I’m going to come back in a few days to continue updates – I’ve got a lot on my plate right now so this will be on the backburner. Stay tuned though, I’ve still got Parliament, hikes in Canberra, a Giant Banana and Byron Bay to go…and then lots and lots about Sydney!
Leaving Perth I crossed the continent over 3 long days. I once again enjoyed my journey – it was relaxing, I got lots of photos worked on and I also went through a book or two. Nothing wrong with travelling by train at all.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m thankful to be finished with the gorge part of this trip (writing-wise, I could spend days more exploring them in person!). They are a PAIN to photograph and to edit said photos. The lighting is terrible and the red hues tend to blend like crazy. I did find my new camera handled the conditions far better than my previous, and shooting with RAW files helped bring a lot of highlights and shadows under control as I could tweak the photo quite a bit more on the computer than previously. Anyways, now things head back towards the glorious Western Australian beaches.
My time in Darwin complete, it was time to leave. But it turns out that leaving Darwin can be quite tricky. Darwin is REMOTE. There is nowhere nearby to go to next. I explored flights, trains and buses, and came to the realization that the cheapest option to go anywhere would be to actually fly there. Perth and Melbourne were to the two cheapest options. As I was familiar with Melbourne and liked the city well enough on first go, I decided I would try to live there and find some work. I’d spent quite a bit of money over the last month travelling through the vast expanses of the Outback.
The flight was uneventful and I arrived in Melbourne without issue. I stayed at a different hostel this time, hoping for a better place than my first go around. It was indeed better. The kitchen was usable and the place was kept moderately clean. The hostels in Australia so far have ranged from downright poor to okay, with Adelaide having the best hostel of the bunch (the lovely Adelaide YHA).
51 weeks later, I’ve packed my things and should now be at Auckland Airport, awaiting my departure from New Zealand. Australia is next on the docket. I’ll be landing in Melbourne and finding my way from there. I don’t have a specific plan or itinerary for when I get there. I’ll just figure it out as I go.
New Zealand has been a great home for the past year. There are quite a few things I’ll miss about it. But, my desire to keep travelling is still strong, so I’ll keep on going.
Here are some of the things I’ll miss when I leave New Zealand:
With no more travel in New Zealand to look forward to, I set my sights instead on Australia and getting down to organizing my necessary paperwork.
The Working Holiday Visa was the easy part – I’ve had that since December. Much like New Zealand, the WHV for Australia is done solely online and I received instant approval. It costs a bit more money (~$280 vs $100) but otherwise is nearly identical. Australia also has a provision that allows people on a WHV to stay for a second year if they choose, and have met certain qualifications (working in agriculture for a certain amount of time is the main one, I believe). I don’t plan on spending more than 12 months in Australia though, so I just considered it an interesting point and didn’t pay much more attention than that.
With June coming to a close and the 26h here, I’ve officially got 1 month left in New Zealand. There isn’t much more left for me to see and do, but a few things do remain. Plus, I’ve got to sell my car, visit a few friends and see a few places one last time. July 25th I have to be on a plane to Australia, so I better get to it! 🙂
Today is my last day in Nelson. From here, I’m going to try heading up to Farewell Spit, the northernmost area of the South Island. I say try, because the weather looks pretty bad right now. After a few days things might change, but I’m hoping I won’t be too drenched in rain for the next couple of days.
It is sad to leave a place that has really felt like ‘home’ for the last 6 weeks, but my time in New Zealand is coming to an end and there are still a few things I’d like to do. So after one last bread party, I’ll pack up my car and hit the road again. Adventures await!