Traveling the east coast
From middle Australia to the north and flying south to travel the entire famous east coast of Australia.
I flew directly from Singapore to Brisbane. A seven hour flight through the night. Brisbane was totally different from South East Asia. Something I wasn’t used to anymore. Everything was more convenient arranged. The traffic, the people, the culture everything is better maintained. However the weather was still the same. Similar heath like in Singapore.
Hervey Bay & Fraser Island
A few days in Brisbane I went to Hervey bay by Greyhound Australia. One of the most chill bus companies in the country. Even better the sister company in the United States (hospitality? what hospitality!?). I made a day trip to Fraser Island. The largest sand island in the world. With amazing highlights like the ship wreckage, the beaches, the biodiversity but especially lake McKenzie. Never saw such crystal clear water in my life.
Probably made a wrong choice travel to Rockhampton. Most of the backpackers probably stop here to work and go the next destination. It is a bit dull location of Australia I think. However I was able to find some highlights like the cave visit and hike one of the mountains but not able reach the top because somebody told me at the very top to go back :-(.
Airlie Beach & Whitsundays
A bit disappointing I took a night bus from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach. This was very much fun one of the hotspots of Australia. With crystal clear beaches, snorkeling and diving the great barrier reef and meet amazing people. You can make trips to several places including to the Whitsundays a group of islands with white beaches and turquoise sea. And great views from the island. And you can see some local lizards and dolphins if you are lucky.
Townsville & Magnetic Island
From Airlie Beach I traveled to Townsville. Townsville is not that interesting only you can see the spectacular viewpoint and visit the bars in the harbor and see seaworld. But the main highlight is just ashore. An Island, called magnetic Island. A very laid back Island you can travel easy around see some local wildlife like the Koala. And hike several trails and climb several bunkers of the second world war (it’s build because of the Japanese attack) and enjoy the scenery.
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
Cairns is definitely one of my favorite cities of Australia. Small, but not that small, laid back. And there’s so much to do. Visit museums, hanging out with friends and make amazing trips. Like going to Cape Tribulation, swim in several rivers and visit some national parks. But the main highlight was for me to visit the great barrier reef. I did this already in Airlie beach. But in Cairns there’s the possibility to visit the outer reef. And that is very beautiful and worth to visit, dive and snorkel.
Before I went to New Zealand there’s one more stop. I flew to New South Wales to the south of Australia. First meet some friends of my mother, I never saw them. But it was nice to meet some family relatives and speak some Dutch. My friends show me around Sydney like the main highlights the famous Sydney bridge and the opera house.