G’day everyone, hope you’re all well. This post is a bit different to recent posts which have been Paris-centric, but I’m now again in the pre-planning stage of our upcoming holiday to Australia and the excitement is taking over. Personally I absolutely love this part of travelling – the build up and the excitement, looking at flights, Airbnbs, tours and things to do, it’s like Christmas Eve.
We’ve actually been planning this trip for a long time, almost 8 months now actually, and the three week journey we plan to take has changed several times throughout the year. But, now we have it all locked down – in a nutshell, our plan is to travel via Melbourne – Adelaide – Sydney – Byron Bay – Brisbane – Byron Bay – The Whitsundays.
That seems quite a lot to do in 3 weeks, but considering I did almost all of that on my last trip to Australia, and only had 2 weeks to do so – I have hope!
I’m so so excited to go back to Australia and to be there for longer than before. I’m excited to be returning in February – where the weather is still hot, but the beaches aren’t as packed whilst the kids are back at school. I’m also really looking forward to revisiting the places from my last trip, in addition to also getting to explore Melbourne and Adelaide.
I also have relatives in Adelaide who I am going to see when I’m there, and I’m so looking forward to seeing them again – since the last time I did was almost 10 years ago. I can’t wait to be there, to explore a new city and to see old faces whilst also having a lovely time.
We’ve bought our flights with Qatar Airlines (and now they’re booked I feel I can officially get excited) and since telling people I’ve heard glowing reviews (and googled it to check it turns out they’re 2nd best airline of 2018.. which is pretty great!).
As for accommodation, our plans are to stay at a mixture of hotels and Airbnbs. In my last trip we did one Airbnb and it really didn’t turn out that well as it was a lot further out of the main part of town than advertised. But I’ve learnt my lesson – go with somewhere central – and find lots of options. For budget sake we’ll stick with Airbnbs, so we can also cook our own meals as I think 3 solid weeks of going out for dinner would wear anyone down, let alone the cost of all of that.
As for activities, I’m looking forward to surfing again, and exploring the Great Barrier Reef from the Whitsundays this time rather than Cairns. I have heard a lot of people rave about Cairns but personally it wasn’t for me when we visited last year, so I’m looking forward to staying at both Hamilton Island and Long Island to see a different side to that area of the reef.
I’m so looking forward to revisiting Sydney, and also spending more time in Bondi Beach – which was a place I really enjoyed last time I was there. I want to do the Bondi to Coogee walk, and also to visit the Blue Mountains, and so I’m lucky that this time around I have more time to fit this in!
And on top of all that I’m so looking forward to sharing this trip with my fiance, as whereas I’m lucky to have been to Australia before this will be his first time and I can’t wait to show him around.
So for now, the countdown is on, and planning is fully underway. I hope this didn’t come across as a brag-gy post, but I wanted to share the planning aspect of this Australia tip, and also ask if anyone has any recommendations, let me know int he comments!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about how I’m planning our trip to Australia, I can’t wait to go back. In the meantime, you can find my other Insta snaps on my Instagram @GrundyTravels
Thanks for reading x