Surfing was something I had always wanted to try, but I had just never got around to it. When I was on the East Coast of Australia, however, it finally seemed my time had come to give it a try. After all, you should always get down with the locals- in this case, the Aussie surfer dudes.
There are so many places in the world that I want to go to and I’m pretty sure that there’s not enough time for me to see them all. That said, sometimes I just want to go back to somewhere I’ve already been to. I mean, if it’s good- why wouldn’t you? Vasudha Aggarwal from Travel Defined and Monika Moreva from Two and a Half Bloggers (two fellow travel bloggers who I seriously recommend you check out if you haven’t already) nominated me for this post. Basically, this is an idea by “Booked.net – Top Destinations to Go There” which involves bloggers picking the top five places they would love to go back to. I also have to link back to the original Booked.net post and nominate five people to carry it on. Seems like a great idea to me so lets go:
I’m someone who has rarely strayed from the beaten track; in fact I take credit for beating it further. Sure I’ve diverted from time to time, it can be fun and it’s nice to see somewhere that hasn’t been touched by tourism and where you can meet some actual locals. I would actually like to stray more often. However, I also think the beaten track is beaten for a reason. It’s like if you were trying to choose a film, you’d go to see the one that lots of people have been to and that has been given rave reviews.
The first time I rode a motorbike was pretty much by accident. We’d reached 1770 on the east coast of Australia (that’s the name of the place- it’s not just really old-fashioned) and the big tourist attraction was the Scooteroo bike tours.
East Coast Australia is the ultimate destination for any backpacker. There is so much to do and so many different people to meet that I really cannot recommend it enough. These were my highlights during my trip from Sydney to Cairns:
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 981 preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 25. Only 956 to go then- I may complete my Seven Wonders list first:
Bucket List number 43: see the seven wonders of the world. I think that this is probably a regular feature on bucket lists: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place. With the exception of the latter I haven’t been to any.
I don’t know about you, but on a day to day basis, I find relaxing hard. There is always something to stress about. Travelling is the time to escape that but even then there are still worries. Do you still have your passport? Will your debit card be accepted? What time does the bus leave? Here are my top four places where I’ve actually managed to get close to stress free.
The next place on our list was Magnetic Island. We arrived in Townsville at about 12pm and grabbed a pasta salad lunch- my body was actually repelling the thought of any more pie or Subway. At 1pm, we were on the ferry over to the island. It was very pretty and hot, so we spent the afternoon on the beach with our books. The Base hostel was okay- it was going for the desert island, paradise resort feel but our room was a bit cramped and things were broken. It was right on the beach however, with its bar looking out over the sea. It was just what we were looking for. After the beach, we rolled into the hammocks outside the kitchen and had our leftover pasta salad for dinner. I didn’t move for quite a while, until it was time to go to the bar. It was a themed night but we were more onlookers than participants. It was another night of chatting with a cocktail but was the setting did change things. There were also more shooting …
Our next stop was 1770- the town not the year- where we went on the Scooteroo tour around the surrounding countryside. This was a 60km motorbike ride, starting slowly at first before speeding up. We rode for a couple of hours- spotting kangaroos and taking photos of ourselves- before heading down to the waterfront and watching the sunset whilst eating potato wedges with a big dollop of sour cream and sweet chili sauce. It’s the only way to ride.