Australia · 26 Days · 26 Moments · July 2017

Grace's voyage in Australia

24 August 2017

Day 26- Melbourne πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί As it was last full day I had a beautiful sleep in my own double bed 😍 then we met and headed for breakfast where I finally got some beans 😍 we then headed around the city to explore. We decided to get the city bikes and see more cites of Melbourne. I then did some shopping and had drinks then said a farewell to Becky :( me and Justine then decided to stay in and have snacks and chill. πŸ‘πŸ»

23 August 2017

Day 25- Port Campbell- Melbourne A quick breaky then left port Campbell and went to discover some more of Great Ocean Road. We stopped for lunch and coffee and made or way to Melbourne. When we arrived in Melbourne it was raining and very windy. As it was the last day of the tour we said our goodbyes to everyone and me, Justine, Suzanne and chiara headed to the YHA. We then got ready and met Becky and went for food and cocktails 🍽🍹 what a way to end an amazing tour πŸ’—πŸ˜

22 August 2017

Day 24- Grampians- Port Campbell Some people had an early get up for a walk at pinnacles where I stayed at the hostel and started to make pancakes for everyone πŸ˜€ we then to cultural centre and I bought a koala puppet and a book for school. After that we headed to Tower Hill where I spotted a koala sleeping in the tree 🐨🌳 we then headed for some sight seeing at the Grotto, London Bridge, 12 apostles and then headed to the hostel. We then out for food πŸ”

21 August 2017

Day 23- Adelaide-Grampians Early get up Adelaide to set off to the Grampians. We had a stop off at a little park then we stopped for lunch then made our way to Mackenzie falls which was very steep down to the waterfall🌊 then a strenuous walk back to the top. After that we went to the Jaws of death which was amazing view and walked back just for sunset πŸŒ… when we arrived at the hostel we had tea which was tacos then relaxed the rest of the evening infront on the fire ❄️πŸ”₯ we spoke to the lady who runs the place and she was lovely.

20 August 2017

Day 22- Adelaide after a huge sleep in from the night before we got up and headed into the city of Adelaide for some later afternoon brunch 🍽 we then did a bit of shopping and headed back to the hostel for relaxation 😴 we chilled, chatted, contacted family then ordered a take away curry πŸ™ŒπŸ» after playing some card games with the girls in the room, I then hit the hay for the get up the next day 😴

19 August 2017

Day 21-Flinders ranges- Adelaide Early get up at the lodge sight then headed to the Flinders Ranges National Park for a 6km walk and hike. Saw amazing views from the of the top of ranges 😍🏞 then we headed into Clare valley for wine tasting where we bought a bottle of wine 🍷 we then headed into the city of Adelaide, got ready, had food then headed town for Justine's birthday πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ»

18 August 2017

Day 20- Coober Pedy/Flinders Rangers Had a sleep in at the hostel and had breakfast at 8☺️ we then went to Josephine's art gallery where I bought an aboriginal art book mark and a key ring. We then visited the kangaroo sanctuary where we met some kangaroo orphans and Charlie the baby kangaroo 😍 we then set off to Flinders Rangers which took 10 hours to get there. We stopped off at Lake Hart which was a huge Salt Lake. We finally arrived at the accommodation, had a BBQ and hit the hay for an early get up the next day. 😴😴
Day 19- Uluru- Coober Pedy Woke up early at the campsite and set off early to Coober Pedy. Stopped off for lunch and toilet breaks. Finally we arrived at Coober Pedy to our under ground hostel and then went to the Opal mine tour. Later on we went out for pizza and had an early night ready for the next day 😴

16 August 2017

Day 18- Uluru Woke up at 5 in the morning in the swag lovely and cozy. Set off to watch sunrise of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and then headed to .... for a walk to see the sand dunes, we then went for another walk around Ayers Rock and looked at the history of the aboriginal people. We then went to aboriginal centre museum which had lots of beautiful aboriginal art and history. After that we headed to resort for dinner and then went on the helicopter ride to see all of the outback πŸ˜πŸŒ„ we then headed back for relaxation and went to see the sunset at Uluru πŸŒ… the day was finished by spag Bol made by Ron and a campfire ⛺️πŸ”₯

