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Cairns to Sydney Route

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Hey guys,

Had a quiet enough weekend (in comparison with the rest of you Irish people who seemed to have gone out binge drinking 3 nights in a row for the long weekend!). Stayed in Friday night with my lobster like sunburn and decided to watch Wolfcreek. It wasn't as scary as people make out, and it hasn't put me off travelling on the West Coast! On Saturday I headed along to a house party made entirely of Irish and French people at my mate Frankie's place. Very good night had, although I couldn't resist bringing up the Henry handball! More apologies came my way lol, I need to stop milking that one with French people. Oh and I found an off license selling Swedish cider on the way! Had really missed that but damn was it expensive at 6 dollars a bottle. Bought 3 anyway :)

Sunday and Monday I just chilled out and went to the cinema, saw Buried and The Social Network (which just got released here, seems Australia are a little bit behind on a lot of films). Both really good.

On Tuesday I met up with Andrew in Newtown and had lunch at his university, and then went to the Sydney tower for some amazing views and took a few snaps. That evening I had dinner at my mate Neil's apartment with his other half Ben. So all in all, I've been well behaved!


Finally booked everything from Cairns to Sydney for my East Coast trip and I'm really excited about it. The whole thing cost me 1,900 Australian dollars (about 1,350 Euro) and is looking like this but subject to a few little changes as I need to look at all the dates and make sure I'm happy with everything before I pay in full:

16th - arrive in Cairns
17th - Great Barrier Reef Trip with 1 dive and 2 snorkelling
18th - chill out day
19th/20th - Cape Tribulation Rainforest Tour
21st - Bus - Cairns to Townsville
22nd/23rd/24th - PADI Open Water diving course
25th - Bus - Townsville to Airlie Beach
26th - chill out day
27th/28th/29th - Whitsunday Sailing Adventure
30th - chill out day

1st - Bus - Airlie Beach to Harvey Bay
2nd/3rd/4th - Frasier Island Off-Road Jeep Tour (you take turns driving)
5th - Bus - Harvey Bay to Nuso
6th/7th - Canoe/Hiking trip folllowed by Bus to Brisbane
8th/9th - chill out days
10th - Brisbane to Byron Beach
11th - Byron beach followed by 7pm bus to Sydney
12th/13th/14th - Sydney
15th - Home to Dublin for Christmas!

The Canoe/Hiking trip was offered for free. Most of you know hiking is not my thing (does that involve outdoor exercise?) but I'm just thinking of it as a 2 day boot camp trip. God the thoughts of my arms already after hours of paddling. You can look forward to be me moaning about that when I'm doing it lol.

All accomodation and bus travel is included in the above price. It also includes meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner and snacks) for all tours which is about 2/3 of the above. You can't go wrong with that I don't think. Well happy. I better enjoy chilling out the next 3 weeks here so as I will barely have a minute to myself once this trip starts.

For those of you who have done the East Coast (I'm looking primarily at my college friends!), drop me an email on what you think re: the above, especially if you think I should make any changes before settling it. Cheers!

PS: Finally figured out how to put pics up on this (thanks Suze). It's quite slow to upload so only putting up 1-2 per post at most. I've put in a few from previous posts of mine so take a look back if you haven't got access to Facebook (Mike and Daniel!). Otherwise everything will be on FB.

Posted by mattld 16:46 Archived in Australia

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