The Oz Blog – 6 Week Update

The Oz Blog – 6 Week Update

So as my 6th week in oz comes to an end i thought it would be rather fitting to do a bit of a round up of what I’ve been doing, my favourite places and experiences so far and how I’m feeling about this travel malarkey.

Let’s start by saying quite simply that I love Australia. In the first 3-4 weeks I couldn’t see myself living here or even wanting to spend a second year here, but as time has gone on I’ve fallen more and more in love with the place.

The people are so laid back and kind, when you look lost they actually ask you if you’re lost and then help you. They chat to you in the street and the locals just have this infectious warmth about them and I’d like to think this has rubbed off on me and already made me a better person.

I’ve loved having 6 whole weeks of not setting an alarm and not having to work and sweet Jesus that feeling is addictive and I don’t want to have to work ever again, but I’m going to have to and soon. 

I don’t know yet whether I’d like to stay for a second year. That puts me in a predicament because to be eligible for a 2nd year visa you have to do 88 days farmwork in your first year. It makes me question whether it is worth doing 3 months farmwork if I’m not sure what I want to do, but I don’t want to not do it and regret it. Oh, fuck knows.

I’m also tempted to fuck off to Bali for a month to delay the inevitable of having to get a job as my money will last much longer over there…. god so many things to think about.

What I have realised is I’m a free spirit. I’m creative and I constantly have all these ideas buzzing around In my head. Ideas that I’ve had for years but never had the confidence (or money) to do anything with them. So I’ve decided when I return to the Uk, I want to work for myself in some way or another. I want to carve out my own career using my creativity and things I love and be my own boss. I know it’s not easy but that’s the plan. Or if I could just become a famous travel/lifestyle/food blogger and travel the world for free I’d also be very okay with that. 

I’ve learnt I live for travel (although I knew that anyway) and I am already planning where to go next and what to do. My sense of adventure and spontaneity has been off the scale and I’d like it to stay that way.

Now let’s talk about the good stuff:

The highlights 

Melbourne….. every single inch of it

Madame Brussels Melbourne

The beaches at surfers paradise, seventeen seventy and Noosa 

Stradbroke island

Feeding kangaroos 

All of the wildlife, every single part

The dolphin show at seaworld 


Brisbane beach and Southbank 

Eat street – Brisbane

Airlie beach

The Whitsundays

Feeding the Lorikeets

The lowlights 

Mosquito bites 

The rain in cairns 

Spending Easter alone without my family

We have eaten some of the most amazing food and met some amazing people on the way and who knows what the next 6 weeks holds, maybe a farm job, maybe surf school in Byron bay, maybe a flight to Bali…. what will be, will be. 


  1. Bex
    April 22, 2019 / 7:20 am

    Love following your journey 💙

    • Ashleigh
      April 22, 2019 / 7:29 am

      Thanks bex 😘

  2. Tanya Reed-Forrester
    April 22, 2019 / 8:41 am

    Defo go to Bali. Amazing place which would certainly get your creativity buzzing even more. Take care.

    • Ashleigh
      April 22, 2019 / 9:25 am

      Thanks Tanya Bali is definitely on the list just when I go.

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