Ahhhh Australia! You’ve gone and left me speechless. I’ve finally reached my very last day in this gigantic land of beaches, rainforests, big red rocks, koalas and pies.
And you know how most people like to commemorate these sort of moments on social media with a bunch of snaps captioned with a soppy paragraph? Usually it reads something along the lines of ‘Australia, you’ve been a blast. This isn’t goodbye… this is see ya later’. Yeah, I’m usually all up for that and I’ve just attempted (a solid 16 times I’d say) to leave my tribute to this country on social media but each time I tried, I failed miserably. And I actually believe (excluding these words of course) that I am in fact speechless.
SO, it’s a bloody good job I’d already begun this post of wonderful, glorious, positive experiences from my time here. These are all things that happened to me or that I was lucky enough to witness and while it’ll always be nice for me to read this back and remember those moments, the majority of this list probably isn’t too dissimilar to those of every single traveller in Australia. And I say this as a GOOD thing!
For those sitting in their bedroom or at their office desk or wherever it may be that they’re living out their day-to-day, constantly wondering what it would be like to head off and fulfil their dreams of seeing Australia – please, PLEASE just do it. Because that was me – living in a trance of dreaming and thinking and hoping but not really actioning. I was just waiting, waiting, waiting until a time when I obviously felt it was perfect to go. And the truth is, there doesn’t need to be a perfect time. Australia is ready and waiting for travellers of all types, ages, backgrounds. Everything is catered to those travelling, everything is available to you, there is nothing you won’t find and no one you’ll meet who won’t help you if you reach out.
Anyway there’s definitely WAY MORE than this but I feel I had to draw the line somewhere! So here’s just 20 of the most amazing things I’ve been able to experience on this year travelling Australia…
1. I managed to tick off 5/6 states and 1/2 territories, which is really something to be proud of in this MASSIVE chunk of earth.
2. Thanks to the crazy long flight, I was able to stop by Singapore for a few days on the way, a place I had never even thought about before – and now I can’t wait to return!
3. I drove a 4WD on the worlds largest sand island, Fraser Island.
4. I travelled from Darwin down to Alice Springs with an amazing bunch of people to see the Australia we all think of when we think Australia – THE OUTBACK!
5. I witnessed dolphins in the wild for the first time in my life.
6. I witnessed a lot of other creatures for the first time as well like; penguins, koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums (mostly roadkill sadly) and a man on a running machine in the middle of town on Christmas Eve… wearing budgie smugglers. Noice.
7. Oh yeah, and I had a bloody big snake draped over me in Alice Springs. Erm… why is this a good thing?! Because I initially declined the offer and then thought ‘YES! HAND ME THE SNAKE, I’M IN AUSTRALIA’.
8. I snorkelled in the famous Whitsundays Islands on Australia Day of all days!
9. I bought tickets to see Tash Sultana and Ocean Alley perform in Adelaide, two awesome Australian artists who’s songs will forever remind me of my time here whenever I listen to them.
10. I volunteered at Bluesfest Byron Bay to litterpick for 5 hours a day in return for free access to the whole festival. Such a good experience!
11. I tried out surfing. And I failed. But I tried!
12. I witnessed a beautiful rescue Loggerhead turtle being released back into the ocean after two years in care with Australian Seabird Rescue.
13. I lived one whole YEAR in various hostels. A feat in itself!
14. I managed to get a job for an awesome Australian travel company!
15. I made some lovely friends who I know I’ll actually meet up with back in the UK and hopefully in Europe!
16. I road-tripped Tasmania and caught up with my Tasmanian friend I met 3 years ago in Europe!
17. I snorkelled (again) at Julian Rocks, Byron Bay and swam alongside beautiful green sea turtles.
18. I had the opportunity to live in Byron Bay for 5 months, a very cool coastal town filled with everything beautiful; beaches, views, food and people (talkin’ to you Chris Hemsworth)
19. I gained new skills, personally and professionally – some that I’m sure I would never have gained had I not embarked on a solo year abroad.
20. And finally, thanks to the fabulous positioning of Australia on the world map, I’m now able to pop over to New Zealand and Bali for one last jaunt before home!
WOW Australia – you really have been a blast! *cringes*
Thanks for reading! If you’ve been, what were some of your highlights?
If you’re dreaming of going, I hope this post brings you one step closer to your decision 😉