My Australia Bucket List
Almost exactly two years ago, I hit “publish” on a blog post entitled, “My New Zealand Bucket List.” I had received a New Zealand working holiday visa, purchased a one-way plane ticket, and attempted to prepare myself for a completely unexpected solo journey ahead. Before this point in my life, I had studied abroad in London for four months, taken part in an immersive Gaelic homestay for one month, and backpacked through a few countries in Eastern Europe by myself for two weeks. To some that might seem like quite a bit of traveling for my then 22-year-old self. Looking back now, I see it was merely a toe dip in the bottomless ocean that is my hunger for seeing the world.
The first sentence of that bucket list post I published so long ago was, “There’s something magical about embracing spontaneity.” I stand by this belief still. My spontaneity led me to countries like Malta and Hungary, to pick up and go to Ireland with two weeks notice, to move to a small island off the coast of Auckland and crash on the couch of a girl I met on Facebook. It led me to agree to go on a date with the person I’m now wildly in love with and to plan a future USA road trip with that person after only a few months of knowing one another.
It’s been a year now and we’re moving to Australia!
I’ve mentioned Australia here and there on different social media channels without officially making the announcement. We’re moving to Australia and, per usual, I have absolutely no idea what to expect or what we’re going to do. I love that.
I do know that our first stop in the adventure is Adelaide. Admittedly, I actually don’t know much about Australia at all. I know that it seems like every backpacker goes there at some point in his or her journey, that it’s seemingly full of blonde surfer babes in Billabong and bohemian attire, and that it’s much larger than the maps have led me to believe.
Without further babble, here are the handful of places and activities that I do know of and want to experience!
1. Find the best coffee in Melbourne
2. Drink our way through the Barossa Valley
3. See Uluru
4. Indulge at Charlie’s Dessert House
5. Hike around Lord Howe Island
6. Hike the Three Capes Track
7. Take a road trip through Tasmania
8. Visit Norfolk Island
9. See Wine Glass Bay
10. Understand what the deal with Pavlova is
11. Brunch, Brunch, BRUNCH
If there’s anything (and I’m sure there is) that isn’t on my list that you believe is a must-do while in Australia, PLEASE enlighten me! Otherwise… wish me luck!