Road Trip – Part Two

Hello everyone and welcome to part two of our road trip.

The next stop on our road trip was the town of Byron Bay on the north coast of New South Wales and the most easterly point on the Australian mainland.It is considered a must for young overseas travelers with its beautiful beaches , surfing culture and a bustling restaurant and pub scene. John had visited many times over the years but this was the first time for me. I am not a beach girl and didn’t brave the water but John did and enjoyed his swim.  We enjoyed a walk up to the historic lighthouse , unfortunately no photos , too many people but the view was glorious (you have to take my word on that) and we did see what John assures me was a whale under the  water. This was taken on our first morning walking along the beach near our accommodation into town.

From Byron Bay we drove to Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast . This has been a favourite holiday spot of ours for many years but it had been way too long since our last visit. It may be called the Sunshine Coast but we encounted rain for the first couple of days but the weather did clear towards the end of our stay.

For the first time we stayed at Noosaville in a rather lovely apartment a short walk from here , the Noosa River. We had a bit of a social time meeting up with my nephew James for lunch at the Boat House and also catching up with my friend Suzanne from Melbourne and her husband Allan for drinks and dinner at the yacht club.

Another day we drove to the hinterland , inland from Noosa, for some mooching around. The following shots were all taken in the pretty town of Eumundi , famous for its arts and crafts market which is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On those days the town is overflowing with visitors but as we visited on a Monday it was quiet allowing you to explore at will. The hotel is very typical of old Queensland. We stumbled across the most amazing bookshop that stocked a vast array of old and new books . I found a novel to read on the way home and also a fascinating book on hats from 1920 to 1980 .

I was most taken with his elephant , whose wire frame was filled with literally thousands of bottle tops , standing most appropriately next to the pub.

I also loved this guy painted on the side wall of the local bakery, shame I managed to chop off the top of his ears. The bakeries offerings looked delicious but we showed great restraint.

On our last day in Noosa we walked from Nosaville into Noosa Heads , where John finally enjoyed a swim and declared the water temperature very pleasant. After his swim we strolled along Hastings Street , I may have visited several of its wonderful shops but didn’t buy a thing.

On our walk back I captured this amazing sky. On our last night in Noosa we treated ourselves to dinner at Gusto , a rather upmarket restaurant with a European inspired menu.

The next stop on our trip was Brisbane , the capital city of Queensland . I had only ever been here once many years ago .

Once again I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with friends . I met my friend Elizabeth for a long overdue catch up over lunch on the day we arrived. I met Elizabeth through Instagram , where she posts under Timeless Styling, for the first time in 2017 when we and a few others attended the Dior exhibition in Melbourne. Subsequently Elizabeth has stayed with me in Launceston and in 2022 we once again met in Melbourne for the Alexander McQueen exhibition.

Our next day in Brisbane was a public holiday to celebrate Anzac Day , which is a day to commemorate the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25th. April in 1915. It has evolved as a day to honour all our service men and women.

We enjoyed exploring the rather colourful and magnificent Roma Street Parklands. This is the Spectacle Garden with its many vibrant flowers and tropical plants.

I always so admire the vast array of tropical plants in warm climate gardens knowing full well that they would have no chance of survival in my own garden.

When you stumble across a giant purple pot filled with if memory serves me correctly pink begonias you really just have to take a picture don’t you? . Wearing old favourites, Moyuru gingham skirt and Ted Baker tee.

On our last day in Brisbane John went off exploring while I met up with the uber stylish Leanne Zimmerman , another Instagram friend . Leanne and I have been following each other for ages but it is the first time we have actually met.

I had a wonderful with Leanne and was introduced to several local Brisbane designers, including Dogstar , which is owned by the very talented Masayo .  I have one of her pieces and it was so good to see the garments in person and to try them on .I may have added to my collection.

As it typical of me I have no photos of the friends I met as we were way too busy talking and enjoying each other’s company.

After our few days in Brisbane we drove back to Sydney with a one night stop along the way and returned the rental car to the airport and caught our flight home.



  1. May 7, 2024 / 6:34 am

    Oh wow, Jill, what a trip, and so glad you bought another item of your amazing clothing!

    • grownupglamour
      May 8, 2024 / 11:54 pm

      Thank you Penny , it was a good trip. Yes, couldn’t help myself.

  2. May 7, 2024 / 7:52 am

    Btw, I have just looked up and followed your friend Elizabeth, and she is another role model! I’ve decided to grow my layers out and get a hair cut like hers – her style is fantastic and you two are very similar!

    • grownupglamour
      May 8, 2024 / 11:53 pm

      Elizabeth is indeed very stylish and her hair cut is amazing. She is also a very talented sewer and many of her clothing pieces are her ownmake.

  3. May 7, 2024 / 6:00 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed tagging along with you and John. Loved the beaches, the amazing sky, the bottle top elephant and Roma Street Parklands.
    What a joy to be able to meet up with friends along the way! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      May 8, 2024 / 11:51 pm

      Thank you so much Ann , glad you enjoyed tagging along on our trip. Always a joy to meet up with friends, both old and new.

  4. Mary Katherine
    May 7, 2024 / 6:20 pm

    Jill, I found this so interesting. I like to look at where people live and travel to on Google maps (I’ve always loved geography and maps). It helps me put things in context and think about distances involved. I love that I “know” so many bloggers from Australia now, as it seems terribly exotic to me. I’m also impressed that you’ve been such a serious student of fashion for so long – I’m inspired!

    • grownupglamour
      May 8, 2024 / 11:49 pm

      Thank you Mary Katherine , I too am a fellow lover of geography and learning about different countries. I agree the best part of blogging is learning about our fellow bloggers and their lives. I think I was always a lover of all things fashion xx

  5. May 8, 2024 / 3:03 am

    I love the names of towns in Australia! They sound so exotic, but then US names probably sound a bit different, too. Most are rather boring, actually. But, to your trip! Those beach photos are gorgeous, and that little town with the bottle cap elephant as well as the poor lopped ear bunny looks like a wonderful place to visit on an off day! And, yes, I would definitely have to have a photo by a giant pot of begonias! I love your style, Jill, and wish I had the wardrobe to pull it off! Thanks for taking us along on your road trip!

    • grownupglamour
      May 8, 2024 / 11:45 pm

      Thank you Marsha , I think we all find the different names interesting. I am not a fan of swimming but I do enjoy sitting and admiring a beach scape. I couldn’t resist taking those two photos. Glad it is not just me who couldn’t resist that photo. Glad you enjoyed tagging along Marsha.

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