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The land of Oz

Sydney to Cairns

29
Aug

Sydney to Cairns
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17
Jun

Blue Mountains

The blue mountains have to be a highlight of the trip for me. This was my first daytime excursion since arriving in Australia, the first few days being made up of sleeping and drinking. However I genuinely can't think of a better jetlag/hangover cure than a trip up these beauties, and thought they were definitely worth a write up!

The day started at 7am when we met our tour guide, an Australian legend who grew up in the mountains, and began our ascent upwards, stopping off for lunch supplies and suncream, optimistically as it was Australian midwinter.. We also spotted some wild ponies and kangaroos on our way up, the novelty of which never wears off! When we finally stopped climbing and got out, we were all totally blown away with the views, and no matter how many photos we took they can never really do it justice. We were lucky enough to see a beautiful rainbow waterfall running down one of the mountains, although our luck soon ran out as we encountered a funnel web spider...

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15
Jun

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22
Jun

Whitsunday Islands

You cannot even think about doing Eastern Australia without a trip to the Whitsundays! Whitehaven beach is probably the most beautiful place I've been to, with its clear blue water and sparkling white sand. On the way there we stopped at Aboriginal caves to see cave paintings dating back thousands of years and did a bit of snorkelling off the boat to see some wild stingrays and coral reef.

We took a boat called the Avatar, which was an experience for me to say the least, having turned up for the trip with a phone charger and hair straighteners.. It turns out I shared a single bed in the pantry with another girl, and we were limited to 30 second showers, the only cure for which obviously was to drink plenty of goon (cheap Australian wine rumoured to be made with fish eggs) on the deck after our captain Kev had retired to his luxury headquarters. Tip for high maintenance travellers, DON'T take the Avatar, but definitely do the Whitsundays!!

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