The way we traveled OZ …

Flight London Heathrow to Sydney via Bangkok (27/10/2011)

SYDNEY

Sydney is an amazing city, just wonder and explore

Things to do…

  • Harbour and Opera house walk along to the botanical gardens – take a selfie with the bridge in the background and one with the opera house.
  • Take the ferry over to Taronga Zoo (one day)- one the animal but the view of Sydney from the giraffe enclosure is the best.
  • The Rocks area is the old part of town with a free tiny museum and nice little market to explore.
  • National Australian Museum is worth a visit
  • Take the train to the Blue mountains for a night or two. Stay a Katoomba YHA was really nice place. Take the tour to see the 3 sisters. Ride the steepest railway down to the rainforest floor. Go to Jenolan Caves the blue river on the coach in and watch out for the platypus and go see the caves too so worth it.
  • Get the train/tube to Bondi beach not too much to see, its just a beach with loads of beautiful tanned people.
  • Darling Harbour worth great for food and a wonder

Wish we had done..

  • Gone to Manly bay on a boat
  • Climb the Sydney harbour bridge

We traveled all the trip via the greyhound bus pass which we brought before we traveled and you can book online each set last minute. Its worth it we did a couple of long haul bus rides which saved accommodation for a night.

We stopped off in Newcastle to visit my godfather and family which was amazing fun staying with the locals. They live in an amazing place, just popping to the beach after work :(.

BYRON BAY

Beautiful beach and crazy HIPPY town. People travel through and get stuck and stay here. Worth a walk up to the lighthouse and onto the beach (remember suncream) . There are two bryon YHA hostel I think we went to the worse one which was further from the sea so make sure you get the one closer to the sea. Nice farmers markets, nice little restaurant and if you are that way inclined PARTY CENTRAL.

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SURFERS PARADISE

Was weird lots of strip clubs and bars- nice beach and nice to stop through for a night but I wouldn’t visit again. Good shopping however and quite cheap dresses.

BRISBANE (Brissy)

Beautiful city wonder into town have a beer and watch the world go bar. Then wonder over the river to the southbank beautiful riverside beach and gardens with a market, bar and restaurants live music good fun.

GO TO THE KOALA SANCTUARY … hug a koala, chat the the kangers and run from emus.

We went on a river cruise which is a nice little day tour leaving from the riverside. We  also took the boat up to Brisbane University as I was interested in doing a PhD with the researchers who I had been reading all there papers on uncertainty. Nice campus to wonder around. DON’T SWIM IN THE WATER- THIS IS CROC COUNTRY!!

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NOOSA

Love love love would live there, waves, sand, sunshine. Lovely Noosa YHA, mosquito spray needed  because of the everglades.

Go …

Walk through Noosa national park to hells point and to Alexandra Bay. We spotted dolphins, bush turkeys and wild koala. Good shoes, water and suncream needed easiest walking but comforty shoe is adviced.

Take a trip to see the one of two everglade in the world (the other is in florida) just beautiful take a dip and paddle have a steak bbq with other trippers.

Visit Fraser Island  (we went with Fraser Island discovery), biggest sand structure in the world. Advice to go with a good company we stayed overnight. Walk through the sand forest, visit lake Mckenize and Eli creek, crystal blue fresh water and see wild dingos. (Annoying sand flies!!)  Defo worth a visit.

Australia Zoo -worth a visit- Steve Irwin’s zoo if you have time

In Noosa we booked our next step – Visit Whitsunday Island boat!! WOOP

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AIRILE BEACH

We spent 3 days on a boat (leaving our big luggage at the YHA) 6 Cabin Cat was amazing (bit couply but not a party boat which we didn’t want). We used “on ice” boat via whitsundaysailing.com. Lovely staff, paddleboarding across to one of the most famous beaches in the Whitsunday Island, climbing up and watching the sun go down. Snorkelling in the reef and sitting on a sand bank and watching baby black tip sharks swim by. The best place to take time to live and breath away from everything.

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STOP OFF- Townsville for MAGNETIC ISLAND

We went to visit the YHA is in the forest with its own sanctuary, walk to the beach and watch the sunset fall. There is a full moon party and get busy so we would have stayed another night but it was all booked up. Fruit bats everywhere.

CAIRNS -We stayed one night (leaving our big bags) and traveled straight up to Cape Tribulation then port douglas before back Cairns our last stop. We used a bundle package to get up to trib. which involved a walk in the rainforest and visit to mossman gorge

CAPE TRIBULATION

My favourite place in the world!!! RAINFOREST, BEACH, ADVENTURE AND NATURE. The only place where the rainforest meets the reef.

YHA in the middle of rainforest with a pool. People stay only for a night but we stayed 3 nights made friends with all the staff and locals. Take a horse trek cantering through the rainforest onto the beach. Cantering along the beach on a beautiful horse in the rain is the most magically and freeing feeling. We jungle surfed through the rainforest (like go ape but more zip wires). We made friends with the horses owner steve and he took us into the rainforest where I wished I could live, beautiful ulysses butterflies, massive rock, flowing waterfalls, vines and dangerous of nature that fights back.

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PORT DOUGLAS

Lots of restaurants, nice place to chill with wine and lots of boat people so quite posh. Amazing long beach and walking up to the hill top you get a good view of the ocean.  We went to the great barrier reef from port douglas as you could get out the the further reefs than the cairns ones. Eco-tourism certified posedian cruises they stopped off at 3 reefs and provided snorkels and flippers, plus you could do a taster scuba experience but the reefs snorkelling was great for us. JUST BEAUTIFUL, so many colours fish and corals. They provide a guided tour of the reef with a biologist which was awesome. I was a fan of just watching the busy city under the water.

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CAIRNS

We got to cairns at the start of december (very weird to see crimbo tree in the heat). YHA in cairns was lovely with a pool and great location. We had some time to kill to went on Uncle Brian Tablelands tour was was hilarious fun with singing games and laughter with Cousin Brad, swam in a volcano and visited the famous waterfall (also know as the waterfall from Peter Andre’s mysterious girl-oh dear). We went to a Tjubkai (aboriginal night) which was interesting. We spent our last night getting dressed up with a special bottle of bubbles and went to nice restaurant and ate kangeroo. Cairns flight back to Sydney then home. Sad to go 😦 but it was the trip of a lifetime!!!! 😀

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——————THE END——————————to be continue OZ 2.0—————-

 

 

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