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My New Tweed River Backyard

My New Tweed River Backyard

As many of you are aware, I’ve recently moved from Burleigh Heads on Queensland’s Gold Coast, across the border into Northern New South Wales. We sold our two-storey family home of almost 15 years, with the aim of downsizing and relocating to a quieter coastal town for our retirement. We have plans to build a…

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By 50 Shades, September 20, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Tweed Coast Village of Kingscliff

Tweed Coast Village of Kingscliff

The Tweed Coast village of Kingscliff is one of the coastal villages just 15 minutes south of Tweed Heads in northern New South Wales. It is a vibrant beach holiday destination that has retained its wonderful local identity and will be my new home in 2019. Kingscliff Eating & Shopping Endowed with attractive street landscaping…

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By 50 Shades, July 23, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

Gold Coast Mountain Retreats

When most people think of the Gold Coast they think of sun, surf and sand with the occasional palm tree thrown in. They also think of the ritz and glamour of the glitter strip with an amazing array of shopping, nightlife, dining options and theme parks galore. However there is more to the South East…

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By 50 Shades, July 19, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Winter Whales on the Gold Coast

Winter Whales on the Gold Coast

Winter and Whales go hand in hand on the Gold Coast. Every year these giants of the ocean migrate north along the East Coast of Australia seeking warmer waters to breed and give birth. As a population we have become obsessed with getting up close and personal with our amazing marine life, and there is…

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By 50 Shades, July 5, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Beautiful Burleigh Heads in Pictures

Beautiful Burleigh Heads in Pictures

I often have to slap myself to realise what a gorgeous place I live in. The Gold Coast in South East Queensland is a tourist hotspot and during peak holiday times can get extremely busy and crowded. However, where I live on the mid Gold Coast at Burleigh Heads it seems to have taken a…

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By 50 Shades, May 21, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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What To Do on the Gold Coast to Escape the Commonwealth Games

What To Do on the Gold Coast to Escape the Commonwealth Games

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you have undoubtedly heard that the Commonwealth Games are being held on the Gold Coast in Queensland in April. The GC2018, as it’s branded, is hosting over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 nations and territories for an 11 day sporting and cultural event. However…

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By 50 Shades, March 29, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Mt Warning Summit Challenge

Mt Warning Summit Challenge

For years now I have been telling my family and friends that I wanted to climb Mt Warning in Northern NSW, just across the border from Queensland. My husband and kids have climbed this beast of a mountain a few times and told me I would need to be fitter before I took it on….

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By 50 Shades, October 5, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Cosy Winter Retreats in South East Queensland

Cosy Winter Retreats in South East Queensland

For a change of scenery and to breakup the relatively short winter season we experience here in South East Queensland, there is nothing better than a weekend escape to somewhere cosy. I have come up with some of the best cosy winter retreats in South East Queensland for you to contemplate whilst you’re shivering and…

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By 50 Shades, July 6, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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The Gold Coast Brekkie Set

The Gold Coast Brekkie Set

Increasing in numbers by the week are The Brekkie Set spending Saturdays and Sundays trawling the cafes and coffee shops on the Gold Coast for a delicious first meal of the day.

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By 50 Shades, April 13, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls in the Gold Coast Hinterland

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls in the Gold Coast Hinterland

You don’t need to go chasing waterfalls in the Gold Coast Hinterland because they are very easy to access, with most being only a short bushwalk through the rainforest.

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By 50 Shades, January 31, 2017 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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