Adventure Tourism Awards, RnB Friday’s, Byron Bay & Brunswick Heads – fun on fun!

Larasstory Lara Lain blog Adventure Tourism Awards

Cairns crews on tour!

And the winner is …

Thursday; I took the easy 2 hr 15 min flight from Cairns to the Gold Coast to represent AJ Hackett Cairns at the Adventure Tourism Awards 2019.

AJ’s didn’t win but it was great to see the lovely teams from The Woolshed and Bounce Hostels take home the glory for Cairns.

Larasstory Lara Lain blog R&B Friday's Brisbane 2019

R&B Friday’s was so much fun!

Janet Jackson stole my show 

Friday; I went onwards to meet my friend Jen (aka Linda) to hit up R&B Friday’s in Brisbane. When Linda first invited me to this I thought she was joking – I had never heard of the event and couldn’t believe 50 Cent, Fatman Scoop and Janet Jackson were on the same night!

Turns out, it’s a large-scale event (obvs I have been living under a rock!) … These acts were on the same bill indeed! It was such a fun event! Janet Jackson was the mega-star headliner.

I didn’t know whether to EXPECT awesomeness or to EXPECT a flop. I have read some rather damning reviews on Janet’s performance but from where I was sitting; I thought she was amazing.

For a woman of 53 she looked effortless and sounded unreal. I could hardly believe I was staring at Michael Jackson’s sister – she definitely has so many things about her where you can see reflections of Michael (her voice and her dance moves for starters). Great night, highly recommend for next year!

Larasstory Lara Lain blog Byron Bay November 2019

Haze clouded Byron Bay – still beautiful, of course!

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11:11 – Believe!

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Oh hey Byron Bay!

Byron Bay – finally!

Since arriving into Australia way back in April 2014, Byron Bay has been a place I have been aware of a ‘must-visit’ destination. Linda took me there today and I really loved it!

It’s essentially a town build around surf culture (what’s not to love?!). Surf shops, surf clothes, surfer vibes, surfers everywhere you look, waves …

The cafe and shop culture has something for everyone. From trendy Op Shops (charity shops) to gift stores and cool boutiques in-between. Byron Bay felt like a breathe of fresh air. Finding lots of shops I like is a rare occurrence for me over the last year, as this is something that is distinctly lacking (for me) in Cairns.

The beach and infamous Byron Bay Lighthouse were clouded in haze from the fires – this was a sad sight to see. I hope it rains soon and the countryside and those suffering manage to catch a break.

Highly recommend visiting Byron if/ when you get the chance!

Larasstory Lara Lain blog Brunswick Heads 2019

Brunswick Heads looking like Bali here!

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… Full of treasures inside

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Linda found a shop named after her fave word!

Brunswick Heads bakery is worth the drive!

After Byron we made our way back to Linda’s home in the Goldie via Brunswick Heads. As soon as we arrived I understood the point of our 25 minute detour off the Pacific Highway; The Bakery! I chose a Nutella donut. Yum.

If you ever visit Brunswick be sure to check out the big antiques store (that looks like it’s from Bali). It’s full of weird and wonderful treasures.

Larasstory Lara Lain blog Gold Coast 2019

I love the Goldie!

Back to the Goldie for Sunset

Linda’s Gold Coast home is a few minutes walk from Tallebudgera Creek.

This place is always buzzing with families enjoying a true Aussie lifestyle of water, sun and good company. Today it looked beautiful as always. However, it was also eerie with the haze from the fires making the sky look like places I visited in Laos and Cambodia (back in 2014).

Tomorrow we will visit Burleigh Heads (one of my fave spots in Australia!) for some lunch and seaside chills before I head back to Cairns around 4pm. BIG WEEK ahead for me.

Thank you for reading – hope you have a big week lined up too!

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