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  • Australia,  Oceania,  Top Lists

    The 20 Best Highlights to See in Sydney

    You can’t think of Australia without thinking of Sydney! The city that’s often mistaken for the nation’s capital is one that defines Australia. Gorgeous natural landscapes, immense colonial history and fascinating cultural heritage all play a part in creating the perfect travel destination! In and around this great city there are plenty of spots and attractions worth exploring. So in that case, here are all the best spots to see during your time in Sydney! This article may contain affiliate links which I may be compensated for at no extra cost to you dear readers! The Sydney Opera House Egypt has the pyramids, France has the Eiffel Tower, and Australia…

  • Australia,  Destinations,  Guides,  Oceania

    The Ultimate Travel Plan: Fraser Island (K’gari)

    The land down under is known to be a paradise for all things adventure! From the red sands of the outback to the vibrant oceans of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia has its all. Of the many mind-blowing tours on offer, one has become the favourite amongst backpackers and casual explorers alike, Fraser Island. Floating just off the Eastern Coast, Fraser Island is a nature-defying natural wonder. Being the largest sand island in the world, one would expect a barren desert landscape. Alas, the World Heritage site boasts a diverse array of breathtaking landmarks of freshwater lakes, lush rainforests and an abundance of native flora and fauna. This is an…

  • Australia,  Oceania,  Top Lists

    The 20 Best Highlights to See in Melbourne

    Many see the cultural melting-pot of Melbourne as the central hub of all things that make Australia great! From its hip and dynamic metropolis to the tasteful, beach-lined suburban expanses and mountainous borders, the city covers the entire spectrum. Grand Victorian architecture stand amongst modern high-rises and mind-blowing art displays both amongst its many galleries and on the walls of the streets themselves! Not to mention the city represents the Mecca of Australian sports, hosting beloved Aussie rules football and cricket to the world-renowned Australian Open and the Grand Prix! All that and more are the reasons why the city regularly finds itself regularly voted one of the greatest cities…

  • Australia,  Itinerary,  Oceania

    The Ultimate Travel Itinerary: 3 Weeks on Australia’s East Coast

    Australia’s East Coast is the most popular backpacking route in the world, and there’s little wonder why it’s earned a place in your itinerary! Travellers from all walks of life come to experience the spectrum of landscapes, glorious nature and cosmopolitan cities that line the coast of one of the most fascinating countries in the world. Choosing to travel to Australia is easy, the real question is, how long should your trip be and where should you go? To ensure you get the absolute most out of your adventure, let me show you your perfect 3 week East Coast itinerary! The article may contain affiliate links which I may be…

  • Australia,  Oceania,  Top Lists

    8 Best Tours on Australia’s East Coast

    The east coast of Australia is amongst the most popular tourist routes in the world, and there’s little wonder why! With landscapes ranging from lush rainforests to barren deserts and a plethora of unique wildlife scattered in-between, there are many things worth seeing. More importantly, there are some amazing tours and adventures to be a part of along the east coast. There are limitless opportunities, from camping on a desert island surrounded by dingoes to luxury sailing trips or diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Though tours aren’t in short supply, the challenge is choosing the right one. You don’t want to spend £100-200 on a tour which doesn’t pay…

  • Australia,  Discussions,  Oceania

    Australia: Backpacking For Beginners

    People have many reasons not to take their first steps on a backpacking adventure. How is it done? What if something goes wrong? How do you sort travel from AA to B? What if you can’t understand the language? How do you sort out accommodation? What if you get scammed? People are afraid of taking the leap of faith into the unknown. Luckily, there’s one country where backpacking is as easy as can be, a country where these problems don’t exist! That country is Australia. More specifically there’s one route which almost every traveller backpacking in Australia will in one way or the other travel along, the East Coast. In…

  • Australia,  Blog,  Oceania

    Darwin

    Darwin, the city named after the great man himself, Charles. I had high expectations of the town which I was quickly informed should be lowered.   I hadn’t done much research as what was to do in Darwin. The reason I was there was to catch a flight, but seeing as I had 3 days to play with I had to find something to do. Going on Hostelworld (www.hostelworld.com) I found the cheapest hostel, which just happened to be over the road from where I was dropped off. I was welcomed by screaming aborigionals outside the front door, dropped my bags and went straight to sleep, ready to start in…

  • 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…