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Zac Efron’s girlfriend Vanessa Valladares flashes a rare smile on a shopping trip

Zac Efron’s girlfriend Vanessa Valladares has been accompanying the actor on his travels around Australia as he films Netflix docu-series Down to Earth.

And the part-time model, 26, enjoyed some retail therapy on Wednesday during a trip to Leura, a suburb of the Blue Mountains, 100km west of Sydney.

Vanessa bought a leather bag at a local boutique, and was spotted walking along a quiet street holding the tote in the crook of her arm.

Beaming beauty! Zac Efron’s girlfriend Vanessa Valladares looked very happy after splashing out on an Australian made leather bag during a shopping trip near the Blue Mountains, on Wednesday

She may have purchased the $430 travel bag from Teddy Sinclair in preparation for her upcoming trip to Canada with her boyfriend.

The former Byron Bay waitress dressed for the shopping trip in a laid-back ensemble consisting of a white T-shirt and ripped jeans.

She completed her look with black Chelsea boots and held a checkered blazer.

Treating herself! The 26-year-old was seen treating herself to a day of retail therapy and splashing out on a bag while in Leura, 100 kilometres west of the Sydney

Treating herself! The 26-year-old was seen treating herself to a day of retail therapy and splashing out on a bag while in Leura, 100 kilometres west of the Sydney

Chatting: After shopping Vanessa appeared to be walking alongside male friend and enjoying a conversation with them as she made her way up the street

Chatting: After shopping Vanessa appeared to be walking alongside male friend and enjoying a conversation with them as she made her way up the street

Baggage: The brunette beauty was seen in a walking along a quiet street holding the brown leather tote in the crook of her arm

Baggage: The brunette beauty was seen in a walking along a quiet street holding the brown leather tote in the crook of her arm

Vanessa chatted to a male friend as they made her way down the street.

She had her hands full carrying a paper shopping bag and a coffee cup, and kept her essentials in a small cross-body handbag.

At one stage, she flagged down someone, possibly from Zac’s filming crew.

Locally made: She purchased the travel bag, valued at $429, from Australian boutique store Teddy Sinclair - likely in preparation for her upcoming trip to Canada with Zac

Locally made: She purchased the travel bag, valued at $429, from Australian boutique store Teddy Sinclair – likely in preparation for her upcoming trip to Canada with Zac

Stylish: The part time model dressed for the shopping trip in a chic, laid back ensemble - a white T-shirt with blue ripped jeans. She teamed the look with a checkered blazer, that she held, and completed the ensemble with black boots.

Stylish: The part time model dressed for the shopping trip in a chic, laid back ensemble – a white T-shirt with blue ripped jeans. She teamed the look with a checkered blazer, that she held, and completed the ensemble with black boots.

Vanessa, who appeared to be wearing a light application of makeup, beamed as she greeted her pal heading inside a building. 

She was also spotted typing on her iPhone, likely updating Zac on her whereabouts.

Zac met Vanessa in July last year when she was working as a waitress at Byron Bay’s General Store & Café. 

Saying hello! As she made her way up the street with her bag in hand, she was seen flagging down someone - likely another friend of from the filming crew

Saying hello! As she made her way up the street with her bag in hand, she was seen flagging down someone - likely another friend of from the filming crew

Saying hello! As she made her way up the street with her bag in hand, she was seen flagging down someone – likely another friend of from the filming crew

Taking a load off: Vanessa made her way inside the building, dropping off her bags of shopping

Taking a load off: Vanessa made her way inside the building, dropping off her bags of shopping

They were apparently introduced by her boss.

Vanessa has since fitted seamlessly into the Hollywood star’s entourage of high-profile friends, and regularly visits him on set of Down to Earth.

Zac is travelling around Australia with wellness expert Darin Olien as they film the highly anticipated Netflix docu-series.

More shopping: Vanessa had dropped off her belongings inside the building before head back out into town

More shopping: Vanessa had dropped off her belongings inside the building before head back out into town

More shopping: Vanessa had dropped off her belongings inside the building before head back out into town

Checking in: She was busily typing on her mobile, likely updating Zac on her whereabouts

Checking in: She was busily typing on her mobile, likely updating Zac on her whereabouts

The program will follow their search for healthy and sustainable ways to live.

During his travels, he also embraces local food, culture and customs while exploring the land Down Under.

Zac’s brother Dylan, who is part of the Down to Earth crew, caused a stir last month when he was granted an exemption to fly to Australia during the Covid pandemic.

Search for alternatives: Zac is currently travelling around Australia with wellness expert Darin Olien for the Netflix series. Down To Earth follows their search for healthy and sustainable ways to live, as well as embracing the local food, culture and customs of the country

Search for alternatives: Zac is currently travelling around Australia with wellness expert Darin Olien for the Netflix series. Down To Earth follows their search for healthy and sustainable ways to live, as well as embracing the local food, culture and customs of the country

On the move! This comes after a well-placed source revealed that Zac is preparing to take Vanessa with him as he flies to Canada in May to film the new film adaptation of Stephen King novel Firestarter

Pictured: Vanessa Valladares

On the move! This comes after a well-placed source revealed that Zac is preparing to take Vanessa with him as he flies to Canada in May to film the new film adaptation of Stephen King novel Firestarter

He was allowed to travel to Australia from the U.S. to help produce Zac’s TV series – even though thousands of Aussies are stranded overseas and unable to come home.

The New South Wales government approved his entry because Down to Earth is expected to inject $2million into the local film industry.

It comes after a well-placed source revealed that Zac was preparing to fly to North America in May with his girlfriend.

Romance: Zac met Vanessa last year when she was working as a waitress at Byron Bay's General Store & Café

Romance: Zac met Vanessa last year when she was working as a waitress at Byron Bay’s General Store & Café 

He will shoot the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel Firestarter in Canada.

The actor recently signed on for the horror flick in September last year, and will spend about eight weeks filming in Canada before returning to Australia.

Zac relocated to Byron Bay in March last year in an attempt to escape the Covid-19 pandemic in the U.S., and now reportedly plans to make the move more permanent.  

At home Down Under: Zac relocated to Byron Bay in March last year in an attempt to escape the pandemic, and now reportedly plans to make the move more permanent

At home Down Under: Zac relocated to Byron Bay in March last year in an attempt to escape the pandemic, and now reportedly plans to make the move more permanent


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