Here is a really short montage from the first two day trip I had to Melbourne!
Cute animal video coming up in the morning! 😀
04/03/15 It’s the first day of the F1 set up today – there was a lot of lifting, unloading, construction and I know I will aching in the morning haha! But it was so much fun and I met some more new people!
I cannot wait for the F1 to actually start!
05/03/15 I am currently in Starbucks catching up with some blog posts, just phoned Barb for the first time and am hoping to go to H&M to get some basics for farming.
I had lunch cooked for me today by my two new asian friends, which was really nice of them.
I check out tomorrow to go to Urban Central and I just booked my day tour to Great Ocean Road!
06/03/15 I went back to Starbucks today so I could catch up on blog posts and everything – not much happened! Just getting ready for tomorrow!
07/03/15 I went on my trip to the Great Ocean Road today – it was amazing, I loved it! I saw some wild koala bears, went into a rainforest, visited several gorgeous beaches and then saw the twelve apostles!
08/03/15 I started back at work again today, setting up more stands for the F1 Grand Prix. Although, I drove on the race course today!
09/03/15 I went to work again today, same thing really. Just had an induction as well for a little bit, got to know which marquee I was working on and that was about it! My logs will probably be really boring until Thursday, so I won’t write much here.
I also saw loads of amazing hot air balloons everywhere this morning, so pretty!
10/03/15 I drove on the circuit again today, in the work van! It was such an experience whilst all of the signs and fences were up – I took a video which I will try to post onto my blog, too! I will do a mini YouTube video as well, although I haven’t filmed much yet!
We also got to see people pulling out all of the bollards on the track for the race, which must’ve taken hours and hours to do! We also saw them repainting the sponsors signs all around the track, although they looked perfect from last year – it’s still not good enough! 😀
11/03/15 I saw some of the safety cars driving around the track today as they closed it for practises, so good! I also heard a lot of the drivers testing last night – exciting!
12/03/15 The Formula One is finally starting! Today is Corporate Day mainly, and some of the general public can come in too. It’s pretty quiet so far, but it will be a lot busier over the next three days! We have already sold out of so much stock already, on the first day – crazy!
I heard a lot of the cars practising today and managed to run up onto the grandstand at 7am to take a video whilst one came past – it was so fast though that I couldn’t even see who it was driving!
14/03/15 Today is Qualifying Day! I sat by the screens on my break to watch it, sadly McLaren did not do very well but it was still so exciting to watch! The atmosphere was crazy!
15/03/15 Today is the last day of the Formula One Grand Prix – so sad! Everything has been so exciting, and although it’s the main race today, it will all be over straight afterwards.
After the race finished, I heard a load of hysterical screaming and shouting coming from the grandstand, so I ran up to have a look and people were waiting for the drivers to come out.
I got to see Rosberg, which was amazing! Sad to be finishing my work here!
16/03/15 My first day off in ages, today I am getting myself organised for tomorrow as I fly back to Sydney to go farming. I have packed my backpack whilst drinking a celebratory ‘Well Done Zoe, You worked hard’ cider and a Kinder Bunny. I also went to the post office to send a box to my parents with a few bits of merchandise from the Formula One for them, as they’re very jealous that I was working there!
Did you guys watch the Grand Prix? Or visited the Great Ocean Road? It was definitely one of my favourite places so far, with Byron Bay!
I have decided to write a travel log – it’s not going to be very detailed, it’s just the little things that I have been jotting down into my MacBook for each day, as I have sent my travel journal home as it was SO HEAVY! I thought that it would be easier for me to update you guys on things, but without as much detail! Obviously, I will write some posts on specific days in more detail, but for now this will keep me updated faster! Here we go..
15/02/15 I have booked my tickets to the Gold Coast! I leave on Tuesday! So I attempted to go to Manly today, but the ferry was too full. So now I’m trying to pack my backpack and hope for the best!
17/02/15 I flew to Gold Coast today. I got to Sydney Airport nice and early, and wow, my backpack was so heavy! It was so painful to carry around with me. Anyway, I got to the hostel eventually which is very… beachy.. I didn’t get to speak to any of the people in my room though, but I went out to meet Joe and go for a walk and some food. We ended up going for a very long walk to Dominos, which took AGES!
18/02/15 Today I went to Movieworld and Wet N Wild with Joe. It was a lot of fun! I went on the Superman ride, Scooby-Doo and we got soaking in Wet N Wild even before we got into the water! The slides were fun though! I then came back to the hostel for a shower and ended up speaking to some Japanese people for ages (Masashi and Inho).
19/02/15 I am now sitting on the balcony in the hostel, catching up on blogging and editing. I went to Seaworld this morning with Joe, but it started to pour down again because of the oncoming cyclone! We had a good time though, saw most of the shows and then I went for a Starbucks. I’m probably going to make some pasta and chill out with TV Series or a film tonight!
21/02/15 Today I went to the Black Milk Clothing sample sale which was a lot of fun! I bought a swimsuit and a crop top which are so cute! I stayed in for the rest of the day and caught up on Pretty Little Liars as the weather was so bad.
24/02/15 I went to Byron Bay for the day today, which was so much fun! It was so pretty there, I started off at the lighthouse, then walked the coastal walk back down, wandered through the town and then had a chill on the beach with a book!
