I've been to a lot of places - I've travelled extensively in Australia as well as overseas - I just did a quick count and I've been to over 40 countries. I lived and worked overseas for several years, I've studied in Italy and done some fantastic treks including the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and The Inca Trail to Machu Pichu in Peru.
So I've seen some very beautiful places...but my favourite place in the world is a small town on the NSW Far South Coast of Australia - Eden. It's where I grew up and where my mother still lives. It is situated on one of the world's deepest natural harbours, Twofold Bay. There are so many lovely little beaches (with no one on them) and the sand is a gorgeous colour and the water is very blue - they call it the Sapphire Coast.
Eden has a fascinating history. There was a thriving whaling industry although now the whales are back and bring tourism. There are still many historic buildings and whaling relics. It makes for great visiting (although a long drive from Sydney!)
I thought I'd share some photos: Not of the town but of the bay and the surrounding Ben Boyd National Park. The park was named and established in 1971, in honour of Benjamin Boyd (1801-1851). Ben Boyd National Park protects a wonderful section of coast line from Pambula to Green Cape, split into two distinct sections, one north of Eden and the other south. The park is well known for its contrasting red rocks, whale sighting, Boyd Tower, Green Cape Lighthouse and associated history.
We took the kids on the Coast Walk. They walked ahead of us and said "stay back, we're telling secrets". I love the lush misty vegetation of this walk.
What a wonderful place to grow up! So much beauty. This is why I'm a country girl at heart and why I'm creating a "country life in the inner city suburbs".
Leave me a comment if you've been to Eden or if you want to share your favourite place.