Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road – Jack Kerouac.
The holiday part of the working – holiday visa is over for now. The first seven weeks of Australian life were amazing. I got to see and do some incredible, life – changing things and some things I may not do ever again in my life. The East Coast was a dream trip, full of so much stuff crammed into just five weeks. It was hectic and it was a lot of fun. I am happy to be in one place for a while, have one bed and have my backpack unpacked and safely under said bed. I’m excited to see where this part of the trip takes me, and more importantly, I’m excited to save for the next chapter.
Here are my top ten highlights of the East Coast.
I’ve already written a detailed post about why I love Magnetic Island so much, and why it is a true highlight of my East Coast Trip. Not only are the views spectacular, it was a little piece of tranquility in the midst of the craziness from the rest of the trip. I woke up early, I wandered the island, I ate good food, I took everything in – it is a traveller’s dream. I will have to go back for a few days just to relive it all again.
Byron Bay is a spirit town. It is full of hippies, bohemian style, surfers, and general spiritual people who wander around with no shoes on. The shops were my downfall because I wanted to buy everything in sight, the bars played music that took me back to cherished memories as well as playing new music that I will always consider “songs of Australia” and the people made it such a laugh. I didn’t get to do everything I wanted here (cancelled trips, big swells and too many hangovers) so I’m just going to have to go back.
Fraser Island is just one of the “things” you do along the East Coast. I haven’t met a traveller who has skipped it. And why would you? I got to drive a 4×4 across the sand and over bumpy roads. I met some crazy people. We sang a lot in the car. We got to see some of the most stunning places, all of which are truly unique places on Earth: Lake Mackenzie, Indian Head and Champagne Pools are just a few. We never did see a dingo though, which was a shame.
Being the last stop on the trip, it had to be pretty good. Not only is it the place to be for some sunshine during the colder months (it did rain for a couple of days), it is a place that most travellers I met loved. I’m not going to lie, the first day I got there wasn’t a good day – tired, homesick, hating my backpack – but things got better. The day trips are amazing (both highlights), the nightlife is decent (even though we only went out twice), and the lagoon is beautiful. I want to do Camp Tribulation so I might end up back here for a couple of nights.
Uncle Brian’s Rainforest Tour
I have blogged about this in great detail. Uncle Brian’s Fun, Falls and Forest was an epic day out, full of laughter, amazing information and history, and a load of fun. I would definitely recommend going once during your Ozzie trip. I saw amazing things in those rainforests and I also got to stand where Peter Andre did once for Mysterious Girl, and not forgetting the Herbal a Essences flick!
Great Barrier Reef
This was the second day trip in Cairns. The ride from the harbour to the Great Barrier Reef was not great, and at first I really didn’t like diving (more detail in a future post), but it turned out to be one of the best days. I didn’t see a lot, unlike other people but I got over a fear that I definitely didn’t think I had and enjoyed following a lot of fish around their home.
This has to be one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. It was incredible, and something that I most definitely want to do again. I wrote an entire blog post about it on the day because I needed to get down the exact mixture of feelings I had before they went. I won’t forget them though.
This is another one of those must dos when travelling the east coast of Australia, and something I want to write more in depth about. When we went to the Whitsundays, the weather wasn’t exactly spectacular for the entire time. On the way there and on the way back it was beautiful – I got sunburnt – but we saw Whitehaven Beach which is one of those things you have to see. Airlie Beach is wonderful too, kind of reminds me of a touristy European place with all its bars, shops and a central McDonalds too.
Snorkelling with Turtles
Funny story. I nearly didn’t make it to this excursion. It was in Byron Bay and I had gone out the night before – consequently having just 2 hours sleep before Hannah woke me up. It was worth it though! We saw two turtles among a load of other fish around the coral deep below. They turned out to be the only two I’ve seen. Everyone else has had their luck with them. It was a really great morning out, and it made me feel tonnes better… until I had to have a long nap that afternoon.
I nearly always forget about the zoo! It was a stunning day. The sun was out, the animals were gorgeous and despite having a minor hangover and lack of sleep, I had a great time! We saw crocodiles, kangaroos, koalas, and even baby tigers!! I will write a more in-depth Day at the Zoo type of post soon. I was so tired afterwards and we had another journey up the coast to make, but extremely worth it. And the history of Steve Irwin is fab too!
It’s safe to say that, in a nutshell, I had a pretty epic time during the five and a half weeks that I travelled up the East Coast. It was an adventure, full of so much excitement, memories and awesomeness. This isn’t all of it though and I want to share everything on Fayebeline of what I saw, did and experienced.
Stay tuned for more posts about my travels up the East Coast!
Love, Faye x