Mission Beach: Let’s Jump Out of a Plane

Mission Beach: Let’s Jump Out of a Plane

Welcome to the Jungle Next on our East Coast trip was Mission Beach. A stretch of beach where the Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Most popular among backpackers for sky diving – the only place along the East Coast where you are guaranteed to land on the beach. With that in mind, we had booked our sky dives for the morning after we arrived in Mission Beach. On our first night, we headed straight to the hostel. Having not…

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Magnetic Island: The Tropical Paradise

Magnetic Island: The Tropical Paradise

From Airlie Beach, we arrived at Townsville. Unfortunately, we had no time to discover this tropical town and instead caught the ferry straight to Magnetic Island. The island was supposedly named after Captain Cook’s compass broke when he passed by on his journey up the East Coast. The short ferry trip brought us to Magnetic Island in the early evening. Having not eaten that day we were starving. We quickly made our way to the X-Base Hostel which was more…

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Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays

Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays

The two main tourist attractions when travelling up the East Coast are arguably Fraser Island and the Whitsundays. It was the Whitsundays which brought us to our next stop; Airlie Beach. Our coach arrived around 6 am after a long journey from Agnes Waters. We would be boarding our boat and starting our tour later that day. We went to check our backpacks into the hostel seeing as we had about 6 hours to kill before heading towards paradise. Our…

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Agnes Waters – A Pretty Little Beach Town

Agnes Waters – A Pretty Little Beach Town

After Fraser Island, we went back to Noosa for one more night. That night we said goodbye to our Fraser Island friends over burritos and tacos. The following morning we were on a Greyhound and preparing for our entire day of travelling. We’d never heard of Agnes Waters we chose to stay there for a couple of nights to break up the almost 24-hour coach journey to Airlie Beach. Finally, we reached Agnes Waters at around 6 pm. The hostel…

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Noosa and the Everglades

Noosa and the Everglades

Our next stop along the East Coast brought us to Noosa. Described to us as a rich person’s Byron Bay we were excited to explore the area. As the Greyhound had picked us up from the zoo it was pretty late by the time we arrived. We were staying in the Nomad’s Hostel for 2 nights, a short walk to the main beach and Hastings Street. Hastings Street runs parallel to the beach and is where you can find boutique…

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Brisbane: Queensland’s Capital City

Brisbane: Queensland’s Capital City

From Surfer’s Paradise, our Greyhound took us an hour North into Brisbane. Despite this city being the capital of Queensland, it has only recently developed into a city. We had 4 days to explore this city, including one day dedicated to the World famous Australia Zoo. Unfortunately, most of our time in Brisbane was met with rain and cold evenings. Getting Brizzy With It We checked into our hostel in the afternoon and headed to the bar next door called…

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Surfers Paradise: A Cityscape and an Ocean Break

Surfers Paradise: A Cityscape and an Ocean Break

A Whole New State Our first stop in Queensland took us to Surfers Paradise. This beachside city along the Gold Coast is known for its’ high rise buildings and idyllic beaches. It is often compared to Miami and on arrival, it was clear to see the similarities. A row of high rise buildings lining the beautifully blue ocean and the continual stretch of beach is what makes Surfers Paradise. Now it was time to see if this city lived up…

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Byron Bay: Where the Hippies Come to Play

Byron Bay: Where the Hippies Come to Play

Our final stop before crossing the border into Queensland was Byron Bay. This well-known beach town is a popular spot for tourists, backpackers and hippies. A pristine beach where surfers and dolphins take it in turns to ride the waves makes this stop a must. The Hostels When we stayed at Byron Bay we split up our accommodation – spending 3 nights in the first hostel and 2 in another. This was due to a deal we had on accommodation…

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Surf Camp: Finding Our Mojo

Surf Camp: Finding Our Mojo

Where Next? A few hours South of Byron Bay is a small beach called Arrawarra. With consistent waves ideal for beginners and barely anyone else in the area this is the perfect spot to learn the basics of surfing. While we travelled up the East Coast we spent 5 days here and left feeling confident enough to hire surfboards and try out our new skills. The Arrival Our Greyhound Coach dropped us off at around 4 am. A minibus was…

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Coffs Harbour: The Big Banana

Coffs Harbour: The Big Banana

The next stop on our journey to Cairns was Coffs Harbour. Another town which is often bypassed on people’s East Coast trips. Hoey Moey was the hostel we stayed in for the 2 nights we were there. This is a working hostel, popular with construction workers and farm workers. It is also just a 1-minute walk from the dorm rooms to the beach! Let’s Go To The Beach As the temperature had started to improve since leaving Sydney and travelling…

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