I’ve always been eager to visit Australia after hearing a lot about its laid-back and friendly lifestyle. Our plan was to visit the east coast, including Tasmania in 3 weeks. The trip started off in Melbourne.
We arrived early in the morning, had a rest and headed out the next day to explore.¬†This city is definitely an arty one, with loads of graffiti and artistic buildings. You get a creative vibe just walking around. We stayed at the Causeway 353 Hotel which is located right bang in The Lanes.
There was loads to do here like going on a day tour of the Great Ocean Road (though not cheap) where we saw The Twelve Apostles. St Kilda with its nice beach, bars, and restaurants – also watching the skaters do their tricks. Definitely worth visiting the Southbank too as there are loads of cool things happening there, like the fire show outside the Crown casino – every night at 9pm till midnight (once an hour).
Worth also going to Federation Square and visiting the Ian Potter center, ACMI, and the National Gallery of Victoria. One of the most laid-back and cool bars we went to was the roof top bar at Cookie.
Having spent a few days in Melbourne, we headed off to Tasmania to spend a couple of days with the Ross family. This place is very rural with loads of farms and wildlife, we saw a bunch like wallabies,¬†kangaroos, and echidnas. Word of warning though, you’ve to be careful around here as tiger snakes are quite commonly found here and very dangerous.
The Ross family were very hospitable and kindly looked after us. We visited Liffey Falls and Cradle Mountain which were both¬†spectacular.
Oh before I forget, I also shot my first shot gun hitting the target on my third try – it was awesome!
Next stop on our trip was the Whitsundays, we were based in Airlie staying at the Airlie Beach Hotel. Here we had a few days to unwind and relax enjoying the beach and sun.
We did a day tour of Whitehaven beach and Hamilton island – costs about $150 each. Whitehaven beach I would say is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt beaches I’ve ever stepped onto.
Hamilton island is a resort with loads of activities. I think next time we visit the Whitsundays, we will definitely be based here.
As I write this, we’ve been here for 2 days (based in Boulevard Hotel) and so far we’ve wondered around the city – the harbour, The Domain, and Opera House.
We plan to go on a tour inside the Opera House also visit Bondi beach, Art Gallery of NSW, Manly and do the Bondi to Coogee cliff walk.
So far it has been an awesome trip and loving every moment of it. I’m sure I’ll miss Australia when I head back to London…..