Recently, I had the chance to spend a few days at the famous Lorne Beach near Melbourne. Let me tell you, it’s a gem! The sand there is so fine and white, and the beach is incredibly clean, making it a top choice for locals looking for a relaxing getaway. Now, even though I come from an island nation, I’ll admit I haven’t quite mastered the art of beach enjoyment yet. Tropical beaches, with their reefs and rocky shores, always leave me with a strong whiff of seafood and feeling sticky under the scorching sun. But at Lorne Beach, it’s a whole different story! Melbourne’s drier climate means there’s none of that damp, fishy smell, and the sea water doesn’t leave you feeling all sticky either. Plus, the long stretch of beautiful white sand is just perfect for leisurely walks. Just watch out for those strong UV rays! Even on cloudy days, the ozone layer above this area can give you a good barbecue. And don’t get me started on the ocean water – it’s icy cold, especially with its origins from the Antarctic Circle. So, unless you’re feeling brave, maybe stick to dipping your toes in on those sunless days!

Before heading out, I was a bit worried that Lorne town might be lacking in entertainment, with just a few restaurants and the beach as options. I was afraid I’d end up feeling bored! So, I packed a bunch of my art supplies and downloaded some videos, trying to figure out how to pass the time. But when I got there, I realized that having only the beach was actually perfect for fully immersing myself in the moment – watching the waves, listening to their soothing sound, and observing how everyone enjoyed the beach. I thought people would bring all sorts of water toys like jet skis or sailboats, but it turns out everyone was just having a blast in the simplest ways. Whether it was screaming with joy as the waves hit, catching some sun rays while napping, reading a book on the sand, or taking a leisurely stroll along the shore, everyone seemed content. Some opted for beach volleyball or surfing, but most were just happy riding the waves with a shortboard. Personally, I loved just sitting and soaking in the beach scene, finding joy in watching everyone’s unique beach activities. It’s the simple things that bring the most happiness, isn’t it?

This trip turned out to be even more relaxing and comfortable than I imagined! Despite the temperatures soaring into the 30s, the seaside park, with its rows of towering trees, provided a cool oasis. Sitting beneath the shade of those majestic trees, feeling the gentle breeze on my skin, and listening to the soothing symphony of waves crashing, cicadas chirping, and cheeky white cockatoos squawking now and then—it was pure bliss! Nature never ceases to amaze, with something new and exciting happening every moment, leaving no time for worries or overthinking. And as I jot down this blog post, guess what? A chubby, cheerful laughing kookaburra swooped down and perched right above my head! Talk about a perfect moment!

This time around, I got to experience staying in a caravan, and let me tell you, it was a blast! Despite its compact size, it had everything I needed—a kitchen, bathroom, and cozy bedroom. And stepping outside, I was greeted by breathtaking views of the ocean and forest streams. One evening, I took a leisurely stroll to the Swing Bridge and had the pleasure of meeting some adorable swallows and ducks along the way. They were even cuter in person than they are on screen! Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for the simple life in a small town, really helped clear my mind and brought me a sense of clarity.

In conclusion, it’s important to get out often as it helps spark creativity. And next time I’ll remind myself that when I’m leisurely strolling by the seaside, maybe I should bring fewer art supplies! I hope after reading this travelogue, it inspires you to start planning your own adventures. Even if it’s just exploring the hills near your home or wandering along the riverbank, getting out and about can be so much fun!

Here’s to everything going splendidly!

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