Good food, good company, good sights – Byron Bay

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It’s always so lovely to meet new friends who have similar interests, hobbies and goals.

So I was super pleased to catch up with Amanda Round The Globe while she was in Byron Bay recently, for a day of adventure.

Together we devoured some delicious vegan food, walked a popular beachside track, visited the famed Byron Lighthouse, and even spotted some whales!

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Getting to know our native wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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I found myself in a bit of an ethical and emotional pickle whilst formulating this blog post and my latest video.

You see, as a vegan, I feel very aware that I may be judged negatively for the experience I’m about to share with you.

But I’ve just got to square my shoulders and bear that, if it does come to that.

See, in January, when my British boyfriend visited me here in Australia, we took a trip an hour and a half up the highway to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, so I could introduce him to some of Australia’s most famous native animals.

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Soothing my soul with Alstonville and Wollongbar’s waterfalls

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I’m a proud Northern Rivers girl, which you may have gathered from my ongoing Northern Rivers series.

My region is a very beautiful place – there’s no doubt about that.

While I generally tell people I’m from Lismore, I only really say that because it’s a regional centre that more people know the name of, and it’s where I work.

In fact, the truth is I grew up in Alstonville (Until I was 8), and Wollongbar, and apart from stints living in Sydney for study, and in Lismore itself, I’ve lived in the same house in Wollongbar since 2000.

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Celebrating freedom at the Nimbin MardiGrass

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One a year the small Northern Rivers town of Nimbin comes alive for a big weekend of protesting and celebration for the annual Nimbin MardiGrass.

The MardiGrass began 25 years ago as a protest for the legalisation of marijuana, and continues to protest for the same outcome today.

My friend, and fellow YouTuber, Tom, headed to Nimbin to check out the 2017 festivities.

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Cruising the Northern Rivers in a Jaguar XJS Cabriolet

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Here’s one random thing you probably didn’t know about me: I grew up around old cars.

A LOT of old cars.

My Dad’s side of the family have been involved with the vintage car club in our region since it’s inception, and so I grew up sitting in the backseat of old Chevy’s and Plymouths.

When I was a child we would spend weekends on car rallies in the car my parents had at the time, a 1929 Chevrolet.

I remember bouncing up and down along bumpy old roads on the weathered leather seats (no seatbelts in these old cars, of course), and the struggle it is was to put the windows in or out – no up or down, no winding down the windows in these old cars, no, the panes were carefully removed from the latches if you wanted some air, and would have to be securely lodged back in if you changed your mind.

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Cleaning up after a natural disaster

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After the Northern Rivers was hit by the floods caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie (See my blog from last week if you need to catch up on this), my community has begun the long and tough process of putting the pieces back together.

Thousands of people have been affected – whether their home was flooded and belongings destroyed, or their business inundated with water and forced to close for the time being.

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