February has been my usual England January – it’s been slow, tedious and I’ve honestly hated every minute of it. After the success of January and posting every single day about my travel experiences, I fell in love with the idea of travel writing, and knew from day one of being in Australia that I wanted my blog to grow as a travel website. February was all planned out; I had over 30 travel related blog posts either written or planned, but as soon as the month hit, I couldn’t bring myself to post anything about Australia. The passion became none existent and I struggled to write about anything other than lifestyle content. Considering the majority of my followers and traffic came when I began travel blogging in January, I believe you all deserve an explanation about what’s happening with this blog.
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 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.