Happy Australia Day weekend! Similar to Canada Day or the Fourth of July, Australia Day is weekend filled with friends, family, good music, and great food. We relaxed with some friends yesterday, enjoying some adult beverages and a BBQ dinner; it was the perfect way to spend our holiday. In celebration of the festivities, I thought I’d compile a little “My Aussie Loves” list. These are just a few concepts that I have come to adore and appreciate about life in the land down under, and my own way of saying, “Thank you, Australia! You. Are. Awesome!”
Australia has introduced us to a few new foodie favourites, spared us from a lot of the processed foods in North America, and surprised us by the fantastic restaurant service (despite the fact that you are not expected to tip in most restaurants).
Roasted Pumpkin on salads and pizza. New favourite.
Almost all of the produce here is grown in Australia. It’s consistently fresh and perfect, and it’s nice knowing it hasn’t traveled several national boarders before finally reaching the market. Having experienced Canadian fruit in its off season or sent from thousands and thousands of kilometres away, I sincerely appreciate having wonderful produce year-round.
The coffee and coffee shops here are the best I’ve experienced. If there is one thing Aussies know how to do, it’s make an amazing cup of java.
The wine is pretty spectacular, too. It’s also one of the few things that is actually cheaper than North America. We have had excellent wines from Australia & New Zealand for a fraction of the cost.
I don’t swim at every beach in Australia. Some have pretty big waves and a rougher undertow, not to mention I have an irrational fear of marine life! I have definitely enjoyed some calmer waters on the Sunshine Coast though (particularly Noosa and Mooloolaba). I also loved swimming in the Whitsundays! Another thing that has been fantastic is the availability of swimming lessons for babies. Thomas has been attending swimming since 7 months old. All the pools are outdoors with a sunshade overtop, and it’s been a great activity for us to do together.
Aussies know fitness. I’ve experienced some of the best personal training, bootcamps, and group fitness classes in my life. The fact that the weather is nice year-round also allows Australians to walk, run, bike, and exercise outdoors.
There is always something to see in Australia. Although the beaches are unreal, there is so much more to this country. If we had the money, time, and resources, our travel possibilities would be endless. Australia is also handy to locations that many North Americans dream of visiting: New Zealand, Fiji, Bali, Singapore…etc.
One of our favourite activities is going to the park as a family, laying out the picnic blanket, and having some lunch or coffee. The weather allows for such a great outdoor lifestyle year round.
I’ll admit that my closet has been slightly neglected since moving to Australia. Between pregnancy and having an infant, keeping up with the latest trends and spending money on my wardrobe has not been at the top of the priority list. That being said, I do enjoy the times that I can get out and explore the little boutiques here. I’ve grown to love the casual, beachy, bohemian vibe in Queensland. Lots of prints and colours. It has been nice not to have to worry about winter clothes. My two fave Aussie fashionistas are definitely Elle Ferguson (looove her Instagram) and Miranda Kerr.
I continue to be impressed by the emphasis that many Australians place on spending their time, effort, and money on “experiences”, rather than “stuff”. Travelling, hosting barbecues and dinners, coffee/dining out, etc. Yes, people spend money on materialistic things too, but fancy cars, designer clothing, and living in an enormous home are not #1 priorities here. Very, very refreshing.
I know I say it frequently, but I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to live in Australia. The experience has been life changing, and although I have dealt with some challenges along the way, I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything. Thank you, Australia; you’re simply the best!