Australia

Australia

I travelled the east coast of Australia for just over a month starting in Sydney and finishing in Cairns, the places I stopped along the way were:

Sydney–Katoomba(the blue mountains) – – Byron bay–Surfers Paradise–Brisbane- – Rainbow Beach(Fraser Island)–Agnes Water–Airlie Beach(The Whitsundays)–Cairns

Don’t underestimate the size of Australia which i did as from Sydney to Cairns by coach would take 45 hours!

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Australia

Currency: Australian Dollar

Travel:

  • I looked into hiring a car or camper van but what I could find seemed expensive but between a few people it would be economical.
  • There are websites that want there vehicles relocating so you can transport there vehicle to a chosen location for no cost, you are just given a time it has to be there by.
  • Coaches you have two options greyhound or premier which both offer a hop on hop off bus pass from one place to another.
  • Coaches offer overnight journeys which is perfect if your limited for time as you don’t lose any days travelling.

Premier:

  • The budget bus service and cheaper than greyhound.
  • They have less services than greyhound and apparently less destinations.

Greyhound:

  • More expensive option than premier but still reasonably priced.
  • Advertises free WiFi on services but from my experience never works for more than a couple of minutes!
  • They have more coaches running than premier so you can pick times that fit with you.

Food:

  • Is expensive if your on a budget so cooking will save you lots of money.
  • When i was there domino’s were doing an offer for $5 pizzas.
  • If your on a tight budget don’t expect to be eating great food for your duration.

Hostels:

  • Make sure you get air con if you are there in the hotter months.
  • From Sydney to Cairns the most expensive place i encountered was Sydney at $35 a night.
  • Some hostels offer free breakfast.
  • Some hostels will offer discounts if you stay for a few nights so asking this could save you a few dollars.
  • Many hostels require deposits for plates, cutlery, sheets etc.

Places not to miss:

  • The blue mountains
  • Fraser island
  • The Whitsundays
  • Snorkel or dive if you have the money

 

Artwork in New South Wales art gallery

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Sculpture on the coast near Bondi Beach

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Didgeridoo Player in Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge and sculpture at Sydney contemporary art gallery

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View of the opera house from the other side of the harbour

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Three Sisters at the blue mountains

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Scenic Railway

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Sites along trails at the blue mountains

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Goanna on the trail to Byron bay Lighthouse

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Self Explanatory

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Humpback whale seen off the coast at Byron Bay

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Roma Street Parkland

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Me, Cheryl and Bernie, Mt. Coot-Tha lookout

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Kookaburra in Brisbane Arboretum

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Kangaroos in Brisbane

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Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island

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Lake Mackenzie, Fraser Island left-right. Vicky, Rianne, Anne, John, me, Jonathan, Jennifer, James

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Team photos group C Fraser Island. Second Photo Front: left, Jonathon, right. Jennifer. Middle: left, John. Centre, James. Right, Me. Back: left, Anne. Centre, Vicky. Right, Rianne

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Myn and Jennifers injuries from champagne pools

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Fraser island

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Fraser island, indian head

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Fraser island, indian head Left-right. Me, Vicky, James, Anne, Rianne, John

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Scooteroo, Agnes Water. John, James and Me

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Yellow tail fusiliers, The Whitsundays
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Snorkelling at The Whitsundays
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Scuba Diving Great barrier reef

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Scuba Diving Great barrier reef

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Scuba Diving Great barrier reef

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Parakeets in cairns

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Fruit bats in cairns

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Cairns airport

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