I’m back from my vacation, friends! (Yes, traveling and vacationing are two very different things). I missed you all so much and I’m so excited to be back. If you don’t already know, I went on a two-week cruise and explored Australia and New Zealand. It was so dreamy! Aside from gaining twenty pounds from all the dessert I ate, I made new friends and had the time of my life.
We explored Australia on our own for six weeks before jumping on the cruise ship. We drove over 8000 kilometers exploring the land down under. I fell in LOVE with this breathtaking country. I’m currently in Argentina and dreaming of my next trip to Australia. If you’re on the fence about visiting Australia, I wrote this post just for you. Here are the top six reasons why Australia should be on your bucket list.
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1. The Beaches
Oh, the beaches! I still “ooooh” and “ahhh” every time I look at my photos from the beautiful beaches in Australia. I’ve seen quite a few beaches and can attest with full confidence that the beaches here are top notch. The coastline stretches to almost 50,000 kilometers and has over 10,000 beaches. The beaches are lined with pristine powdery white sand that feels so luxurious on your feet. I was watching the sunset one evening in Lennox Head and saw dolphins jumping out of the water. I may not have seen Chris Hemsworth down the road in Byron Bay, but the dolphins made my whole day.
2. The Wildlife
KOALAS! Need I say more? Australia is home to many unique animals, reptiles, birds and plants. Some of the best-known animals here are koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, dingos, emus and more. I don’t know where you’re from, but I don’t see these in the wild in the States. I saw a mother koala crossing the road with her baby on her back, and I also saw koalas just hanging out in the trees. We were leaving a park once and I saw a kangaroo taking a nap. We even drove past a field of hundreds of wallabies. It doesn’t get cooler than that! Don’t forget to drop by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary near Brisbane to hold a koala. The lady had to basically pry the koala out of my arms because I wouldn’t give him up. I’ve never been good with sharing.
3. The Coffee
I’m usually not a coffee lover, but I became a coffee-holic in Australia. I actually drank more coffee than water during my trip. Coffee in Australia is an experience. The baristas are incredibly kind and deliver a phenomenal cup of coffee. The coffee beans are high quality and the equipment is top notch. For my Starbucks lovin’ peeps, you’re not going to find a tall, non-fat latte with extra caramel drizzle. Tip: get an iced latte with honey. SO GOOD!!! I’m craving an iced latte now. Extra tip: don’t EVER go to Starbucks when you’re in Australia. If you’re in Melbourne, check out Tulip. It’s my jam. The baristas are awesome and the lattes are bae. Yep, I just used that word.
4. The Natural Wonders
I’ve traveled to 74 countries now, and I have yet to see a country with so many diverse natural wonders as Australia. On my trip, I visited the Great Barrier Reef, MacKenzie Falls, Pink Lake (previously known as Lake Spencer), Daintree Rainforest, Twelve Apostles and more.
5. The Wine
THE WINE!! I drank way too much wine while I was here, but no regrets. My favorite wine I’ve ever had is a $5 bottle of Moscato from Australia. The best red wine to try here is Shiraz and Pinot Noir. On our road trip from Brisbane to Sydney, we stopped at three wineries. Shoutout to my brother, Adam, for getting day drunk with me. I didn’t get a chance to visit Hunter Valley, but I heard that it’s one of the best wine regions in the country.
6. The Lifestyle
I love Aussies. They are some of my favorite people ever. They’re chill, they have no dramas and are just downright friendly. Their zest for life and the outdoors is contagious. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Aussies. When I was in Melbourne, I was looking a little confused looking for a train. Without even asking, I was approached by a local who waited with me until I caught the right train. I’ve never had that happen anywhere else before.
Resources for Your Trip to Australia:
Accommodation: If you’re traveling solo and wanting to make friends, I recommend Couchsurfing. You’ll save money to spend on wine and coffee (AYYYYY) and you’ll be staying with a local who can provide you with excellent tips and suggestions for your trip. Adam used it several times in Sydney and saved a lot of money. He also met several nice locals who gave him excellent tips about the area. If you want to stay at a hotel, use Hotels.com. I use it all the time because it provides the cheapest rates for hotels. Don’t forget to join their rewards program. Every tenth night is free!
Travel Insurance: Don’t forget to protect yourself against flight cancellations, unexpected illnesses, theft and more. RoamRight has great customer service and benefits.
Tours: I’m mostly a DIY (do it yourself) traveler, but I don’t hate on people who do tours. On the rare occasion that I do take tours, I use The Big Bus Company and Viator. The tours I have taken with these two companies are always fun and the prices are great.
For more information about Australia, check out these helpful posts:
- How to Have the Best Great Barrier Reef Experience
- What You Should Know Before Your Road Trip on the Great Ocean Road
Have you visited Australia? If so, what did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments below.
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