Vegan Fast Food in Australia

I often get asked how easy it is to be vegan in Australia. I spent almost an entire year in the beautiful country of Australia, and I was vegan the entire time. It wasn’t difficult at all, and I actually found Australia to be one of the most vegan friendly places I’ve visited so far. This is a list of the best vegan fast food in Australia.

Australia is home to many a fast food restaurant that includes vegan options on the menu. There are so many vegans in Australia, it is easy to find a place that caters to us.Best Vegan Fast Food In Australia

Vegan Fast Food in Australia
1. Lord of The Fries

This place is magic. It’s an entirely vegetarian (transitioning to vegan) fast food restaurant that serves burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes – all of which can be made vegan. This chain is spread throughout Australia, with stores in all of the major touristy areas of the big cities. Vegan Fast Food in Australia

2. Guzman and Gomez

There are loads of Mexican restaurant chains in Australia, one of which is Guzman and Gomez. Most of these chains offer vegan options on the menu, with free guacamole for veg burritos! Other Mexican chains with vegan options include: Zambrero (my favorite and probably the healthiest), and Mad Mex (this would be my third option out of the three). A burrito at any of these places will cost you about $12-$15 AUD. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Guzman and Gomez

3. Doughnut Time

While Doughnut Time isn’t a completely vegan establishment, this magical place offers a variety of vegan doughnuts. My favorite is the Liam Hemsworth, but all of the vegan doughnuts are amazing. One of these little hunks of joy will cost you anywhere between $7-$9 AUD, but is completely worth it. Split it with a friend if you don’t want a stomach ache from sugar, because they are massive! Vegan Fast Food in Australia Vegan Fast Food In Australia Vegan Fast Food in Australia

4. Grill’d

Grill’d is a healthy burger chain, with one vegan option on the menu. The veg option here is a vegetable burger, filled to the brim with fiber but not overly filling – make sure to grab a side of sweet potatoes fries. Grill’d is a great place to grab a meal with a friend. They offer seating, tons of drinks options (from kombucha to beer), and a cute setting. A Grill’d vegan burger will set you back about $11.50. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Grill'dVegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

5. Crust Pizza

Crust is a fast food joint that has locations around Australia. They stock vegan cheese, and can make any of the vegetarian pizzas vegan if you just ask for it to be made vegan. A pizza here will set you back about $23-$26 with the addition of vegan cheese, but it’s very worth it. Vegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

These are my favorite options for vegan fast food in Australia. They are all amazing, satisfying, and cruelty-free. Make sure to check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne!

What’s your favorite vegan fast food option?

 

Best Beaches In Sydney

Since being in Sydney, it’s been my mission to find and photograph the most beautiful beaches that this city has to offer. These are the best beaches in Sydney, Australia.

Best Beaches in Sydney

Best Beaches in Sydney

  1. Bondi Beach

Bondi is one of the most well-known beaches in Sydney – there is even a TV show filmed here! It’s beautiful. Make sure to get a photo of the Icebergs club while you’re around (check out the beautiful insta photos of the icebergs club). Bondi is surrounded by quaint little restaurants and cafes. Most noteworthy, Bondi offers a really great hiking path, heading through Bronte to Coogee beach. Best Beaches in SydneyBondi is also a great place for vegans – check out Speedo’s Cafe for their epic vegan burger, or head over to Funky Pies for an epic Aussie pie, vegan-style. Because of the incredible vegan options here, stop by around meal time.

2. Manly Beach

Manly is Bondi’s little sibling. This beach is surrounded by any shop you’d want to visit, including lots of big name Australian and worldwide brands. The beach is long and boasts lots of restaurants and tourist shops just across the street. Best Beaches in Sydney

3. Coogee Beach

Coogee is the beach you go to for a relaxing, chill afternoon. First of all, it’s surrounded by a park (great spot for a picnic), a few coffee shops, and some great cafes. It’s not quite as busy as the other beaches; therefore, it makes it a great spot for a relaxed Sunday session. Best Beaches in Sydney

4. Bronte Beach

Located between Coogee and Bondi beaches, Bronte beach seems like a hidden gem. It’s on the smaller side of Sydney beaches. This one is located in a little cove, surrounded by cliffs on both sides. In addition to the adorable location, this one is a perfect beach for families. Best Beaches in Sydney

5. Burning Palms Beach

While Bondi is a major tourist attraction, Burning Palms is a bit of a secret. Located in the Royal National Park, just south of Sydney CBD, you’ll need to take a 45-min hike to find the beach. Hike a bit past the beach, and you’ll stumble upon the insta-famous Figure 8 pool. Just watch the tide warnings – a high tide means that you’ll be in a danger zone.

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6. Palm Beach

Head to Palm beach to gaze in awe at the sparkling water, flanked by the Barrenjoey lighthouse and the bay. The Australian soap opera Home and Away is filmed here. Take a hike to the top of the lighthouse for some unforgettable views of the ocean meeting the bay (and get all the instagrams).

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As a result of my time searching for the best beaches in Sydney, I’ve drank more coffee, eaten at more vegan restaurants, and even ran into some cheeky garage sales and a celebrity!

Best Beaches in Sydney

Tell me in the comments – what is your favorite beach in the world?




