Spending three weeks in south east Australia and the Melbourne area was the perfect end to my first trip flying half way across the world. Visiting Australia has been a dream as I have mentioned before. Years ago, I never would have imagined that for my 30th year I would travel to all of my turquoise destinations for 14 months. Flying from Canada to Australia, on the other side of the world, was well worth it. Ending my trip with friends whom I have known for years makes leaving Australia harder, yet has created lasting memories. Continue reading
Destination: Melbourne, Australia
Freestone’s 1960’s diner and malt shop caught my eye in Aireys Inlet along the Great Ocean Road. The brightly coloured Barefoot Bar & Malt Shop is known for its one of a kind diner food, turquoise vintage look, and famous ’57 Chevy movie prop straight from Disneyland. The Classic Car Garage displays classic cars for diners to see. Freestone’s beach inspired diner took me right back to the 1960’s while traveling along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Continue reading
After visiting the Great Ocean Road, I knew I wanted to see it a second time to stop at all the places I missed the first time around. The Great Ocean Road is a road trip I could do over and over again. The world renowned one of a kind turquoise coast was more than I could have expected. With no expectations prior to visiting, I was absolutely blown away by the incredible jagged coastline. The multi-coloured rock face along the cliffs was picture perfect. I honestly never thought that Australia could have such one of kind spots in every region I visited. At some point, I expected to be let down or that a place couldn’t top the prior, but Australia continued to leave me hanging on and wanting more. Continue reading
Traveling to Australia has always been my dream. It started when I was in university. I watched my friends Facebook walls intently as they posted what seemed like hundreds of stunning turquoise images of their travels through Australia. I was instantly hooked. I won’t say that I was jealous per say, as I did my fair share of traveling while in university as well, but to different (much closer) destinations which included experiences like volunteering in the Bahamas, studying in Texas, attending Mardi Gras in Louisiana, and of course exploring New York, New York, among others. Even still, for some reason, there was a void that couldn’t be filled by any destination other than Australia. Finally, at thirty years old, I’ve made that longing a reality. Continue reading
My second time seeing wild kangaroos along the Great Ocean Road was much more dramatic than the first time I saw them in western Australia. Apparently, their place of choice for a late afternoon snack is the golf course in Anglesea. They frequent the area regardless of the flying golf balls. I’ve been told that it’s not a surprise when kangaroos get hit by golf balls. Their taste for the lush green grass on the course is too strong to let the golf balls deter them. Some have been seen so often that they have been tagged and named. The almost tame kangaroos were not bothered by my presence.
During my road trip along the Great Ocean Road I decided to stay at the Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat in Lavers Hill. Part of the allure to stay at the family run Fauna Australia Wildlife Retreat was the fact that accommodation came paired with one of a kind Australian animal encounters. The retreat is not open to the public, but only available for retreat guests. The intimate visit with the animals allowed me learn more about native Australian species while getting up close and personal with my various furry friends. Included in my stay I was able to bottle feed a 8 month old baby wombat, hand feed wombats, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, ponies, calves, a baby deer, while also stopping to talk to a parrot. At night, the many rare free range nocturnal animals would appear.
Even though the majority of days in south eastern Australia have been rain, drizzle, cold, and windy (I can count how many times the sun has been out since I arrived in Melbourne) I didn’t want that to stop me from exploring. I have been told countless times that this is the typical fall weather for Melbourne. The weather has been quite a shock in comparison to Queensland and western Australia, but the landscape is still just as breathtaking. I can’t expect the weather to be in favour all the time, especially since I have been traveling full time for 10 months and with 4 months left. There is no better way to lift my spirit then to go on an adventure, yes even in the drizzle. Continue reading
Phillip Island is a small island South East of Melbourne in Australia. The small island is known for its breakwaters, surfing reserves, sheltered swimming beaches, penguins, wildlife, bird watching, and motor sports. As an avid beach lover, I was excited to explore Phillip Island and its endless rugged coastline. Taking a surf lesson for the first time was something I wanted to do before leaving Australia. Phillip Island would be the perfect place to surf in South Eastern Australia. Attending the Penguin Parade was also high on my priority list as I hadn’t seen wild penguins prior to visiting Australia. I couldn’t leave Phillip Island without touring around to see the up close viewings of wildlife and birds.