Airlie Beach was up next and this is where CLB met up with me and where he endeavoured to wipe out his jet lag whilst we stayed at Nomads accommodation and where we boarded our boat for the Whitsundays tour on the Iceberg.
The trip comprised of a 2 day/1 night where we hiked, snorkelled, sun bathed, turtle spotted, swam, star gazed and took in the sheer splendour of nature.
Once we were back on dry land it was time to board the overnight bus for a long journey to Rainbow Beach where we got to rest for a night and then the next morning were collected for the ‘Tag-along’ camping Safari with Dingos on Fraser Island, hosted by ‘Muzza’.
This super fun excursion meant exploring the island in 4×4 trucks whilst dodging the notoriously vicious island inhabitants – dingos. We swam in fresh water lakes, played volleyball on the beach, partied on the sand and visited the below ship wreck at sundown.
Next stop was Brisbane where we had an old friend of mine give us a private guided tour, which was fantastic 🙂 We stayed at Base for one night only, no where near enough time to explore Brisbane as much as we’d have liked but sadly it’s all we could fit in.
We hit Byron Bay on my birthday and to celebrate it was goodbye hostels and hello to The Atlantic – a VERY welcome luxury for two nights. That night CLB took me for dinner, but not after we’d drunk the lovely sparkling wine courtesy of the guest house.
The next day was time to explore Byron Bay, relax and take in the hippy vibes of the town. After another super comfortable night it was time for a surf lesson with Mojosurf – my gosh its waaaaay harder than it looks! Then that afternoon we headed to Byron Bay lighthouse, which is situated on the easternmost point of mainland Australia.
Now it was time to head to Sydney for the final few days before heading back to the UK’s bitter winter. Before we left from Australia we decided for our final destination we’d book an Air BnB, and picked Randwick as the area in which we decided to stay.
Being the animal lover that I am I just knew a visit to Taronga Zoo was a must, and it just so worked out that this happened on day 1!
Following the zoo we met up with some of CLB’s family and my friends from back home who have relocated to Bondi Beach – not jealous in the slightest!
The next day we visited Manly Beach, where we simply people watched. I think due to the great work / life balance they have in Australia everyone seems pretty sporty and healthy, and I think its fair to say that it felt like half the population what playing beach volleyball on this particular day!
Day 3 meant meeting up with my old friend from the UK and visiting the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour and of course exploring Sydney on foot – always the best way to get around when in a new city I find.
The Blue Mountains were next to cross of the wish list and they were outstanding. We hiked a fair amount this day but with views like the below you can hardly complain.
On our final day we visited the Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, shopped about for Christmas gifts and last but not least we did the Bridge Climb.
Earlier in the week we decided that we’d love to see the sights of Sydney as the sun went down so picked the Twilight Climb which was perfect. Such an incredible experience that I’d wholly recommend.
5 weeks later and it was time to head back to Blighty, whilst I was glad of the thought of being back in my own bed, seeing my family, and obviously celebrating Christmas with my nearest and dearest it was with much sadness that I wasn’t staying in one of my favourite countries to date for longer.
Here’s to the next visit Oz…