Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Stretching 122km, containing sand dunes, rain forest and over 100 freshwater lakes, this island is simply spectacular. Its also a great place to spot wild dingoes! Many backpackers to Australia’s East coast flock to the island for multi-day camping and 4 wheel drive adventure packages, which is exactly what we did. We went with a company called Cool Dingoes, which involved a 3 day, 2 night camping trip with a tag along 4 wheel drive tour- this meant I got to drive a 4WD along the beach and through the bush,…

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Hidden within the Great Sandy National Park, the Noosa Everglades are one of only two everglade systems in the world (the other being in Florida, US). The Everglades are a group of tranquil, mirrored waters that have existed unchanged for thousands of years and the entire upper catchment of the river system is protected by National Park so it remains absolutely pristine. They are also one of Australia’s most diverse ecosystems, with over 700 native fauna species coexisting in the area. I wanted to kayak down them. So, we booked onto a kayak tour with a company called The Discovery Group, who are…

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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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