Friday, 17 October 2014

Australia, week one: Melbourne

After two years of saving and monitoring every penny, me and the boyfriend have finally made it to Australia. Three years ago we went to New Zealand and always planned to go to Australia the next year, turns out life is more expensive than we anticipated but with careful saving measures we have done it. 

We are currently in Sydney but have been in Australia for a week now. We landed in Melbourne last Sunday after travelling for 20 plus hours. I have never needed moisturiser, lip balm and hand cream so much! After arriving at our hotel in the St Kilda area we went straight to sleep - luckily we got there at midnight so were able to get into bed and not worry about trying to beat jet lag.

During our stay in Melbourne we visited Federation Square - great for free wifi, Brunswick street - excellent for vintage and homeware shops, the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.

The Great Ocean Road tour was 12 hours in total and we made numerous stops along the way including the twelve apostles. The twelve apostles are the most famous landmark on the journey but weirdly there are only about 6 or 7 left as the others have degraded into the sea - no idea why they haven't changed the name! We also convinced our tour guide to stop at a chocolate factory/shop on the way back. A highlight of this tour was seeing kangaroos in the wild. The views were spectacular and our tour guide was brilliant. 

Our other tour was to Phillip Island. Here we went to a koala sanctuary and to the penguin parade. We saw the little penguins (that's the breed) coming out of the ocean at sunset onto the beach and walk to their homes on dry land. They only come out at sunset to avoid the falcons in the area. This is where we saw wallabies too. They are so much more fluffy than I had anticipated. 

Here are a few photos from my phone as I am unable to add photos from my camera until I get home. Now to enjoy Sydney! 

Alice 





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  1. Oh my gosh the koala is too cute! I've always wanted to see one in person...think I'll make it to Australia one day?? It sounds like you got to witness a ton of the wildlife - that would have been my favorite part!
    ~ Samantha

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    1. Yes, you have to go! Stop saving for anything else, limit your budgets and go :) It was definitely my favourite part seeing the wildlife, especially the baby koala! Sooo cute! Thanks for reading xx

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  2. It was the other way round for me. I went to Australia but never made it NZ. Did want to though but five years later not made it there yet!

    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. Ah that's a shame... although I think I prefer Australia... is that controversial?!

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