The largest country in Oceania and sixth largest country by total area in the World, Australia, home to the famous Kangaroo and some of the most dangerous wildlife out there. Its extremely diverse culture and landscapes should put Australia right at the top of anyone’s bucket list!
In Sydney, I stayed at Base Backpackers – few minutes walk away from Darling Harbour and a supermarket within walking distance. During my 7 days in Sydney, I visited the Blue Mountains for a whole day as well as Taronga Zoo – the view from here was amazing. One of the best city views you can get in Sydney is by doing the Bridge climb, I did this in the evening and the view was just phenomenal!
My best experience in Sydney though was the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Luna Park. The atmosphere there was outstanding and those who were on the Ferris wheel at midnight – they just had the best view of the fireworks! However, if I am to spend NYE in Sydney again, I would prefer to spend it onboard one of the boats that are close to the bridge – the view I believe would be just WOW!Following Sydney, I then flew to Brisbane where I started my 18-day journey in Queensland. Spending just a few days in Brisbane, I then went on to the Gold Coast where I spent my time sunbathing on Surfers Paradise and had the time to visit Sea World and Movie World.
Fraser Island:After visiting the Gold Coast, I then hopped on a Greyhound bus to Noosa where I stayed for a night and was picked up the next morning by the company I booked my 3 day Fraser Island camping trip from. This trip included the tent we slept in, sleeping bags as well as all meals. Fraser Island, also known as K’Gari is the world’s largest sand island off the east coast of Australia. With its long sandy beaches, tall rainforests and freshwater lakes, Fraser Island have been listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1992.
One would ask, is it worth it? – From my personal point of view, it is a yes. However a one time visit I believe would be enough. I have plenty of nice memories in K’Gari – Lake McKenzie was just majestic and 4wd through the sand dunes was incredible! Post Fraser Island, I took another bus to from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach (14-hour drive). Here, I spent just one night as the next morning I got on a 3-day sailing trip to the Whitsundays. Again, all meals included in this trip.
The Whitsundays consist of 74 islands in total. As most islands remain uninhabited, only four offer resort accommodation with the Great Barrier Reef at their doorstep. While snorkeling in the Whitsundays, we got to see Nemo, a few turtles, and Maori (we used to call him George). The most well known uninhabited Island would most probably be Whitehaven Beach with its pristine white sandy beach and crystal clear waters it is clearly a must visit. Did you know, the sand here is 99% silica? This is quite useful for our skin and hair’s wellbeing. While Hamilton Island on the other side is the most popular resort island offering several activities ranging from sea kayaking to breakfast with Koalas!
Once we got back to Airlie, I had lunch at the coziest little place here called Harry’s corner – great milkshakes and omelets! After lunch, I then went to the station for another overnight bus trip to Cairns.