15 August 2017

Day 17- Alice springs-Uluru Another early get up at 5 and headed in the new G Adventures bus named Giles 🚎 had a few toilet stops and headed to king canyon. My legs felt swollen and numb so me and Suzanne stayed and relaxed while the rest did a 2 hour hike. We then headed to Uluru camp where we were staying that night. We got a swag and set up for the night and then headed for dinner. We came back and got in the swag and looked up at the stars🌌🌠

14 August 2017

Day 16- Cairns to Alice Springs Early get up and said bye to the others and headed to cairns airport. Got on the 8-15 flight over to Alice Springs which was about a 2 hour flight. We then arrived at Alice spring and had a short drive to the hostel. We went for a walk to Mc Donald's and the supermarket so snacks then headed back to hostel for some chill out time. Around half past 4 we headed to Anzec Hill to watch the sunset and see the views. We then headed back to the hostel for or welcome meeting where we met our new people on our trip and Ron our CEO 😊😊 I then had a shower and relaxed in bed ready for the next early get up.

13 August 2017

Day 15- Cairns Woke up bright and early and headed to Marina to go snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef. πŸŸπŸ πŸ¦€πŸ’Go on the boat and had an early morning snorkel followed by some delicious lunchπŸ›₯. Had an afternoon snorkel followed by cheese snacks. We then headed back to cairns to get ready for the night. We had tea at woolshed which then was finished off by a boogie πŸ’ƒπŸ» we had to party our last night as a full group in style. πŸ˜€

12 August 2017

Day 14 Arlie beach- Cairns Early get up at half past 4 and boarded to the train to Tully. 🚝We arrived at Tully, had dinner and had an a Aboriginal culture lesson from Sarah and Neville. We made our own aboriginal art then displayed it to the others. After that we jumped on the coach from 2 hours and arrived at the hostel in Cairns. I unpacked and then met the rest of the group and we walked into the town. We enjoyed a Chinese buffet and then explored the night markets.

11 August 2017

Day 13- Whitsundays- Arlie beach Woke up bright and early for breaky and an early snorkel of the Great Barrier Reef 🐠🐟🐑🐒 we saw lots of fishes and a huge turtle! We then headed back to the boat to pack up our things and we sailed back to Arlie beach. We vacated the boat and headed up to the hostel where we had a relaxin afternoon of sunbathing and chilling🌞 Later that night we met for tea in the bar and went out for some drinks and singalong in an Irish bar called shenanigans ☘️🍻

10 August 2017

Day 12- Whitsundays Woke up nice and fresh on the boat and headed to Whitehaven beach of the Whitsundays early morning. Gab took us around the island and then took us down to the glorious beach of Whitehaven. We stayed a good hour then headed back to the boat for lunch πŸ‘πŸ» later that afternoon we went snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef where they were lots of different fish 🐟 we arrived back and warmed up with coffee and biscuits β˜•οΈπŸͺ later that evening we headed to Langford island for sunset πŸŒ… we had cheese, crackers and fruit with goon and watched the beautiful sunset. We then headed back for tea where we had delicious spag Bol and bevs 🍝🍷🍺

9 August 2017

Day 11- Rockhampton- Arlie beach Jumped on board Paulie's bus for a 6 hour journey up to Arlie beach- watched Tarzan, cool runnings and mean girls. Arrived at Arlie beach where we climbed on board of the British defender where we met Tess, Xav and Gab. We did some sailing and then we dropped the anchor for night and hit the booze βš“οΈπŸŒŠπŸΊ

8 August 2017

Day 10- Noosa-Rockhampton The day begin with a soothing canoeing trip to the Noosa Everglades. When we arrived back we packed up and headed for the train station. 6 hour train journey and we arrived in RockhamptonπŸš„ we were picked up by a guy called Paulie who took us to his beautiful accommodation called Emu backpackers resort where we had lovely rooms with comfy beds, ensuite bathroom and a balcony 😍 we had a gorgeous BBQ tea and hit the hay ready for the next day 😴

