Wales Travel Guides for Backpackers

Adder, sparrowhawk and royalty on Gower, Wales

Since 2012 it’s been possible to walk all of Wales’s 870 mile/ 1400km dramatic and varied coastline.  The route passes the edge of cities such as Cardiff, Newport and Swansea,  but also some wild clifftop scenery where the only sign of humanity could be an ancient standing stone. I live in Swansea, a former seaport on the Bristol Channel in the Southwest UK.  Its geography makes it a rainy sort of place, but it is surrounded by glorious coastline, so on a sunny day – or even one when it isn’t pouring with rain – an afternoon at the beach […]
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Living and Exploring Wales (UK)

Moving to Wales Wales: Land of Cliffs, sea and countryside… Pubs, Dylan Thomas and Swansea Football Club (not sure which of those is better known nowadays). Wales doesn’t really represent a touristic point, I would say. I wouldn’t think about having this small country in my list for a by-purpose-visit, rather more, a place that one considers to stop by while visiting U.K., doing a road trip is a good way for exploring Wales, for instance. Wales, Day 1 Arriving in Wales by the end of January means winter. A windy, freezing cold, winter. How to end up your first […]
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Jingellic and The Bridge Hotel

The Bridge Hotel Many people don't realize that there are a lot of hotels and country pubs in Australia that offer free or low-cost camping on or near their property. The Bridge Hotel in Jingellic is one of them. Jingellic is a small country town nestled on the New South Wales side of the Murray River and at the foot of the Snowy Mountains. The campground itself is positioned nicely between the mighty Murray and The Bridge Hotel. It is grassy and well maintained. It is easy to get caravans and camper trailers in and out and plenty of room […]
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Australia: Hidden Waterfall Trail of New South Wales

Travelling through the Hinterland Travelling South by car or campervan from Byron Bay to Sydney on the East coast of New South Wales gives you the chance to breath in the fresh ocean air and watch the incoming waves. If you are lucky with the weather, you can take your surfboard out and catch a couple of waves on one of the beautiful beaches around Coffs Harbour. One of our many stops was the town of Port Macquarie. We decided to stay the night at a locally owned Airbnb and discover the town that has been booming over the last […]
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Tim Tam Chillers: A Brit in Sydney

Spot the tourist taking photos of double decker trains! In March and April of this year, I went on an epic trip to Australia and New Zealand. This was my first solo trip and so I decided to go as far away as possible. The first stop on my Oceania tour was Sydney, Australia for 5 days. The trip got off to a great start with me crying about 8 hours into the flight to Kuala Lumpur, asking myself why I’d thought going to Australia by myself was a good idea. Obviously at this point we […]
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Unsettled in Sydney

I had no idea what to expect when I first arrived in Sydney. Or Australia for that matter! A sunny and warm version of my hometown of London? A friendlier version of London? A more-touristy London? If that’s even possible. I’d been dreaming of visiting Australia for years and finally I’d plucked up the courage to actually go for it, spend a year in Australia on a working holiday visa. On my own. There was no turning back now. Why Australia for a Working Holiday? “Why Australia? It’s so far away!”; “You’re going on your own? You’re so brave/stupid/crazy” In […]
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Dreaming in a city called Sydney

Sydney. It's what you think of when someone mentions Australia. The Opera House is up there with the most iconic buildings in the world. But for some reason, when I arrived in Australia I didn't feel the need to instantly go to Sydney. So it wasn't until I'd been in Australia 10 months that I first came to one of my favourite cities in the world and fell in love with it. So here's what it's like to be a local in Sydney and why I'm definitely in no rush to leave…

Things to do in Sydney, Australia

Things To Do In Sydney, Australia! Sydney is well known for its iconic beaches and beautiful views, but what really are the best things to do while you're there? Sydney has several hidden gems among its more well-known tourist destinations- that are guaranteed to make your trip one in a lifetime! Lets start with some classics. Everyone has heard of the Sydney Opera House or Bondi Beach, but what is the best way to get there? And what exactly do you do once you're there? Here are some things I found during my time in Sydney! Bondi Beach Bondi Beach […]
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Bellingen and the Dorrigo Rainforest

The Writer's Recent History Laura and I met in Melbourne during our first weeks in Australia. We were a close group of four girls, one of which has headed North, the other we are meeting in Sydney in a few days. Laura met me in Byron Bay last week and we have decided to meander our way down the East Coast, stopping off in towns we wouldn't have originally planned to and discovering places less highlighted on the map. Briefly Bellingen We have stumbled across Bellingen, a small town set 15km inland and six hours or so north of Sydney. It is set in […]
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Forster: A holiday away on the water!

 How I know Forster: Ever since I was a little girl I have been visiting Forster with my family. In fact, it is the holiday location we always go to. Every couple of years we travel together up to Forster (up from us, at least), road tripping for a little more than two hours. Since my family has always loved the location and visited it before I was even born, I found out through my family what a gorgeous vacation spot it really is. I, as a person, manage to bore myself easily but this is one location that as long […]
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Yamba: Byron Bay’s Cooler Older Sibling

Yamba?? When six foreign twenty-something-year-olds take a road trip up the east coast of Australia, there are many spots you can expect to find on their list: Sydney, Byron Bay, Surfer’s Paradise, Airlie Beach, Cairns. These are the buzzword places; the places pictured on Qantas airline pamphlets and bartered off to you by student travel companies in neat little packages. They are stylish and established homes to World Heritage UNESCO sites, brimming with world-famous attractions and activities. I mean, it was practically our duty as young travellers to take pictures at Whitehaven Beach—one of the most photographed sites in Australia—snorkel […]
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Coogee: Coogee Life

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Coogee in a Nutshell During my year in Australia, I have found myself based in Coogee for the next few months and felt it apt to share my thoughts on what this suburb and the surrounding areas have to offer. My journey to Coogee Coogee, perhaps over shadowed by its neighbour, Bondi, is a coastal suburb on the Eastern side of Sydney. Like many other travellers I'm sure, I had planned to settle in Sydney with the ideal location being Bondi. The perfect combination of beach side living and bragging rights; I mean who […]
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Australia – Centennial Park : A garden of wonders amidst a bustling city

  'Australia : Centennial Park in the midst of Sydney' Centennial Park : What, Where and How –  In between the bustling roads of the CBD (Central business district) of Sydney, Australia, one can hop onto a bus from Central station and travel half an hour to an area which is almost a world apart. One of Australia's most famous parks, the sheer size of this park is what sets it apart from various others that dot the Sydney landscape. It covers 2.2 km's in area and boasts of beautiful lakes, a vast variety of flowers and also provides its visitors […]
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Day trips from Sydney: Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Remembering For a country with a relatively short history compared to its European or Asian counterparts, the past may not be steeped in rich incidents. But whatever memories it has, Australia has beautifully preserved the same for the future. One such jewel, rich in natural beauty, significant from the gaze of history, is the Kamay Botany Bay National Park – more famous for being the landing site of the British explorer James Cook than the Botany or the Bay. In fact, this was the first landing site of the British on the continent, and hence a watershed event in the […]
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Australia: The Hay Plains

The flies are buzzing, the sweat is dripping, air is fresh, skies are huge, it’s hot and the only sound to break the silence is the whistle of the wind. Welcome to the Hay Plains!    The What (and the Where)? The Hay Plains? “Where the hell is Hay?*,” and what the hell are the Plains? The Hay Plains is one of the flattest places on earth – second after the Sahara according to the locals (however Google tells me Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is actually the flattest). It is the vast area surrounding my hometown of Hay in […]
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