Returning to Australia | 7 weeks, 3 states and plenty of wine, in 11 photos

Returning to Australia, December, 2016 to January, 2017. 

So here we are, in 2017. Welcome! I hope it has been an amazing start to your year!

If you have been wondering where I have been or if this blog still exists (I know! I have been radio silent for ages!), for the past 7 weeks I have been in Australia.  

I spent Christmas and New Years over a BBQ with a beer in hand (drinking responsibly of course), happy to be with family and friends. In the interim, I also became Padrino (God Father) to my awesome little nephew and returned to my (second) home away from home, after a 4 year hiatus. The majority of my time was spent in the Wollongong area, with quick trips to Melbourne (1.5 days) and Adelaide (2 weeks).

A special shout out to charming Adelaide, South Australia.

For 6 years, I called Adelaide home and it was great to reunite with old friends. The sky also welcomed me back with one of those SA sunsets.

At that moment I said to myself ‘it is going to be a great couple of weeks’.

My Welcome Home Sunset

Back to the point of this post.

Sharing with you, my Tourist by Chance Aussie ‘expedition’ top 11 photos.

Tourist by Chance Returning to Australia

I thought I would take this post to just leave a small section of this post dedicated to some wines and foods I was looking forward to, during my visit to Adelaide.


On this trip, I had the absolute pleasure to drink some delicious Aussie and New Zealander wines. 

The winner – yes there always has to be a winner – Pikes, Clare Valley, Traditionale Riesling, 2015


My ‘foods I must have after 4 years’ list, included a nice ol’Barbecue with some lamb chops, kangaroo (oh don’t look so shocked, it is delicious!), a Chunky Beef and Potato Meat Pie from St. Peters Bakery in Seventh Avenue, St. Peters and go crazy on the choice of Thai/Vietnamese cuisine available. 

Aussie Meat Pie with sauce!

Final Personal Thoughts

Returning to Australia reminded me of how expensive it is. There is no way around it. However, you can still enjoy it, without spending a fortune.

When people ask me – ‘What is the best way to visit Australia?’ – I always respond that your best bet is to get a Relocation Camper Van and select 2-3 places to drive to. You might not see the whole country, however, I am a firm believer of slow travel.

In 2008 I drove from Adelaide to Darwin, through to Alice Springs, for a total of +3,000kms! 

An experience I will remember for the rest of my life. 



Returning to Australia
The clouds from one of my many plane trips!

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