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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…

We knew that the Melbourne to Gold Coast drive wasn’t the most famous Australian road trip. But, seeing as we have already drove from Perth to Melbourne, we are used to being in the car for lengthy amounts of time. Plus, I find driving much more exciting than flying because you get to see so much more.  The plan of action was as follows: Melbourne, Yarrangbilly, Snowy Mountains, Canberra, Sydney, Blue Mountains, Port Macquarie, Gold Coast. This was over 2000km we were about to drive in a questionable KIA Sportage.  Our first stop was a small town called Yarrangobilly. I am not sure if I mentioned in my previous post why we left Melbourne. If you were wondering, (which you probably weren’t as my readership is next to none), it was because the weather was pretty much the same as back in the UK. Rain, rain and more rain. So…

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…

When I quit my job and jetted off to the land down under, preparing for the trip seemed like a daunting thought. There seemed like there was so much to set up, but you’ll be happy that applying for your Working Holiday visa is pretty simple! Book your flight Skyscanner, is a travel search engine that compares and lists the cheapest flights from every airline. TIP: Make sure you book while using an incognito window on your Google Chrome/Windows etc. My first choice of airline is Qatar Airways. I have never flown with anyone else long distance, purely because they are always the cheapest and consistently reliable. Get your Working Holiday Visa I chose the popular one year Working Holiday Visa for my time in Australia. At over £200 it is quite pricey but when you think about the fact you get a year to work and travel Australia you won’t…

I’ve fallen in love with Kangaroo Island. When we first came to Australia, we hadn’t even heard of it. After living here for a good few months I have come to the conclusion it is one of Australias most overlooked destinations. That being said, I guess it is the lack of tourists and residents that helps maintain the island as a wildlife sanctuary.    Before I start telling you how amazingly stunning KI is, there is a downside. Other than a short 35-minute flight from Adelaide airport (around $140), the Sealink ferry is the only means of public transport to the island. For two of us and our car, it cost us a whopping $180! But if you can see past the fact that Sealink is robbing you blind, you will get to explore one of Australias most hidden gems. Flinders Chase National Park Located on the west side of Kangaroo Island,…