Every month I will be writing a round-up of my #gaplife adventures. From where I’ve been to what I’ve eaten, I’ll be keeping you up-to-date with everything that’s been happening on and away from The Student Travels. Catch up with Month One,Two,Three & Four. Enjoy!
Places Visited: Melbourne, Victoria; Wilsons Promontory, Victoria; The Great Ocean Road, Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales; Yarra Valley, Victoria; Ballarat, Victoria; Road Trip from Melbourne, Victoria to Margaret River, West Australia
What’s Been Happening Away From the Blog:
- I’m officially unchained from the office! Woohoo! Ahh, I love the feeling of zero responsibility and going back to what the #gaplife is all about – making every day an adventure!
- Ryan and I have moved to Margaret River in West Australia. Ever since our friends have raved about this South-Western corner of Oz, we knew we had to give it a try. After a 6 day road trip from Melbourne we are finally here and will be trying our hand at chicken farming… More on that soon.
- I teamed up with the guys at Melbourne Bike Cabs to try out their new Fitzroy Bike Cab tours. I will have a full post coming soon!
- This month was my favorite month in Australia so far. One of the major factors for this was my friend Leah coming for a visit from the UK. I love seeing familiar faces on the road and it meant two weeks of non-stop activities and zero work!
- The Great Ocean Road. Despite some apocalyptic weather, the GOR surpassed all my expectations. Dramatic coastline, misty rainforest and a whole host of Aussie wildlife, what more could you want?! It was so spectacular that I had to dedicate two blog posts to it. Find them here.
- My surprise birthday weekend was a massive highlight this month. Ryan made amends for my tragic birthday back in March by booking us into a beautiful lodge outside Wilsons Promontory National Park. We spent the weekend exploring the stunning park, patting wombats and cosying up in front of open fires.
- Exploring Sydney. I’ve been to Sydney a few times now and have found something new every time. This visit was the best yet with an itinerary planned to perfection. We ticked off the tourist spots, strolled through funky neighbourhoods and fell head over heels for Manly. 72 hours well spent! If you’re heading to Sydney for the weekend then here’s the perfect itinerary for fitting it all in.
- Being a tourist in Melbourne. Having Leah visit meant that I got to play tourist again! We did the fantastic I’m Free Walking Tour, culture-vultured in Melbourne’s museums and galleries, walked around aimlessly and snapped photos wherever we went. For me, it was a great way to prepare to say goodbye to Melbourne.
- Leah’s visit paved the way for glutenous eating, excessive drinking and subsequent chins. I haven’t exactly been a lean-vegan-queen in Melbourne but this level of gluttony was unprecedented. Time for some kale and a jog!
- My new-found physical repulsion of heights reared its ugly head again. If you remember this panic-filled endeavour then you will know that I’ve been suffering with some serious vertigo issues recently. This month, it came back to haunt me on a trip up the Eureka Skydeck in Melbourne. It’s a beautiful viewing platform 88 floors up and something which wouldn’t usually faze me. This time however, my legs were fizzing with pins and needles and the ride in the lift nearly made me pass out. Cue head in between legs and deep breaths before my body finally relaxed.
- Leaving Melbourne. I still don’t think I’m up for talking about it. But, alas, our time in Melbourne has come to an end and a new chapter is about to begin.
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12 Things I’ll Miss Most About Melbourne came in at number 1 this month. I already miss Melbourne and know it will be a highlight of this trip.
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Who doesn’t love a moody art-inspired Insta? I adore wandering around galleries and Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria is a good’un. Joined by Insta snapper and art buff Leah made it all the better!
Favorite Picture This is one of those snaps I will always be able to look at and remember the scene exactly. The cool breeze from the harbour, the chatter from the bar and that beautiful view of the sinking sun. Bubbles at Opera Bar was the best way to conclude our Sydney trip.
I had been meaning to try out Vegie Bar on Brunswick Street for a while. Loved by vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, Vegie Bar is famed for its mammoth portions, fresh produce and cheap prices. I wasn’t disappointed with my tasty curry and the great company made it even more delicious!
Fitzroy is my favorite area of Melbourne. It’s packed with bars, cafes, gorgeous shops and oddly dressed characters. It’s been the backbone of my Melbourne experience and a place I’ll know I will come back to again and again. I’ve left a little piece of my heart on Brunswick Street.
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