Who doesn’t love a good waterfall? The way the water cascades and is framed by curtains of mist has a hypnotizing effect. They are both graceful and incredibly powerful. I had the opportunity to explore just three of the amazing waterfalls that Australia has to offer. Check them out below!
Purling Brook Falls | Springbrook National Park
One of the highest falls I had seen in awhile, coming to about 358 ft (about half the size of Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite), it felt like you could look up forever and still see the water cascading over the top. The view from the top of the trail is breath taking in itself, but to get a good perspective of it’s height you have to hike to the bottom of the valley. The hike along the cliffs was a great adventure and offered views that just can’t be done justice through pictures or detailed accounts. At the base of the falls, rainbows shoot off through the mist and the colors of the surrounding rock face truly saturate the landscape with rich warm colors. If your looking for a day hike in Queensland, I would highly suggest this one.
Killen Falls | Tintenbar New South Wales
We actually found out about these falls from a young guy about our age that was working at the 7 Eleven by our AirBnB. We went to go get our morning coffee and hot chocolate for our trip to Bryon Bay that day, and as we were checking out he suggested we make the stop at the falls that were about 35 miles from our destination. We were not disappointed. The way the falls had carved out the landscape around it reminded me a lot of the cenotes in Mexico. You could walk above the falls and behind them. Although we were heading into Bryon after this pit stop, we didn’t care we had to go behind the falls. it was misty! We definitely were soaked after a few minutes back there, but its a picture taking experience I won’t ever forget.
Curtis Falls | Tamborine National Park
The trek to Curtis Falls was more of a nature walk than a hike I will admit. The walk however offered breathtaking views of the subtropical rain forest, and you could really immerse yourself in the environment. You walk through minor switchback under massive eucalyptus trees and on bridges over a small creek. The waters give of opal hues in the mid day, and the leaves of the trees and greenery glow shades of yellow and green, this was one of my favorite places in Australia. The falls themselves are fenced off by the top to detour anyone trying to get that perfect selfie and slipping on the mossy rocks at the base of the falls. Although the falls were the point of us coming to the area, I do believe that the greenery and beauty of the trail itself stole the show.
We have all been there, it’s your friends birthday in a week and they already have absolutely everything they could ever want. They are the type that if they want something, they buy it and you are left with no gift ideas for this year’s birthday. If you find yourself not being able to afford a day out, or a mini trip to a beach or the mountains, here are some gift ideas that will please any friend with an adventurous soul.
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We all know how long the process of getting a passport takes, there is the forms, awkward photos, and long waiting period. So a great cover or holder is a great idea as a gift for a friend who makes good use of theirs! You can even get them customized for an extra special touch.
Coordinates have hit a certain craze lately, but that’s not the only adventurous themed jewelry that is out there. Check out some of the items below that are perfect for any wandering mind.
3. Key chain
You have like all of $5 to your name but don’t want the birthday person feel unloved so here is a little something to make them smile. A personal favorite are the types that have “multi-use” – ya know to open water…
Does your friend not have a written bucket list? Get them started! A journal is perfect for their adventurous mind to write down all of their ambitions and lists of mountains they want to hike one day.
Another smaller idea to add to the mix. Stickers are great to slap onto canteens, vans, and coolers. Who doesn’t like to add a little personality to their gear?
6. House Decor
If you are like me, your obsession with the outdoors doesn’t just stay outside, it follows you into your home. Artwork and house decor that revolves around wanderlust and the outdoors is one gift you can’t really go wrong with as a gift.
7. Camera Equipment
If your birthday person loves to bring their camera on their excursions, then a new camera strap is a unique gift that can be fully customizable and would get a lot of use.
Support your loved one’s travel dreams by getting them a piggy bank besides the coffee can they have in the freezer. You can go with the classic look, or with the more hipster scene by getting them a glass growler piggy bank (bonus points if it has beer in it).
We have seen the ads on Facebook that show John Muir quotes on t-shirts and jackets, everyone secretly wants one. There are loads of companies now that offer outdoors related apparel that can be worn both by the campfire and on the town.
10. Camping Supplies
This is a little more generalized but no one can really have too much camping supplies. There are the obvious things like tents and new boots, but some of us have those friends that a little homemade dry shampoo wouldn’t be the worst of gifts to give.
Of course the best gift would be an all expense paid trip to wherever they wanted in the world, but this list was geared towards those who maybe are saving for that a little later 😉 Is there something you think I missed? Let me know in the comments!
