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Australia || Part 3 || Melbourne, Phillip Island & Great Ocean Road

Parts one and two of our trip to Australia can be viewed here: Sydney  //  Bondi Beach & Bronte Beach

It’s a new year, and new adventures are being planned. So I thought maybe I should go ahead and finish my recaps of our old adventures before we get too far into 2014. So here’s the last recap of our trip to Australia. Finally.

After a week in Sydney, we hopped a plane to Melbourne to explore the southern coast of Australia. Melbourne was so different from Sydney. A lot of people had hyped Melbourne up as the “NYC of the Southern Hemisphere” (like 10 people used this exact phrase), but I actually thought it was more like a much larger Portland, Oregon. It felt like a city of young people, with such a thriving arts scene and so much good food. (Actually we had great food everywhere in Australia.) Melbourne has these cool little laneways that were a maze of interesting shops and restaurants. And one just full of graffiti by a lot of talented artists. Oh, and Melbourne had BATS. Tons and tons of bats at night, flying in a swarm around the big buildings. I have never seen anything like it. In Sydney we kept running into water dragons, in Melbourne it was bats. And Melbourne is where we had our portrait session with the amazing Marieke of Luma Photography.

We did a couple of day trips out of Melbourne. We took a wine tour of the Yarra Valley (of which there are no photos of here, because I forgot to put my battery in my camera that day – I’m such an idiot), went to Phillip Island to hike around and see koalas in the wild, and spent a day road tripping along the Great Ocean Road, which was my favorite day of our whole two weeks in Australia. After our week in Melbourne, we headed off to Oahu, Hawaii for three days before making our way back to NYC. This whole journey was the trip of a lifetime for me, and so unexpected because I never expected to get to visit Australia. But now I’d definitely love to go back again and next time head north to Queensland.

WARNING: An overabundance of koala pictures ahead. I just couldn’t help myself.

(In the photo below left, all those little white specks are bats. That’s the best photo I could get of them unfortunately.)

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