Happy Australia Day to Aussie’s near and far! Despite Straya Day actually being yesterday down under, it’s January 26 here stateside and we’re still celebrating. And you know what…it’s not hard celebrating a country that is so vibrant and full of life.
Many of you may not know that LeBraun and I spent a year living, working and playing in Australia, and it was hands down one of the best years of our lives. Australia is bursting with amazing places, breathtaking nature, exciting wildlife, and diversity.
Since we haven’t shared a ton of photos from our adventure, we decided a Australia takeover kicking off on Australia Day (aka their 4th of July) would be a great way to share our love of the country, its people, and our experience.
If you’re on the fence about the long flight or general expense of travel to Australia, stop worrying and just do it! You won’t regret it.
Oh and if you’re looking for company, perhaps a laid-back couple with local knowledge, LeBraun and I’s bags are already packed!
All photos by @studioist.
Bondi Icebergs Club, located on the North Bondi headland, and the club’s ocean-side pools are one of the city’s most Instagrammable spots.
Residents of Sydney’s Taronga Zoo have one of the best views of the Sydney’s harbour and CBD.
Quokka are repeatedly described as the world’s happiest animal” and it’s not very hard to see why. Their cuteness is beyond compare. A quokka basically looks like a very small kangaroo and Rottnest Island in Western Australia is home to the largest wild population of this cute critters!
A highlight of the Great Ocean Road is The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks that rise out of the turquoise Southern Ocean.
The Moon Plains just north of the outback town of Coober Pedy have been used as sets for many movies, most recently Mad Max 3.
Almost as iconic as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour bridge is a prominent feature in Sydney’s NYE celebration and fireworks display. If you’re feeling brave, book a bridge climb and enjoy 260 degree views of Sydney.
When exploring The Great Barrier Reef, spend a few nights on one of the coral cays—sandy islands on the surface of the coral reef.
So you’ve tried surfing, but have you tried sandboarding? Grab a board and ride on the three story high pure white sand dunes of Lancelin, Western Australia. It’s righteous, dude!
One of the seven wonders of the natural world, The Great Barrier Reef is larger than the Great Wall of China, and is the only living thing on Earth that’s visible from space. How amazing is that?!
The Blue Mountains are densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees which release a water vapor that creates a bluefish haze, hence the ranges’ name. Before you leave make sure to say “g’day” to The Three Sisters.
With a population of only 30 people, Glendambo is one of the only outback towns on your drive to the Red Centre.
Kangaroos have become synonymous with Australia and a trip to Australia wouldn’t be complete without getting up close and personal with the marsupials. Take a day trip just outside Sydney to Featherdale Wildlife Park and feed some native wildlife.
Australia is renowned for their sunsets and they’re just that much better when enjoyed from islands in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef.
A sunset over Uluru, the largest monolith in the world, is magical and a MUST-DO while in Australia. The sandstone formation glows as the rock changes colors from red, orange, brown, and grey.
No light pollution in Australia’s outback (aka red centre) means breathtaking views of The Milky Way galaxy and millions of stars!
Just off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island is noted for it’s amazing wildlife such as its fairy penguin population, and stunning views like this photo from “the neck,” an isthmus of land connecting the north and south sides of the island.
The cuttlefish is a color-blind cephalopod that relies on its instantaneous camouflaging ability to match its surroundings and avoid predators.
The Great Ocean Road is an 150-mile coastal drive along the southern edge of Victoria, Australia. Roadtrippers enjoy stunning ocean views, scattered small beaches, and even rainforest walks. Photo taken from Teddy’s Lookout.
The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House rise out of the harbor and have been an icon of Sydney since opening in 1973.