Wowee, I think it’s safe to say that travelling took over my life for a little while! Which was amazing for me, but rubbish for my blog! What can I say? I guess the excitement of daily adventures took my attention away from my laptop! Which of course, is arguably a good thing. It meant that I got to live in the moment and experience everything for what it was, without rushing to take the “perfect insta shot” or record every moment to memory for the sole purpose of writing about it after. I think that’s an important life lesson for me – knowing when to drop the social media and just -be- in the moment.
But anyway – let’s save that for another post entirely! This post is about the second half of my amazing travel adventures. May I please present, My Travel Diaries – Agnes Water, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Cairns.
So after leaving the Sunshine Coast (read about it here), I got on a bus and headed to Agnes Water. Now, I’m going to be honest here – I didn’t expect much. Agnes Water (Town of 1770) is a tiny little fishing town, which is mostly used as a stopover between Sunshine Coast/Fraser Island and Airlie Beach. Exactly what I was using it for! But boy was I surprised. Agnes Water is BEAUTIFUL. And if you’re like me, then the quiet, peaceful serenity of Town of 1770 is a very welcome break from the craziness of everywhere else. The beaches stretch before you, empty and clean. There are very few things to spend your money on. And the surf is cheap.
Instead of spending one night here, like I intended, I actually stayed here for 4! I spent my days learning to surf and I spent my evenings hanging at the hostel with a cool group of people who had also found happiness in Agnes Water! It was awesome.
Don’t miss: Reef 2 Beach Surf School. $25 for 3 hours with the coolest teachers! And pay a visit to the Kangaroo Sanctuary.
Where to stay: YHA Agnes Water. It’s in the perfect location on the beach and has a great crowd, with lots of organised evenings of fun.
After the rest and catch up on sleep that Agnes Water brought me, I was ready for the fun of Airlie Beach. Again I was just using Airlie as a stopover point before I hit the Whitsundays (but for real this time, it didn’t turn into a 5 day stint hehe). But here’s the thing – there’s not actually a whole lot to do in Airlie. Just a whole lotta partying. So I have no photos, and not really any stories. It was cool to stop by and have a night out, but I wouldn’t rave about it.
Don’t miss: check out the lagoon for a cool place to hang out in the day.
Where to stay: I stayed in Backpackers by the Bay, which I really liked. If you’re more into being in the middle of the party scene however, I’d stay at Magnums, which has everything going on!
The crème de la crème. The icing on top of the cake. The goods. Yes, Whitsundays was amazing.
So I had a look at all the different overnight boats, talked to some people about their recommendations, and decided that I wanted to go on New Horizon. It was a 3 day tour, had all the excursions that I liked the look of, was a good size and was the perfect length. But I also like to play a risky game of turning up on the day and booking it last minute to save money. Which is what I did. Turns out I’m very lucky because the first response was “No, there’s no spaces” and then whilst I was deciding what to do, someone rang up and made a cancellation! So I got a last-minute price deal and the boat that I wanted – win win!
Thankfully I made some friends with some guys in my hostel who were also going on New Horizon on the same days as me, so we travelled to the harbour together and straight away I had some pals for the weekend! It was an incredible trip.
We sailed out to sea that afternoon and then did some snorkelling and swimming before dinner (all food was provided for and cooked by staff on the boat) and then played a few games before bed. The next day we sailed to Whitehaven beach, walked to Hill Inlet and had the afternoon to explore. We then did some more snorkelling when we got back to the boat, and some people did some diving and watersports. We also sailed to the perfect location to watch the sunset, which was beautiful. The next day we went to another snorkelling location, and we also had paddle boards, watersports and the water slide out! It was so much fun.
I would thoroughly recommend this trip. Whether that is on New Horizon or not, it’s so worth seeing. Whitehaven beach is absolutely spectacular and if you have the opportunity to go and see it, don’t pass it up! I also loved the length of my trip.
Don’t miss: The views over Hill Inlet and Whitehaven
Where to stay: On New Horizon!
WOW. Cairns delivered way more than I expected it to. I think because it was the last stop on my trip, I perhaps didn’t research it as much as the other places. I was a well-seasoned East Coast-er by then! But wow. It is the perfect mix of beach, rainforest, cool city vibes and balmy temperatures. There was so much to see and do. I spent a day or two exploring the city, visiting museums, eating pancakes, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef and taking in the sights. I also took a trip up to Kuranda to see the markets and some waterfalls.
The best day by far however, was when myself and a few others rented a Jeep convertible and took it on a drive up through Cape Tribulation and Daintree. It was an absolute beaut of a day and the BEST road trip I’ve ever taken. 100% worth doing, and I’d recommend spending a few days doing it too. There were plenty of places to stay up in Daintree.
Another day that stands out was the Atherton Tablelands waterfall tour that I did. I’m not usually a tour kinda gal, but this was my last day in Cairns, and in Australia in fact, and all my friends had left the previous day. So I thought I’d give it a try – and I’m so thankful that I did! We saw so many amazing waterfalls, including Millaa Millaa Falls, Elinjaa Falls, Josephine Falls and Dinner Falls. We also visited Lake Echam, which is a huge volcanic crater, and we visited the Curtain Fig Tree, which is the tree that inspired the Tree of Life in Avatar! The best part was that we could swim in most of them. And to top it all, the tour guide was an absolute legend. It was an amazing day!
The nightlife in Cairns is also amazing, so make sure you treat yourself to a night or two on the town. And don’t be shy, go see what Giligans is all about. 😉
Don’t miss: the Barefoot Tours waterfall guide and the Great Barrier Reef. Just be careful who you get your Reef tour from, as some are just huge money making schemes.
Where to stay: Giligans! Yes, it’s a party hostel. But it’s not as bad as you’d think! It’s kept very clean and the facilities are great. And you get cheap nights out! Give it a go.
So there you have it – part two of my travel diaries. After I finished up in Cairns, I flew my little butt to Bali! East Coast Australia was everything that it’s hyped up to be – and more. There’s so much beauty to see and so many incredible things to do. It really is a life-changing, eye-opener of a trip.
I would totally urge you to see it all for yourself.
If you’d like anymore tips, advice or guides on East Coast, throw me an email and I’ll do my best to get back to you.