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australia

You’ve probably already got a variety of visuals when someone mentions Australia… but it’s not all about the beaches and the Opera House (although those are some very good draws that it would be amiss not to mention!)  In fact one of the reasons I loved exploring the country so much was it’s vast and varied landscapes and so I’ve divided some of the panoramic photos from the last year into four categories demonstrating just some of the different sides I discovered.

If you’re not quite sold on Australia yet read on… I promise there’s something here for you.

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“Melbourne is so expensive” is a phrase I hear several times a day on average (especially in hostels) and it’s not incorrect.  Melbourne can be expensive, not as expensive as Sydney, but still in comparison to the more remote parts of the country or travel in South-East Asia the price of accommodation, food and trips can come as a bit of a shock.  Here’s how to spend time in Melbourne without blowing your budget.

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Picture Melbourne for a moment… It’s a city full of unique laneways, diverse food and an abundance of culture but specific places might not spring to mind as they would if you were asked to picture Sydney (Opera House, Harbour Bridge etc.).  However Melbourne has an array of different buildings and locations that when you stop to consider it are immediately recognisable.

Here are 5 top must-visit places to get your photos of Melbourne icons.

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Last week I visited the Royal Treasury Building in Melbourne for the first time.  I hadn’t realised until a ride on the city circle tram recently that it was open to the public and free (the two most influential factors for visiting a place!) It was built to store the majority of the huge amounts of gold discovered in Victoria back in the 1880s because the banks and other buildings were running out of space for it.  However it turns out it was probably never used for this purpose as by the time it was built the amount of gold being discovered had decreased dramatically.  Nowadays it still houses the office of the governor and the first floor is open as a gallery for exhibits about Victoria, the gold rush and the history of the area.  You can also take a tour of the vaults which is pretty cool.

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Yes you read that right.  I’m spending a couple of weeks on a Victorian farm.  Victoria referring to the state and not a replica of the era so if you’re here for that you’re about the be disappointed.  There are no period costumes here right now (come back in a couple of weeks for Ballarat?)  In an attempt to experience more of the “real Australia” whatever that really is I’m spending a couple of weeks on a farm in the middle of nowhere WWOOFing.

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