7 August 2017

Day 8- Fraser Island Early get up and set off from Brisbane to our destination where or 4x4 vehicle was waiting for us. Then we drove around rainbow beach and got on the ferry over to Fraser Island. After a very bumpy ride in the forest we arrived for dinner at lake Mackenzie and had a dip in the beautiful lake which was clear as day. Later on we arrived at our accommodation which was luxury and I finally got a double bed. Tea was amazing which was finished of by Mississippi mud pie 😍
Day 9- Fraser Island-Noosa πŸπŸŒŠβš“οΈ Woke up the wet and damp Fraser Island. Set off around the island and came back to the beautiful rainbow beach. After that we arrived at Elanda point where we stayed in little huts. We are dinner then hit the beach for relaxation ready for canoeing. After a small mishap canoeing didn't happen and we spent the rest of the afternoon chilling in the sun with the kangaroos. Later that night we had a delicious BBQ by Pete and lit the campfire with marshmallows and drinks. πŸ”₯

5 August 2017

Day 7- Brisbane Set off from Byron to Brisbane on a brand new bus. Stopped off at point danger look out for a cake stop and sang happy birthday to Micheal. Then we arrived at Brisbane, checked into the hostel and went to explore the city. First was shopping to buy a new bag then headed across the bridge to south bank. Then we had some lunch and hit the market. Later on we had Japanese for tea then went to strike for karaoke and bowling. Brilliant day & night πŸ™πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

4 August 2017

Day 6- Byron bay The day started off with a beautiful bacon and egg buttie then off we went to sea kayak with Cape Byron. It was amazing! definitely not for the faint hearted. Very sore arms and shoulders. After that we hit the beach, sunbathed and went for a bit of shoppingπŸ˜€ we then went back to the hostel, ready then went to see the sun set at the lighthouse βš“οΈ then we all headed for pizza, pre drinks at the hostel then hit the Byron bay nightlife πŸ™ŒπŸ»

3 August 2017

Day 5- Yamba/Byron bay Woke up to the mesmerising sunrise in Yamba then headed onto Lennox head where we met the surf instructors. After a squeeze tight into our wet suits we had a surf lesson which then turned into surfing into the waves. After that we headed to the beautiful town of Byron bay and checked into the arts factory hostel. As we got around the corner to see what our accommodation was going to be for the next two nights- camping pods surrounded by a swamp πŸ•πŸ˜± later on we were visited by a little friend called Kevin the spider πŸ•·finally the night ended with the best chicken burger πŸ”

2 August 2017

Day 4- early start had breakfast in the hotel and headed to John's sheep station. We had a sheep shearing demonstration then after I had a go at shearing my own sheep. πŸ‘ Matt and Mickey were the sheep catchers with Matt having difficulty at first πŸ˜‚ after that we had a long drive through the beautiful country and stopped off at Raspberry lookout for lunch 🌲 we then headed down the mesmerising waterfall where a few of the guys got in and were very cold 😬 after that we headed to the town of Yamba and checked into the Pacific hotel which came with an amazing view 😱🌞 I shared a room with Justine, Suzanne and Laura. Finally we went to buy booze and settled for a meal at the Thai restaurant🏯

1 August 2017

Day 3- woke up in the beautiful farm of Dag sheep station, had breakfast then travelled through the town of Tamworth where we saw the famous golden guitar then we headed to Joy and Paul's gold mine. We hunted for crystals and gold and I ended up collecting two beauty golden nuggets ! 😍 we ended the trip with a true Aussie BBQπŸ—πŸ” tried kanger bangers! πŸ‘ŒπŸ» after that we headed to the town of Bingara where we opted for a walk in the park and went to the pub. We stayed in imperial hotel where we had a cockroach in a room and very squeaky beds 😳 however I survivedπŸ‘πŸ»

31 July 2017

Day 2- started the day with an early get up, met the group and got aboard the beautiful tour g adventures tour bus- Georgia! Left the scenic city of Sydney and headed up to hunter valley. Quick stop off to get shirts for the wine tasting. Then we got the winery called mount pleasant 🍷 after that we headed to the Nundle sheep station where we were staying for the night.. had some delicious tea and then hit the hay in an amazing bunk barn lodge πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

30 July 2017

Day 1- Sydney πŸŒ‰ arrived in Sydney in the base packers hotel. Met Emma after 6 months which was amazing! Went for breakfast then went round to see the harbour bridge and the opera houseπŸ˜€ had a bev next to the harbour bridge. Went back to the hostel and met my new travel group ready for the adventure πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ˜