Thursday, 4 August 2011

Travel Bug: Australia

This is the last of my trips I have planned and I don't think I will book any more for quite a while. All my savings have gone! But I have saved the best til last and you will see why.

I think it's fair to say that we all have a country we want to visit. One that stands out beyond the rest of them. This country I have had a permanent fixation with for years. I think largely because it is seen as a place of adventure and a place where all my friends seemed to have their gap years (or a part of) at. It is total world away from the United Kingdom and one that doesn't seemed to be splashed across the news a lot. Some people I know say it's "always the cliché country people want to visit" and their's a very good reason. It sounds stunning, like to good to be true and I have NEVER heard a bad word said about trips there. 

Australia it will literally be a dream come true when I step onto your soil in November 2012 for 2 1/2 weeks! There are so many things I have wanted to see and do in Australia. But with it being the other side of the world and all I could never afford the funds for a plane ticket! Let alone a holiday to see EVERYTHING! Then last year my sister (whose employer have an affiliation with Virgin Airways) mentioned that Virgin had just set up cruises around Australia. How perfect?!

I have never been on a cruise before but always wanted to. So it ticked that box and it was Australia! I could see the majority of things I have only dreamt of seeing but with a ship. So last October when I started working I made Australia my goal to save for. I worked extra hours, had to say no to fun events etc because I had to save money for Australia. It was always on my mind.

If I didn't do it now. I never would as life always gets in the way at the best of times. So my friend Lotte and I planned to go next April but the dates fell through with work. We are both nurses and trying to get 3 weeks off at the same time was hard!!! However, the tour we specifically want to do only runs in November and March. So we have to wait until next November which at first bugged us a little but we soon got over it when we saw our itinerary in the brochure.

Next November (the 12th November 2012 to be exact :) we fly out to Sydney and will spend 4 days there. Apart from getting over jet-lag we already have so much we want to do there.

Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge. What an awesome way to see the whole city?! Plus it will be the beginning of Aussie summer time so fingers crossed for a sunny day. We also plan to see a show at the Opera house and generally enjoy the city when we are there. I have already got a list of 'go to' places from shops to botanical gardens.

On one of the 4 days we are in Sydney we are taking a 2 hour bus journey to Palm beach. If your're a Home and Away fan you will know what this means. It is my favourite soap and the only thing I watch religiously on TV. Home and Away film on this beach and it's the views from this show that make me want to visit Australia so much more! I don't plan to character stalk the actors (unless it's Romeo or Miles!) haha but I do plan on seeing all the different locations and swimming in the sea. When I get back and watch it I want to say "I'VE BEEN THERE!!!"

We are also thinking of going to Australia zoo which is what Steve Irwin used to run before his untimely death. We have a lot to pack into 4 days. Then on the 4th day we board our cruise ship and set sail out of Sydney Harbour. I can't imagine what that scene will look like - spectacular I hope!

After a day of cruising on board the ship our first destination will be Cairns. It's famous for one of the 7 wonders of the world.

The Great Barrier Reef. And I plan to go scuba diving in it (another thing I have never done!). We are spending two days here.

After leaving the reef we have another day to relax of cruising before we go to Willis Island. This forms part of the Whitsundays and they are very famous in Australia. They are a set of man made islands which you can live on. They were founded on a Sunday - hence their name. We are spending a day here having BBQ's, snorkelling and more swimming in the sea.

The next day we are visiting Australia's longest beach on the Gold Coast - Airlie Beach. It has white sands (ironic it's on the gold coast), quite deserted and natural waterfalls. Just like Bondi beach (Aussie's most famous surfing beach) it gets pretty good waves so we are thinking of taking a surfing lesson.

And then lastly it's onto Brisbane- The Angel City! We are staying 2 days here and I am sure it will certainly be different from all the reef's and beaches we will be seeing! In Brisbane they have a massive Koala sanctuary where you can hold them. It's also very multi-cultural and is a very 'happening' city. I can't wait to get stuck in being touristy.

Then we return to Sydney for one last goodbye before heading back home. I know once I have done the east coast of Australia I will want to do the west coast like Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and Ayers Rock. I already know I want to return back and I haven't even been yet!

So I think that will settle my travel bug itch for a while. Like I said in my Rome post. I have reached a point in my life where I don't want to just wake up and go to work everyday (as much as I love it). I want see things, do things and enjoy this planet we live on! The only other place I'd really like to visit is Safari in Africa but I think I will save for that once all these trips have been savoured. 

When the travel advisor said it was booked I went home and cried happy crocodile tears! This holiday means so much to me and all the saving has been totally worth it. It's well over a year to go until I fly out but I feel so content knowing its booked and that I AM FINALLY GOING TO AUSTRALIA!!!!


Starlight said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!! Australia is my dream country. I wanted to live there since I was a little girl. I'm sure it'll be amazing and you'll have a wonderful time there.

Alex(andra) said...

That's so awesome!!! I've always wanted to go to Australia too... it sounds amazing!

Laura Anne said...

This sounds amazing - but one point to make - Australia Zoo is nowhere near Sydney. It's closest to Brisbane of all the 'big' cities (which is about a 12-14 hour train journey from Sydney). There is a zoo in Sydney - Taronga Zoo - but it has no connection with Steve Irwin's zoo. And I'd recommend a day trip to the Blue Mountains National Park from Sydney over it!

The Koala Sanctuary is awesome - you can either go down on a river boat, but it's also really easy to get a bus there from the centre of Brisbane.

Doria said...

That is really AWESOME! Enjoy and I hope to see a lot of lovely pics posted afterwards! Kangaroos! come on take some pics of the kangaroos! :)

Doria said...

That is really AWESOME! Enjoy and I hope to see a lot of lovely pics posted afterwards! Kangaroos! come on take some pics of the kangaroos! :)

Stacie said...

Your trip sounds amazing! You are quite the jet-setter!!! Since you have time before your trip- I thought I would mention also that scuba diving generally requires a certification... Snorkeling does not. But you should have time to get it if you plan to scuba dive at the GBR. (Not to rain on your parade- but something to look into before you get there!)

Kristen said...

So jealous right now

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