*= Means I’ve been there and recommend!

*About Life- health foods store similar to America’s Whole Foods
Acai Brothers in Bondi and Neutral Bay
Anita Gelato
Armchair Collective
*Bare Naked Bowls at Manly Beach- so, so good! With great bliss balls at the counter
Bennett St Dairy- tiny and ‘homey,’ earth to table, raw/vegan
Billi Raw- Matcha and amazing salads
*Bondi Whole Foods- grocery, takeaway and café
Bowery Lane
Brewtown Newtown
Cali Press- juices and smoothies, & grab-and-go menu
Celsius Cafe- take ferry here
Chachas on Campbell Parade- vegan ice cream made with cashew milk and dates
Clean Treats Factory
Devon Cafe
Earth To Table Bondi- raw, vegan
Farm Wholefoods
Fine Food Store- in the Rocks (a neighborhood)
*Fishbowl Poké- seriously the best poké I’ve ever had. Completely customizable
Four Ate Five- breakfast all day, lunch, coffee
*Grill’d- grass-fed burgers on paleo buns, zucchini fries, the BEST sweet potato fries
Grounds of Alexandria
Gusto- coffee
Harry’s Cafe Bondi Beach- turmeric latte, chia pudding, etc.
Icebergs- wine and a view
Jackie’s Paddington
Kepos and Co.
Kelly Press- smoothies
Little Jean
Lox Stock and Barrel
Mrs. G’s
O Organic Produce- organic foods cafe
Orchard St.- juices
Orchard’s Love- adaptogenic drinks and amazing raw cakes
Porch and Parlour in North Bondi Junction
*Preach cafe in Bondi
Pressed Juices
Raw Bar in Bondi- sushi
Relish Food Co.- breakfast & sandwiches
Ruben Hills
Ruby’s Diner in Waverly
Rustic Pearl
*Speedo’s Cafe- best view of bondi. Try to get a seat at the window! Incredible breakfast & banana pancakes are to die for
Sol Botanica in Bondi- gluten free
Surry Hills explore for food spots- 10 min outside city
The Boathouse
The Butler- tapas style, good for dinner and has amazing city views
The Fruitologist on Bondi Rd. or in Rozelle-acai
*The Nine- Mediterranean, sandwiches, eggs, toast, lattes
The Parterre
The Q on Harris
The Shop and Wine bar
Three Blue Ducks in Bronte- breakfast
Thrive- paleo toast, juices, all day breakfast, lunch and dinner bowls
Whole Foods dept.

Blue Mountains- Janolean caves (3hr drive through mountains to get there)
Blueys Point
Bondi Beach- $7 for full day entry that gives access to pool, sauna, gym
Bondi markets on Saturday morning for food, Sunday for clothes/jewelry
Bondi to Coogee walk
Carriageworks Farmers markets
Corso- quant downtown area that has loads of shops and foods
Drive to see the 12 Apostles
Featherdale wildlife preserve right outside the city- feel/pet kangaroos and wallabies
Get Opal card for public transportation
Harbour Bridge climbing- $$
Near the Harbor- walk the botanical gardens to Mrs. Macquaries char (great picture/viewpoint of bridge/opera house)
Newtown- explore
Queens Beach- night and day for the views
Shopping- Tuchuzy, For Artists Only, David Jones in Westfield sells many different labels, Nimble Activewear, Bassike Store in Paddington for good basic wear
Spit to Manly walk– quieter and more breathtaking
Take ferry to Manly Beach from Circular Quay- $8
The Glenmore Hotel Roof Bar for the view
The Rocks District- old historical buildings now with shops and restaurants
The Royal botanical gardens
Use google maps
Walk the coastline to Bronte

Bondi Beach
Hyams beach- whitest sand in the world, drive down the coast
Manly Beach
Palm Beach

F45 Bondi Junction ($20 for the week)
Elixir Bondi Junction
CrossFit 224- ask for coach Emily Smith or use space for a great open gym

Hunter Valley- 45-2hr drive

  • Wild kangaroos
  • Grapemobile and Hunter Valley Cycling offer one-day bicycle rentals starting at $35 AUD


Agathe- croissant
*Ben’s Supernatural
Bentwood Fitzroy
Chin Chin
Coco Mamas- acai
Collective Espresso
Dundas and faussett
Everyday coffee
Fourth chapter- smoothie bowls
*Grill’d- organic, grass-fed burgers, best sweet potato fries
Higher Ground- cute cafe
Hunter’s Harvest
Kitty Burns
Laneway Greens
League of Honest Coffee
*Legacy Camberwell- cutest atmosphere, definitely recommend going here. Poké is delicious
Little Sugar Big Salt
Lune Croissanterie
Market Lane
*Matcha Mylkbar- a must-go!!! All vegan options, unbelievable latte flights, beautiful food
Midtown- in the city for coffee
*MOM cafe
Mo Vida- spanish style tapas
Mr. Hendricks- crispy eggs
Naked in the Sky- cool rooftop bar in Fitzroy
Napier Quarter
Patricia’s- OG coffee
Proud Mary
Rice Paper Scissors
*Serotonin Dealer- the most incredible place. Best raw desserts I’ve ever had in my life. Wish we could’ve eaten there a few more times!! They also have swings
Snorkeling at Gordon’s Bay
Short Stop Doughnuts
*Short Straw Hawthorn- love this place. Great food and matcha!
St. James cafe
*Tall Timber- insane breakfasts. Yummy Aussie scrambles, french toast, bacon, you name it
Tinker Northcote
The Kettle Black
Urban Projuice- smoothie bowls
Vegie Bar
Vince & Me


