Thinking back to Australia my heart skips a beat. I miss it so much, I almost feel after like a teenager with heavy heartbreak. Australia was not love at first sight for me but after some time it captivated me and now I cannot stop thinking about it.
It all started when Nadine & Nicola from Switzerland asked me to shoot their elopement in Queensland. So after giving it some thought I booked a flight and went for it. Of course I extended my stay to have some time to explore and decided to go roadtripping with my significant other Alper.
Our first stop was Sydney because we felt is it a must-do for first time visitors to Australia. To make it short – it was not our favorite destination of the trip. It was super cold, windy and no outdoor activities were possible really. Even Bondi beach was closed due to the weather what was kinda odd. Travelling around the globe to see the world’s famous surfer beach – and nobody is surfing. Also it didn’t help that we had a strange encounter after our 30-hours-journey to get there and had to call the Police even before we entered our booked apartment.
After a few days in Sydney we took a flight to far north Queensland. We landed in tropical hot Cairns where we picked up our rental van and started a 2.000 km trip from Cairns to Brisbane with some visits to the rainy hinterland. It was the trip of a lifetime. Seeing kangaroos in the sunrise, hearing parrots in the trees, visiting the world’s largest amethyst and exploring dark caves, chilling in the hammock under mango trees, doing yoga in the shade and swining into the creek afterwards, seeing thousands of stars at night and wakeing up to crisp morning air, spotting koalas on Magnetic Island, meeting so many awesome people, sipping fresh sugar cane juice and having the best veggies we got on the side of the highway. I could go on forever. But before I start crying I prefer showing you some picutres of it. Enjoy.
Our last stop was Brisbane. After returning our rental van we stayed in an apartment in Fortitude valley. That was the perfect starting point to explore the whole city. And what a city it was. I fell in love instantly. There may have been a lot of reasons for that – the awesome weather (finally!), the super nice people, great vegan food, free entry to the museum (even to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition), cool bars, all the amazing animals everywhere. Or maybe I was finally used to the Australian way of life (read: grocery shopping in yoga clothes with no shoes on).
If I had the chance to chose any place to live right now it would be Brisbane for sure. Cannot wait to come back to this amazing country and its people and animals.
Now hop over to see Nadine and Nicola’s wedding at the beach in Queensland, too.