#Vanlife: Chapter Two

#Vanlife: Chapter Two

Taking-in the Stunning Sand Dunes at Woodside Beach.

After soaking up the gentle morning sunshine and incredible views of Wilsons Promontory National Park, cradling my coffee from the Tidal River Visitor Centre after a less-than peaceful night, I trepidatiously stepped back into Hilda’s boat-like interior. My boyfriend, Alejandro, and my first jaunt into Vanlife had not gone all together too smoothly… but he was keen to get going and prove the events from yesterday wrong.

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Seascapes: Newcastle

Seascapes:  Newcastle

Sand, sea and a playful breeze accompany our walk along Bathers Way.

Looking through these photos of our trip to Newcastle makes my heart ache with a beautiful nostalgia. My husband had surprised me with a completely spontaneous trip to a city that neither of us knew much about (the tickets had been on a flash sale; reason enough for an impromptu adventure.)

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#Vanlife: Chapter One

#Vanlife: Chapter One

 Spending the first night in the van off-the-grid at Wilsons Prom.

My eyes are blinded by tears. Happy tears, sad tears. Tears caused by gratitude for the family I found working as a part-time waitress at a café in Melbourne’s suburb of St. Kilda, and tears caused by knowing that a chapter in my life had come to a most definite close.

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Streetscapes: Queen Victoria Market

Streetscapes: Queen Victoria Market

An offbeat glimpse of the city’s oldest market place.

To describe the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, Australia, as “sprawling” is an understatement. At a whopping seven-hectares, this iconic landmark is the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere — and it does not disappoint.

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

As the sunshine fades and rain takes its place, St. Kilda beach transforms from a mass of sunbathers to lone wanderers.

There is something lonely but beautiful about St. Kilda beach in the rain. During lazy summer days sunshine warms the expansive beach — the sand soon covered by partially naked bodies trying to soak up the sun’s piercing rays. The boardwalk fills with locals and tourists heading to one of the ocean-side patios, meandering out to visit the resident penguins making their home in the cove at the end of St. Kilda Pier, or settling in to catch the sunset.

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Streetscapes: Melbourne CBD

Streetscapes: Melbourne CBD

Melbourne’s City Centre breathes life into historic architecture.

Melbourne’s Central Business District is the heart of the city. Melbournites and tourists mill through the area’s popular streets, including Burke, Elizabeth and Flinders, while trams shuttle more pedestrian hordes from one end of the CBD to the other. The urban centre pulses with an excited energy, with winding lanes decorated wall-to-wall with graffiti are home to popular restaurants, cafes and bars, and buskers lining nearly every street corner.  

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Street Stories: Imogen

Street Stories: Imogen

“I watch this YouTuber called Alexa Poleti, she is a bit more out there about it than me. And I have always had a love for socks — and I always try to base my style around socks. I actually don’t live in Melbourne, I live in Townsville where it is hot, so I can’t wear socks very often. I just came down for the weekend, so I thought it would be cool to try out and play around with some different styles.”

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