A big piece of my heart is still in Melbourne. It’s a city I knew I loved before I even visited. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s the quirky little sister of Sydney and a place full of cool bars, art galleries and amazing cafés. I lived in Melbourne for two six month stints. Each time it broke my heart to leave.

Both times I lived there, I was working in the city and found lovely apartments in South Melbourne/Southbank. My walk to work would take me along the river past all the busy bars and into the city, I loved it.

Working Holiday Visa in Victoria

My times working in the city were spent working a sales job that took me across the whole of Victoria. Later I worked as a hostess at the number 1 rooftop bar in the city. It was an exclusive crowd and showed me a 5* side to Melbourne I had never seen before. I loved living this lifestyle in Melbourne. It was a city that was always busy and exciting, full of new people.

I also had a huge family of friends in Melbourne who were based all across the city in areas like South Yarra and Prahran near Chapel Street, St Kilda, Fitzroy and many more places. It was the first place in Australia that I could really see myself living permanently and honestly, I would love to move back there.

Beyond the city

But Victoria was more than just a city to me. I spent a lot of time exploring across the territory from the local beaches and towns such as Port Melbourne, Brighton, Williamstown, Black Rock and more.

I ventured further afield, taking trips to Mornington Peninsula and Wilsons Promontory National Park. Visiting Grampians National Park, Great Otway National Park, the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Port Campbell National Park and many more.

I also took a road trip along Great Ocean Road and took in all of the amazing sights along the way. Check out my guides to each location and how to plan a road trip for Great Ocean Road.