Hey fellow Art and Fashion lovers, Happy 2016! Hope everyone is having a fun and productive beginning to their year. As for myself, I am working on finishing up a winter course I am taking for school and still somewhat in the process of recovering from jet lag. I traveled to Australia for the first time during the end of the year holidays. I always dream of one day visiting this far away land known for its diverse natural habitats and happy citizens. I got the opportunity to finally visit with my fiancé James, an Australia born with Kiwi affiliation. It was an amazing experience that I will forever cherish with fond memories.
We started our adventure in Kingscliff, a small beach town with a superb lay back and a relaxing vibe. This was the perfect way to settling in after 29 hours of travel. We spent the Christmas holiday with James’ mama, sister, surrogate uncles Greg and Gary, and their super cute playful dog Sammy. We later traveled to the Gold Coast, a region on the east seaside of Australia, famously known for its endless beaches, intricate canals and waterways. We spent our days hanging out with some of James’ closest friends from New Zealand and Brazil. On our last day we visited the Springbrook National park and several of the rock pools located around the area. Our next stop was Brisbane, the capital of Queensland and James’ home town. We arrived after sundown to a beautiful display of light installations spread all throughout the South Bank area. Its artistic and modern atmosphere was the perfect backdrop for us to bring in 2016. The morning after the New Year’s celebration, we drove to Mt. Coot-tha, the highest peak in Brisbane where we munched on scones and cream while taking in the panoramic and breathtaking view from the summit. After that we spent a couple of more relaxing days among nature in Murwillumbah, where James’ father lives and where I encountered bats for the first time. Flying foxes to be exact. After recovering from the shock, I learned that they are defenseless creatures who rely on plants and fruits like figs.
From there we travel to Sydney where we visit the famous Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, along with the other must see destinations. Melbourne was our last stop on our travel tour and the most inspiring. We visited one of the many street alleyways filled with street art, it was truly fascinating. Thanks to James’ friend Liam, who is an amazing photographer living in Melbourne, we were able to capture this memorable night.
I didn’t capture the rest of our adventures for the blog because honestly, to me this experience required me to be fully present so I could fully appreciate and live them. But being the photoholic that I am, I did snap some of these memories on my phone which I posted on my instagram 🙂
Photos By Liam Salem Brady
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