The unknown roadtrip

Taking the greyhound up the east coast was great and fun, but for the last bit we had planned something different. A friend of ours from back home, had decided to spend some time in Australia as well, so we all met up in Brisbane. Like a lot of backpackers, he had bought a car...so no more coach rides from here on;)
Our plan was to camp somewhere else every night with three longer stops in between where we would stay in hostels. Now, us girls had never been camping before (a shame I know), we didn´t know how to set up a tent and what it would be like to pack it up again almost every morning. What more can I say, let the adventure begin. I am going to share with you all the places we visited that you shouldn´t miss on your own roadtrip and of course how hard it was to set up a tent, hahaha.

We started the drive up north without knowing where we would spent the day or the night. The first day was pretty unspectacular and mainly spent with food shopping and driving. Unfortunately we arrived at the camping ground in the dark and together with a rain storm. We quickly decided it was not the right time to figure out how to set up a tent and we all slept in the car.

For the following days we had booked a Fraser Island tour. Fraser Island is a must do, in my opinion! We had so much fun and met loads of cool people. Our tour guide was very funny and showed us all the major "hotspots". We swam in Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek and jumped into the champagne pools. We stayed for two whole days, but if you have more time, I ´d say stay for the third day.




When we left the island on the evening of day two we drove to a camping ground in the dark, again.  This time it wasn´t raining and we decided to set up our girl´s tent...it wasn´t that hard! The more scary thing were the weird animal sounds around the toilet and because it was night time you couldn´t actually see if their was an animal, maybe right in front of you.
However we got a decent amount of sleep and after a few more nights and a surfing stop in Agnes Water, we passed the Capricorn Coast. I´ve never heard of it before, but it seemed to be a nice place rather unkown in the backpacker scene. This time we opted for a real camping ground (not just a parking area next to some highway). It was super nice and we were beyond happy to have showers cleaner than the once in some hostels. The Highlight however was our day trip to Great Keppel Island. Again I didn´t even know anything about this island before we came. We had only been told about all the popular once like Magnetic Island and the Whitsunday´s. It was really nice to not be surrounded by loads of other european travellers for once. Great Keppel Island is just like a paradise island. The water had this amazing color and we almost had the beach for ourselves. I believe there was one resort (not sure if only one) on the island for those who wanted to stay other night and to be able to get some food.







We left at the same day and made our way up north to Airlie Beach. Excited to stay in a hostel again for the next three nights, we mainly spent the day walking around the streets of the little town or relaxing by the pool. I really really enjoyed Airlie Beach, it is a cute town, but most people like us come here to visit the Whitsunday´s. The Whitsunday Islands were one of my personal Australia highlights. We went on two day tours. The first was on a rather big ship to the Outer Great Barrier Reef where we went snorkeling and all that stuff and the second one was on a catamaran. We visited Whitehaven Beach, went snorkeling again and just enjoyed laying in the sun on the catamaran with all the beautiful islands around us. I think I was the happiest person on earth (in that moment).






Our last major stop on this roadtrip was Cairns, where we stayed three more nights before we flew to Asia. If you want to know more about what we did in Cairns, I am happy to write more about it in another post, but for now enjoy your weekend! Have you been to the Whitsunday´s yet? Or are you planning a roadtrip at the moment? I would love to know in the comments below.

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Paradise Destination on Australia´s East Coast?

Bye Byron Bay, Hello Gold Coast life...yes our next stop along the east coast was Surfers Paradise. I was so excited to visit as I had always seen pictures taken under the entry to the beach where it says "Surfers Paradise" and it looked so cool.





We arrived at our hostel in time for dinner. After surfing and the bus ride (which took an hour longer then we thought, because Queensland is in a different time zone apparently,haha) from Byron Bay we were super tired and worn out from the sun. Luckily there was a pub right behind the hostel and they even had meal deals for hostel guests I believe. We quickly checked in, before going for yummy dinner and hopeing straight into bed afterwards. Seriously, we were so done.

The next morning we took the shuttle into town. It instantly reminded me a bit of Miami with all the skyscrapers which I love, but some People don't like laying on the beach with them in the background...




