I first came to Australia as a backpacker in 2006 and then moved back in 2011 when I met Steve in India on an around-the-world-trip. There are so many amazing things to see in Australia so I thought I’d share some of the best things I have ever done.
Here are the best things I have ever done in Australia.
Seeing the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge for the first time but getting more excited about seeing a Wagamamas restaurant was actually in Sydney! TRUE STORY (I was 23 at the time so forgive me!)
Staying a month at Wake Up hostel when I first arrived in Sydney in 2006. This was and has always been a big highlight for me. Leaving UK on my own was indeed scary and I formed so many friendships at this hostel with people I’m still friends with today!
Can you spot me here? At Wake Up Hostel in 2006
3. Oz Experience bus – I spent a good few weeks on this tour bus travelling up the East Coast and absolutely loved it!
4. Sailing the WhitSundays was a laugh but it rained and I’ll always remember the boat constantly rocking from side to side and everyone getting sick! I still want to go back and see this place in all its glory!
5. Darwin – oh Darwin. I moved in with three other backpacker friends and we had a ball here. I fell in love with a Dutch man, I got my tongue pierced (thankfully the piercing fell out a month later) and I even worked behind the bar in a strip club. The naivety was truely within me during this time but it will always be a big highlight of that trip!
6. Coral Bay – half way up WA lies the most gorgeous beach town called Coral Bay. We swam with manta rays, saw tiger sharks and the Ninagloo Reef is easily a thousand times better than the Great Barrier Reef. This place is a gem!
7. Fruit Picking – those painful days to get my second visa. I’ll always remember how much it taught me as a person to never give up!
Fruit Picking in Victoria in 2007
8. Barrington Tops – Sitting in a hot pool looking up at the most impressive star lit sky I have ever seen in my life.
9. Hiking – Sydney teaching me about the great outdoors. How did I not know I would fall deeply in love with nature and love hiking.
10. Wild Swimming – oh wild swimming, Sydney has way more to offer than Bondi Beach, that’s for sure.
11. Wombeyan Caves – probably the most amazing thing I have done since I came back to Sydney in 2014. Swimming in this canyon and seeing the caves was jaw dropping.
39. Swimming in Bondi Icebergs but hating it and getting out after 2 minutes as it terrified me swimming in the strong currents.
40. Dragging myself out of bed twice to see the sunrise in Bondi was one of the best things I’ve done to date. It sort of feels like the middle of the day as it’s so busy there with everyone working out, doing yoga, meditation, walking the dog, but it’s like 6am. There’s something just magical about it.
Sunrise at Bondi really is a sight to be seen, taken in 2017
41. Buying a bike and cycling to work– after commuting on the tube in London, I couldn’t have done a more of a 180 on my commute to work. Being able to cycle across the Harbour Bridge or catch the ferry over the harbour was something I never, ever took for granted.
42. Sunset cruise on the harbour for The Aussie’s birthday back in 2012 was one of the best things I’ve done. It was a two hour free bar and one of those, I’m actually living in Sydney moments.
43. Having the Blue Mountains as my winter retreat at weekends. This part of NSW is incredible and there’s so many hikes and places to be explored.
44. Having Topshop, H&M and Zara in Sydney. This truely saved my fashion fix.
45. How on earth I got approached to be on a TV show on House Hunters Internationalwas a bit insane, then getting ‘recognised’ from the episode was just bizarre. I’ll never look at reality TV the same again.
On the set of House Hunters International in 2015
46. Going to see the cult classic, The Room and finally knowing what immersive cinema is all about.