward and that change is a constant of life.


No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls

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Tony And Kim are Travelers, Adventurers, and Bloggers from Brisbane. Tony & Kim + Shari Outdoor Adventures has something for everyone to enjoy including what adventures you can have in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and Overseas. One thing’s for sure: once you start browsing our blog, you’ll be booking annual leave before you can say “bucket and spade”. While we don’t identify ourselves as writers, We've always been travelers. From a young age, we both were given the opportunity to travel and spend countless hours on family road trips & vacations to what seemed, at the time, distant places.We got our first taste of traveling as a couple in Palm Cove, Queensland on our Honeymoon and learned about each others same passion.We are not writers, so why blog? It’s a commitment to ourselves that holds us accountable. It’s the home for our Adventure Stories. We want this blog to inspire you, to inform you and to add fuel to your Wanderlust. We hope you’ll join us on this adventure!