Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Greetings from Australia!! :) I just returned home from 4 weeks in the Southern Hemisphere. This summer I spent 2 weeks in Australia and 2 weeks in Bali. Kevin spent the first week in Sydney with me, and then I had a couple girlfriends meet me in Bali for a fun girls spa getaway. But first I want to tell you about where I spent that second week — Western Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Western Australia is a massive state that makes up the entire western third of Australia. It boasts expansive outback, pristine beaches, fertile wine regions, incredible food, world-class surfing, snorkeling, exotic wildlife and so much more.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

I spent most of my time in Broome, the “pearling” capital of Australia. This area is home to the largest and most coveted commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. Their discovery in the 1800s ignited a mass migration to Broome almost as legendary as the California gold rush.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Broome is also know for its awe-inspiring beauty and stark contrast in colors — striking red mountains, powdery white beaches, and vibrant turquoise waters.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

On my first full day in Western Australia, I took an air safari in a Cessna 210 with Kimberley Aviation to explore this postcard-worthy region.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

See those waves in the ocean above? That is the TIDE coming in. The Kimberley Coast is home to the world’s largest tropical tides. The tides rise and fall thirty-three feet every day, twice a day! It comes in, then goes out, then it comes in again, and goes out again. Every day!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

These giant tidal movements create natural wonders like the Horizontal Falls, pictured above.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

The rushing waves create a waterfall effect as water bursts through the narrow cliffs.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

The views from the air were unreal.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Here we are landing on our teeny tiny dirt road runway!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

That morning we walked down to the beach on powdery soft red sand. The red sand comes from the red Pindan Cliffs iconic to the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

However once you start to get closer to the ocean, the water bleaches the red out of the sand.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

We spent the morning exploring Cape Leveque, and I got my first look at the Indian Ocean.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

I was in Western Australia the first week of August, and even though it’s technically winter there, Broome and the Kimberley region was very warm and tropical, cooling off at night.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

They typically only have two seasons: the wet season and the dry season. Winter is the dry season, so it’s the perfect time to go to Broome!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

That afternoon we hopped on the plane again for a short ride over to Cygnet Bay to see the Giant Tides up close.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

We boarded a high-speed boat and zipped through the waves to get to the perfect vantage point. Take a look at the pictures below. I have never seen anything like this in my life!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

See the current in the top photo? That is like river rapids flowing right in the middle of an ocean. All around us the water swirled and swelled as the tide rushed in. Mini whirlpools formed everywhere, all around the ship, from the rushing water.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

The top half of these rocks are stained with the red Pindan dust, the bottom half is washed away from the tide.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

After a full day exploring by air, land, and sea, we boarded the plane once last time to return to Broome.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

But we still had one more amazing experience to come.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

To end an unforgettable day in the sky, we were whisked away by helicopter for transport to our hotel and a sunset ride over the Indian Ocean.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

We dipped low to the sea and saw whales and dolphins jumping, swimming, and playing off the coast.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

We landed on a private beach where we were met by a jeep who escorted us to a secluded, eco-friendly beach villa with all the modern comforts, but runs on solar power.

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

Vacation Goals ~ Explore the Outback of Western Australia. Here's everything you need to know about a holiday to Australia!

It was here, in the seclusion of the resort, and the vast remoteness of Western Australia that I actually saw the stars for the first time. I’ve never seen stars without massive city light pollution.  And I don’t even live in a big city! I just had to stop and stare in wonder. The stars actually do twinkle. And I saw the Milky Way for the first time. With my own eyes! I didn’t know you could see it with your eyes. I couldn’t get over it. I tried to take a picture but my camera couldn’t do it justice. Not to mention — all the constellations I’m used to seeing were upside down!! And you can’t see the North star! I could see Venus, and it was a billion times brighter and bigger than the North star.

Western Australia, please take me back. :)

Until next time!! :) xoxo


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Cannes, France

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The final stop on our French Riviera tour was the resort town of Cannes. The Promenade de la Croisette in Cannes curves along the coast and is lined with sandy beaches, upscale boutiques, and luxury hotels. Cannes is know for glamour, celebrities, and its world-famous Cannes Film Festival, attracting celebrities from all over the world, held every year in May.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Another major attraction in Cannes is the Forville Market, where you can buy everything from fresh produce, flowers, spices, herbs, meats, cheeses, and fish.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

