In the hustle and bustle of city life, the allure of a quieter, more serene existence can be irresistible. Here is my journey from the vibrant cityscape of Sydney to the tranquil haven of Tea Gardens in New South Wales. Join me as I share the reasons behind my decision to make this move and explore its transformative effects on my life. It may help you decide to escape the city, too.
Escaping the Urban Grind
Sydney, with its iconic skyline and energetic pace, is undeniably captivating. However, the constant hustle and high-energy atmosphere can affect one's well-being. The prospect of leaving the urban grind behind was a key motivator for my move to the Mid-North Coast, where life unfolds more leisurely, and I can enjoy being in nature.
I flew up to Taree, and I'll never forget that flight and saying goodbye to Sydney. It was in a small regional plane, and as we flew over magnificent Sydney, I knew I was leaving behind exceptional memories. I didn't have a car where I lived in Kings Cross, so I didn't need car transport, but I did engage furniture removalists, and on arrival at Taree, I had to take a taxi from there to Forster/Tuncurry, where I originally moved to. I soon bought a car because, unlike living in the inner city, a car is essential when you live in Regional NSW.
Although I moved from Sydney to the Mid-North Coast, as you can see, I still keep Sydney Chic running as a successful website because that's the beauty of running an online business. Since moving here, I also started a blog, North Coast Leisure and Life and an online jewellery store and positivity blog, Upbeat and Positive. Working remotely is not out of the question these days; you can be more productive than you are in an office.
Community Warmth and Welcoming Vibes
Sydney's vastness can sometimes translate to a sense of anonymity. Tea Gardens, on the other hand, welcomed me with open arms. The tight-knit community exudes warmth and a genuine spirit of camaraderie. Walking anywhere around here, you will encounter many smiles and friendly greetings. I guess people are pleasant because they lead less stressful lives.
One cannot ignore the breathtaking beauty that surrounds Tea Gardens. Pristine beaches, lush national parks, and meandering waterways provide a constant invitation to explore the outdoors. Whether it's a stroll along the Myall River or a day spent birdwatching in the nearby parks, nature has become an integral part of my daily life. My favourite animal up here is the Dingo, and plenty of them are over at Hawks Nest. I've added many photos of the area in this article. One of my favourite places is Dark Point, with breathtaking views.
I got fitter
During my days in Sydney, I was at an event 3-4 times a night for this blog, which came with copious amounts of wine and food! Moving up here, I no longer attend those events, and I walk at least 10,000 steps a day because it's so refreshing to be in nature. Less wine, food and extra exercise equals a healthier body.
The decision to trade the vibrant city lights of Sydney for the tranquil charm of Tea Gardens was a leap of faith that has proven to be profoundly rewarding. The shift from urban chaos to coastal calm has revitalised my spirit and allowed me to embrace a lifestyle prioritising peace, community, and a profound connection with nature. Tea Gardens isn't just a location; it's a state of mind—a place where self-discovery aligns harmoniously with the soothing rhythms of the natural world.