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When I was sixteen I went on holiday to Los Angeles with my best friend. Everything I imagined before we got there was based on the American reality TV Show The Hills. I pictured insanely beautiful people everywhere, make-up “on fleek”, designer clothing, and a figure to die for. The Gold Coast appears to be the LA of Australia. I live in a land where drinking coffee is fashionable, gym clothes are suitable attire for every occasion, and the bigger the sunglasses the better. I work in a cafe where the clientele is predominately mums in their late 20’s/ early 30’s who, regardless of having just popped out a child, still have a better body than I will probably ever have. Is this a bad thing? Not at all. I love the Gold Coast. There is a somewhat pro-life attitude that fills the air. Gone are the days of negativity, here…

How can you get lost in a city these days? With all the technology like Google Maps you would think it was near impossible. Well until my recent experience walking around Slaughter Falls, the scariest forest known to man I would have agreed. Let me start from the beginning… I recently drove to Brisbane for two days and one night. A brief online search before I set off gave me some kind of itinerary for when I arrived. In brief, Southbank and Mount Coot-Tha came joint first on my Brisbane to-do list. My day began with breakfast at a wonderful little cafe called Little Genovese that my boyfriend had recommended. This warehouse style coffee shop offers a selection of food, drinks, and excellent service. I have lived in Australia for a year now and am fully aware that drinking coffee is a serious fashion out here. This is obviously accompanied…

If someone asked me a year ago, “What will you do during your first year travelling Australia?”  My answer would have been short. Truth be told I didn’t have a clue. Other than the stereotypical sights to be seen here in the land down under, I didn’t actually have a plan. Here’s a brief recap of what I’ve been up to in the past 365 days. We lived in Perth, Western Australia My first real taste of Australia. We landed in Perth in November and left in March. Although it isn’t my favourite place in Australia to date, it is where we made a lot of life-long friends. Billabong Backpackers Hostel on Beaufort Street was where we predominantly spent our time. I worked part-time in a pizzeria and part-time in the hostel for free accommodation. Perth is a beautiful city, it has some wonderful places and it isn’t too busy. The only…

If you’re planning a road trip around Australia, I would highly recommend driving from Melbourne to the Gold Coast. There are a couple of different routes you can take, so we opted to ditch the coastal road and hit the Snowy Mountains! It might not be all sunshine and beaches, but there are many impressive spots worth visiting. In total, it takes around 18hours, not including stops. This was over 2000km we were about to drive in a questionable KIA Sportage. Our route looked a little like this: Melbourne-Yarrangobilly-Snowy Mountains-Canberra-Sydney-Blue Mountains-Port Macquarie-Gold Coast.  The Snowy Mountains Our first night was spent in a quiet town called Talbingo, a six-hour drive North East of Melbourne. Unfortunately, there was torrential rain from around 6 pm, so an Aussie BBQ was well out of the question! Our plan was to stay here a night, before exploring Yarrangobilly, a town in the northern part…

Prior to arriving in Melbourne we had heard all good things; the culture, the social life, the street art, etc. It took us about 40 minutes of immersing ourselves in Melbourne culture to realise the rumours were true.  I am not the biggest fan of city’s, I prefer quiet areas where there isn’t the hustle and bustle of the CBD. So for me, St Kilda is perfect! It is a delightful, quirky suburb situated in the heart of Melbourne. It offers a variety of bars, restaurants, cafes and cake shops. The buzz of St Kilda is alive both day and night, so no matter what time you feel like exploring there will always be somewhere to go!  Social aspects aside, St Kilda does emit a very relaxing atmosphere. On a sunny Victoria day, we took a long walk down the beautiful St Kilda beach. We ate honeycomb ice cream from…