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Australia Revisited

It’s been a few weeks and I’m finally getting around to posting some of my photos from my recent trip to Australia! Man time flies by when life/work/getting sick happens.

You might be asking, didn’t you JUST go to Australia? Haha…yes I did. I never thought I would be back in Australia within a year or so, but my friend and I were looking at warm destinations, and found this really good deal on airfare so we took it! It was just too good to pass up. For our trip, we decided to hit up a variety of experiences: a city, a road trip, beaches, islands, and the ocean. It was the perfect all-around getaway!

 

THE CITY

Last time I visited Sydney and it’s surrounding areas, so this time we flew into Melbourne. My neighbor told me, “Sydney is the girl you want to date, but Melbourne is the girl you want to marry.” I was excited to meet this girl and see what she had to offer. :) Thanks so much to my neighbors and my coworker who gave me a seriously awesome list of places to see in Melbourne.

 

Shopping at the Block Arcade.

 

Lots of wandering and shopping at the Queen Victoria Market.

 

The most amazing banana french toast at The Auction Rooms.

 

ROADTRIP #1

After a few days in the city we decided to take a day trip out to the Yarra Valley to taste some wine. We hired Steve (wine tour guide) to show us around, and it was definitely the best choice! He was super knowledgable, and took us to five wineries, had some amazing food, and came back “happy” with our suitcases full of wine. (Which by the way was stupid when you’re trying to fly domestically with suitcase weight limits.)

We started the day off with some bubbles at Chandon, and ended it with some rosé on the Dominique Portet patio.

 

Domaine Chandon

 

Warramunda Estate

 

Oakridge

 

Maddens Rise

 

Coombe & Stones of the Yarra Valley

 

Dominique Portet

 

ROADTRIP #2

After an awesome day checking out the valley, we rented a car and drove The Great Ocean Road along the south-eastern coast of Australia. Wow…this was amazing. Not only does the road travel through a bunch of great little beach towns, it also runs through a rain forest, and plops you out on the most amazing stretch of coast with the 12 Apostles and many other roadside views.

 

Hangin’ on Torquay Beach.

 

Checkin out the light at the Split Point Lighthouse.

 

London Bridge did come falling down back in 1990.

 

We could not get enough of this view of the 12 Apostles from the top AND at the bottom of the Gibson Steps.

 

BEACHES

After some amazing time on the road, we retreated to the beach for some R+R. We rented a little AirBnB by the beach, and spent most of our time reading, drinking wine, and walking the beach.

 

The winds were strong, but the sun was out at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast. 

 

For our last night at the beach, we had the most amazing dinner at Rick Shores on Burleigh Heads.

 

HAMILTON ISLAND

Our last stop was Hamilton Island. I honestly didn’t do a whole lot of research on the island but my friend did. I was blown away by the service, the amenities and just the overall feeling of the island. I would definitely go back and spend a longer time there so I could explore more parts of the island we didn’t have time to see. While we were there we took two full day excursions out to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Both were absolutely worth every penny!

 

The Beach Club was the perfect getaway, had amazing service, and beautiful views.

 

Whitehaven Beach couldn’t have been anymore gorgeous.

 

THE OCEAN

We knew we had to try and go to the Great Barrier Reef while we were in the country. So for our last stop we decided to take the trek out there to see it for ourselves. It is quite an amazing piece of nature, and the realization that it’s dying was very sobering. We still got to see live parts of the reef, and even spotted a reef shark swimming right below me!

 

You can’t see much of the Great Barrier Reef from above, but what a sight to see underneath that crystal blue water.

 

OUTTAKES

What is a trip without a lot of laughs and moments you’ll never forget? This one was full of them! From spending time with lifelong friends, to getting to know new ones. :) Till next time Australia!

 

 

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