Backpacker island life

For the past six weeks, Emma and I have been living and working on a tropical island just off the coast from Cairns, called Fitzroy Island. It’s a national park, and the only buildings on the island are part of the Fitzroy resort, with the rest of the land being unspoilt rainforest full of plenty

Sights around Cairns

Before Emma and I moved over to Fitzroy Island, we spent around four weeks living in Cairns and working in a little village called Palm Cove. On our days off we tried to make the most of our time in Cairns and making the effort to go and see the sights nearby. The first few

Packing for your travels

So you’re setting off on a journey of a lifetime and travelling around Australia for the next couple of years. It’s a very exciting time and your head is bursting with ideas on what to see and do in your time there. The big question you need to ask yourself is, what do I need

The end of the East Coast journey

After an amazing 4 1/2 weeks of travelling from Brisbane to Cairns, we’ve now settled down in the Cairns area and began working, ready to set off on our next adventure once we’ve saved up again. The map above shows all our stops on our travels, covering just shy of 4000 miles over 33 days. Brisbane

Cairns

Cairns marked the final stop on our East Coast trip. We drove there from mission beach almost three weeks ago now, having spent most of our money and set on trying to find ourselves a job. We spent the first two nights in Gilligan’s, which has a reputation for being a party hostel. We were

Mission Beach

Mission Beach is a popular spot along the East Coast of Australia, well known for it’s skydiving. Fresh off the boat from Townsville, we drove the short journey north to stay for a couple of nights. We checked into Absolute Backpackers, a small hostel in Wongaling beach, which is just a 5 minute drive from

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a short 20 minute ferry ride from the coast of Townsville. A few weeks previously we’d been told about the monthly ‘full moon down under’ party held there, so we chose to visit at a time that would coincide with this night out and managed to arrange to meet with my ex-flatmate

Townsville

Moving on from the beautiful Whitsundays tour, our next destination was Townsville for a few nights. After a recommendation from some people we met on the boat, we opted to stay in Rambutan. On arrival, we were immediately very impressed with the hostel, feeling more like a hotel in terms of the quality. The entranceway

Whitsundays – Atlantic Clipper review

Airlie Beach was the next stop Emma and I drove to, just a few short hours from Mackay. This is where our Whitsundays adventure would set off from and our tour package included a night pre and a night post accommodation at Base. The hostel itself was fine but nothing special; now that we’ve stayed