Newcastle down under

Our last stop before big and famous Sydney was the small and much less well known Newcastle. Despite this, it has a big and busy harbour and good surf. Part of our reason to stop there was that Zoë went to school in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and so we had to see…

Coffs Harbour

Our next stop along the east coast ended up being the port town of Coffs Harbour. It was a decent 6 hour bus ride from Byron Bay without much to see along the way. Our bus pulled in and our hostels minibus picked us up and gave us a quick tour of the town before…

Byron Bay

Byron Bay is a classic east coast surfer spot and a pretty town. It isn’t very big but offers everything one might need. We arrived there after 4 hours on the bus and did not have to wait long for the shuttle bus to our hostel. We stayed at Wake up!, a two month old…

K’gari not Fraser Island

 We got up early to begin our highlight of our stay in Noosa. We were on our way to the largest sand island in the world which funnily enough is situated in the Great Sandy National Park. Before our tour really got underway we had a stop at the Dropbear office for a safety briefing….


Like the famous Gold Coast south of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast north of it is famous for long sandy beaches and surfing. We want to try surfing (neither of us has done it yet), but our journey north served a different purpose: we wanted to visit the biggest sand island in the world: Fraser island….