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Oceania

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    The Outback

    The Outback,  this stage of my adventure took me from Cairns all the way to Darwin with one particular point in the middle which I was aiming for, Alice Springs. The issue was how I got there.   I had many suggestions thrown my way, and quite a considerable amount of time spent trying to figure out the best option. Many told me to fly from Cairns to Darwin, but where’s the adventure in that? I could take a bus or a train, but the cost would be in the hundreds. Hitchhiking has always been a viable option to travellers in Australia, however did I want to be the star…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Cairns

    Cairns had a big significance on this trip for several reasons. This would be Vanessa’s last stop on her trip. It would also be the last destination where the package deal we had bought would also be ending. From that point on I would have to arrange EVERYTHING myself, from activities to the hostels, no more hand holding.   We caught our very last bus from Airlie beach, bidding a short farewell to our friends, only to meet them all back in Cairns within a few days. We took the journey in good spirits, and were dropped off at the bus station to hunt down our hostel. The hostel in…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Whitsunday’s

    Yet another part of the trip I knew almost nothing about was Whitsundays. All I knew was what Vanessa had told me about it, that we’d be spending 2 days on a boat. Initially I wasn’t too sure about it, being stuck on a boat in shark infested waters for 2 days, probably in shitty sleeping conditions and even shittier food, it didn’t really appeal. Thankfully it was absolutely nothing like I expected.   Day 1   We had a short list of things to bring with us, meaning our bags had to stay behind, and armed with a woman’s beach bag (cheapest thing I could find) which would hold…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Rainbow Beach & Fraser Island

    Rainbow Beach itself I can’t really be described as a town, considering the main strip consists of roughly 10 shops, most of which sell your usual beach resort tat of towels and bodyboards etc. The coincidently named “Dingo’s” hostel seemed to be the main attraction of the town. Our purpose for visiting Rainbow Beach was simple, to cross over the sea and visit Fraser Island.   There quickly appears to be a theme that I knew absolutely nothing about what I was doing on this trip. I had no idea what the hell Fraser Island was, how one gets there or what there was to do there. I went in…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Brisbane

    A couple of hours on the bus and I found myself on the very brief 1 day stop at Brisbane where I met back up with Vanessa.   Being that I literally had 1 day in the city, it didn’t give me a lot of time to play with, I essentially had to pick one worth while activity to do while I was there, and Vanessa found it.   The hostel itself was nothing to shout about, being as I had attended a couple by now I finally felt I had a grasp of what a “good” hostel should be like. However there was one aspect of the hostel that…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Surfer’s Paradise

    Just like in Byron Bay, I knew pretty much nothing about Surfer’s Paradise, only what the name suggested, and I wasn’t intending on Surfing.   Our plans had changed slightly. Vanessa hadn’t really enjoyed her time at Byron (which after the drama’s of the hostel move and the tepee in the middle of the rainforest I can’t blame her) she had altered her trip a little so that she would miss out Surfer’s Paradise and go on to Brisbane, meaning I’d tackle surfer’s on my own.   One thing was said to me about Surfer’s Paradise by Hattie (The English girl we met in Melbourne and Byron Bay). Where Byron…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Byron Bay

    Byron Bay was the first stop on my travels up the East Coast that I was truly clueless about. Before heading out to Australia I’d never heard of it, didn’t know of any landmarks or what the hell there was to do there. It also received the worst possible start.   Where on the last bus journey the driver had to violently swerve to avoid passing kangaroo’s, this time the threat took form of a little old lady driving the wrong way round a roundabout. I was rudely awoken as my ass shifted rapidly off the bus seat and hit the bar in front of me as the bus hit…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Sydney

    Probably safe to say that by far the most famous city in all of Australia has to be Sydney, considering that most people actually think it’s the capital.To be honest, my time in Sydney didn’t start off the best way possible. Firstly I’d have to catch a 12 hour bus journey from Melbourne. Don’t get me wrong, I knew I was in for such horrendously log travel times from the beginning. However considering that it was a night bus, where you were expected to catch some well deserved rest and wake up fresh and ready for a new day in a new city, didn’t quite go so smoothly. Firstly you…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Melbourne

    First stop on this epic journey, after arriving at 11pm and catching less than 6 hours sleep, the first day began in Melbourne! Admittedly, me and my cousin Vanessa quite clearly hadnt gotten our heads in the game yet. Stepping out onto the streets of Melbourne with a free mini guide with absolutely no clue what the hell we were going to see or do. A bit of research would of made much more sense, and the little we did made for grim reading. The most obvious things to do were expensive, or at least expensive in the long run. We entrusted our day to a guidebook with a man…

  • Australia,  Destinations,  Oceania

    Australia

    The Journey Begins: It should go without saying that any backpacking trip is incomplete without the great wilderness of Australia. This is emphasized when I inform people that my journey will start in Australia, each and every person will reply along the lines of “oh did you know so and so are in Australia now…my cousins’ aunties’ nephew have been there 2 years”. However despite the obviousness of visiting this shrine to independent travelling, it never really appeared as an option. Since I had first started to plan out this trip, it has changed dramatically, resulting in me actually taking a trip completely different to what I first imagined.  …