As I will be based in Brisbane for a while now it is nice to look back on the journey I have had and plan where to head from here. So far it has been a great experience and I needed to settle somewhere to take it all in.
This post was inspired by the lovely Pat over at AtheistsMeow, with the question:
Thanks Pat and I will try to answer it.
So far, I have only travelled the east coast of Australia. Getting the train from Newcastle to London, I stayed over night before taking off from Heathrow on my first leg of the long haul to Singapore. A short three hour train ride, a quick glance at Platform 9 and Three Quarters and a nice hotel room at the airport. It was a very pleasant start to the journey, despite the weight of the backpack I was carrying to the other side of the world.
And then, something I was really looking forward to. My first ride on an A380, with Singapore Airlines. This was a great flight and a really good airline. On top of this, I took time during my 17 hour layover (that’s right, 17 hours!) to look around Singapore Airport and the city itself.
After the shorter Singapore to Sydney flight and the 37 hour journey, my first sight in Australia.
This isn’t the last shot I took of the harbour, I would go on to take approximately 1,835,265 more photos in my six months here.
My six month contract at work was ending, and I realised I had six months left to carry out my 88 days farmwork to extend my visa. I had a short but very fun weeks holiday in Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef with friends before flying back to Sydney to finish my contract.
My contract ended, a farm south of Townsville was hiring and I made my way up there via Brisbane.
This was a tough, amazing and sometimes terrifying 88 days of farmwork to gain my second year visa.
I finished this with a month to spare, gained my visa immediately after applying and made my way down the east coast. First stop, Townsville for the night.
And then down to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays…
From here, I spent a few days in Hervey Bay, taking the overnight coach. Why is the below shot so blurry?! I blame tiredness…
I was planning on heading to Fraser Island from here, but later learned that I could do this further down in Noosa and it would be a much shorter ferry trip. So instead, I spent the time unwinding and walking up this impressively long pier.
Then, Noosa and Fraser Island. One photo does not do this justice at all and there is so much to do on this sand island, a single picture cannot sum it up. My full trip can be seen in a series of Travel Diary posts linked at the bottom of this post.
And here I am, typing this from the city of Brisbane that I ran out of money and found employment in. This is a good thing, as it gives me time to settle, base myself and get to know the city very well.
Now, to finally answer Pat’s question. My plan from here is to visit the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and head on down to Melbourne. I will take short breaks in the first two destinations and hopefully base myself in Melbourne and try to find employment here too, once my current contract runs out in March. As I am on a working holiday visa, I can only work for 6 months with any one company. I also want to visit Adelaide and visit the Twelve Apostles between Melbourne and Adelaide. Kangaroo Island near Adelaide is also on the list before heading to Perth. Admittedly I do not know much about the west coast other than Perth, however I have been told it is absolutely beautiful. For this reason, I feel I would be missing out if I didn’t visit it between now and September next year.
It would be great to do a full clockwise circle around Australia, and then head to New Zealand as I probably won’t be this close again. That is the plan anyway. Even if I take flights from various points around Australia to achieve this full circle, I would be happy to see some areas I may not have planned to previously. Darwin and Uluru are on the list too. New Zealand is 100% somewhere I will be heading to at some point, there isn’t many countries such a short flight away from here! Heck, some Australian cities are further away from me right now than New Zealand is.
So to summarise, the west coast hopefully, New Zealand definitely. It is not that I don’t want to visit the west coast, it is just about planning and finding the time. I am barely into my second year visa but I plan to be in Brisbane and Melbourne for longer periods.
Thank you again Pat for the question. My Travel Diary will have the answers throughout 2019!
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