Can you believe it?! we are already in August and I am beyond shocked! Like truly where has the time gone? I’m afraid I’ll blink and it’ll be Christmas again ahhh scary! I supposed the saying is true that time really does go by when you’re having fun or new phrase – when you work full time and try to have fun in between haha!

My year so far has been jam-packed full of well, work, adventures, photography expeditions, plane flights, exploring the unexplored and ticking items off my bucket list (that I never thought I would!) WOWZA!

I do realize the life I lead is incredibly lucky, like everyone it could be more so but when I take a look back I think hmm not too shabby for Manon not too shabby at all.

So below are some of the highlights of my year so far. 

All the photos contain links to blog posts I have written about my adventures. So if one of them looks interesting, just click on the photo to read my blog post about that topic.


January in Australia means summertime. Because I work in a hotel, that means that it gets pretty crazy work-wise, so not a super lot of adventures.

The first couple of days in January I still had my friends over from the Netherlands. Did a sunset walk in Milsons point and over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We went to Bondi Beach for the day. There is something about Bondi. It is just magical. In summer it is packed with thousands of people from all walks of life, just enjoying their time at the beach. You have Campbell parade, lots of cool shops, and the Bondi Icebergs. A lovely day out.

And visited the Blue Mountains on a daytrip.

We rented a car for the day and headed to the mountains. We stopped at Katoomba, Blackheath, Wentworth falls, Glenbrook and more.

For the rest of the month, I only did one photoshoot with my photographer friend Kimmie. We ventured out to the Taronga Zoo Wharf for a stunning sunset.

Sydney Sunset


In February it was still nice and hot in the city. I tried to do a bit more during this month as I was getting a bit stressed with visa issues. (Yep, it is not easy moving to another country, but that’s a long and boring story).

On a surprisingly cold fall evening, I went to the Observatory to attempt to take a couple of pics. It didn’t turn out that amazing… but its Sydney, so… I don’t know hahaha Leave a comment on the post to let me know what you think of these photos. Thank you.

I also did the Taronga zoo to Balmoral walk…


Towards the end of February, it started to slow down in the hotel. So I was finally able to book a quick getaway. I initially was planning to head to Fiji, but because of my trauma in Bali I eventually ended up going to Tasmania.

Now, this ended up being one of my favorite holidays in Australia. I absolutely fell in love with Hobart. The city is a lovely old harbor town with stunning nature all around.

Mount Nelson Lookout, Hobart, Tasmania

I also did a night photoshoot with my buddy Kim. We went to Kirribilli to attempt to recreate a photo seen on an Instagram account. It wasn’t a great success once again, but the pics didn’t turn out awful either.


Lovely April was a month that just flew by! I don’t know why but it just happened in a blink of an eye. I did a couple of photoshoot sessions and went to a UNESCO world heritage site.

On the first weekend, I went to Cockatoo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is located at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, in Sydney Harbour. Between 1839 and 1869, Cockatoo Island operated as a convict penal establishment, primarily as a place of secondary punishment for convicts who had re-offended in the colonies.

On a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon, I ventured over to the Pylon Lookout. It is located on the Sydney Harbor Bridge and is an 87m-tall bridge bearing with a 200-stair climb through historical exhibits to 360-degree city views.

And on a reasonably chilly Saturday even I walked over to the Sydney harbor (Milson point) to do a bit of night photography.


It is my birthday in May, and I always try to go on holiday. I was in need of a bit of sunshine, so I opted to fly to Airlie Beach again. It is such a lovely and stunning coastal town, and more importantly, it is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

For my birthday I got a day trip to the reef, which was a bucket list item coming true. Absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to do it again in September.

Cruise Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Adventure Great Barrier Reef, Australia

May is also the start of Vivid. An amazing light festival held in Sydney each year. With lots of amazing light installations throughout Sydney, cold winter nights turn into an amazing spectacle. I have been going for a couple of years now and I love photographing this event.

Sydney Vivid


Since not a whole lot happened in these months I thought I would combine them. I have been a tad stressed about my life in Australia that I have been struggling a bit. So I didn’t go out much, which isn’t great for your mental health.

I did end up going to Newtown, which is a unique neighborhood in Sydney. With a thriving music scene, many amazing restaurants and lots of unique clothing shops making Newtown a vibrant inner-city neighborhood. But the main reason for me to venture to this neck of the woods is because of its infamous graffiti scene. Newtown has a large number of excellent artworks to check out through a vast area.

Newtown Graffiti Artwork

Also did some sunset photography, as the sunsets in Sydney have been phenomenal lately. So myself and Kim went to Mrs. Macquarie chairs in the Royal Botanic Gardens one night to capture it.



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  1. Ted Horski
    August 14, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Thank you for the amazing photos and details of your trips! Many valuable tips here that we will use when we arrive in November to visit your lovely country. The beauty of Australia makes it so easy to destress. Keep at it and it will eventually pass.

    • bonditobasic
      August 14, 2019 / 11:06 am

      ahh thank you!! I am glad you like my photos and blog posts 🥰 I am sure November can’t come quickly enough for you

  2. August 18, 2019 / 10:56 pm

    Vivid sounds like such an interesting festival! April went super quick for me as well – I think it was because I had so much going on with the end of my uni degree though 🙂 x


    • bonditobasic
      August 19, 2019 / 5:01 pm

      Vivid is so much fun! The Opera House just becomes even more magical then it is normally 😊
      Time flies when busy! You must be so relieved that you’ve passed Uni, again congrats x Manon

  3. August 19, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    These photos are incredible, definitely makes me want to add Australia to my bucketlist!

    • bonditobasic
      August 19, 2019 / 4:57 pm

      That is so incredibly sweet! Thank you 😊
      Australia is truly amazing! If you ever get the chance to visit you will not regret it xx Manon

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