Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Travel Diary: Australia

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


To Australia and beyond! But really, when my mom texted me on my second day in Australia and said, "I hope you're learning some mind bending stuff out there." I didn't think that I would have such a roller coaster of a ride, emotionally and physically. You might be thinking, "Physically?" And yes, I mean physically, because I was thrown out of an airplane at 14,000 feet. Word to the wise – when you're hanging out with a wild card of a friend...and your travel buddy (aka my roommate) points to the sky and says, "Wow, why are those people parachuting from the sky!?" Just expect to be on a plane doing the same thing a few hours later. I had no idea what to expect and usually I would have said no...but when in Australia...right?

TORQUAY & BELLS BEACH

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger
Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger
Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger
Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger
(Looking for Koalas!)

Let's go back to the beginning of the trip. We landed in Melbourne, hopped in a rental car, and drove up to Bells Beach for a 2 day jaunt of relaxation, beach time, and exploration. We stayed at a tiny motel with only a few rooms, driving up my roommate and I looked at each other and knowingly looked into each other's' eyes like, "This is going to be an adventure." We judged a book by it's cover, because as soon as we opened the door to our room we were charmed. It was the hippest sleepy beach town I had ever been to. The scenery was beautiful, it truly reminded me of Northern California wine country meets tropical beaches with bright blue water. We were in awe at every turn. Though the evenings were quiet, we enjoyed chatting with locals and driving the Great Ocean Road, it's like Highway 1 but better. Because everything in Australia is better. We drove up to Lorne, explored local beaches, saw lighthouses, and just went with what the locals told us to do! After 2 nights here it was off to Fitzroy, Melbourne.

MELBOURNE

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Fitzroy is the bee's knees. We spent nearly everyday walking down Smith and Brunswick in awe of all of the amazing shops, espresso bars, restaurants and bars. We fell in love. We ended up walking into this shop on our first day and I noticed that a lot of the items looked familiar, I looked up and saw that it was The Lair, an account I have been lusting over on instagram for some time. The girls were completely badass and super nice. They gave us the best recommendations for shopping, food, and going out. Which I will list below! That was the best part about Aus, everyone was super friendly and gave us the best recommendations. By the end it was like we made a whole new crew of new friends! Take the below list with a grain of salt because we got SOO many recommendations but only made it to a few spots in our short time spent there. I'll list everything recommended and write a sentence on the places we actually went.

Best Food  I really decided I am going to have a blog about Avocado Toast, I ate it for nearly every meal. It's going to be called Br-avo.com, stay tuned. But truthfully we were big breakfast people so don't use this list as your end all be all, unless you're looking for good brekkie.

Alementari Cafe Melbourne – Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Alimentari – Actually the best breakfast I have eaten in my entire life. I always leave brunch feeling so stuffed and gross, probably because I can't eat eggs so I end up eating the massive pile of pancakes instead. But what I loved about this meal was it was a good portion, not too sweet, and super tasty. The lemon sauce instead of syrup was to die for and the cocoa nibs with vanilla white pears really added the perfect finishing touch.

Archies – The avocado toast is to die for. And if the girls at The Lair suggest it, you have got to go.

Slowpoke – the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and a coffee while reading some great magazines!
Gelato Messina – just go.

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


Best Drinks Truly the options are endless and nothing will disappoint, but if you're looking for a big night out, make sure you leave time to spend the weekend in Melbourne, it's not very crowded during the week at bars. 

Naked For Satan – just plain cool. We went on a super slow night but the view of the city was gorgeous from this rooftop bar and the vibe was great. Definitely could imagine this could be quite the scene on a weekend night (in a good way) but it's worth checking out no matter what.

The Everleigh – apparently going out on a Tuesday is just silly in Melbourne. So after a few drinks my roommate and I went to get a slice of pizza. I asked the pizza guy if he wasn't working, where would he be, and he suggested the Everleigh. He was right, it was the biggest crowd of all of the places we popped in and it was a fun time sitting outside and sharing a super affordable pitcher of beer.

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion BloggerHeartbreaker  – premixed drinks in really cool bottles? Cool. Obviously. We had a blast here and the neon sign was obviously vvv neat. A pool table, nice bar, and good seating was a plus. The PBR prices, just plain hilarious. You'll have to go for yourself to understand why, if you're American you'll get it.

The Grace Darling Hotel – perfect music, great atmosphere, nice bartenders (well everyone in Aus was nice), but just a generally great bar. Outdoor seating too!

Section 8 – Outdoors but with heaters, in an old shipping container with pallets stacked up as seating. Super cool and great vibes, DJs are definitely a bonus, especially because they're good.

Ferdydurke – next door to Section 8 and a great little spot to check out.

George Costanza Mural and Bar in Melbourne, VIC. Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


George's Bar – UMM IT'S GEORGE COSTANZA THEMED END OF STORY.

