Whilst travelling it’s often so difficult to get access and time to put all my lovely pictures online. Hence why my blog at the moment is quiet bare.
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1- Take a trip to The Great Barrier Reef. I had such an incredible time doing my first dive here! You can do this on a budget too but we chose to splash out a bit. We went with the company ‘Reef experience’
See my review for more details! (This will be up soon but I still need to upload pictures to a PC, #travelling life !sorry guys! )
2- Visit the rainforest and waterfalls. There are numerous companies that offer this but I recommend BareFoot Tours! They are number one on trip advisor and I can see why 🙂 I got to swim down a natural water slide and visit the iconic herbal essences and Peter Andre water fall. Ha!
3- Take a dip at the Lagoon. Some people may be disappointed with no beaches in the city but this is certainly a close second. Lovely views and water! It was the perfect place to sunbathe.
4- Rusty’s markets. As a traveller this was an affordable place to buy fruit and veg and some amazing dips. I got a mango for 30 cents and some organic hummus.
5-Night time markets.These are a great place to buy souvenirs for a reasonable price. I got some anklets that I adore. Also lots of people were offering thai massages for $15 for 45 mins. Looked well worth it! I had my fix of them in Thailand and was happy at this stage to spend my extra money on other things like jewellery 🙂
Visiting Airlie Beach has been really lovely today. It’s a small beach town full of backpackers and touristy things to do. We cheekily rang one of the hostels when we got there and asked them to pick us up, they didn’t ask our names or anything, so we got a lift and stored our luggage all day for free. When in need n’that 🙂 ha! We spent most of the day sunbathing and swimming at the lagoon. I was happy that I had made my ‘Airlie Beach stuff’ easy to access at the top of my bag. We placed our towels down and l lay there like a non moving seal for about 4 hours haha. We also used this opportunity to shower 🙂 18 hours on a coach up here did no wonders for us both. The beach here is really nice. We sat on a nice bench on looking the marina. I couldn’t believe how blue the water was! The sand wasn’t that great, It looked like it had been imported there or something, as it was really corse. But that’s me being really picky 😉 oh a little fun fact for you, apparently there had been a recent crocodile sighting there. I spotted a little sign advising us not to go in the water or too near the edge! I know that there was another Beach we didn’t get a chance to go to that was a bit further out. I was told that was nicer. We were so tired and sunburnt by the end of the day and we needed to shower again and have dinner before our coach.
Throughout the day there were numerous singers and bands performing in the local shops and bars. I was told this was a normal sight. So lovely to just drift from one tune to another, there should be more of this in the world!
We grabbed dinner at the bar next to ‘our’ hostel.Steak, medium Rare with chips and mushroom sauce for me:) it was cheap and cheerful. When ordering we bumped into someone Luke used to work with in Sydney at the hostel. I reminisced with him about my funniest memory in Sydney when me and my room mates ( the ones that I laughed with hysterically until 4am with in Sydney) hid a plastic spider in Luke’s bed and convinced him it was real, so much so that he went down to reception to get this guy to kill it. He came up with hair pray and a lighter and was psyching himself to go near it for about, I kid you not, an hour. Their faces when they realised it was fake.Too funny.
We then dragged all our stuff back to the coach terminal. Just as Luke and me were starting to argue with each other about not knowing the way there and not having much time to spare, we luckily bumped into a couple who did ! Another 12 hours or so on the coach and we would be in Cairns. Again the Coach was packed but atleast we got seats next to each other 🙂 I will admit, every journey I buy a pack of biscuits for a snack. It makes
Me feel sad when I know food isn’t available. Haha !! Come on I can’t be the only one 😉
The day we spent in Airlie was also the day my older sister got married, Why an earth weren’t you at the wedding I hear you cry… Well infact non of my family were! She got married in America after quiet a quick engagement and no one could afford to go. She set the date knowing this would be the case but I completely understand why as her now husband still has visa issues getting to the UK permanatly! I know they are just desperate to be with each other all the time and I am so happy for them. Best couple ever. I spent most of the journey messaging her and my mum and being excited for her. Such a Surreal feeling not being there, I know my mum especially was feeling it. It was lovely speaking to Cariad ( that’s my sister) and seeing how happy she was. That’s what’s important 🙂 Also I’m hoping this now means a trip to America for me quiet soon… Hehe.
