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Australia's East Coast in a Month - Part 1

by Norrisk5 on January 23, 2012

Australia's East Coast in a Month - Part 1

I went to Australia in the summer 2011 between my first and second year of university. Most people normally take a gap year to do travelling, but I just booked my flight, registered as a youth hostel member and left.

My first bit of advice is to pack light! I researched the temperatures of all my stops and packed like that. Turns out that I was lucky, normally it rains! The other essentials were, of course, the camera, the phone (with a pay as you go sim card picked up in Sydney Central YHA on my first morning) and the free maps full of discount vouchers that can be picked up in information centres and hostels.

Sydney was brilliant! Besides the stereotypical tourist spots like the Opera House, Sydney Bridge and Sydney Tower, there is also market on The Rocks where you can find lots of locally made arts and crafts and food, the spectacular Botanic Garden’s, where you can see the famous flying fox bats and also the cockatiels that will fly up and sometimes sit on your arm for photos (they are totally wild too!). Sitting in the gardens was definitely one of my favourite parts of my time in the city. The early spring days were warm and the sunset views of the Bridge were incredible. The night life was also pretty good if that is want you are into, but the entry was also rather pricey. It’s more common to go find a bar for a drink rather than going dancing, that’s locals included.

There was only one flaw with being in Sydney during late August, the tours are pretty empty and get cancelled at short notice. I found this when I went to get the details for my Blue Mountains Tour through the YHA. I ended up finding a local tour which not only worked out to be cheaper but also offered a lot more including cliff walks, a trip on the world's steepest railway and a river cruise back to Sydney as the sun was setting. My favourite photos were all taken on this trip and two of the women I met on the trip I am planning on meeting in Europe next summer.

To find out about Brisbane, surfing, the Gold Coast, Cairns and Port Douglas please read ‘Australia’s East Coast in a Month Part 2’.


For travelling around Australia be sure to check out FlightCenter.com.au. With many great deals and specials on domestic flights Australia, you will be sure to pick up a bargain.

 

Kim
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by Josefmarke Rewnes
About 6 years ago

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Kim
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by Rhea
About 6 years ago

Hi - could you share some advice on the campsites you stayed at in Tassie?

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