Whether you’re a single parent, or a family that has 6 children, there is always time for adventure. I have come across these Instagram accounts over the past few months and find these families as true inspiration. The following accounts feature these families day to day adventures with their little ones, and prove that just because you decide to have does not mean that your sense of adventure gets the boot.
So this account is not necessarily just one family, but is composed of multiple! All enduring in one project to get their children out and into the wild!
Check Out Their Website!
I will always have a soft spot for the families out here in Hawai’i. Island keiki are just natural born adventurers.
Check Out Their YouTube Channel!
This family does is all! AND they are traveling all over the globe! They release a new video of their wild adventures each Sunday!
Check out their YouTube Channel!
Can You Say Family Goals?
They also have a YouTube Channel!
I grew up camping just like these kids and their wild family. This account makes me want to go hike and bring my God kids along!
Did I miss some? Have a favorite family you follow on Instagram that I did not feature? Link them in the comments below!
Places I Go to for a little inspo kick start
We all have a few places that we can runaway to when we need a breather, or to regain a little creativity.
Break Down Beach (North Shore)
With the heavy tourist concentration on o’ahu it can be a little hard finding somewhere to freshen up the’ol brain cells that’s not heavily saturated in fake plants and hibiscus patterend designs. One day on a quest to out run the tourists and ukulele soundtracks I came across this beach. Roughly an hour and a half from my house, it’s quiet, usually empty when Im walking around, and has a raw beauty to it. Walking barefoot through the more grittier sand on the island gives me some time to just focus on the sand under my feet, and give my mind a little rest. Usually this is when its easiest for me to think of more things I want to add to my bucket list, imagine new photo opprotunities, or reflect on some quotes I’ve read in the past. The pretty seashells don’t hurt either.
Rock Creek Mammoth Ca.
Hearing nothing but a babbling creek and birds chirping in the oak trees is bliss. Walking around trails that hug the frigid little creek is usually where I dream up new travels for myself and create plans for an even calmer life style. Being outdoors, especially with a fishing pole in your hands, helps a lot of us think of things in our life beyond out computer and cell phone screens.
I have to credit this entire city. In my beginning years of college I would drive down to Encinitas at least three times a week. Something about the place just really vibes with me. Whether it is the plants that are growing on the cliffs, to the paint on store shop walls, I’m not sure but it works. You can get the entire California feel without the huge batch crowds or totally obnoxious bro surfers. Its a city that revolves around the beauty of the sea and glows yellow hues during golden hour.
Yes this may seem a little obvious to some people, but it’s almost like people have forgotten that libraries exist anymore. Walking into a library and down any row I am immediately thrown into a variety of thoughts and ideas. The nature section (which is one of my favorites) gives me inspo on new places I want to travel, or just meet people from. The library brings back a little spark in my traveling self.
Do you have a certain place that you love to get inspiration from? Tell me about it in the comments below 🙂
Bucket lists. A list of goals or aspirations someone wishes to complete before they kick the bucket. Usually you’ll hear someone say that doing something extremely challenging or adrenaline rushing is bulleted on their list, but how does someone create a list that they can actually fulfill? That’s where I come in to help. Here’s a guide on how to write a bucket list that suites your life no matter who you are!
Write it down
Buy a journal, create a word doc, paint it on the walls of your garage, anything! Having a physical written reminder helps you remember what it is that you’ve wanted to do plus there’s a sense of accomplishment when you get to cross an item off
No dream is too small. Have you always wanted to bake a pumpkin pie? Ride a bike at the beach? Watch Forest Gump? Then add it to your list! It doesn’t have to be all about jumping out of airplanes and running with the bulls, if you want to watch elf and eat pancakes for dinner then viva la vida!
“Travel the world” okay like where? Israel? Australia? Down the street? Set specific goals that once done can be checked off. The more specific you are the easier it will be to reason whether or not you can truly mark off that item on your list.
Have fun with it
It’s your bucket list. Not your cousins, your neighbor’s, or ex coworker that you still have on social media, yours. If you want to dye your hair green for Saint Patrick’s Day then cheers! Want to wear a cheeky bikini in Hawaii? Then follow the phrase Suns Out – Buns Out! The point is this is YOUR list, we all have some ridiculous dreams and goals, so might as well make some of them happen!
Did you recently add something to your bucket list? I want to know! Comment below with your recent additions <3