Sun, sand, sea, surf are four things Australia certainly does well.
There’s no doubt about it, if you’re Down Under you’ll definitely get your RDA of Vitamin D. Australia also serves up a brilliant slice of health, organic raw café’s, cold-pressed juice stores, boutique yoga studios, health-food shops, and made-for-Instagram running routes can be found all over the beautiful country. If you ever find yourself in Australia, I’ve highlighted five places you must go to if you call yourself a Health Blogger (HB)…heck, even if you don’t call yourself a health blogger you’ve gotta try out these places. Your mind, body, soul and tummy will thank you for it…and you can thank me later.
Sun, Sweat, Sea – The Bondi to Coogee Walk
Probably one of the most famous coastal walks in Australia, the Bondi to Coogee cliff-top walk in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs is six kilometres of stunning scenery. The walk features beaches, parks, bays and crystal-clear pools of water – perfect for snorkeling. It’s ideal for a leisurely walk; a challenging run; or a casual stroll after breakfast, lunch or dinner. This coastal walk also showcases a majority of the beaches in the Eastern Suburbs – Bondi, Clovelly, Bronte, and Coogee (including the picturesque Gordon’s Bay) along the way, so you can dip your toes in the sand and decide which beach to get catch some rays (my favourite is Bronte!) in. The views are spectacular regardless of whether you start down south in Coogee or up in Bondi; either way, this is one free activity that should be done both at sunrise and sunset.
Bondi Beach or Coogee Beach, NSW, Australia
Get your Juice On – Pressed Juices
Positively Life Changing is Pressed Juices‘ belief, and this is one that is applied to everything from hiring nutritionists as staff to the final, cold-pressed juicy product. An Australian institution, Pressed Juices was one of the first cold-pressed juice bars to hire qualified nutritionists to work in-store, so that they can hand over your green juice with a dose of knowledge. With over twenty different juices (from Greens to Mylks) and a seasonally-changing menu, you can honestly feel the difference in quality with Pressed Juices…not to mention, the packaging and the stores are gorgeous. Pressed Juices have also just introduced raw desserts and a range of lunch-time options to their menu, too, so when you’ve finished your juice or your cleanse, you can pick up a midday treat or lunch at the same time. Positively Life Changing, indeed.
Pressed Juices can be found in NSW, VIC, ACT, QLD and SA, Australia
The Science of Yoga – Humming Puppy
If you’re a yogini HB then you absolutely need to get your asana practice on at Humming Puppy. A boutique studio steeped in luxury, Humming Puppy is studio that has thought of it all. You simply book your mat online (much like how you would select your seat on an airplane) and show up: mats, towels and even hair ties are provided for you. Tiered rooms so that everyone can view the teacher, highlight just how much thought the owners have put into the shala. Plus, Humming Puppy actually hums. That’s right, it’s more than just a name: the entire studio is fitted with a range of sound frequencies to enhance and deepen the energy and breath, enabling students to focus in on their own practice. Classes are warm at 27 degrees, and the styles are based on the teacher’s expertise and practice. If you’re a fan of Vinyasa flow or slow, gentle and restorative Yin, you’ll find your practice at Humming Puppy.
2/22 Cecil Place, Prahran, VIC, Australia
All Organic, All The Time – About Life
About Life Natural Marketplace is Australia’s answer to Whole Foods, but on a smaller, independently-owned scale. It’s the place to stock up on all things health, dear HB – filled to the brim: an in-store naturopath, pharmacy, raw food, snack bars, and everything from wakame to alkaline water. The best part about About Life has got to be their variety of self-serve sections, from frozen food (think frozen berries, mangoes, bananas and spinach) to delicatessen (olive oil, do-it-yourself trail mix, artisan cheese), to salad/ready made food bars (serving everything from rawsagne to tahini caramel). This is grocery shopping at its best – you can stock your cupboards and fill your tummy in one place. Perfect.
Various suburbs in Sydney, NSW, Australia
Baby, I Like It Raw – Shoku Iku
Shoku Iku is an organic, raw, vegan food café – a place to “learn and experience a new dynamic way of eating.” Created by foodie legend Yoko, who blends the practice of macrobiotic eating with East Asian and modern tastes and flavours. If you’re after delicious food that you can feel nourishing your body after each bite, Shoku Iku is the place for you. Offering up a substantial menu using sustainable and seasonal ingredients, at Shoku Iku you’ll be able to hydrate with a range of smoothies, juices, herbal teas and herbal blends, and re-fuel with daily made salads, wraps and raw noodles. I’m a breakfast fiend myself, so brunch is a must, and at Shoku Iku the cacao monkey rawnola served with ever-so-slightly warmed almond mylk is a great start to any Sunday morning.
120 High Street, Northcote, VIC, Australia