Before this trip to Australia, New Zealand and Bali, I thought for sure New Zealand would be our favorite spot of the trip. Australia, for me, was a nice couple of stops on the itinerary but I wasn’t super excited about it. I don’t know exactly why, but Australia was never very high towards the top of my travel list. But often as it goes, those are the places that blow you away and that become your favorite, such was the case with Australia. We visited both Sydney and Melbourne on this trip, as well as a long day drive along the Great Ocean Road about 2-3 hours from Melbourne. Each place had its own unique feel, but the whole way, everything screamed “You’re in Australia!”
More than a few times, Nick and I looked at each other and said, “I love Australia!” It’s a country that at first feels like a healthy mix of Europe and the US, with an accent you can’t help but love. But as you dig further, you’ll find that the locals are genuinely welcoming, gracious and lovely, like the lady that helped us at the Information Desk in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road and when she heard we were looking for Koalas in the wild, got super excited and pointed it out on the map telling us there would be “loads of them” there. And the landscape, that’s where I feel like Australia blew everything out of the water! From the ferry ride from Sydney to Manly beach, where you take in all sorts of coastlines: beaches, cliffs, forests, to the drive along the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne. Perhaps our favorite of the trip, the Great Ocean Road was one of those places where we just kept saying, “wow we’re in Australia.” It was exactly what we wanted Australia to feel and look like: jungles, sweeping coastlines, rolling farmland, forests, red clay dirt; the landscape was so diverse and yet so unique to the country we were in.
I think perhaps that I wasn’t looking so forward to Australia because I thought I knew what to expect. And in a way, I think that’s why I loved it so much. It was exactly what I wanted and needed on this trip. It was everything my expectations were and much much more!
Australia, you’re a beauty and I know we’ll be back. And in the coming weeks, I can’t wait to share all about our time there!
Kristin | Eat. Fly. Love. says
My mom did a university exchange out in Wollongong when I was a kid and I never made it back until this past summer – I fell in love with it all over again and would go back in a heartbeat! I just wish we’d had a chance to see more! I spent most of my time working and then at sea!
Wow, so cool! And yes, it’s such a cool country, I really want to go back and explore more of it!
I LOVE Australia. I want to go back. Sydney was amazing, and we drove up the coast toward Brisbane, which was also amazing!
I’d love to do that drive up the coast to Brisbane. I just want to see more of the country, I loved it!
Dannielle @ Chicadeedee says
Australia has always been the one place I’ve wanted to go, and I still haven’t made it yet. So many people talk about how amazing it is though so can’t wait to hear more about your trip.
It’s a trek to get there, but what an amazing country it is once you’re there!
Jordan Beck Wagner says
You just reaffirm that I really, really want to go to Australia!!! My brother has lived in Perth the past 5 years and I’d love to get there sometime in 2016 xo
Wow, you so should go to visit your brother! I loved every minute of our time in Australia!
Macy Volpe says
Everything sounds amazing, and I am so happy you enjoyed it! I can’t wait to see even more!
We absolutely loved our time in Australia!