...well first things first, we needed to get something for breakfast. Since we were kind of travelling on a budget as Backpackers, we opted for the local grocery store instead of brunching in a Café. After loading up on energy, we walked around the main streets of Surfer's and found some of our fave shops in Australia like Cotton On. There weren't souvenir shops as cute as the once we had found in Byron Bay, but I didn't mind. I loved that they had a Hard Rock Café and that it all reminded me of Florida.
The rest of the day was spent at the beach and carrying our stuff from one hostel to another one where we stayed for three more nights. We liked both hostels, but the second had the advantage of two pools and was located right in the center vs the other one was at the yacht harbour more outside. (The first one was the YHA and the second one was BUNK.)
Together with the three hostel nights we had booked a variety of activities. One day was spent at a Wildlife Sanctuary to look at australias wild animals from a safe place, hahaha. You could also take a picture with a Koala which we didn´t do. I don´t think those sleepy paws really enjoy playing model.

Another activity included was a half day trip to Springbrook National Park. It was nice and we stopped at some great lookouts, but I have to say it was nothing to special. Maybe that also had something to do with us being a little hungover/tired from the night before.




My favourite day was the last day. We had surf lessons in the morning and again it was so much fun. It also went way better then the time before in Byron Bay. After surfing we went to the Sea World Resort to go jetskiing.  Neither of us had been on a real jetski before, but I think it is safe to say that we both had an absolute blast. We only booked about half an hour, but they also offer longer tours. It is quiet expensive, so we decided to just take advantage of the pool. In order to get to the jetski area you have to enter the pool area of the hotel and can use it after your or before your jetski tour. Super awesome! Oh how I miss those sunny days...sadly that evening we had to leave Surfers Paradise again and jump on the greyhound for the last time.

Surfers was definitely one of my favourite stops along the east coast and I have to say I liked it even more then Byron Bay. Either way you should visit both places if you plan on travelling up the coast. Just because of the size of the Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise) there are probably some more activities for different interests. You can check out the Hostels we stayed in or opt for a fancy hotel as I have seen plenty of them in Surfers.;)


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Have you ever been to Australia? What did you like the most, I would love to know in the comments. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
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Hippy town on Australia´s east coast, Byron Bay !

After an incredible time in Sydney, my favorite city on earth, the time came to say, see you later and
there we went leaving our beloved "home" in Australia behind.
In case you are wondering, no we didn´t fly home, not yet. Leaving Sydney behind was sad, but because we knew we have an amazing trip planned up the East Coast, it wasn´t to sad. My friend and I went on our first ever Greyhound journey and I have to say it was quiet comfortable except for some miner, well..let´s talk about that later.
The first drive was from Sydney to Byron Bay overnight. We were super tired when we arrived, but luckily our hostel had a pick-up service who got all the people from the Coach station, showed them around in town and dropped them at the hostel. Our hostel was Backpackers Holiday Village and it was super fun to stay there. We had a little apartment with two other girls. The hostel has various different types of accommodation and as backpacker or student I would highly recommend to stay in a hostel, it makes it way easier to get to know new people.



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Byron Bay is a very small hippy like town. It is super relaxed and laid-back, totally different to Sydney. I found it quiet cute and there is always something going on. Maybe it is not the best place for a family vacation, but it is a great place for backpackers and students and I have to say there are lots of them.







We stayed here for about 4 days. A good amount of our time was spent at the beach or in surf and souvenir shops. Along the main roads are various different shops where you can buy beach stuff or souvenirs, often jewelry related. Although it is very easy to find a nice café to chill or a bar for a refreshing cocktail. Only be aware of all the "travel shop people" trying to sell you tours. We actually booked one tour. One afternoon we went on this amazing kayaking tour to see dolphins.  It was stunning! I believe the tour was about 1.5 hours long and we got to see so many dolphins, some came up really close to the kayaks. Afterwards we just run into the ocean and enjoyed life. It was almost like one of those perfect days.

Then on our last day we woke up super super early to see the sunrise from the most easterly point of the Australian mainland. I think you can´t leave Byron Bay without seeing the sunrise above the sea. The Lighthouse is a famous spot to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Unfortunately on the East Coast you can only see the sunrise above the sea, well it makes sense, but you have to get up early for it. Trust me, it is worth it. ;)






Another thing you shouldn´t miss out on in Byron is surfing. Now, I am a beginner in surfing, but it seems like it is a great spot for the watersport. Before we had to catch the greyhound to get to our next destination, we took two surfboards and just went for it. It was so much fun. We both absolutely loved it.( You don´t have to be a pro to enjoy surfing :)) I had two or three lessons in Sydney and fell in love with it.

If you have more time in Byron Bay you could fit in a day trip to Nimbin as well.

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