While we were there, we tried socca, a popular street food famous in the French Riviera region. It’s a stone-fired pancake made from chickpea flour and dusted with salt and pepper. Very delicious!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Next we made our way up to the tower in Old Town.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The tower is a great spot for panoramic views of the city.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Loved looking out at all the boats in the harbor.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The famous red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We had lunch on the beach at Zplage. Cannes in lined with beach clubs, similar to Saint Tropez. LOVED this green juice!! So refreshing!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

How fun is this L’Oreal dessert?? The lipstick was like a strawberry ice cream push pop, and the purse was a little pastry. It even comes with a real tube of lipstick to take home as a souvenir. If you are ever in Cannes you have to go to Zplage and get the L’Oreal dessert!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Fun double decker carousel in Cannes. Everywhere we went on in the French Riviera we found beautiful carousels. It was like a scavenger hunt spotting them everywhere we went.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Colorful boats and houses on the harbor.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Rue Meynadier is a narrow, cobblestone pedestrian shopping street in Cannes.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

It’s lined with trendy shops and restaurants.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

This caramel creme brûlée macaron was calling my name!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We’d heard this was the most popular spot for ice cream in Cannes, so of course we had to try it out. They didn’t have my beloved lavender, so I tried the violet. Still very good, but I love my lavender!! :)

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

That evening we had a very special experience for our last meal in Cannes. We had dinner in the home of professional chef Elaine Muskas, who prepared a traditional French bistro meal for us. The ultra creamy mashed potatoes were equal parts cream, butter, and potatoes. The carrots and peas were bought fresh at the market that morning. The braised short-ribs were phenomenal. Such an incredible meal. I am still dreaming about those potatoes!

Check out Friend in France to book if you are ever anywhere near Cannes. This experience is rated the #1 attraction in Cannes on Trip Advisor!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We stayed at the centrally located Clarion Suites Cannes Croissette for 2 nights in Cannes.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

The rooms were quiet, spacious, and comfortable with lots of light and counter space in the bathroom.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

There was even a sink, stovetop, and refrigerator in case you wanted to do any cooking in Cannes!

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Our balcony had a great overlook of the pool.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

We sat outside and snacked on fruit and macarons.

Cannes, French Riviera, France. The best guide to exploring Cannes!

Such a great ending to an unforgettable trip on the French Riviera.

Thanks so much for following along on our French Riviera adventure.

Be sure to check out Sommer’s posts about our Cannes and Saint Tropez adventure! 

See you next time… In Australia!!! :)


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Beaches of Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Last week I talked about my favorite place we stayed in Saint Tropez, now I want to show you the amazing beaches!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We spent a warm, sunny day at the beach just relaxing, having lunch, and walking along the shores of the French Riviera in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The beaches of Saint Tropez are free to the public, and there are many beach clubs lining the coast where you can rent chairs, towels, umbrellas, or have lunch.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Of course you can bring your own towels and layout for free! :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The waters are crystal clear and perfect for swimming.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

I don’t get in the water unless it’s super warm, and it was definitely warm enough for me to swim in. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Here’s another fun beach club. They all had different personalities!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

There are no condos or houses on the beach — just the beach clubs and these teeny tiny little villas available for renting. How fun would it be to stay here for a night? :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We made our way down to Nikki Beach and decided to pop in for lunch.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Nikki Beach is a popular beach club in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The atmosphere is ultra chill and swanky.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We had fabulous sushi by the pool!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

After lunch we headed back out for the beach.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We saw these fun paddle boats with slides available to rent and immediately knew what we had to do the rest of the afternoon.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We boarded our plastic yacht for the afternoon and tried to fit in with all the massive yachts on the water. ;)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

We had the best time paddling around, laying out on the deck, and of course zipping down the slide and splashing into the crystal clear ocean over and over!!

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

Seriously such a fun afternoon!! I felt like a kid again. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

The beaches of Saint Tropez are gorgeous and definitely worth checking out if you are ever in the area. It’s fun wandering in all the beach clubs and checking them out — some have shops. There are vendors walking up and down the beach selling fresh fruit.

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

I will say the sand in Saint Tropez is not the most comfortable to walk on — it’s a little sharp from the shells and pebbles. So if you have sensitive feet, you may want to consider bringing water shoes. :)

Saint Tropez, French Riviera, France. Where to find the best beaches in Saint Tropez.

As we said our final farewell to Saint Tropez, we had to stop one more time for lavender ice cream, of course. ;) This was the last lavender ice cream I had in France! Good thing I can make Sommer’s recipe any time I want. Although it is definitely not a good thing for my waist!! :)

See you next time on our final stop in the French Riviera… in Cannes!


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