Fraser Island, Australia | Travel Talk Pt.4

Fraser Island, Australia | Travel Talk Pt.4

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The beautiful island of Fraser is situated on the East Coast of Australia and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I have seen. Stunning clear water lake, tropical canopies and sandy white beaches make this a must see place on your travels along the east coast.

I went on a 3-day excursion through Sunset Safaris which was definitely not long enough but unfortunately I was squeezed for time. The tour was well organised and very informative by our tour guide ‘Scuba Steve’ who provided an entertaining tour for the duration. We also got to ride in a huge 4×4 safari truck which was quite comfortable and pretty cool racing over the sand dunes in! I could have spent a few weeks here easily. Nevertheless it was fantastic and Im really glad I got to experience this place even if just for a short amount of time.

From rainforest walks, to crystal clear streams and a spot of whale watching it couldn’t have been any better. Accommodation and food were included throughout. We visited The pinnacles, Rainbow beach, fresh water lake, mahino shipwreck and explored the entire island; spotting a fair few wild dingos as well. For now I’ll leave you with a few snaps from my time here and hopefully I’ll be able to go back for a longer stay one day!

Quick Price | Adult 3 Day Excursion £240 $370

amazing couple of days on fraser island doing a truck safari #fraser #island #australia #truck

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Maheno Shipwreck

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Melbourne, Australia | Travel Talk Pt.3

Melbourne, Australia | Travel Talk Pt.3

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Voted Australia’s ‘Culture Capital’, Melbourne offers bustling high streets crammed with great places to grab something to eat or sit down for a coffee; surrounded by art, creativity and urban street scenes. There is  tonnes to entertain you by day and night in this city. I’ll be suggesting the top places I’d recommend on going and seeing whilst your there.

If your in need of some arts and culture then check out Melbourne’s ACMI centre for Art, Film & Digital Culture. Its a hive of creative content and exhibitions where you’ll be immersed in a world of the arts. Whilst I was there I enjoyed the dreamwork animation exhibition they had on which gave a real insight into the production and creation of the iconic films; as well as lots of behind the scenes looks at films and even a chance to have a go at animating like the pros! Check out what they have on when you visit.

Quick Price | Adult Entry Exhibition £10 $15 (prices vary on exhibition) | ACMI Entry FREE (some exhibitions require no fee!)

Melbournes architecture #australia #buildings #artsy

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checking out the sculptures at dreamworks #animation #kungfupanda #design

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Another place I loved when I visited Melbourne was the Queen Victoria Night Markets. This is a great place to discover mouth watering food and drinks with a variety of different options from all over the world as well as some new flavour combos that will get your taste buds going. I tried duck and waffle with hoisin sauce which was incredible and sat back with a mulled wine cider watching a 1950’s band play a set.

Live music, great food and feel good atmosphere make this place a great evening out – just make sure you don’t eat before you go so you can make the most of whats on offer here, I’d recommend on taking at least £20 $30 out with you to really enjoy yourself but you can also pick up bargain meal prices with the amount of competition that is there. As well as all this you can also take a look around some vintage craft stools, handmade gifts and quirky items that are on display. Make sure you wrap up warm or bring extra for another mulled wine cider!

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Melbourne offers its own Eureka Skydeck which serves as a great 297.3m vantage point to look out and admire the city of Melbourne. It is the southern hemispheres highest vantage point and boasts a whooping total of 88 floors! This can usually be coupled with a deal that includes a trip along The Great Ocean Road and a day out exploring Phillip Island. I’d say definitely get this in with a deal as buying the tickets just for the skydeck may not be worth it; although it provides a great view once you have walked around the top (approx 15-20mins) theres not a great deal else to do, so to make it worthwhile and couple it with another activity in the day.

admiring the view from 88 floors high #eureka #skydeck #view #melbourne

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Thatttt skyyyy #melbourne #australia #instadaily

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Somewhere you have to see whilst in the southern territory of Aus is The Great Ocean Road an epic 243 Kilometres stretch of prime aussie coastline partnered with spectacular sea views. Make sure you glimpse the 12 Apostles and have your picture taken with the start sign at the beginning of the road! The Tour we went through was with our hostel in the ‘3 in 1’ package – this was great as we had a limited amount of time and budget but if I’m honest I think the best possible way to do this and get the most out of it is to hire a campervan and road trip it with friends over a few days! That would make for one EPIC ROAD TRIP and when I head back this is what I’ll be looking at doing for sure. Salamanda Travel & VroomVroom are some camper van options.

Finally the day trip to Phillip Island gave us a day of kicking it with koalas, taking a nose at the Nobbie’s centre and perusing the penguins. We got to go onto an authentic and still working Australian farm to learn about the history and agriculture of the country. We stopped off at a centre dedicated to Australian creatures where you can feed the roos and take a few selfies with your new furry friends. Then finished it off with dinner and a spot watching the famous Phillip island penguins come home form the sea and follow them up as they go back to their nests.

Quick Price | 3 in 1 Tour Package (Most hostels & Tour Operators) £220 $340

The Great Ocean Road! #sightseeing #tourist #australia

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ideal location for lunch #lighthouse #view #australia

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2 of the ’12’ (8) Apostles, pretty amazing to see #12apostles #australia #landscape

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fed a roo! #australia #kangaroo #animal

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Phillip island at sunset before watching the penguins #australia #landscape #sunset

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There are so many other great things to do in Melbourne and delicious things to eat that you can’t miss out on exploring this city. With graffiti artwork adorning the city walls, trams trundling around ready to take you to every corner and tonnes of shops for you to indulge in some retail therapy. And why not head over to the Chinatown part of the city – grab some noodles and see a play at Her Majestys Theatre !

