First of all, Australia is enormous. To properly tackle the country will require: a) a significant chunk of time, b) the ability to handle intense temperatures and c) a decent chunk of change.
My suggestion would be to carve up Australia into individual trips. Take a road trip up the east coast, knocking out Melbourne, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast on your way.
Next time, head over to Perth, enjoy its unmatched beaches and take a trek through Kakadu National Park. Oh, and then there’s Adelaide, Darwin and the essential Uluru. Be prepared.
I originally considered an alternate title: ‘The Otways would be lovely if I weren’t a fool’ -- but it really is far too lengthy and way too accurate.
Blink and you’ll miss it. Nestled down Scott Alley, off Flinders Lane, The Roule Galette hides from obvious view. You'll need to search to find it, but wander inside and you'll find yourself transported to a small, whimsical creperie on the western coast of France.
It might be a little outside of the capital but nevertheless, Pho Hung Vuong 2 is where you'll find some of the best pho in Melbourne - a statement confirmed by the daily queues that form at the restaurant's doorway at lunchtime.
There has got to be something special about a cafe if it can get you out of bed at 9.30am on a Sunday morning, let alone one that makes you wait around for 30 minutes in the rain for a table. It would need to offer a breakfast menu unlike any other.
Flipboard Cafe has made the impossible possible with turning a previously unused shop-front into a multi-level, adult-sized cubby-house café. Great breaky and coffee and awesome atmosphere made this cafe an instant hit.
In the culinary circuit of any city there’s always one place being talked about in fervent, hysteric tones. In Melbourne, that restaurant is Chin Chin.
After my first trip to Krakow, I came to the realisation that I love polish food. Give me pierogi any day of the week. But give me Kluska's pierogi for breakfast, lunch and dinner, please.
Standing in Rundle Mall on my first day in Adelaide, I realised the appeal of this sleepy South Australian city is not in how similar it is to other Australian capitals but in its differences. You will come to really appreciate this charming city for all of the glistening beaches, chic cafes, delightful day trips and sunshiny weather it has to offer.