#ChasingtheSun blog tour: @Notwedordead's 'must dos' in Australia @HQstories


Georgia Green is on the conveyor belt to happiness.

Live-in boyfriend, perfect career and great friends, it seems like Georgia is only a Tiffany box away from her happily ever after. But when she arrives in Australia for her best friend’s wedding and is faced with the bridezilla from hell, she starts to realise that she might not want the cookie-cutter ending she thought.

What was meant to be a trip full of sunny days at the beach and wedding planning over cocktails, has turned into another problem for her to fix – just like the ones she’d left behind. With hardly any time for her boyfriend, let alone herself, it feels like there is just too much to juggle. It might be time for Georgia to step off the conveyor belt to find the balance in life and see if she really can have it all…

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Guest Post: What you must do in Australia

 Have a go at surfing! 

You can’t go to Australia and not learn how to surf. It’s a rite of passage down under to hit the waves and tick this off your travel bucket list. So, obviously I had to give it a go! Although since then I now have a new level of respect for surfer babes who ride the waves whilst rocking a glowing tan and pearly white smile. I had visions of catching a gnarly rip (yup, I have no idea) with my beachy hair flowing in the breeze, effortlessly pushing myself up to stand and catch each break. The reality was a little different. I ended up with mascara gloop round my eyes, a gallon of salt water up my nose and being shown up by a four year old Aussie kid who was doing crazy tricks nearby. Nice one, show off. Surfing is not as easy as it looks in the films but there is something addictive about it.

Keep an eye out for the wildlife!

During the road trip I took with my lovely backpacker friend, Laura, we headed off the main Great Ocean Road and pulled not far from Cape Otway – with the intentions to have a wee and stretch our legs. But thank goodness we did, as further up a track was a group of elderly tourists being shown around by an Australian guide. They all had their cotton wool haired heads staring up at something in the trees, making ‘oohing’ type noises as their cameras were snapping whatever it was they were looking at. Being nosy curious we wandered over, okay, we may have gatecrashed their tour, to see what was going on. Up in the eucalyptus trees was a koala. A furry, funny nosed, cute as a button, koala just above our heads – I was besides myself with excitement! Even better than seeing a koala in the wild was the fact that this fuzzy-haired dude was awake (they sleep for up to 20 hours a day), munching on some leaves and even jumped to the next branch to forage for his next feast.

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge 

We were fastened to a steel rope fixed to the side of the bridge and walked up like obedient ducklings behind our bubbly team leader who stopped us at certain points to explain the history or the views. The higher we went the more my legs began to shake. I’m pretty good with heights especially after flying round Mount Everest and trekking the Himalayas but there were some parts of this that gave me shivers! It was worth those few wobbles to get to the top! If I thought the sunrise view was incredible, that was nothing compared to the Sydney skyline from 134m above sea level that sprawled around us from this vantage point.

Take time out in the Australian Bush

The thought of sleeping by myself in the great outdoors (as luxurious as it might be) in the Australian wilderness, knowing that most of the creepy crawlies and critters around me could possibly kill me, didn’t fill me with excitement if I’m honest. I’m not going to say that my stay in the unusual accommodation went without a hitch. I’d never been woken up by a possum drinking out of my toilet bowl before (possibly the most Australian thing I’ve said since arriving down under) nor have I ever had neighbours that had been so jumpy before. I went for a stroll around the forest and froze in shock at the sight of three kangaroos sunbathing just outside the door to my hut. It was incredible but took a little getting used to! But I’m a big fan of getting away and treating yourself to some downtime, time to just hang out with your thoughts, to read a book, to plan your next adventure or to breathe great lungfuls of fresh air.

About Katy:

Katy Colins is a best-selling author and award-winning travel blogger (www.notwedordead.com) with over 44K followers on Instagram. After Katy’s wedding was called off in 2010, she made the life-changing decision to travel solo around South East Asia, leaving behind her successful career and selling everything that wouldn’t fit into a backpack. As she traveled, Katy finally put her adventures and thoughts into words and secured a six book deal with Harper Collins. Chasing the Sun is Katy’s fourth novel featuring the inimitable Georgia Green, and the perfect beach read for this summer. 

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