STAY CLASSY // Melbourne, Australia

If I had a list of all the iconic Melbournian attractions that one should visit, it would be quite lengthy. The Shrine of Remembrance? Rooftop Cinema? Hopetoun Tea Rooms? None of the above. I only just ticked off Brighton Beach the other week! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Last Friday Chris and I took on one of the most touristy of such attractions – the Eureka Tower. You know, that tall tower with the glass elevator that comes out the side? It was not anything we had every really felt compelled to do, and any interest we had was quickly brushed aside by the price tag (forever cheap). However when Chris received an invite to the Faculty of Business and Economic graduation party, what won me over was the fact that the party was basically on the top of the Eureka Tower.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The party started at 7:30, but thanks to daylight savings it was still light when we arrived. We were pretty lucky in that sense, as we were able to see the city in daylight, during sunset and at night. Needless to say, the views were pretty spectacular. My photos unfortunately do not do it justice, due to the reflections on the windows! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The night itself was somewhat ‘classy’ in the sense that everyone was in their finest attire, and waiters walked around refilling our champagne and offering fancy canapés all night. The canapés were perhaps too fancy for my liking at times (caviar or raw meat? No thank you)!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Chris and I spent the whole night wandering to different positions around the bar, getting a 360 degree view of the city. Eventually we did succumb to part of the evenings ‘entertainment’, in the form of an instant photobooth and a machine that printed out your instagram photos. While it was a bit of fun, it did seem to detract from the atmosphere of the event a bit, as everyone spent half an hour perfecting a selfie and just as long waiting for all their photos to print out.  SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Night photos did not work at all on my camera! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESHere is the embarrassing evidence of our photo escapades. Chris thinks they are awful, but I think they are a bit of fun. It also emphasises our inability to take serious photos together!

All in all it was a fun evening, and far more enjoyable than some other university parties that I have attended (ie. clubbing). Despite my scepticism the Eureka Tower was definitely worth it, and I am glad we were able to spend a few hours up there. And what’s more, it was a wonderful to chance to celebrate and reminisce over the end of our undergraduate degrees!

– Reanna

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BEACH BOXES & NIGHT NOODLES // Melbourne, Australia

Exams are done! Freedom is here! Well, freedom in the sense that I no longer have an impending sense of needing to study instead of just relaxing and reading a book/watch tv/play xbox/do anything. Last Thursday I finished my final exam of my Bachelor of Arts, which is all a bit weird to come to terms. However I will probably be at university still next year, so it isn’t completely insane.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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No exams means time to wander and do exciting things on our days off work. Yesterday I thought checking out Brighton Beach could be fun. The forecast was 30+ degrees, and we had never been to this iconic beach. Despite the weather it was actually somewhat overcast and windy when we arrived!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We walked along the beach and I took a million photos of the beach boxes, as did all the other tourists along the beach. I am sorry, they are just so pretty. The Space Invaders one was probably my favourite.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We decided to try our hand at sun baking, and to our luck the sun finally came out! Unfortunately it didn’t quite warm up enough for a swim, but we had a paddle around in the shallows. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We continued on down the beach until we hit Brighton Beach train station, before heading back to our car. As far as beaches go, Brighton was nothing special. However it was fairly quite, making it somewhat more peaceful. But let’s be honest here, it is all about the beach houses.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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That night we headed out for an important mission: the Night Noodle Markets. This year the festival of food was set up along Birrarung Marr, and it was absolutely packed.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

We met up with one of Chris’ sisters and battled the crowds for our culinary dreams. Admittedly the food is a bit pricey for the small serve you get (and don’t even get me started on the price of a beer) but it was such a fantastic atmosphere. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Until then,

– Reanna

PROBABLY SUNBURNT // Werribee Gorge State Park, Australia

‘Only a few more days’ is my current life mantra. This Thursday marks my final exam of the semester, and my final exam of my Bachelor of Arts! It is all a bit surreal, exciting and nerve wracking. Not the exams exactly – I feeling surprising at ease with those – but working out what to do from now.

But that’s a story for a whole other day! Today is all about these views that Chris and I saw today as we hiked around the Werribee Gorge State Park Circuit Trail. I had came across this hike before, but dismissed it upon reading the ‘hard’ rating (due to rock scrambling and the like) of the track. However after reading this blog post I decided that perhaps the walk would be manageable! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Today was actually one of the hottest days we have had in awhile. After tornadoes, storms and rain last week, the sunshine was a welcome surprise. I think it even crept up to over 30 degrees today! Admittedly it meant some sweaty hiking on our behalf, but there was a nice breeze to cool us off.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The walk itself was about 10kms, which allegedly was meant to take five hours. We started and finished at the Quarry Carpark and it took us around 3 or so hours, and that was with probably almost an hours worth of stopping a long the way!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The gorge has some amazing rock formations, and the rock itself was quite beautiful in places. An information board at the carpark had information about the geological history of the place, but I gave up reading once technical rock terms came into play.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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“Chris stand over there, I want to take a photo of you” – “Here, in front of this gorge you had already taken 200 photos of?” – “……..”

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The track started off quite steep, before leveling off at the top of the gorge. We checked out the eastern and western viewpoints, before the track began descending down into the gorge itself. As I had seen online, there were a few rock scrambling sections of the track (as you can see in the photo below!), but nothing challenging by any means.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The walk was guided by a few coloured arrows dotted along the track. Once we were down in the gorge they all but disappeared, so we assumed this meant we had to follow the river! Thankfully this was correct, though the track was certainly questionable at times (see above!).SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

About halfway along the circuit the track widened out onto a beach. I had read online that this was one of the two swimming points, so we packed in our bathers in anticipation! We were sweaty, hot and ready for a swim but the water was absolutely freezing! Chris eventually took a plunge, whilst a waded about in the shallows. I am probably atrociously sunburnt, despite being covered in sunscreen. The plight of being pale.

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After drying off and eating our lunch we continued on, eventually passing a few other hikers – we had been completely alone up until then! It was wonderfully peaceful being away from the city.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIn the above photo you can see the most ‘hardcore’ part of the hike, in which one must clamber around the face of these rocks whilst holding on to a wire. It was a lot easier than it sounds!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFoolishly we had not packed enough water, so we spent the last kilometres of the hike dying of thirst. Not to mention dying climbing up a final hill!

Overall it was a fantastic day, and such a beautiful location. It was a mere hours drive from the city, which made it the perfect half day trip, and study break! Every time I do hike near the city I feel so inspired to do more, but that never seems to happen. A Summer break goal perhaps? If you have any recommendations I would love to hear them!

– Reanna