australia

Driving on Beaches and Swimming in Lakes on Fraser Island

I think what surprised us the most about the largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island, was that it was our highlight of the Australian east coast. We had heard plenty of other people say the same thing, but shook it off because surely it can't be better than the Whitsundays? And we'll definitely prefer Cairns,… Continue reading Driving on Beaches and Swimming in Lakes on Fraser Island

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Starting Our Australian East Coast Road Trip In Noosa

After my second visit to Noosa, one of the main towns on Australia's Sunshine Coast, I have come to one conclusion. It's basically impossible to take a photo where it doesn't look beautiful. I fell in love with Noosa over Christmas, when we celebrated the holidays on the beach with a couple of great backpacker… Continue reading Starting Our Australian East Coast Road Trip In Noosa

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Rainbows in Queenstown and The Worst Milford Sound Cruise Ever

Queenstown, Queenstown, Queenstown. What can I say about you that hasn't already been said a million times? I was always looking forward to this energetic and extreme-loving city, and it was the first place to go onto my itinerary, but I was also concerned that it would be a letdown - touristy, expensive and overhyped.… Continue reading Rainbows in Queenstown and The Worst Milford Sound Cruise Ever

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Is Wanaka One Of The Most Picturesque Places Ever Or What?

Wanaka doesn't make it onto everyone's itineraries for New Zealand - but it was one of the first to go onto mine. Blanketed by mountains and set on a scenic clear lake, and with the feel of a small town but heart of something so much more, there's nothing not to love about this place.… Continue reading Is Wanaka One Of The Most Picturesque Places Ever Or What?

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A Day Trip To Mount Sunday: Discovering Edoras

Mount Sunday has been on my New Zealand list for a while, and for one reason: it's the site of Edoras, the town of the Rohan people in Lord Of The Rings. So when a couple of German backpackers posted in the New Zealand backpacker Facebook group asking if anyone had any suggestions for going… Continue reading A Day Trip To Mount Sunday: Discovering Edoras

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Christchurch: A City Rebuilding Itself

After an incredible journey from Wellington, the ferry to Picton taking us through some stunning scenery and the bus traipsing steadily between the mountains and the wild coast, we didn't expect a lot from Christchurch. After all, this is a city still rebuilding itself from tragic earthquakes, and we weren't sure what to expect at… Continue reading Christchurch: A City Rebuilding Itself

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North Island to South Island Journey in Pictures

I can't say I'd ever heard much about the ferry journey from Wellington on the north island to Picton on the south island of New Zealand. As far as I was concerned, it was a nice way to get between the two islands, and judging by the map of fjords and forks, perhaps there would… Continue reading North Island to South Island Journey in Pictures

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Museums, Views and More Hobbiting Around in Windy Wellington

Wellington would be our final stop on the north island on our New Zealand trip, and we had three main things planned: Te Papa museum, Weta Workshop for more geeking out over Lord Of The Rings, and taking the cable car up to the botanical gardens. Of course, there's a lot more that you could… Continue reading Museums, Views and More Hobbiting Around in Windy Wellington

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20 Things To Do In Rotorua (Don’t Go With No Money)

Our tour of New Zealand, unfortunately, is for the most part on a pretty tight budget. And that's okay - I'm used to being very frugal when it comes to travel, and we are stretching it further by couch surfing instead of staying in hostels, and virtually not eating out at all. And after all,… Continue reading 20 Things To Do In Rotorua (Don’t Go With No Money)

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I’m Sorry Auckland, But I Don’t Really Like You

Auckland was our first stop of our New Zealand trip, and I have to admit... I'm not a huge fan. I can't help it. I can't fall in love with every place we visit, but that's okay. As we flew over the city and came into land, my jaw dropped. I had no idea how… Continue reading I’m Sorry Auckland, But I Don’t Really Like You