  • Can use skybus to get from the airport- $19
  • Get a myki card (at any 7-eleven)- tram card

Bike around Albert Lake- lowkey but nice city skyline
Chapel Street- shopping & tons of great cafes
Drive along the Great Ocean Road
Fitzroy neighborhood just outside downtown for great places to eat/drink
Healsville sanctuary- an hour outside melbourne. Kangaroos, wallabies, koalas
Laneways- street art
Phillips Island Penguin tour
Queen Victoria Market- Wednesday night market
Rent a bike to Brighten Beach Boxes
Sorrento Surf Beach on the Mornington Peninsula- has rock pools. On the way back from Sorrento is Hunter Cafe (vegan cafe in Rye, worth the trip)
The Rose Street Artists Market- unique jewelry and little trinkets
Walk Acland Street

Red Hill- Montalto and Foxeys hangout
Yarra valley- Book on trip advisor

  • Stones of the Yarra Valley
  • Medhurt has amazing rose and is a gorgeous boutique winery
  • Maletos for lunch: pizzas

Mornington peninsula- Point Leo estate and Polperro
Green Olive

Half moon bay
St. Kilda Beach- matcha mylkbar on the way


*50sixONE- insanely unhealthy desserts (lol), but also a few great healthy options. Perfect to go with a variety of different eaters!
Argos on the Parade
Electric House
Exchange- food & coffee
Golden Boy- thai
*Goodies and Grains- health food shop and juice bar in the markets (nutty fudge bliss balls!!)
Karma and Crow
Long Lost Friend
Lost in a Forest
*Maggie Beers- very upscale, great food
Malobo at Henley
Mister Sunshine’s
*Nutrition Republic- we made a stop about 3 times while in town. Loved it! So many healthy options- smoothies, lattes, breakfasts, etc.
Peel St
Pizzateca- cutest/best pizza spot in the hills
Sukah Eatery
*Whistle & Flute- great breakfast!

Adelaide Central markets
Botanical Gardens
Gorge wildlife park
Hike Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty lookout
Kangaroo Island- 45 min ferry ride
Nola bar- whiskey bar
Market- at Plant 4 Bowden on Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s
Mount Gambier- bluest lake you’ll ever see
*Mulberry gin is delicious
Plant 4 Bowden market- Wednesdays 4-9pm, Saturday
Stirling and Harndorf are beautiful cities
Waitpinga farms- 4 wheel tour of the farm. Wild life park right near it with kangaroos and koalas

Henley Beach- beautiful and great brunch spots
Glen elg
Port Willunga
Port Elliot- near victor harbour
*Second Valley- about an hour drive outside of town. The most incredible little locals spot not too many people (tourists) know about. Can jump off cliffs, too
Seacliff- can rent paddle boards
Sommerton- close to the city and not crowded like Glen Elg

Alpha Box
Adelaide Hills- Bird in Hand
Barossa Valley (about 1.5hr outside of city)- absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  • Jacobs Creek winery*
  • Wolfe Blass
  • Lunch at the Company Kitchen
  • Seppeltsfield*
  • Chateau Tanunda*
  • Turkey flat winery

D’arenburg Winery- the new cube building is a must
Goldings (Lobethal)
Hahndorf- The Lane: cozy, cottage-like. Somerland
Maxmilian’s (Verdun)
McLaren Vale area- Samuels Gorge
Pike and Joyce (Lenswood) winery

I felt very safe traveling all throughout Australia. The people were so friendly and it was easy to get around. We utilized Uber (not the cheapest), walked most of the time, and took the bus to and from the airport several times, which was very affordable. I recommend learning public transportation as much as possible! Bus to/from the airport to save some $$, walk as OFTEN as possible; not only will it save you money, but you’ll get in some extra mileage!

Important tips to make note:

  • Just as Australian’s drive on the left side of the road, make sure to walk on the left side as well 😉 You’ll blend in better
  • The food is AMAZING and so fresh! Be prepared to get spoiled with all the healthy eats.
  • Make sure your Airbnb or hotel has AC during summer months!!
  • Restaurants, cafés, shops close EARLY or closed completely on Monday or Tuesday! Make sure to plan ahead for food, check restaurant hours, grocery shop to fill your hotel/airbnb fridge at the beginning of your trip just in case
  • Tipping is a huge grey area. Most places don’t expect tips, but of course, if they do a good job then leave some gratuity 😉
  • Everyone in Bondi is good looking
  • Bring an outlet converter for your trip
  • Be prepared to find bliss balls everywhere. They’re delicious. Coles has Keep It Cleaner balls in the refrigerated section as well!
  • Stock up on Loving Earth chocolate while you’re there! It’s bliss
  • Uber is pretty expensive in Melbourne. Try to utilize public transportation, WALKING and rent bikes as much as you can
  • Expedia and Hotels Tonight have great deals on last minute hotels
  • Modifying your food orders is usually a no-go. You can always ask, but be prepared to choose straight off the menu
  • Organic sunscreen won’t defend against the Australian sun—buy the 50spf Aussie stuff!
  • Fishbowl has the best poké
  • A lot of Australia’s hidden gems are kept quiet, so make sure to befriend locals and/or restaurant servers
  • Popular Aussie abbreviations:
    • Breakkie: breakfast
    • Take away: to-go
    • Long black: black coffee
    • Holiday: vacation
    • Lollies: candy
    • Swimmers: swimsuit
    • Sunnies: sunglasses
    • Chardy: chardonnay
    • Chewies: gum
    • Chuckin a sicky: taking a sick day for fun

If you want to read more about my 10-day trip to Australia, click HERE for my trip recap!

Welcome! I’m Rachael.

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