Our Trip Across The World To The Land Down Under

Couple’s getaway to best boutique hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

My husband and I have had a slight obsession with Australia for a few years now. When I first moved to New York, I found a bunch of trendy cafes with the best avo toast and state of the art flat whites. I slowly discovered they had one thing in common - they were all Aussie owned or inspired. I went to Hillsong Church in NYC, also birthed in Australia. I met numerous Aussie models and stylists from my career with American Eagle. Then, when it came to decorating our home, all of the companies who inspired our interiors were… okay you get the point.

It seemed like a no-brainer that if we liked everything Australian, we would probably like Australia. This fall, when Justin joined my team at Luca Creative Co. we decided it was a good time to reinforce our vision as a couple and in our business through taking a trip. From my google research, the best time to travel to Australia is Spring, post-winter but pre-tourism. We booked our trip and jumped on a plane a month later.

To start off, it’s not an easy trek to get across the world and it definitely earns its title of the ‘land down under’. 25 hours of transit, but we made it to our first stop - Bondi Beach. The locals will ask you ‘why oh why are you going to Bondi?’ It’s kind of deemed a tourist beach, but to be honest, we loved it. The acai bowls were on point and the beachy, sustainably made clothes made my heart overflow. We stayed in a little airbnb beach pad and kept our glass doors wide open the entire week. The coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee is not overrated, definitely spend an afternoon taking the hike.


Commune Bondi


Hope & May



Fonda Bondi

Vida Surf Shop

Orchard Street

Harry’s Bondi


Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

BodyMindLife Yoga

Travel blogger recommends unusual hotel in Melbourne, Australia.
Staying at airstream hotel in Melbourne, Australia.

We relocated to a more urban setting after a week in Bondi and stayed in the adorable neighborhood in Sydney - Surry Hills. The vibe of Surry Hills is clean and sophisticated, and at the same time, trendy and artsy. I would highly recommend staying at the Paramount Coffee Project or at least getting brunch there. Spend an afternoon in a nearby area called Paddington - the mini townhouses are the coolest and there’s great shopping as well. And for sure, take a walk out to the harbor to see the iconic Opera House.


Miss Brown Vintage


You, the Earth & Me


Mama’s Buoi Surry Hills


Shift Eatery

Izakaya Fujiyama


Art Gallery of NSW

Sydney Opera House

The grand finale was Melbourne. We heard such opposing opinions from the Aussies on whether Sydney or Melbourne wins the gold; there’s quite a rivalry there I’d say. I honestly can’t tell you which we liked better. Sydney has the breathtaking coastline and surf culture, but the food, fashion, and coffee scene happening in Melbourne is unbeatable. Seriously though, the food styling in Melbourne is top notch… they put edible flowers on everything.

We stayed in an airstream on a rooftop. Wait what did she say?  I know it sounds crazy and it was. NOTEL was  truly unlike any hotel I’ve ever experienced. Each of the six trailers that sit on top of a parking garage are fully equipped with Australian prosecco, Melbourne-made craft beer, organic late night snacks, silky smooth bamboo sheets, and MALIN+GOETZ bath goodies.

Best boutique hotel in Australia.
Neon pink bathroom with geo towels gives this hotel a retro vibe.
Huxtaburger date night with vegan burgers and French fries.