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Australia | Travel Talk Pt.1

Australia | Travel Talk Pt.1

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Heading down under with this post all about the awesome aussie east coast, starting off in sunny Sydney!

Icon : Sydney Opera HouseI flew from Heathrow airport in London on an Emirates flight – which was incredible. The service, food and choice of films couldn’t have been better. With a stop off in Dubai airport we continued our 18 hour journey to the beautiful city of Sydney. ( I have tried to give rough estimations on what I spent in Sydney, please take this as guide price and always look for online discounts or deals that may be available in other months/times of the year! )

Quick Prices: Return Economy Flights with Emirates ( 1x stop off June/July – August/September) £900 $1400

When we arrived at our first hostel ‘The Base‘ we checked in, dropped off our backpacks and decided to head for a large coffee in Hyde park and take a stroll through Sydney’s botanical gardens – which led us to our first glimpse of the iconic Sydney Opera House. Very surreal to finally see it up close and its a lot smaller than it seems on tv but just as magnificent with the back drop of the harbour bridge. The architecture and design of it is stunning and after soaking up the sun on the steps of the opera house we headed back to our hostel to catch up on some much needed sleep! The Base’ facilities were really well maintained and all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Your able to book tours through most of the hostels you go in and can even work shifts for free accommodation or food – so make the most of this if your on a budget!

Quick Prices: 1x Night Accom. The Base £16 $24

 

holding the #sydney #operahouse #austrailia #selfie #instadaily

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Whilst in Sydney we discovered that you can get water taxis across the harbour. We hopped in one and jetted over the scenic harbour taking in a 360 view of the opera house and bridge – pretty cool way to see it and I’d definitely recommend going in one as they are only a couple of dollars – way better than cramming onto a ferry! It took us over to The Taronga Zoo to check out our first glimpse of Australian critters. The zoo itself was huge, there was so much to see and do. We saw everything from koalas to kangaroos, crocodiles and platypus’ as well as loads more. Some great photo opportunities for any wildlife photographers out there. A great and well run zoo packed with information on wildlife, we managed to get our ticket in a deal with the water taxi by scouting out around the harbour and combining deals.

We managed to get our tickets in a deal with the water taxi return fare as well! Look out for the promoters round the harbour front and don’t be scared to haggle for better prices – theres loads of different tour operators but they all want your custom!

Quick Prices: Taronga Zoo & Taxi Return £27 $41

Taxi view #watertaxi #sydney #austrailia #instadaily

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Giraffe In The City

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Hi Nigel! #pelican #bird #instadaily

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We also took the opportunity to visit Darling Harbour for a bit of sightseeing round the city and a chance to check out the shops and food places. If your looking for a day of retail therapy with snacks and drinks then you should head here. Theres everything you could want and its all set around a picturesque harbour front. Whilst here we visited Wildlife Sydney which was another chance to see some of the animals indigenous to this country. Wildlife Sydney had a more up close and personal feel with some of the smaller creatures of the bush and was catered a lot more to families with young children – so if this is you I’d head to Wildlife Sydney for your dose of aussie animals.

As this is part of the Merlin attractions family you can usually get great discounts to combine entry to multiple places, so really good if your planning to visit more than one of them and make the most of the deal. Make sure you look tickets up online as well as you can often save money on online deals and discounts!

Quick Prices: Online Booking £10 $15 | Walk-In Booking £15 $21

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Being in Sydney we couldn’t not take a bus down the road to the famous Bondi Beach. A beautiful small beach located just 20 mins bus journey out of the city offers stunning oceans views and a bustling beach town with cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. I just enjoyed sitting on the beach soaking up the incredible views and ocean sunset! The bus system in Australia is run very efficiently as you can buy tickets in local shops or by machine – they do not take cash on board so its just a swipe on and off system which makes travelling really quick and easy. Trains work in the same way but you buy all the tickets as you go down into the underground using machines.

Quick Prices: Sydney Town Centre – Bondi Beach Bus Return £5 $8

I’d quite happily live on bondi beach #sydney #bondi #beach #instadaily

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sunset at bondi #beach #bondi #sunset #perfection

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You can take a walk along the famous Harbour bridge and glance out across at the Opera house and city from the Pylon Lookout at the centre of the bridge. You can also walk the harbour bridge if your feeling brave and want a higher view of everything!

Quick Prices: Harbour Bridge Climb Day £135 $205 | Twilight £170 $260 | Night £116 $176 | Dawn £170 $260

Amazing views from the bridge #sydney #austrailia #landmark #operahouse #instadaily

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To finish our first stop in Sydney off we took a trip back down the harbour and relaxed in the Opera bar that comes alive at night with bars and tables set up along the harbour front. Massive fire patio heaters light the way and you are able to order food from the bars restaurant as well. You can soak up the atmosphere as you look out onto a bustling harbour front whilst you sip your ice cold aussie beers.

Quick Prices: Beer £4 $6 | Red/White Wine £5 $7 | Pizza £10 $15 | Chips £5 $7

 

perfect end to the day a cold beer at the opera bar #ideal #sydney #austrailia

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the best course #dessert #cake #foodporn #instadaily

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