02 – 20 random facts

The second topic of the 30 days blog challenge is to write 20 random facts about myself. If you have been reading my blogs then below are some of them which you already know 😅. 1. I love cats and dogs. 2. I have a sweet tooth – my weakness are chocolates and cakes. 3. I love chicken biryani. 4. I have broken many suitcases during my travels. 5. I …

01 – Introduction

The first topic of the 30 days blog challenge is to introduce myself. It is a bit odd to write an introduction about myself after I have written about 300 posts on my blog 😀 . But in the spirit of the challenge, I am writing my introduction below. My name is Raksha and I am Indian girl living in Sydney. My …

Narooma & Bermagui

Narooma and Bermagui, are coastal towns in the South Coast region of New South Wales (NSW). Supposedly the name Narooma is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘clear blue waters’ and Bermagui, is derived from the Dyirringanj word – permageua meaning ‘canoe with paddles’. The distance between Sydney and Narooma is around 349 kilometres. And Bermagui is about 36 kilometres from Narooma. …

Lighthouses in South Coast NSW

Are you one of those, like me, who love lighthouses? The function of a lighthouse is simple right? Yet each lighthouse is different and the architecture and history behind each lighthouse is unique. Almost every city in Australia around the coast has a lighthouse. So, last weekend I went on a road trip exploring the lighthouses in the South Coast …

Diamond Head Camping Ground

One of the best things about Australia is the camping sites. The camping sites under the Milky Way. They are amazing and some of them are spectacularly placed. Diamond Head Camping Ground is one of those camping sites that are just along the beach. It’s literally few hundred metres from the beach. The camping site has barbecue, well maintained toilets …

Swimming with Seals

I find seals extremely cute. They are the puppies of the ocean. They are inquisitive and extremely playful under water. And my most favorite activity to do is to swim with these puppies. In Australia, there are plenty of places where we can swim with the seals. In NSW, it is in the Montague Island. How to reach Montague Island? …

‘Forgotten songs’ by Michael Thomas Hill

A corner deviating from the George Street in Sydney CBD is the Angel Place. It has a very significant art piece. The art piece named ‘Forgotten songs’. It consists of the empty birdcages. And it was designed by Michael Thomas Hill. The art piece has 50 empty cages. The best part of this art is that when you stand beneath …

Waverton: Balls Head Reserve

A very easy and relaxed walk to do over the weekend is the Balls Head Reserve walk in Sydney. It is in the Lower North Shore of Sydney and passes through some gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour. It is definitely a walk to be on your things to do while in Sydney. The walk is around Balls Head, Sawmillers Reserve, …

Square Rock

The square rock lookout is located in the Namadgi National Park in ACT. It is about 1400 metres above sea level. It is a lovely day walk with the rock platforms. Statistics: Starting and ending points: Car Park for Square Rock on Corin Road. Total Length: 8 kilometres return. Total time: around 4 hours. Grade: Moderate. Public Transport: None. The …

Eagle Rock

I was jumping with joy and excitement when I visited Eagle Rock. Imagine seeing a waterfall along the cliff with a rainbow? It is this place. The place is definitely surreal and breathtakingly beautiful. This is something one shouldn’t miss when in Royal National Park. I totally recommend this walk. Logistics: Starting point of the hike: Wattamolla (There is a …

Ruined Castle

One of my favourite walks in Blue Mountains is to the Ruined Castle. After planning numerous times, one fine day I made it to the Ruined Castle. The views from the top is surely worth it. Unfortunately, I could not complete the last leg of the climb because of the difficulty. Logistics: Distance: 16.3 kilometers Grade: Very hard Path: Katoomba – Narrow Neck …

Burbie Canyon

A very short walk but a beautiful walk is the Burbie Canyon. The walking trail is through the Warrumbungle National Park and through a sandstone gorge. Logistics: Distance: 2 kilometers return. Grade: Easy. Public transport: Unfortunately, there is no public transport. The only way to go to this national park is by car. Park entry fee: AUD 8. Distance between Warrumbungle and …

Best places to find Jacarandas

Sydney has turned purple. Yes, it is the Jacarandas season and the streets of Sydney are purple. The season is in Spring and it starts from end of October and lasts till December every year. What are Jacarandas? A Jacaranda tree is a sub-tropical tree which is attractive indigo flowers. Best places to go view the Jacarandas in Sydney are: …

Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head lighthouse is around 115 kilometers from Sydney. Built in the year 1903, this lighthouse provides a panoramic view of Pacific ocean. It is an active lighthouse and hosted the last lighthouse keeper in New South Wales. The lighthouse is open for visitors and has guided tours every day of the year except the Anzac Day and Christmas Day. …

Freemans Camping

Freemans is undoubtedly one of the beautiful camping sites I have ever been to. It is a popular camping ground in Munmorah State Conservation area. The campground has access to the untouched beach Birdie Beach. The campground has basic facilities like barbecue and picnic tables, toilets and showers, carpark and drinking water. How far is Freemans? Freemans campground is around …

Maddens Falls

Maddens Falls is one of those hidden gems that my friends, Vijay and Som, and I found when we were just driving around in the Royal National Park (RNP). The waterfalls is in the Dharawal National Park. It is about 50 minutes i.e. 60 kilometers from Sydney. The falls is a short 15 minutes walk from the car park. And it is …

Fitzroy Falls, Huskisson, Point Perpendicular lighthouse and Nowra

A weekend before my adventurous travel to Nepal, my friends, Saira, Vijay and Som and I decided to take our first long drive in Ruhi to Huskisson. The places we covered at the end of the road trip were Fitzroy Falls, Huskisson, Point Perpendicular lighthouse and Nowra and we had driven approximately 500 kilometers. Fitzroy Falls: Our first stop was to …

Our adventure at Figure 8 pool

It was a beautiful Saturday and as part of our weekend exercise, my friends, Vijay, Som, Priya and Sree, and I had picked Figure 8 pool. Priya and Som had checked various websites to see the best time to visit on that Saturday. NOTE: The best time to visit Figure 8 pool is during low tides and detailed information about …