Australia East coast 2015

Australia East coast 2015

Oh Australia!

I traveled part of the Australia East coast for only 3 weeks, but it was an amazing 3 weeks!

We flew with Malaysia Airlines from London Heathrow to Sydney, Australia, with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We stopped over in Kuala Lumpur for 4 days , but that’s another story.

Sydney

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We spent 4 days in Sydney, visiting the Botanical Gardens, Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge (and climbing the bridge!), crossing the bridge to Milsons Point, Luna Park, Bondi beach and Manly beach. After  a very busy 4 days in Sydney we collected the Britz campervan we had hired from Britz Sydney. We had hired the campervan for 9 days and the plan was to drive from Sydney to Brisbane.

Blue Mountains

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The first stop was the Blue Mountains! We drove straight to the Blackheath campsite for the night, as it was getting late by the time we got there. The next day we drove around the Blue Mountains, visiting the Three Sisters and Katoomba. After a day in the Blue Mountains we head to…

Hunter Wine Valley

We drove straight to the BIG4 campsite for the night. The next morning we visited 2 cellar doors (wineries as we call them), Saddlers Creek and Mount Pleasant Estate. The driving around the Hunter Wine Valley was gorgeous. We then headed to…

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Coffs Harbour

We stayed at the BIG4 campsite just outside Coffs Harbour. This BIG4 had really good bbq facilities, outside pool, good toilets and showers… and Kangaroos! When we woke up the next morning we went for a walk on the beach which was a VERY short walk from the campsite (look on google maps!).

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We then headed into Coffs Harbour and had a walk around the Marina and got fish&chips.

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Byron Bay

It was approx a 3 hour drive to Byron Bay, driving straight to the Broken Head Holiday Park to park up for the night. There was a couple of BBQs here, but it was a fairly simple campsite but with plenty of campsites. We did see a giant lizard walking around which was exciting! We spent a few hours walking around Byron Bay shops and sea front.

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Goldcoast

We dropped in to Goldcoast for a bit to eat and then headed on Brisbane. Goldcoast was very hot as there was no wind to cool you down so we found ourselves heading for the air-conditioned malls and restaurants.

Brisbane

Technically we didn’t actually go into Brisbane. We stayed in the Brisbane Gateway Resort which was on the outskirts of Brisbane. We used this campsite as a base for a few days to visit Australia Zoo, Moreton Island and Noosa national park.

Australia Zoo

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Moreton Island – Tangalooma Resort

We bought a day package from Tangalooma Island Resort, which included a return ferry trip from Brisbane to Moreton Island and 3 activities; guided snorkelling, motorboat and snorkelling gear hire for 1 hour and a guided Segway session. There were many activities to choose from in this package.

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Noosa Heads, Noosa National Park

We loved Noosa Heads! It was calm and relaxing, which is what we needed on this jammed pack road trip. There was a surf competition on the day we were here, including dog surfing! However the surf was not great so it was only the dog surfing. There were some really nice smoothies here too!

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The next day we flew to…

Melbourne

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We stayed in Melbourne for a week. Visiting the MCG, St Kilda beach, Botanical Gardens, Laneways, Queen Victoria Night Market and the Formula 1.


Total costs for 3 weeks travelling Australia east coast (per person)

Costs were correct at Feb/March 2015. Costs may have changed since this.

Return flights to Australia(LHR>SYD. MEL>LHR)£800

Sydney (4 days)
Sydney hotel (Victoria Hotel, Potts Point) for 4 nights for 2 people inc breakfast£400
Sydney spending money. This included: £500
Bridge Climb£283
Average meal£12
Cocktail£6
Train tickets (Opal) (3 days @ $15 + 1 Sunday @ $2.50)£28
Surf board hire for 1hr (half day at Bondi beach)£10

Sydney > Brisbane (via campervan for 9 days)
Britz campervan hire for 9 days£700
Fuel ($1.29/litre for unleaded)£150
Campsites – £15 average per night (fluctuates by a few dollars for powered/unpowered sites)£135
Food (homemade breakfasts and dinners for 2)£90
Food (lunches – cafes/restaurants)£75
Australia Zoo£30
Morton island package£72

Melbourne (1 week)