Working Holiday Visa In Australia: A Complete Guide

Working Holiday Visa Australia

Have you had enough of Donald Trump? Ready to try out a new country? The working holiday visa in Australia doesn’t let you stay permanently – but it will give you a year or two away from the madness.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Overview

Living in Australia has been one of my most incredible travel memories thus far. I’m about halfway through the first year of my working holiday visa in Australia. A working holiday visa in Australia is a great option for those who want to go somewhere new but may not have the funds to travel. On the Australian working holiday visa, you can work in Australia for up to a year, and recently, the aussie government has taken pity on the American situation and granted us the ability to apply for a second year working holiday visa in Australia.

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[Note: you don’t have to be American to do the working holiday visa in Australia. Check out the Australian government website to see if you’re country is eligible to apply!]

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Getting the Visa

You are eligible to apply for the working holiday visa in Australia if you meet  the following requirements:

You’re between age 18-30 AT TIME OF APPLICATION (meaning you can apply when you are 30 and actually come into the country when you are 31, as you have a year from the time the visa is granted to actually get to Australia)

Working Holiday Visa in Australia

Have a passport from an eligible country (United States is eligible. To see the list of eligible countries, check the Australian Government’s list)

You cannot have a dependent child staying with you during your stay in Australia

Have enough money to buy a return ticket before your time of departure. Australia requires that you come into the country with $5k AUD (about $3500 USD). They don’t check this upon entry 😉

That’s it! If you meet those requirements, you can apply for a working holiday visa in Australia. The visa allows you to live and work in Australia for a year. There are a couple rules that come along with working in Australia on this visa, which make it hard to get career-type work, so don’t expect to become a CEO of some company while you’re there. The main rule of working in Australia is that you will not be allowed to work more than 6 months with one employer. That should work out fine if you plan on traveling around.

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Working Holiday Visa in Australia: Finding Work

Finding work in Australia can be difficult in some areas. The easiest and most efficient way to find work on a working holiday visa is to 1. know someone (if you can use connections, work it!), or more commonly, 2. go door to door and beg for work.

Alright, begging may be a bit dramatic, but in all honesty – the easiest way to find work is to go door to door with your resume and a very large smile. I applied to so many companies online before I just printed some resumes, and took it to the streets. After one day of walking around, I was offered a trial shift. I got the job after my trial shift and started working at this italian restaurant in Melbourne. [side note: I also applied with a temp agency and was a receptionist for a week – that was super fun as well!]

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Employers are very aware of the desperation of foreigners on the working holiday visa. When I was looking for work, a lot of managers would wave me away after hearing an accent. Because foreigners can only work for one employer for up to six months, a lot of companies won’t hire people on the working holiday visa in Australia.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: my experience with work

I got paid less than minimum wage, but it was under the table, so I wasn’t getting taxed. The big difference between Australia and the US work life that I noticed immediately is the hours that I was working. I would work six days a week; on the weekends I would work from 9 AM until 11 PM, with a half hour break. Weekdays, I’d start at 6 PM, and depending on how busy it was, get off as late as 11 PM, more likely 9 or 10 PM. This was a pretty physical job (I was a server), and at first those hours exhausted me. I eventually got used to eating breakfast at 8 am, lunch at 2 pm, and dinner at midnight, but I must admit that it was not an easy schedule to maintain.

Working Holiday Visa Australia

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll have seen that I moved out of Melbourne and started working in a coffee shop in Perth, Western Australia. The two jobs that I have had in Australia could not have been more opposite. The coffee shop in Perth was one of my favorite places I’ve worked, probably ever, in my life. I had a great time, got paid well, and got a good amount of hours.

Working Holiday Visa in Australia: What To Expect For Work

Finding work should be easy enough if you print out your resume and walk in to places. Just try to feel out the vibe of the place before you accept a job there. Minimum wage in hospitality positions is $17.70 AUD an hour. Working at a nicer place, you’ll usually make between $20 – $25 AUD an hour. Not into hospitality? Try www.gumtree.com.au to look for other types of work. If you can handle sales, I’d recommend fundraising or selling solar panels (they are always hiring foreigners!).

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Working Holiday Visa In Australia: Finding ACCOMMODATION

Once you know which city you’d like to settle down in, it’s time to find somewhere to live long-term (ish)! In Australia, the most common way to find a place to live is actually by using Facebook groups. Search for housing groups on Facebook with the city you are looking for, you’ll find loads. The amazing thing about this is that there are groups for all different kinds of households. I even found a vegan/vegetarian house share group in Perth. Amazing!

The Facebook groups that I used to find housing include:

Fairy Floss Real Estate (largest house share group in Melbourne)

Perth Houses, Rooms and Rentals (largest house share group in Perth)

Vegan Vegetarian Housing Network WA (Veg housing group covering all of the state of Western Australia)

Working Holiday Visa Australia

Rent can be anywhere from $150 per week to $300 per week. I’d recommend staying under $200 per week if you are trying to save.

Working Holiday Visa In Australia: Why You Should Do It

As I mentioned, living and working in Australia is something I’ll never forget. I sometimes have to pinch myself, I can’t believe I’ve had the opportunity to do this. If you meet the requirements, I’d highly recommend giving it a try while you can!

Let me know if you would ever work abroad in the comments below!

[PS: Are you reading this and wondering how I’ve afforded to travel the world for so long?! Check out my e-book to get all the tips and tricks I used to save money for travel, save money on the road, and how I stay safe as a solo female traveler!]

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