I’ve been feeling so in my element here in Australia and grateful to have found another heart home. Such a special and magickal place for sure. As mentioned, I’ve not had any transition difficulty with the time and day difference, no jet lag, no issue with the driving on opposite side I’m used to (I’ve been doing all the long distance driving here on our journey up the east coast), and feel completely invigorated and inspired, not to mention, nurtured by the land, animals, warm people, and yes the yummy food.
Also as shared, I’m just posting some short updates to give you a glimpse into things, but if you’re on Instagram, I’ve been posting a plethora of photos to give everyone a full idea of what it’s like here in all ways (these photos reshared to Facebook as well). I like to provide insight to places in ways you might not experience, for those who may never get to travel or who are interested in traveling and may find resonance to inspire you to follow that dream.
I find sharing on Instagram to be easy and quick, without intruding upon my time and can be done easily when I have some down time. This is why I’m not sharing a huge blog post on this journey, but snippets when I have the time, along the way…like today. I have some time in the mornings here and there while Dave does his work before we head off on the adventures of the day. Good thing the work day ends in the U.S. in our mornings, so that he can be free to enjoy the day. Perfect alignment.
I’ve had so many nudges from Cosmo here as well, with his name showing up right where I am and have dreamed of the new bunny love coming into my life too, as well as had signs from him. I’ve been blessed in finding tons of feathers (yes, that continues here), and even wallaby and koala fur on our hikes in the wild nature reserves.
Anyway, since my last post of Tathra and Canberra, we were in Bondi Beach/Sydney, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and now Byron Bay where we’ll be for three nights before our last destination of Brisbane. I even had the chance to meet the incredible staff at Voiceless, the animal organization in Sydney that hosted Dave for his lecture tour at the most amazing vegan Italian restaurant ever, anywhere – Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown.
We’ve stopped along the way also in beautiful Lemon Tree Passage to walk a Koala Reserve on the Mangrove Boardwalk and Woolgoolga for lunch and seen so many beautiful port and coastal towns along the way. Dave has been in his element too as you can see above of him searching for koalas in Lemon Tree and here at Ti Tree Lake below.
It’s all been amazing and perfect, really giving us the lay of the land and getting to enjoy the best of each place even though for a short time. We even had the chance to go the symphony at the famous Sydney Opera House, which was a wonderful treat, seeing the amazing, blind-by-birth, solo pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii play Chopin. I also gifted myself a beautiful black Australian opal ring there – led to the perfect place to find it in The Rocks historic district – which is the rarest of opals. I wanted something truly special and that would energetically bring the energy to my life even while not in Australia.
But for this post I want to focus on feeling in my element here and how Australia speaks to my spirit, which in large part is the energy, but also the animals and nature….my most cherished friends and nurturers.
I just adore the tropical birds of every sort imaginable….so exotic and the songs and voices they have are memorable and such a gift to hear, morning, noon, and evening. To look up and have them flying all around me and talking from the trees is magickal.
And the other animals like kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, wombats, ring tailed possums, flying foxes, fox, and ocean life (the humpbacks are due to be where we are any moment, as they were only 32 hours behind us in their migration…following our path!), are just so special and dear to me both in their energy and messages, as well as their endearing qualities and beauty.
Unfortunately, I’ve seen more dead animals here than anywhere, as they don’t have fences to protect them from the roads and highways, so anything I haven’t seen in the wild, I’ve sadly seen on the road. We’ve made it a point to only visit wild nature reserves and real rehab facilities, as there are many zoos and even “reserves” here that are really zoos and not actually nature reserves. We don’t support those and prefer to see animals in their natural habitat or in places dedicated to helping animals that have been rescued and if possible, release them back in the wild.
One of these was the Koala Hospital, which I highly recommend visiting if you travel here. We just happened to be only a mile away from it in our Airbnb in Port Macquarie, unbeknownst to us, but such a gift! It was an incredible, moving, and heart warming experience. We enjoyed meeting the koalas and visiting and learning about the Koala Hospital, which is the only Koala Hospital in the world and is as old as me…founded in 1973. I thought that was a pretty cool synchronicity, especially since I feel so drawn to them and had a stuffed koala when I was a little girl. They take in, care for, treat, rehabilitate, and release koalas that are injured and have health challenges. Some come to have a forever home here because they can’t be released back due to their inability to survive because of their disabilities. We arrived right in time for their 3pm free guided tour, which included getting to see a couple of them getting their flavored medication, which they loved and were given so tenderly. Dave and I both picked up Koala Hospital t-shirt and tank to support them. You can also adopt a koala here for $50 to help support them. They take in 250 koalas a year and are not governmentally funded, so everything is donations. They have $500,000 worth of expenses per yer. If you want to help out you can visit:
So yes, I feel really aligned here and in my heart. So I wanted to share the highlights for me that have been most moving and meaningful and some of my favorite captures since my last post, which include me immersed in being me. You can visit Instagram for all the rest.
Dave has captured some photos of different aspects of me in my element…here more my mermaid self in these two.
I especially love this capture of me below by Dave that really reflects this and how I feel as one here and in wonder. This is me in the magickal Mangrove forest at sacred Ti Tree Lake, which is an Aboriginal area just over a mile hike from our Airbnb, which did upon arrival pre-sunset and at twilight. This used to be a sacred place where the Aboriginal women would go to give birth to their children. It feels significant to be here right now for all that is birthing in my life. I’m filled with gratitude and then some.
(Love that that end line was at 1111 words…I’ve been seeing 11:11 and 1:11 here every single day. Definite manifestation magick and portals)