Brisbane. Before I’d arrived I had Already decided it was probably a dull place to be,having heard mainly boring or negative things about it from people in passing but actually I have adored my time here. Me and Luke planned to stay for about a week whilst we sorted our next little travel plans out for up the coast. We got to the coach station and ate our first McDonald’s of many. Things to eat – that are cheap or relatively healthy especially,only stay open until about 5pm which is pretty annoying.
During our last week in Sydney and our few weeks in Byron Luke and I had been using the money from my account as he had not yet transferred his money over from his English one. It was about the fourth day in when he did the almighty mis hap of transferring it all into his superannuation account by accident- for all you non Ozzy folk ( his pension scheme) which we were told you could only get back once you had left the country. It was safe to say we were in deep doo doo. Both of us were kicking ourselves when we found out. We knew this meant we now had to stay here and work/ potentially go home! I rang my dad and told him the situ-being the beaut he is, he leant us both some money which covered our hostel rent and food for a few weeks. If he hadn’t of done that we would of been home a long time ago. Thanks papa bear. X you da best.
Luke found work with a hospitality agency fairly quickly which I soon after joined too. He also got a job in a super yummy ice-cream shop called Movenpick. Mint choc chip is so good… I think like most other backpackers I’ve spoken to I also had a fundraising job for all of 3 days. Horrendous- hats off to the sort of person who can do that all day. Eek I can’t. I’ve actually had some really amazing times working here. I loved working at the law firm in the city as the ‘HouseKeeper’ this basically meant I made sure the tea, coffee and biscuit supplies were fine and dandy. I was suprised at how lovely all the people were there, even though they clearly earn’t a lot of money I didn’t see any nasty snooty people! On my last shift there they invited me to the after work drinks! I also consumed a lot of free earl grey and digestives in my time there too lol. I was pretty pleased to be requested back on several occasions 🙂 OMG – I also worked at a Justin Timberlake show. I worked on a bar for two hours and then was allowed to watch the show for 15 mins- I was actually in there for over an hour oopsie, he was just too good I couldn’t peel myself away. Uh-mayzing. So dreamy.
For my last five weeks in Brisbane I also worked at Burger Edge. Everyone needs to try one of those things, the vegetarian pulse burger and the chicken deluxe are the bomb. I was really sad to leave there actually 😦 loved the team and the job was so relaxed!
We spent most of our time in Brisbane staying at Base Embassy.I would definitely recommend this 🙂 staff are really nice and over all it’s a good vibe. My fav group of people in the legendary room
Of 403 were when Me,Luke Julia, Nik and Jack were all in together. Nik was Luke’s pal from Sydney and jack was mine- they joined up with us again a few weeks after we got there .Julia is a lovely German girl we met in Brizzy. To name
But a few memories- playing Rumikub, drawing horrific self portraits of each other and pinning them to our beds, Julia discovering she liked baked beans, ( this was a big deal haha) Luke and Nik talking ‘politics’ and conspiracy theories for hours on end,and me contributing with apparently ingenious child like solutions lol, Jack coming out as Gay and us being like WE FIGURED
haha!!, Honey Whiskey and Coke, Sitting in the corridor to get internet,50 cent hungry jacks Ice cream night time runs, and the wonderfully annoying curtain the lets all day light in. Ofcourse we have met some other nice people in our room at times- but those days were the best.
I literally can’t believe how at ease I became about living in a hostel and having such a tight budget. Don’t get me wrong I still spent my time dreaming about Clinique skin care products, a shower that wouldn’t give me varukas, and a kitchen that contained basic things like an oven, but in terms of my moods and anxiety that I can feel at times, I’m pretty proud of myself with how I remained positive most of the time 🙂
South bank – the part of town across the river, and the Botanical Gardens make Brisbane for Me! On my days off I would often sit at one of the two either sunbathing, reading and using the free Wifi. So beautiful and relaxing, it’s a nice escape from the city hustle and bustle.
We managed to cram in Australia Zoo in our last week- and a Kangaroo boxed me in the face when I was trying to get a photo with it. I sware this could only happen to me. Haha! Luke was laughing his head off. Koalas are also now my favourite animal. Wow they are the cutest. Over all it was a great day and the best Zoo I’ve ever been too. The Croc show was amazing.
I really wish that I had started my blog before travelling as it gets so hard to remember and write down the whole authentic experience, as I write this post I’m currently sat on a coach on my way to Airlie beach. 18 hours eek . Feels so strange to be moving on after four months and finally having enough money! So happy we managed to save enough though. I’ve got my iPod In- currently listening to Queen B, looking out of the window and blogging my reflections 🙂 In my next post I can finally write in the present tense!
Here we go…..