Australia is twice as big as Europe. It is so big we even have a farm in South Australia that is bigger than Belgium (let that sink in!)
It's no wonder when you want to go walkabout in the land Down Under, you can feel a little overwhelmed.
Whether it's for a holiday, a working holiday, or a permanent move, Sarah has some top tips for your trip. Below, she lists her top 5 Australia 'must-sees'. So what are you waiting for?
The Sydney Opera House (New South Wales)
The Sydney Opera house is an obvious one. The weird but oddly beautiful landmark is a must see for anyone who heads to Sydney. If you would like to get into the Opera House there are tours available at a bit of a cost, or why not book yourself a ticket to a show! There are over 1,500 shows a year in the Opera House so no doubt there will be something on that will tickle your fancy. At the bottom of the Sydney Opera House you will find the Opera Bar. Located on the water front, you have an amazing view of both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. A site that would be impossible to get sick of and perfect for that 1 in 1,000 pics you will take to upload to the gram.
Being from Tasmania, I may be a little bias on this one (totally not). MONA stands for the Museum of Old and New Art. As well as all of your incredible (sometimes controversial) exhibitions, there are some great bars and restaurants to try out here. Moo Brew and Moorilla (The Moorilla Praxis is a personal fave) are MONAs own beer and wine companies and having one of these while soaking up the beautiful Tassie scenery is a true joy. Speaking from experience, I would recommend getting the MONA Roma bus or Ferry to and from the venue to avoid that “oh but I have to drive” scenario. The best time of the year to head to MONA would be during winter (yes, winter) when they have their annual Dark MoFo Festival. There are crazy art exhibitions (someone was buried alive under a road one time), the Winter Feast for all your food and booze needs and amazing light installations. It’s an incredible time to be in Hobart as the whole town gets involved with the entire city going up in red.
The Great Barrier Reef (Queensland)
It’s difficult to think of Queensland and not think of the Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, bigger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on Earth that you can see from space. Now that you know those fun facts, how could you pass up a trip to this natural beauty?! There are so many different ways you can see this gem; scuba diving, glass bottom boats, or even a cheeky little seaplane trip over the ocean. There are also a heap of islands that are on the Barrier Reef so grab your bathers and flip flops and go and soak up that amazing Queensland sun.
Bondi Beach (New South Wales)
From Bondi you can do the beautiful walk across the coast along to Coogee Beach. It’s got stunning views the whole way along and many spots for you to stop and have a dip in the ocean. The walk is 6 km (3.5 miles) and will take you around 2.5 to 3 hours to do. If you aren’t an exercise fan then you can just stop at Bronte beach which is only 2.5 km in to avoid missing out altogether. Whichever walk you choose to do, don’t be that guy (me) who forgets to put sunscreen on their legs between their sneakers and their tights and end up with a fantastic sunburn that only reaches halfway up your calves. Not the best look I have ever rocked.
Eat and drink and eat and drink in Melbourne (Victoria)
Simple, but oh so enjoyable! If you are a foodie then Melbourne is the place for you. There are so many cafes, restaurants and bars you will be popping that button on your jeans every time you sit down. For an amazing breakfast, head to Higher Ground. It’s right near Southern Cross station which makes it a super convenient for the sky bus to and from Melbourne airport. For a dinner you will always remember, (seriously, it’s been over a year and we still go on about it) head to Supernormal. I would recommend a dish for you to try, but they have so many good ones that I honestly can’t pick. If you need to walk off all that food and booze then Melbourne is known for some truly great street art. Some lanes you should check out are AC/DC Lane, Croft Alley and Hosier Lane (You will also find more food and drinks here so you’re welcome).
If you would like to go on an adventure of a life time and teach In Australia where you can explore all these amazing places, then get in contact with me! My name is Sarah and it is my job at Smart Teachers to help you turn this dream into a reality. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at Smart Teachers on 0207 065 7500.