On Saturday, Sasha and I pulled the trigger on flights to Melbourne for January 2016. As I’ve mentioned before, we’re going to Paris next month to watch the French Open, and so I’ve lured Sasha into traveling ‘down under’ in order to go toย the Australian Open (we both win, right?). I visited Melbourne in May of 2010 as the tail end of a vacation in Sydney, where I was visiting friends (and of course, I kept a travel blog!). My parent’s best friends (and practically my second parents growing up) moved to Australia when I was in high school, and I got to stay with them for a few days before flying back to Texas.

I absolutely loved both Sydney and Melbourne. I genuinely think Australians are the coolest people on planet earth, so I was a little fan girl-ish the whole time I was there.

For our 2016 trip, we’ll spend a handful of days in Melbourne, catching up with the Pattens, seeing the sites of the city, and watching tennis, and we will also take a flight to either Auckland or Christchurch (the capitol of New Zealand) for more adventures. Traveling aroundย Milford Sound is on my Bucket List! I could spend hours on Google images clicking through pictures. I’m slightly nervous about traveling 20+ hours with a 1.5 year old, but that’s what iPads are for, right? Ha.

I cannot wait to start planning the trip; however, I’ve got to finish my Paris and St. Petersburg itineraries first! In the meantime, I’d love to start collecting helpful resources. Do you follow any Australian blogs? I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. Have you been to Melbourne or New Zealand? If so, I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Favorite Australian Blogs

Australia14 Australia18Sydney Opera HouseAustralia16Australia17 Australia2Blue Mountains in New South WalesAustralia8Australia12Australia3Australia5 Australia6Bondi BeachAustralia2ย Lion at Taronga ZooAustralia1Manly WharfAustralia22Melbourne’s City Centre or “The City”Australia1Hosier LaneAustralia21


  1. I wanna come too! I FEEL Australians. I’m convinced they are my kin. I call them the British Californians. So fun. Sooooo excited for you! xoxox

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I feel like you are one of them too! Definitely some sort of Aussie blood flowing through that hot bod ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Kathryn York Reply

    Robert and I travelled around New Zealand for two weeks in 2011 and it was our favorite trip to date!! We loved Milford and also a hike through Tongariro National Park on the north island. We can chat more over photos soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I cannot WAIT to talk about your trip! I had no idea!! So fun. And yes, so looking forward to tomorrow!!

  3. I’m more worried how I’m going to handle the 20 hour flight :-/

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      You’ll be okay! Just take some meds ๐Ÿ™‚ And play with IB!

  4. Aww thanks for the shout out! Im bummed we won’t overlap in SYD, but Im envious of your Aussie Open visit – that’ll be amazing!!!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      I’m sad that we won’t overlap too!! But you’ll be busy with baby back here in the states! ๐Ÿ™‚ Which is ultimately way more exciting!

    • AileePetrovic Reply

      That is amazing – I cannot wait to read your posts about the trip and take notes!! xo

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