Weeks before I arrived back in Australia Ben and I had already planned a weekend getaway 45 minutes north of our house in the Tea Gardens. Tea Gardens is a lovely little town on the coast, with a main street not much longer than a 7 minute walk, it would be the perfect place for us to go kayaking, enjoy picnics of fish and chips, and spend lots of time outdoors; little did we know the weather would put a giant wrench in those plans.
Despite leaving super early Saturday morning so we could beat the rain, aka “rainmegaddon” the monstrous five day storm hitting Australia’s eastern coast we were too late. By the time we got to Tea Gardens the winds had made the beach unbearably cold, and the skies were becoming overcast. There was hardly a soul on the beach, but fortunate for us we ran into a local who told us where to find the best fish and chips in town, so we headed in that direction and… couldn’t find the place. So we settled on a restaurant that was the top rated on Yelp for fish and chips in Tea Gardens and enjoyed a picnic near the water just before the rain started.
The rest of the day from post-lunch to the next morning can be summed up in one paragraph.
Hotel, Sleep, Liquor Run, Fish and Chip Run, Hakka, Rugby, Sleep… and lots of rain mixed in. Ok, that wasn’t even a paragraph, but it accurately describes how the rest of the day went. You would think that crisscrossing the world so many times in the past year would make it easy to recover from jetlag, it’s not. Ben let me sleep while he watched ruby which is a pretty good deal in my book.The next morning we woke up, and the weather had done a complete 180. No longer was it dark, cold and stormy, it was now sunny and chilly, we could handle that!
We had a delicious breakfast at The Boatshed splitting the breakfast burger and banana bread, and then headed to a beach recommended to us by the hotel receptionist. There was not a soul in sight at this beach which was shocking because it was even more beautiful than the one we had visited before, but maybe the locals didn’t feel that 50° was appropriate beach weather (neither do we, but on holiday, anything goes!)
We spent hours on the secluded beach until we got hungry, when am I not hungry? Before driving back into town we stopped at the beach we visited on Saturday and watched the waves crash onto the sand in the gorgeous weather. The beach was so much more beautiful and welcoming the second day and had us wishing we could dive right in. After walking around a bit, back into town we went with one thing on our minds… ice cream!
We enjoyed our ice cream from a small local shop while sitting on the jetty gabbing about which yacht we would someday own. Did you know those bad boys are like $60,000+?? We won’t own one of those for a while, but it’s nice to dream.This may sound ridiculous, but every time I see pelicans I can’t help but say, “mine, mine, mine.”
We finished up the afternoon in the sun, walked back through town, and drove home, chatting the whole way about the next time we could return to the beautiful Tea Gardens.