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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eleven

    28th May to 3rd June Cairns to Cape Tribulation (and back again) So this is it, the final week of our adventure up the East Coast of Australia. From Sydney to Cape Tribulation; a journey of approximately 6,000 kilometres and countless hours on the road. This week we drove from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, visited Port Douglas and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef. This is the what dreams are made of right? Cape Tribulation Whilst most roadtrippers may end their long journey at Cairns, the largest city for miles, we decided to press on as far as the tarmac goes. Cape Tribulation is quite literally the end of the road,…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Ten

    21st May to 27th May Bowen to Cairns Wow! I can’t believe we’re here; ten weeks into the lap of Australia and we’ve practically made to the end of stage one. The East Coast of Australia has been travelled by so many people but that’s often where it ends. I’m excited to reach tropical North Queensland but also excited to continue this journey west. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s still a tonne of stuff to see up here. Some of these places need blog posts for themselves which I’ll hopefully get around to. Townsville The first of the two major cities left on the East Coast, I’ve…

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    Sailing the Whitsundays

    The second of the three main East Coast experiences (alongside Fraser Island and the Great Barrier Reef) is the Whitsunday Islands.  Named by, you guessed it, good old Captain Cook, these islands are practically paradise.  Sailing the Whitsundays was definitely on my bucket list. Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s top ten beaches and Hill Inlet dazzles with its swirling white sands and blue sea.  You’ve probably all seen the pictures, but somethings have to be experienced in person to truly be appreciated. After a lot of research, we decided to just do a day trip out to the islands instead of a two day/two night trip.  The difference…

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    The Home of Bundaberg Rum

    No trip to Bundaberg (or Bundy as its known to locals) would have been complete without a visit to the home of Bundaberg Rum. Bundaberg is an industrial city in Queensland approximately 350km north of Brisbane. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of sugar cane, its only natural that rum is produced here. Personally, I’d never heard of Bundaberg Rum before arriving in Australia although I was aware of their ginger beer being readily available in the UK’s supermarkets. It isn’t just me though, 96% of sales are generated in Australia alone (the majority in Queensland) and 3% is sold to countries for Australian tourists. The remaining 1% is then sold around…

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    The Best Places to Eat in Melbourne

    Having lived in Melbourne for three months, its safe to say that I did my fair share of eating.  It’s hard not to go out and sample as many of the best places to eat in Melbourne as possible.  Even if that means spending most of your hard-earned savings. Melbourne truly is a vibrant and multi-cultural city where all backgrounds are welcomed with open eyes.  Over the years this has led to restaurants offering cuisines from pretty much all over the world.  There’s Italian on Lygon Street, Greek on Lonsdale Street, plenty of Asian restaurants and everything else from French to Lebanese to African.  Whatever food you fancy, you’re guaranteed…

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    Melbourne’s Top Five Bars

    Before I visit a new city, I will spend hours researching the best and most unique places to go.  Top of the list will always be to work out which bars I would like (okay, need) to drink in.  If you’re anything like me then you’ll love quirky bars, hidden bars, rooftop bars and bars with a beer garden.  You get the picture, pretty much any bar.  Luckily for you, I’ve already sampled many of Melbourne’s bars and here I’ve narrowed my favourites down.  This is the ultimate list of Melbourne’s top five bars. Berlin Bar Ich Bin Ein Berliner.  Those four words will be etched in your memory as…

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    24 Hours in Melbourne

    Before you start, if you’re heading to the world’s most liveable city then please take me with you. I recently spent three months in the city and now its all I can think about. Melbourne really does have everything from great bars, restaurants and cafes to some of the best sporting events in the world.  You will find that there’s so much to do in Melbourne that, even if you’ve been before, I can guarantee there’ll be something new that you love! So, if you’ve only got 24 hours in Melbourne, here’s what you need to do! 8am It’s early so you’ll be needing that caffeine hit to set you…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Six

    23rd April to 29th April Brisbane to Hervey Bay Six weeks into the lap of Australia and here’s another weekly update of we did this, we did that.  There’s still people reading them so hopefully I’m keeping it interesting enough for you.  It’s quite hard to make a journal interesting without being too long.  I’ve been handwriting in a journal with daily updates but I can’t fit all of that here.  In any event, I’ve got photos that I want to show you! Brisbane As I mentioned in last week’s update, this week started creating family portraits with koalas.  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to 130 of the cute…

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    Weekly Photo Challenge: Place in the World

    This week’s photo challenge set by The Daily Post is to explore what it means to find your place in the world.  Do you prefer the coast or a big city? Where do you go to feel inspired? For me, I love the coast.  I could sit and watch the waves roll in for hours.  It also inspires me to get creative whether that be with photography or writing.  

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Five

    16th April to 22nd April Springbrook National Park to Brisbane This week we had a few more nights housesitting so we could only stay up in the mountains for a few more days. Twin Falls After a peaceful night, we checked out Twin Falls on a local’s recommendation in the early morning. It was a steep climb down to the waterfall, through caves and behind the falls themselves. I thought we’d be the only ones there. It turns out everyone knew about it and the place was packed with tourists and families. I can see why this place is so popular though its beautiful! We quickly started a craze of…