I finished my 7 week road trip through Australia and am going back home very soon!
We hired a car to drive down from Cairns until the Gold Coast (which is about 1800 km’s)
Then I flew from the GC to Sydney and visited some friends. After this I flew to Melbourne. Where I finally saw my bestie Maria back. I met her 10 months ago while working as an au pair on the Sunshine Coast.
So here we go!
these were all my stops and the highlights.
We arrived in Cairns on the 13th of October, picked up our car at HERTZ and drove to Caravelle Backpackers.
My ratings for this one is definitely a 8/10
+ Very clean
+ Calm (which is perfect to recover from the jet lag)
+ Friendly & helpful staff
– Location (it’s not in the centre of Cairns, but still only a 10min walk to the pubs)
We went to the Daintree rainforest, which is the oldest rainforest in Australia. There we also visited a small town called Kuranda. It had nice little shops where they sold mostly souvenirs. They had a Koala and Bird park aswell.
The next day we decided to go to one of the beaches near Cairns called ‘Palm Cove’.
It was wonderful and definitely a must do if you want a relaxed day with a gorgeous view!
Just one warning, they don’t have sharks in the ocean but they do have crocodiles.
Cairns might not have a beach but they do have a lagoon. And that’s where we also spend a few of the days to recover from our jet lag.
I know that most people go to Cairns to visit the Great Barrier Reef, but that’s something I didn’t do. I’m a bit scared to dive + never had a diving course and the excursions were very expensive. It wasn’t worth the money paying for if I was just going to look through a glass window in the boat.
2. Townsville & Magnetic Island
We were only in Townsville for 2 days and stayed in this INCREDIBLE hostel, which is called Rambutan. It literally looked like a 5 star hotel + it was super cheap! Only 22AUD/night.
We took a ferry (FantaSea) to Magnetic Island and visited one of the beaches, named ‘Horseshoe Bay’ which was beautiful.
3. Whitsunday Islands
We took a day tour with the Thundercat boat and it was super fun! And of course visited Whitehaven beach. I have to say, this is a MUST-DO if you ever get to travel the Australian East Coast. It’s breath taking and looks exactly like the photo’s you find online!
4. Fraser Island
On Fraser Island we also decided to take a one day trip. Renting a 4WD is pretty expensive and we were on a tight budget. So we did the trip with the Explorer Bus. Of course things are a little bit rushed if you do one day trips, but we still got to see the highlights! Such as
The Maheno Shipwreck
Which belonged to New Zealand during the first worldwar and was washed ashore in 1935
AND a wild Dingo near the Pinnacles
5. Sunshine Coast and Brisbane
Some of you already know that I’ve been living on the Sunshine Coast for about 6 months before I started my road trip. There I was working as an AU PAIR. Which is sort of the same as an Live-in nanny. So since I knew the Sunny Coast and Brissy pretty well already I just decided to visit some friends over there and also my previous host family.
These are my top 5 places on the Sunshine Coast:
* Mooloolaba Beach
* Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza
* Noosa Heads National Park
* Eumundi markets
* Mt Coolum
And my fave place in Brisbane is of course Southbank!
You can find my blog post about Brisbane here
6. Gold Coast and Byron Bay
On the Gold Coast I was staying at Surfers Paradise and in Byron Bay I was staying at Aquarius backpackers. Since I’ve visited the GC and Byron a couple times already I knew where to go and where to stay.
These are my fave spots on the Goldie:
* Tallebudgera Creek
* Surfers Paradise nightlife
* Lamington National Park
WARNING: Difficult and a 1 hour drive to get to the top of the Hill to start your hike
* Tamborine National Parl
Fave spots in Byron Bay:
* The main beach
* Hike to the lighthouse (Watch the sunrise)
* Chilled out night life
The only must-do thing I didn’t do when I was in Sydney the last time, was visiting the Blue Mountains.
I did this with a tour, which I really regret to be honest. It was the most rushed tour I’ve ever done, so if you get to do this, just take a train ride and go by yourself. On sunday’s this would only cost you 2$ !!
Click here for more Sydney Must-do’s
This was the last stop of my wonderful Road trip.
I was reunited with the best girl I’ve ever got to meet while being on this 1year journey!
We did one of the free day tours while to explore the city. Which is honestly great if you wanna learn more about the history and love exploring and wandering like we do. If you love art, culture and diversity. Melbourne will be your city!