I am currently shooting my way up the East Coast! I have rather limited access to wifi with staying in hostels and being constantly on the move. So my posts are rather behind.
I have just 4 weeks left in Australia and my plan is to travel up the East coast from Sydney to Cairns. Then I will fly down to Adelaide and make my around to Melbourne, along the coastline, so I can do the iconic Great Ocean Road! My plan is very optimistic as I am fitting in A LOT in a mere month. Some travellers spend 6 months doing the entire East Coast . . . I have 3 weeks!
Also the sheer size of Australia, I am travelling just shy of 3000km  between Sydney and Cairns! And I am doing it by coach . . . am I crazy!?! The ‘greyhound’ coach among backpackers is a the most popular way to travel with the east coast. Firstly it is a cheap way to do it and they stop at all the main cities and towns along the east coast. I got a ‘hop on and off’ pass from Sydney to Cairns, basically means i can get off wherever I want along the route.
The ones I have taken so far I have been fairly impressed with- all have been half empty so lots of room, they even have usb charges and wifi. I have met a lot of backpackers on it as you are all doing the same route! O what has been super great is most of the hostels meet you at the bus stop with a shuttle bus so you don’t need to lug your one tonne bag around!
Sydney– overnight coach
Yamba– not a popular stopover for backpackers but I read about it on a blog and some Aussies recommended stopping over. Even been told it is better than Byron . . .
Byron Bay– hippie and surfer central!
Brisbane– another main city. Only stopping over one night.
Hervey Bay– pre tour stop
Fraser Island- the largest sand island in the world… miles of open beaches, freshwater lakes and rainforest. I have booked a 3 day trip [camping, 4×4 driving]
Noosa– upmarket coastal town. A few days chilling here.
Airlie beach- pre tour stop [currently here]
Whitsundays – the iconic beauitful deserted tropical islands with the Great Barrier Reef on the doorstep. Some of the finest beaches in the world – I have been told. I have booked a 3 day Sailing trip on a catamaran #superexcited
Magnetic island – 2 days relaxing with wallabies
Cairns– “backpacker central”. They say there isn’t much to do in Cairns but a lot to do around Cairns. I have booked a 2 day diving trip to Great Barrier Reef and 1 day to Daintree rainforest.
Adelaide– Barossa Valley -home to Jacobs Creek, I have organised a wine tour! Then I have a 3 day trip driving along the coast to Melborune- Grampians national park and Great Ocean road. It is meant to be one of the best ever coastal roadtrips apparently with the magnificent Twelve Apostles
Melbourne– arty haven, only have 2 days there sadly
Fly to Hong Kong!
Photos so far …
First stop YAMBA:
I really loved this place, a ‘hidden gem’! A lot of backpackers and even Aussies havent heard of this place, but I am so glad I stopped over. It is a sleepy fishing town that has a bohemian chilled out vibe. There is a big draw for experienced surfers as it has some of the best waves on the east coast. It is also the home to the founder of Billabong [a big surf brand]. It has 10 beaches all within 10 minute walk away! They are beauitful beaches that stretch for kms, completely deserted so feels like you have them all to yourself. I even saw dolphins and whales!
The hostel was so friendly, I had a dorm to myself which was pretty sweet, especially after my overnight coach from Sydney! I was only meant to stay here one night but ended up staying two.
Morning run along the beach, all to myself!
Next stop Byron Bay: sadly the weather wasn’t too great for me, a lot of rain. I did the walk along the beach around to the Lighthouse- the most Easterly point of Australia. The town itself is very hippie … full of rainbow coloured shops, organic stores and so many “alternative herb” places!
Brisbane: I had less than 24 hours in this city. Stayed in a YHA very central and just spent the day wondering around, following the lonely planet city trail! I woke up pretty early @ 6.30am and went on a run along the river, there were so many other runners, kayakers, walkers, cyclists already out. It was quite foggy and it was slowly lifting above the river, it looked quite mystical. The rest of the day was such glorious weather, I was very lucky! They call Brisbane one of Australia’s underrated cities and I could appreciate why, i wish i had one more day there.