25/02/15 I have checked out of the hostel now and am waiting in The Coffee Club until I can go to the airport. I’m flying back to Melbourne this evening, so I can work at the International Air Show on Friday!
26/02/15 I am in Melbourne now! I moved out of my hostel for the night and have moved to Melbourne Metro YHA now. I had to run around today to get food for work and to find some leggings – somehow have to find a way to work tomorrow!
IT’S 6 MONTHS SINCE I STARTED MY TRAVELS!
I thought that now is the time to come up with a mid-way conclusion of my Australia Trip so far!
So much has happened within the last 6 months since being on my BUNAC Work Australia programme and I have already got so many incredible memories to share with family and friends!
Although, I have been working a lot since I got here, I have met some of the most incredible people from all around the world. I wouldn’t change them for anyone else, we have all stuck by each other at all times.
I feel so thankful that I have been able to make such amazing friends, and the fact that I will always be able to visit them around the world, no matter where they are – and I can do the same for them!
I have visited some of the most beautiful places in Australia, learnt about different cultures and I can’t wait to learn and see a lot more!
I have been in Sydney for 5 months feeling more like a working resident there and having gained so many Australian friends, then I went to Gold Coast to experience some of their theme parks, Byron Bay was a day trip last week which was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited so far and now I am in Melbourne for a short period of time to work before heading off to a very nice sounding farm to work for my second year visa.
I can’t believe that all of this has happened in 6 months and I now have another 18 months left of travelling!
I highly recommend that you all try to save to come travelling, as I have become a much more independent person who now doesn’t mind hopping from hostel to hostel on my own!
Have you guys gone backpacking/travelling before?
I would love to hear some of your travel stories, good and bad! 😀
A little unexpected trip to Melbourne – which was so much fun!
I had a job interview with one days notice, so I booked a flight straight away and luckily it was on my two days off of work! So, I headed straight for Melbourne!
On my first day, I decided to walk all the way up to Queen Victoria Markets and get some food there as I was starving since the plane! I then strolled around the streets of Melbourne looking for some cool coffee shops and stores – I even came across H&M at GPO!
I did so much stuff in one day, I ended up going to ACMI (Australia Centre of Moving Image) which was free and a lot of fun to see! It is about technology, how film, games and television became! They had a lot of interactive stuff too, for people that are more hands on too!
After ACMI, I visited Sealife Melbourne as I have a Merlin Unlimited Pass in Sydney which lets me visit any of them in Australia. So I went here for a browse as it was chilly outside! It was a lot of fun and I had a lovely surprise when I saw that they had some adorable penguins!
The next day, I went to my job interview (got the job!) and came back for a stroll around the city again. Turns out, one of my friends from the hostel was in Melbourne for a few weeks – so she decided to show me around and to take me to some cool places like Manchester Press which is a really cool, out of sight cafe/restaurant (amazing bagels!).
After Issy showing me all of the cool graffiti and coffee shops, I sadly had to go to the airport to fly back to Sydney – although I loved Melbourne, I still miss my little Sydney hostel family! But all in all, productive last minute trip, got a job and a great experience there!
What have I been doing recently? I’ve disappeared for a while on the blogging front as I got so busy!
I have now finished work for good, got a new job which I’ll reveal after I’ve done it as it’s only for three weeks and now I’m just enjoying Sydney whilst I’m still here!
We have had birthday parties in the park with speakers, food and lots of glitter.
Even more birthday parties, with lots of cake.
Group gatherings at work, which makes me miss the people that I worked with – going to miss them lots!
Found some really cool places with amazing food!
I went to Melbourne for two days for a job interview, got the job and had a browse around there too! (Blog post and video to come!)
And then this morning, me and Ceri went to watch the Six Nations at 7am – sadly Wales lost, but it was still a good shout and a lot of fun!
Have any of you been doing anything fun recently? Let me know!
Show me some photos, especially of your seasons as everyone seems to be having different weather everywhere recently!
I thought it was time that I wrote an ‘official’ blog post for my ‘announcement’. There’s a lot of “s going on right now, it seems..
Anyway, getting to the point – I am going to be moving to Australia for 12 months and then travelling back to the UK for 6 months, whilst visiting other places like New Zealand, Fiji and America.
I am going to be going on a group flight this summer, all organised by a company. I will be able to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and can apply for 24 months, if I work for 3 months ‘on the land’ (farms, fields, fruit picking..)
I am going to be getting a job out there, obviously as I have a working visa. I just want to have a big change and to explore a completely new place! I cannot wait to meet new people and see some stunning places.
I will be taking my iPad with me and I will carry on to do a few blog posts every now and then, but they will be updates on what I’m currently doing. I am also going to carry on uploading vlogs to my YouTube channel whilst travelling around the place. I am going to be doing this mainly to keep close family and friends at mind, so they know that I’m still safe and what I’m getting up to! Obviously I will be speaking to family and friends via Facetime, but with the time difference, it’s easier to upload photos and videos to social media!
I will write another post with more details about my trip and if you have any questions, then feel free to ask them below! I will try to answer them (appropriate questions) in my next post!