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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…

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…

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…

We camped at the Balladonia Roadhouse for one night before we headed for the Nullarbor Plain, the longest straight road in Australia. The Nullarbor is ninety miles long and as we had been warned prior, there is nothing there. There is nothing but signs for kangaroos, camels, wallabies, and of course countless trees and bushes. When driving across the Nullarbor, waving at other drivers is the courteous thing to do. This is because you’re in the middle of nowhere with minimal human interaction. Fuel has to be distributed into the outback so obviously the price was rising the further we drove. We went from paying 96c a litre in Perth, to paying as much as $1.80 a litre on the Nullarbor. While we’re talking about prices, if you want a few beers along the way, I’d recommend stocking up beforehand. In one shop it came to $35 for just 6 bottles! Border Village…

We have just flown back to Australia after two weeks in the UK. Our plan was minimal. In fact, it pretty much consisted of typing Adelaide into the sat nav and following the directions. We packed the boot of our car with the essentials; tent, esky, sleeping bags, jerry cans, etc. and then our road trip commenced.

Our first stop was Wave Rock, a mere three hours fifty minutes from Perth in Western Australia. Our hopes were high for this rock, I mean a rock, shaped like a wave? We were in for a treat. This was our first real road trip, so we weren’t 100% about what the ‘outback’ had in store for us.