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…

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…

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,…

Yes, it is a real place!

We are currently living on Kangaroo Island, just a forty five minute ferry away from the mainland of South Australia. We were lucky enough to find paid work here on an abalone farm which counts towards our second year visa. If you don’t know, to be able to stay a second year in Australia on a working holiday visa, you have to do 88 days rural work to show you are contributing to Australia in a beneficial way. I had no idea what abalone was when I originally accepted the job but we took a chance and it has turned out swimmingly.

We stayed in Adelaide, South Australia for just three days. We had only been on the road for a week or so but driving in the city actually felt quite odd. We were used to driving on derelict roads with nothing but roadhouses and junk food, so it was nice to have a choice of supermarkets, shops, and a reasonable fuel price. The night we arrived in Adelaide we pitched our tent in a campsite not too far from the CBD and then met up with two of our friends from Perth. It was lovely to see them and nice to have somebody who could show us around a little, especially seeing as we weren’t staying long. We went out for dinner to Maybe Mae, a lovely bar and grill with great food on Peel Street. We dined on chicken skewers, burgers, fries and of course, beer. It was here I was introduced to Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA which was absolutely delicious.

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.