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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Inn The Tropics March 19th 2015

Hey Bloggers, This morning was cloudy and had intermittent heavy rain showers, so sunbathing at the lagoon was off the cards. We decided to walk to the Tanks Museum; basically they are old fuel tanks from WW2 which were used to fuel all the planes from Cairns Airport. We had to walk 3.5KM to get there and once we were there we found it was inside the Botanical Gardens. The Tanks were not brilliant one was used as and Art gallery, this was good, the other two however were used for music shows and the other for function and these two were closed. After looking at the art we found there were looks of walks around the botanical gardens, the visitor Centre were really helpful and explained the best walks and routes, supplied us with maps ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 18th 2015

Hi All, A rest day in Cairns was on the itinerary today; having a lie-in until 8.30am was definitely needed. We also needed extra sleep after the disturbed night due to this drunken German girl getting into our room claiming she had lost her phone but she went after about 15 minutes. This morning we cooked scrambled eggs and bacon on toast in the hostel kitchen then we sat in the common area drinking free tea, chatting, and planning the next week down the east coast. We’ve selected our next two bus journeys with ‘Premier’ (stopping at Mission beach and then to Airily Beach). We’ve decided to only take one of the free nights accommodation that came with booking a tour through the hostel as it would mean spending an extra day here so losing out ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 17th 2015

A good flight to Cairns with a magnificent sunset at 33000 feet. We were met at the airport and taken to the hotel in Port Douglas, about an hour away. The road followed the coast and was quite windy, however we did not see much as it was pitch black so we will have to wait for the return trip for the scenery. As we were arriving late we had been given a code to enter in the key safe to get access to our room. On the way to the room we met a couple who came from Titchfield, just a couple of miles from home, how odd is that. The room turned out to be a fully equipped apartment and we subsequently learnt that we had been given an upgrade again, what luck. After ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City March 17th 2015

Hi People, We left the couch surfers home at 7am, where we had a taxi booked to take us to the airport. We flew on a delayed flight about 9.30am to Cairns. With the clocks changing on the way, we arrived in Cairns at 11.30am. Virgin Australia never gives food or snacks out on their flights so we had to buy a sandwich (that we shared) on the flight. We got a free pick up from the airport to the hostel-always makes us happy! We are staying in Asylum hostel, which is the cheapest hostel we could find in Cairns ($15/£8 per night each for a dorm room) but it does have mixed reviews on trip advisor, but actually we quite like it. We are staying in a 6 bed dorm room, which is clean and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island March 17th 2015

13/3 The greyhound to Rainbow beach was about three hours long so we were there by half 1. Me and Kennedy were in different hostels because we are going to Fraser Island with different companies. Me and one of my roommates went for a walk to the beach and then to have a look at the very small town. I had to go to a meeting at the hostel bar all about Fraser and driving 4x4s. We got put into groups of 8 which is the groups we share a car with and cook with. Once the meeting was over I had to pack a small bag to take with me for the weekend and pack everything else away. I went to the bar for a few drinks and bumped into a group of guys who ... read more
Driving around
Beaches lookout
Lookout

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Port Douglas March 14th 2015

It was a very Queensland welcome - we landed in Cairns, came off the plane and there was a cane toad on the air bridge. It's the first one I've seen, but as to whether I can consider it in its natural habitat, usually one of my criteria, is another thing again. After all, Cairns airport is hardly the great outdoors! The weekend in Port Douglas had been booked some time ago. It was the shoulder season so whether the weather would cooperate was to be another matter. Either way I was confident that it would still be warm at least. I admit though, the prospect of a cyclone hadn't crossed my mind. I was checking the weather forecast at least a week out. It didn't look promising, solid rain from Thursday - Tuesday. But then ... read more
Cute little chapel in Port Douglas
Near Mossman
The beach at Port Douglas, post-cyclone

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa March 12th 2015

9/3 We checked out and got the bus to Noosa which got us there for 1 o'clock. Kennedy had to stay in a different hostel for our first night in Noosa so once we'd both checked in we met up again at the beach. We spent the afternoon at the beach and then had a look around the town which I really liked. Out of all the places I've been to on the East Coast so far Noosa is definitely the only place I've thought I would like to live. My hostel provided free pizza for dinner which made me very happy! 10/3 Kennedy moved over to my hostel this morning and then we did the coastal walk from Noosa beach to Sunshine beach. It took just over two hours and it was such a pretty ... read more
Coastal Walk
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Coastal Walk

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane » Southbank March 11th 2015

5/3 Despite going out last night I managed to get up early, pack my bags and get my bus to Brisbane. I got to my hostel about midday where Kennedy was already there waiting for me. We got the bus into town so that Kennedy could book her east Coast trip up to cairns, hopefully at the same time as me. We managed to get all the same hostels and we're going to be travelling to all the same places at the same times, the only thing is the Fraser Island and Whitsundays trips I'm booked into were full so Kennedy is doing it at the same time just with different companies. I'm happy with that though because we both get to travel together but also spend some time apart to make other friends which is ... read more
Using our underwater cameras
Southbank markets
The lagoon

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Glasshouse Mountains March 9th 2015

Depuis mon dernier article du nouvel an la vie a continué tranquillement à Perth. Ayant terminé le boulot fin février il était temps que je fasse mes 38 jours qu'il me reste pour valider le visa pour la seconde année. J'ai recherché un endroit pour travailler avec des animaux mais malheureusement je m'y suis prise un peu trop tard et ils n'avaient pas de place pour moi. J'ai donc contacté Parrots in Paradise où j'avais déjà travailler pendant l'hiver. Elle était très contente de m'avoir à nouveau et moi aussi j'étais contente d'y retourner, malgré le fait que j'aurais voulu faire autre chose pour avoir une expérience différente. Me voilà de retour de l'autre côté de l'Australie!!! Le climat est vraiment différent de l'hiver. Il fait encore très chaud (en moyenne 35°C et des fois jusqu'à ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns March 7th 2015

I never updated anything besides the Reef during the Cairns trip, so that's what this post is about. I'll get caught up with everything afterward in separate posts so this doesn't become my first book. We went rafting the first day, like I said in the earlier post. The rapids were the best I've been on, and the rainforest itself had plenty of cool waterfalls and side streams flowing into it that we had some good views of during the quiet parts of the day (which were few and didn't last long, also a good thing). I was right up front, so I got blasted with all the water and everything the whole day, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I fell out of the boat once, but it was because of another boat that had gotten caught ... read more
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