Travel Wish-List: The Classic Australian Backpacking Trip
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today, it is already tomorrow in Australia- Charles M. Schulz
At the start of December you may remember that I started a Travel Wish-list series with a relaxing holiday to Bandung, Indonesia. Well, today, now that all the Christmas themed posts are out of the way, the series continues. On today’s wish-list is the classic Australian backpacking trip!
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to make the long trip to Australia. I can’t explain why I was drawn to the place when I was a young girl, I just was. Now, I’m drawn to the country because of its beauty, its laid back atmosphere and, perhaps most importantly of all, its sunny, hot weather. God I want to be in the sun right now…
I’ve never really been that keen on the 23 hour flight or the huge, deadly spiders though. I guess that’s put me off a little in the past but now I’m not sure these things bother me that much.
There’s definitely something for everyone in Australia, whether you’re an adventurer, love a good laid back beach lifestyle, or whether you want to work and experience life like a local, it’s all possible there.
Walk the harbour bridge: As in the bit higher than the bit you’re supposed to walk on, where you have to be harnessed to the side. I have no idea why I want to do this but it’s been one of the things I’ve wanted to do since I was little. I’m terrified of heights- and was even more scared when I was younger- so goodness knows why I want to do this! The heart wants what it wants though, eh?
I think the views would be incredible and it’d be a great thing to say that you’ve done!
Opera house- I want to see if the Sydney Opera House is really as small as everyone says it is. Has anyone been and found it to be surprisingly smaller than they expected?
Boat trip- I took a boat trip around the bay in San Francisco and I remember how wonderful it was to see the famous land marks in a more unique way. I think Sydney would be another great place to do this in. Just imagine a hot summer day, wind whipping through your hair and the salty ocean spraying your face to cool you down as you pass under one of the most famous bridges in the world!
Admittedly I don’t know that much about Brisbane, I just know that my grandparents visited once and my grandpa was so grumpy and scowled so much that, every time he gets grumpy now, my grandma says he has his Brisbane face on! I’d love to see it for myself and see the place that made him so infamously grumpy (I’m sure it wasn’t Brisbane itself…)
Another cool thing would be to take a classic picture in front of the Brisbane sign. It’s like the one in Amsterdam except it’s more colourful and quirky.
The Whitsundays I’m sure these need no introduction as they are possibly one of the most stunning places on earth. If you’re not familiar with them they are a collection of 74 islands in Queensland, and they are located very near to The Great Barrier Reef. They are gorgeous and a beach lovers paradise. Search for #lovewhitsundays on twitter, or put in the whitsundays in Pinterest, and enjoy!
Great Barrier Reef: I’m not really sure if snorkelling is my thing, but seeing the natural wonder that is The Great Barrier Reef through a glass-bottom boat would be a pretty nice experience. I’m conflicted about it though as this Eco-system is under severe stress and more tourism could possibly be damaging.
Uluru (aka Ayer’s Rock): This huge sandstone rock formation is sacred to the Indigenous people of the area and is UNESCO listed. It is home to numerous watering holes, springs and ancient paintings- so would be a fascinating, historical place to visit. It isn’t actually in Alice Springs (it’s just over 200 miles south) but it’s the nearest large town, and one that many people stay in when visiting.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I have a thing for sunsets, so I think seeing Uluru at sunset would be absolutely magical. I mean, sunset at the Grand Canyon was so I expect Uluru wouldn’t disappoint.
Obviously this list isn’t exhaustive, but it’s just a little snapshot of what I think would be the best trip around Australia.
Other places in Australia that I would love to visit include Melbourne (for its culture), The Outback in Western Australia (because the outback is a staple of a backpacking trip there) and Perth (for its perfect mix of nature and urban city life).
I’ll hopefully see you soon, Australia!
Has anyone been to any of the places I’ve mentioned here? What did you think? Has anyone got any recommendations of places to see that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the Comments!
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