Best Shopping Brunswick, Gertrude, and Smith street will keep you entertained with shops for a few days. Just wander around and you won't end up disappointed anywhere you turn. According to recommendations you should just explore because you never know what amazing boutique is hiding in an upstairs loft. Just go get lost! 

The Lair  – you MUST go. The belts, the shorts, the girls who work there. I've followed them on instagram for awhile so stumbling into their store right when we got to Melbourne was so cool! Please go check it out.

Gorman –  HELLO amazing prints, reminded me of West Coast Craft Fair / San Francisco inspired fashion.

Sass & Bide – Australia's biggest fashion superstars, 100% worth checking out and lusting over.

Swan Emporium – the perfect way to snag Spell Byron Bay inspired prints at an affordable price!

Nique – shout out to our favorite person ever, Kens...wherever you are, we miss you! Nique was such an amazing shop, super cool and sleek designs, the BEST tees ever, and just all around good stuff. Currently wearing a tee I got from the Nique pop up and I never want to take it off.


Waterfalls you can swim under in Australia. Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

WOLLONGONG

We rented a campervan on Airbnb which was AMAZING. We were able to go wherever our whims took us and it was super cozy. It was just an incredible experience. Yep. We didn't spend any time in Sydney, just one night. And we didn't see the opera house. And we LOVED not doing any of those things. Hiking through glow worm tunnels, seeing massive waterfalls, and enjoying time at uncrowded beaches was the best decision we ever could have made. Plus I wouldn't trade the laughter, memories, and time spent with friends for anything in the world.


Free glow worm tunnel Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger
Photo credit: Hayden Giffith

Glow Worm Tunnel – When your friend tells you to just get in the car and go with them, you follow their lead...but you DEFINITELY do not expect to see a massive abandoned tunnel covered in phosphorescent glow worms. I felt like I was in an intergalactic space tunnel portal that would take me to another planet. Mind boggling cool and free!


 Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Bellmore Falls – Again, being led by locals was such a blessing, especially when they're just great people to be around in general. Our friends led us to Bellmore Falls, a hike that has been "removed" from the park but you can easily still access the falls and swim underneath it!


 Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

 Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Beaches – Oh lord how I have missed warm days and beautiful beaches. I think I left my heart in the sea.

 Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Skydiving – NEVER WOULD I HAVE EVER THOUGHT I WOULD GO SKYDIVING. But when your friend makes a call and all of a sudden you're on a plane...you just have to go with it. It didn't hit me until the door of the plane flew open and people started dropping like flies, my instructor pushed me to the edge, and we were airborne. I freaked out for the first 2 seconds but then I told myself to relax, I looked around, and enjoyed the most peaceful moments of my life so far. Plus the scenery is just gorgeous, it's really worth doing a skydiving session in Wollongong!

Food Again, we were so lucky to have been guided by our friends but here's the list and some pictures to get you inspired to break traditions and go check out Wollongong! (I still can't get over how hip everything was without being pretentious.)


 Diggies Cafe Wollongong,  Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Diggies – A fun little spot by the water for drinks and a bite. The overpriced ice cream sandwiches at the front are worth it but get the one made with lacy cookies.


 Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Humber – Maple bacon pancakes. Iced coffee that actually means just ice cream in your coffee. What's not to love? Plus it has a vvv hip rooftop.

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Lee & Me – Rustic design, delicious foods. Basically want this place to be my house.

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Sifters – Though this photo is not at Sifters. I am holding a coffee from there. This is one of those spots I referenced earlier, super hip, but completely unpretentious. If this spot were in LA it would be overrun by jerks, so it was cool to see a great spot full of great people! Sifters was one of the first places in Aus that did filtered coffee, I didn't realize how much I missed it.

WHY I LOVE AUS

Key takeaways – Australia is a super young country and their attention to aesthetics, design, and detail is astounding. It's a designer's paradise. We were inspired at every corner by the concepts of bars, restaurants, and shops. From the street art to meeting street artists in cafes, I felt at home and truly inspired for the first time in a long time. Everything was thought out, charming, and exuded coolness, without the egos of Los Angeles or eliteness of NYC.

Travel Reflections –  I had an evening alone in the van in Wollongong and got to writing in my journal. I hadn't truly sat down with my own thoughts like that in some time. I wrote and wrote until I had this wild realization. I was happy as hell. Do you want to know why? I felt like I was being myself, for the first time in a long time. I was wild, silly, inquisitive, and pushed my own boundaries. I was with friends who accepted me exactly as I was and wanted to join my conversations on an intellectual and metaphysical level. We touched trees, talked about theories, feelings, spirituality, and then laughed until we cried at the silliest things. I sat there in the van reflecting on all of this and made a vow to myself, do not waste anymore time not being truly, YOU.

MORE PICTURES!

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger


Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger

Australia Travel Guide Things To Do For Hip Young Adults Traveling In Australia in Melbourne and Sydney. Food and Drink suggestions for non touristy things to do in sydney and melbourne australia as told by Bryn Newman a San Francisco Fashion Blogger




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