During our time in Brisbane, Ellie and I decided to pay a visit to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary; the oldest and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Also home to many other native Australian species such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas and various species of birds and reptiles, we spent a good full day exploring the sanctuary. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is only 12km away from Brisbane centre, and took about 45 minutes on the bus to get to, so I definitely recommend checking it out if you’re planning to visit Brisbane. Entry was $32, and a little extra to…

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Our next stop after Byron Bay was Surfers Paradise, a suburb located on Australia’s Gold Coast. You would think given the name that Surfers Paradise would be a, well, paradise, but I found it to be tacky and quite frankly, boring. The city is known for its high-rise skyline, long stretch of sand on Surfers Paradise Beach and lively nightlife. Sounds great in theory, but as we wondered around the city, we found that there wasn’t really a lot to do. As you can see from the below photos, Surfers Paradise is a modern and pretty city, but I felt that it somehow lacked character;…

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One thing you simply must do if you’re in Byron Bay is to visit Nimbin. Nimbin is well known for its cannabis counterculture and has been donned “the drug capital of Australia” and “a social experiment” by media. Or, as writer Austin Pick describes it “it is as if a smoky avenue of Amsterdam has been placed in the middle of the mountains behind frontier-style building facades. Nimbin is a strange place indeed.” Essentially, Nimbin has a prevalent drug culture and is known for its “spirituality”. We were advised by a travel representative to take the “Grasshoppers Nimbin Tour” as this tour supposedly…

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Byron Bay is a coastal town on the Eastern coast of New South Wales, Australia. Known for its surfer, hippy vibes and beautiful scenery, I found Byron to be really laid back with some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. We spent 5 days here; relaxing at the beach, drinking a lot of cask wine and venturing to nearby Nimbin and Nightcap National Park. It’s hard to describe Byron Bay, so I’ll leave you with some photos.

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Taman Festival was an eight hectare amusement park built in 1997, featuring Bali’s biggest swimming pool, a 3D cinema, the world’s first inverted roller coaster, laser shows and many other attractions. However, unfortunately, millions of dollars worth of laser equipment were struck by lightening on Friday 13th of March 1998 and caused irreparable damage, resulting in the close of the park after insurance companies refused to cover the loss. Taman Festival has remained untouched ever since it closed, and so we decided to go and check out what is left. It turns out that the park was so much fun…

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