Working & Travelling Australia
I predominately spent most of my time in Australia, where I also spent 6 months working for a start-up digital production agency based in Bondi, Sydney. My role within the company at the time was managing all web projects that came through which would vary from design, development, maintenance & email campaigns. I did however work on some large projects which included one of the world’s leading aerial advertising organisations, Branding By Air & one of the more notorious surf shops in Bondi, Surf Culture.
As my intention was to only work in Australia for 6 months due to my Visa but also because of other travel plans, I left this behind spending time with my flatmates & friends I had met along the way for Christmas / New Year then continued my journey. Below are the highlights of my time in Australia as they happened from arrival.
I first arrived in Sydney in June; also the month of the world famous Vivid Sydney festival, a display of light shows, fireworks & iconic structures light up.
After a few days in Sydney before starting work I ventured on a little road trip to Nelsons Bay. Here we paid a visit to a friendly Kangaroo, went sand boarding, jumped on a dolphin cruise & ventured on many scenic walks.
Once returning back from Nelsons Bay it was time to officially settle in Sydney. Finding work & an apartment to live were my first steps in creating a life here. As I was based there for so long, it’s very hard to pick my favourite moments. Though being based on Bondi Beach for work & living in an apartment viewing over the Harbour Bridge & Sydney Opera House were definitely a good place to start!
A place I had wanted to go for a long time during my time in Sydney finally got to tick it off & the weather was perfect.
Melbourne & The Great Ocean Road
Before I knew it, 6 months had passed by working & living in Sydney & shortly after New Year, myself & both of my flatmates in Sydney flew over to Melbourne for a long weekend which included a trip to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), amazing seafood, coffee & many drinks! From here, two of us continued our journey together & drove The Great Ocean Road. We took an alternate route to begin with by visiting Mornington Peninsula & catching a ferry across to begin the drive.
Learning to Surf
We flew back to Sydney, said our goodbyes & from here I began my trip up the East Coast, my first mission was learning to surf. This predominately took place in Arrawarra, a week full of eating surfing & drinking, surf camp ended in Byron Bay. Most importantly though… I could stand!
Not long after arriving in Byron Bay I headed further up the East Coast for a trip to Fraser Island. Home to the Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie & the famous 75 mile beach.
From one island to another it was time to move on & visit Airlie beach which is in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, here I stayed on a sail boat for 2 nights, snorkeling & visiting white sand beaches.
Surprisingly, another island was on the agenda; Magnetic Island. One that I hadn’t really heard much of in comparison to the other two, however what a great yet small place this is! Especially for visiting & seeing wildlife close up!
Learning to Dive
My East Coast trip was coming to an end, spent my final 9 days on the coast in Cairns, 4 of which were on a boat in the Great Barrier Reef learning to Dive. An unforgettable experience & would recommend to anyone, the night dive was a particular highlight.