Ohh, Byron Bay – the greatest location in Australia; I can’t begin to explain how much I bloody love the place. My first visit was back in January during a brief hour long visit at the end of our road trip back to Brisbane from The Great Ocean Road; instantly falling in love with the beautiful New South Wales coastal town. Although we only drove through the main town and spent most of our time eating leftover barbecue food on the beach (whilst on dog watch, obv) – I knew this place was special and I’d be eager to visit again and again. Excitedly, me and Jack loaded our car last weekend with a handful of camping gear and snacks, and set off to Cape Byron for three nights. Of course, this trip is a blog post in itself which I can’t wait to share on here next week – hopefully.
Having Sydney on my itinerary is something I could never have imagined – it’s what dreams are made of. For years I’ve owned calendars and posters featuring the Sydney Opera House and The Harbour Bridge on my bedroom wall, never imagining I’d ever see them with my own eyes. As I write this; it’s been over a month since I stood outside the Opera House and watched the breathtakingly beautiful firework display off the Harbour Bridge, and even now, I still don’t think it’s sunk in. The purpose of our visit was for New Years Eve – again, something I never, ever thought was possible and a story I will never tire of telling. However, although I only spent a few days in this incredibly city – here is the things about Sydney…
I’ve heard so much about Melbourne since we first arrived in Australia, so I couldn’t wait to see what the fuss was about. However, I couldn’t help but feel incredibly disappointed – no matter how hard I tried to enjoy myself. Travelling and being away from the comfort of my home and it’s surroundings definitely teaches me more things than I could’ve ever imagined; one thing being – the higher the expectation, the more disappointed you’ll be. Nonetheless; I managed to take a lot out of this one week stay, met some incredibly lovely people and discovered I still strongly dislike being in crowded places. Here is – things about Melbourne…
I’ve heard of Australia Day before, but I admit I had no idea what the day was actually about. However, due to how brilliant the Aussie’s are, and any excuse for a drink, right? I’ve been pretty excited about this day for quite a few weeks. It’s been interesting talking to locals about how they celebrate Australia Day, as everybody does something different. Some families choose to have the traditional ‘lamb shank’ dinner, others head to the beach with their whole family, swimming in the sea and listening to music, whilst many Australia’s opt for a traditional Aussie barbecue on the beach or at home – it has to be shrimps, of course.
Australia never fails to amaze me. Every different state features something so unique to the other, and the scenery – whether it being the ocean or mountains, can be breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday I had another moment, a moment much different to anything I’ve experienced here before. We’ve been staying within The Blue Mountains, just outside Sydney, for the past couple of days, and our day exploring the gorgeous area was memorable, to say the least.
“Breathtaking” is the perfect adjective to describe my thoughts throughout my time travelling up The Great Ocean Road. Every corner we turned, every hill we climbed and the fresh air in our faces, we felt incredibly humbled to be where we were. It was exactly what I was expecting but better, and has thus far been one of the biggest highlights of Australia.
“Constantly using your camera diminishes the power of your memories. It seems you pay less attention when you are counting on your photographs as a memory aid.”
Oh Melbourne, I’ve tried so hard to fall in love with you over the last few days, but sometimes things just don’t work out. All jokes aside, Melbourne really is the most overrated city I’ve been to so far in Australia. I’m not trying to be negative, but I’ve found it incredibly difficult to love it like everyone else seems to do, and throughout our stay, we felt very underwhelmed.
I’ve found that since travelling, my favourite places in Australia thus far have all been places we have accidentally found or had been recommended by somebody living in Australia. Tourists are quick to flock to the popular, well known attractions, but I find it so rewarding discovering beautiful new places that blow me away. During our stay in Sydney, we had to visit Bondi and see what all of the fuss was about, but we ended up finding something just as special that afternoon.