I am currently in Cairns with only 4 days left of travelling. We are staying at the Mad Monkey, one of the nicest hostels that we’ve stumbled upon here in Australia actually. It is so incredibly weird how fast time flies. In my head we just boarded the plane from Arlanda a couple of weeks ago.
Since we arrived in Australia we have experienced Sydney for three days, seen the opera house, botanic gardens, walked the coastal walk between Coogee and Bondi and so on. In Sydney we stayed with a AirBnB host in South Coogee, which is about 30 min with bus from the town centre.
After that we headed 9 hours with train for a 5 day 4 night surf camp at Spot X in Arrawarra. The surf lessons out there were probably one of the best experiences in my life. Staying active while traveling makes me so so so happy.
After the surfcamp we took a bus for 2 hours up to Byron Bay where we stayed for three days. It was the cutest little town with lots of two floored buildings with all sorts of restaurants and cafes which had big balconies where you can enjoy a fruit smoothie or whatever you like.
In Byron we stayed at Byron Bay Beach Hostel which I can HIGHLY recommend if you are in town. The hostel is newly built, the rooms were clean and the kitchen is big and well-equipped. They did also have a chill out area with a big flatscreen which had Netflix in it! Movie night WIN!
We took the greyhound bus for two hours to Surfers paradise and stayed there for two nights. It was a nice town but it was raining quite a lot so we didn’t really see the real beauty of it.
After Surfers we headed to Rainbow Beach and stayed there for one night before our trip to Fraser Island started.
Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island and also a UNESCO world heritage site. The island has over 100 freshwater lakes!
Here we camped and drove around for 3 days.
When we came back to Rainbow Beach we had to stay for another night because there were no buses (Rainbow Beach itself is a very small and quite boring town).
The day after we took two different busses and travelled about 17 hours over night up to Airlie Beach. Here we lived at Nomads for one night before we headed to the marina and boarded a sailboat called Broomstick. We were 24 people sailing for 3 days around the Whitsunday islands. It was raining most of the trip, but it was all still so amazing. We went to Whitehaven beach, and watched a Island which will apparently be in the newest Pirates of the Caribbean. We had both ginormous sea turtles and dolphins pop up next to our boat!
Slept one night at another hostel in Airlie because Nomads was fully booked. Reports of cyclone Debbi soon hitting Airlie Beach resulted in lots of different whitsundays, boating and skydiving trips being cancelled. Lucky enough we already had booked our bus tickets out of Airlie and up to Cairns because all of the buses were fully booked in a second after the weather reports.
We took a overnight bus to Cairns and arrived there at 5am. Stayed at The Jack for two nights, got our Great Barrier Reef diving trip cancelled and rescheduled two times because of Debbi. Also had the Jack Hostel book us a bus up to Port Douglas so that we could visit the nature reserve there over the day and see some kangaroos and koalas. But they somehow managed to make us pay for the tickets but not book us on the bus (which only leaves once a day). So we rescheduled that for tomorrow instead.
So here we are now, just moved in to Mad Monkey for three days and it is 10 times more fresh and nice than the Jack!
Tomorrow we will finally get to visit the nature reserve in Port Douglas! And the day after that we are doing a little project which is still a secret.
Stay tuned because these last days will be awesome!