Thursday, 26 October 2017

Why staying in hostels isn't for everyone

So many people talk about how they have the best time staying in hostels. But for some people like us, it isn't always the case. Some hostels are dirty, some are noisy and some are just filled with the type of people you don't want to come across. We haven't stayed in many hostels on our Australia road trip, and mainly stuck to motels and free camping, but there was one in particular that made us realise that we're not cut out for the hostel life.

Photo by Samuel Holt on Unsplash

My boyfriend Alex has never let us stay in hostels when we've gone on a weekend away, even though they will have saved us a considerable amount of money. As a result of that, we've both been subject to a lot of lovely (and expensive) hotels and apartments in Europe, and really, that's what we're used to. Don't get me wrong, we've also stayed in some pretty basic, budget accommodation - Campanile, Ibis Budget, friend's floors with nothing but two blankets between us, all of my student accommodation. The list goes on. Basically, we shouldn't really be this fussy.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The best free campsite in Queensland - Bouldercombe - Australia Road Trip

On our East Coast road trip in Australia from Brisbane to Cairns, we stayed in what had to the be the best free campsite in all of Queensland. This was in a place called Bouldercombe.

Photo by Lindsay Wood, Itching for Hitching,

It was our third day of our road trip and we were in Rockhampton. To find our free campsites we used the app WikiCamps, which if you are travelling Australia in a van or camping, I highly recommend getting. Every night we would go on the app, find the closest site that had the best reviews, and then that would be our home for the night. In Rockhampton, there is a camp very close to the centre and close to the Zoo and Botanic Gardens that we visited (video below of that). However, it is really close to a main road and I didn't quite fancy that. The only other options meant either driving until it was dark, or driving around 20 minutes out of the way.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Town of 1770 - Australian Road Trip

This place was recommended to us by my Uncle who had previously travelled Australia. If he hadn't, I'm not sure we would have even heard of this place never mind accidentally found our way there. When we arrived, we were amazed by how stunning the view was. The quiet calm of this small town just made our day there feel even more special.

Town of 1770, Australia

Despite its odd name, this small bay is truly spectacular and a great stop off for lunch or just to laze on the sand. There were a number of different types of people visiting - ranging from families, to young couples like courselves. Although there's little around the main beach other than a caravan park, a cafe, public toilets and a number of boats anchored up, it just shows that its beauty was bringing all sorts of people, from all different generations.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Rainbow Beach - Brisbane to Cairns Roadtrip

Our first stop outside of Brisbane was Rainbow Beach. Not that far from the more tourist-y Hervey Bay, the drive to this small seaside town is unlike anything else. With rows and rows of pine trees lining the roadside as you drive through the Toolara State Forest, it was purely magically, and even slightly eerie when it was just our little van alone on the road. I was entranced by how the light seemed to change the further you looked into the dense mass of trees - I wanted to stop and wander, but at the same time I was wary. I kept wondering how easily lost I would get.

It was on these roads that we saw our first wild Kangaroo, just stood as if it was waiting to cross, with it’s baby Joey in her pouch! It was an unexpected sight, something I honestly thought we would ever see. I little like those deer signs we have back home in the UK - you see the signs, but do you ever really see the animal? It's a sight that will forever be etched into my memories.