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Happy Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day!

It’s Australia Day! Please commence eating VegemiteΒ now.

Kangaroo on Cape Le Grande Beach in Western Australia

Whether you want to do a Working Holiday, volunteer abroadΒ or simply take a long vacation: Australia is an incredible place to do it. I met some of the best people, created some fantastic memories and absolutely drank the best lattes of my life during the year I spent there: I lived in Melbourne, weekend-ed in Sydney, visited five states and countless beaches. I miss Australia every single day–and it’s crossed my mind more than a few times to book a ticket back. Maybe by next Australia Day! Until then, here are some of my favorite experiences for anyone contemplating a visit Down Under:

My favorite parts of living in Melbourne

 

The St Kilda pier at dusk in Melbourne, Australia

I lived in St Kilda, and despite being full of tourists gawking in front of the cake windows on Acland Street, it was brilliant. I fell in love with living across the street from the bay…

Christine Amorose and Esther Assaad at the MCG

And the whole AFL experience (go Bombers!)…

Melbourne latte

And the incredible coffee culture

State Library of Victoria

And the absolutely gorgeous library.

Lovely ladies at the Melbourne Cup 2011

One of my favorite days ever was at the Melbourne Cup. If you’re in Australia in October and November, find a pretty fascinator and throw down a few punts: it’s Spring Racing Carnival!

The absolute best things to do in Melbourne

 

Hot-air balloon ride above Melbourne at sunrise

Go for a hot-air balloon ride.

Christine Amorose in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Go wine tasting in the Yarra Valley.

Peninsula Hot Springs in Melbourne, Australia

Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs.

Beer tasting in the Mornington Peninsula

Go beer tasting in the Mornington Peninsula.

The most underrated but awesome experiences in Australia

Coodlie Park at sunset in South Australia

Working on a farm in South Australia.

Riding bikes in Adelaide, Australia

Exploring AdelaideΒ on a (free!) bike.

Christine Amorose skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia

Skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef.

The Outpost Project in Cockatoo Island in Sydney, Australia

Seeing street art on an island.

Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Checking out the best of new and old art at the MONA.

Bronte Beach in Sydney, Australia

Soak up the sunshine at Bronte Beach instead of Bondi.

Mount Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Soaking up the quiet on top of Hobart.

The Nullarbor Plain in Australia

Drive across the Nullarbor.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Australia?

  • … I really have to get to Australia. Lucky you for having these experiences to share! I’m sure you’ll go back some day πŸ™‚

  • Claire

    As an expat Aussie I always miss home this time of year… but I’m going home this year and these pictures are reminding me why.

  • meandmypassport

    As always, absolutely gorgeous pics! What kind of camera do you use?

  • lindsaypunk

    Australia may be the one that got away, for me. I miss it terribly!

    Favorite things?
    – sleeping under the stars in the middle of the outback
    – beach hopping in sydney
    – hiking/canyoning through karijini national park (in western aus)

  • Erica

    Wow, looks like you packed a lot of amazing things in your time there.

    I think my favorite thing in Australia was simply going on walks πŸ™‚

  • Thanks to the 6 weeks I spent in Australia last September and to blogs like yours, Christine, it’s only spurring me to make a move to Australia for good: sweet as. Happy Australia Day to you, too!

  • Oh how you’ve made me miss Oz! Looooved this post!!!

  • I have two faves–The coffee (esp. in Melbourne) and exploring the Outback. Magical!

  • Happy Australia Day to all you Brissies – have fun racing cockroaches et al.

  • Jess

    Ooo I just got goosebumps! I love seeing your adventures of Australia and am sooo disappointed that I didn’t get a post up myself. I never had a real reason to use this excuse, but I genuinely have not had time!! ahhh! At least I am busy organizing our Australia Day BBQ and Pool party tomorrow!! Thanks again for the great photos and memories!

  • I completely understand why you miss it… even I do, and I only spent 5 days in the country!

  • camorose

    Yes, you would love it! Such a beautiful country!

  • camorose

    Lucky girl! Enjoy it πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you! Most of these were taken on a Canon Rebel XSi πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Yesss to sleeping under the stars! Totally missing nights in a swag.

  • camorose

    Love love love walks along the beach and through the Outback in Oz! Gorgeous natural setting.

  • camorose

    I think that is a wonderful choice–it’s an incredible country!

  • camorose

    I miss it too!

  • camorose

    Two of my faves as well! Nothing beats a Melbourne latte πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    No worries! We’ll have to plan a Melbs reunion with JC one day soon πŸ™‚ xxx

  • camorose

    Oh my gosh 5 days–you have to get back! πŸ™‚

  • Milly

    Gorgeous photos! I’m living in Queensland, so we didn’t get much of an Australia day this year… As my friend put it: “It’s Australia day, everyone is sober, and no one is pool. What’s happening?!”

  • camorose

    Oh no! Hope you get some sunshine soon πŸ™‚