Melbourne was always high on my list of places to visit while in Australia, and when I discovered a couple of my friends who have been in Melbourne for a long time were deciding to leave by the end of January, I knew I had to take the opportunity and just go before they left. 


When I first got out to Australia I had no plans and no clue what I was going to do, just that I had got out here and wanted to see what was on offer. I had a friend who had also been here for almost a year so as soon as I landed I made sure to get in contact. A few days later I was at a soccer, 'football', match when he called to ask if I fancied heading up to the Whitsunday Islands with him and of course I said yes! I honestly didn't know what to expect but I wasn't turning any offer down. He explained we'd be on a 3 day boat trip around the islands and stay 2 / 3 days in a hostel.
My expectations didn't reach reality on both sides. The boat I thought would have seperate rooms for each passenger and be slightly larger. It was one room made of 13 bunk beds for around 25 of us with 2 toilets either side that had make shift showers, you pretty much showered standing over the toilet.
I realised though I loved it and if that was how we had to live to travel around seeing amazing things some only dream of and making friends with people I think I'll know forever, it was well worth it and I'd do it again for sure. 
The views we saw definitely beat expectations. Actually standing at the view point for Whitehaven beach and even standing on the beach itself was breathtaking.


So  its been almost a month since I started my little Australian adventure and if I'm honest I didn't know what to expect. I didn't think I would have travelled the amount I have so far, which okay isn't too far for some, but I've made it to Australia for one and then travelled to and around Sydney on seperate occasions and gone up to the Whitsundays islands all before I feel I've even had chance to find my feet in my new current home town of Newcastle.
So the plan for now? I'm getting a job near my families home and I'm going to settle here for a while, with the occasional trip to Sydney as that's not too far on the train, which have a top / middle / bottom deck by the way, how cool is that?!, and hopefully go to Melbourne for a week or 2 in December to visit some friends who have also come over from Brighton and friends that I met in the Whitsundays.


If you've followed my blog since the 're-make' then you'll know at the beginning of the year I booked a one way ticket to Australia and now the day I leave is fast approaching (12 days to be exact), so I wanted to start a little prep series of what I've been doing to prepare and basically get my shit together. I thought I'd start with a post about packing away and getting rid off to maybe help anyone who needs to do the same and is feeling overwhelmed by it all.