As I stood in the large welcome hall of the Tjapukai aboriginal cultural centre, I noticed a wall of photos. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that this was not just a wall of photos of the aboriginal people that work here like I had first thought.
In far north Queensland lies two world heritage listed sites, side by side. The only place in the world where this occurs. The first, and most well known of these is the Great Barrier Reef. The second is the Daintree Rainforest.
Most people travel to far north Queensland for the Great Barrier Reef but end up discovering that there is so much more to this tropical haven. They uncover the beauty of the rainforest and everything it has to offer. Despite being annually hooked to I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here…,
The Great Barrier Reef is one of those places that finds its way on to most travellers bucket list. I mean why wouldn’t it? It’s one of the 7 wonders of the world and the largest living thing on Earth. Incidentally, it is also the only living thing that you can see from space. It was definitely on my bucket list. So much so that on my East Coast Australia adventure I got to visit several different areas of the…
Mission Beach. I remember thinking that it sounded like some kind of military compound or operation. Perhaps i’ve just watched too many war films? “But what is there to do there?” I asked as I sat in the travel agents office planning my east coast trip.Clearly, I hadn’t put much thought into where I wanted to go on the east coast.
When you first sign up for the Australia working holiday visa 12 months seems like such a long time. Well, I’ve just hit the 6-month mark and oh my god has it flown by.
Just a 25-minute ferry journey from Townsville, Magnetic Island entices many a backpacker to its shore in search of their next island adventure. A part of the Great Barrier Reef Marineland, Magnetic Island first got its name for the apparent ‘magnetic’ effect it had on Captain Cook’s compass. Maybe he was just trying to cover his tracks because he actually had acquired Captain Jack Sparrow’s compass?
Agnes Water and 1770 are small, sleepy towns that are so often overlooked as somewhere to explore. I met many a traveller that was just staying one or maybe two nights here. Using it mainly as a rest spot before catching the overnight bus up to Airlie Beach. While I spent nearly a week in the area most of that was spent on my Castaway adventure (find out more about that in my next post) I definitely fell into the…
Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is one of the must-see things on any east coast Australia trip. It was originally named K’Gari island by its traditional Aboriginal owners and more recently, the island, like Uluru, it has recently been handed back to the traditional owners (albeit with much less fanfare). The word K’Gari roughly translates to paradise which is a pretty good description of this awe-inspiring place. Fraser Island is world-heritage listed and stretches over 123…
Every year millions of people travel to Australia’s east coast hitting all the familiar stops and taking the same instagrammable shots as everyone else. This means that these spots can be really overcrowded which can sometimes take away from the whole feel of a place. Leaving you pretty underwhelmed when you were expecting something a little more breathtaking (that’s tourism for you). However, it does mean that sometimes if you wait awhile.