So… today’s the day! I’m flying to Australia this evening and I’m more excited (and terrified) than ever before. Here’s what I’m up to.
A WEEK WITH STA TRAVEL IN SYDNEY
So I kick start my adventure by landing in Sydney on 5 January and doing a week with STA Travel. I’ve had this package booked with them for a long time, and it’s ultimately a week in a hostel in central Sydney, assistance setting up tax codes and Medicare and a sim card, as well as help with finding a job. Plus, cool days out around the city, surfing lessons and a trip to the Blue Mountains. Overall, pretty rad.
A WEEK AT BONDI BEACH
After my friend and I (she’s also doing the package) have finished with STA, we’re staying in Bondi for a week, in a hostel right on the beach.
G ADVENTURES SYDNEY TO BRISBANE ADVENTURE
After my two weeks in Sydney are up, I’m going a week-long tour with G Adventures up the east coast of New South Wales to Brisbane. We’re stopping off at Tamworth, Yamba and Byron Bay, and get to have more surfing lessons, a wine tour and celebrate Australia Day in Byron Bay!
For the next month I’ll be exploring Queensland, starting with 5 days in Brisbane, where I’ll be staying with my godmother’s brother and his family. They’re super lovely and live really close to the city centre which is great. From there, I’m spending a week in Noosa where I’ll no doubt be sunbathing, swimming in the Fairy Pools and exploring the national park, and just generally having a really relaxing time. After Noosa, it’s off to Rainbow Beach for the Dingo’s Fraser Island 4×4 tour which is one of the things I’m most looking forward to! Then it’s to Airlie Beach for a night (after an overnight Greyhound trip, snore…) before heading off to the Whitsunday Islands for a two night boat trip. To end my QLD trip, I’ll be spending a few days in Cairns.
G ADVENTURES RED CENTRE TO MELBOURNE ADVENTURE
The last part of my adventure (before finding somewhere to live, getting a job and generally just being a proper adult again) is flying over to Alice Springs and doing a 10-day trip, again with G Adventures, travelling down through the Northern Territory to Kings Canyon, Uluru (!!), Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges, Adelaide, Grampians NP, Port Campbell and finally to Melbourne.
I’ll be using this blog as a travel diary, and I’ll be making vlogs too, so check back here regularly for more details and weird stories about what I’m getting up to!