Australia In Pictures
Whilst I’m still in the U.K, I thought I would share some photos from my previous trip to Australia.
I’ve travelled to Australia three times in my life: once when I was nine, once when I was fifteen, and once when I was twenty-three. My parents were both born in the U.K, but their families moved to Australia when they were children and, whilst my parents moved back to England over twenty-five years ago, my extended family still lives in Australia.
Photos of Brisbane
The flight from England to Australia is insanely long. The flight last year was seven hours to Dubai, three hours waiting in Dubai airport, and then another fourteen hours to Brisbane. It’s horrible, but it does give you a newfound appreciation for any flight under ten hours.
We flew into Brisbane and stayed with my grandmother and her husband. They have an amazing house in the Gold Coast complete with a garden.
I only went to Brisbane twice whilst staying in the Goldcoast, but I really loved the city.
They have a free outdoor pool with a view of the city skyline, there are loads of beaches, their Southbank is better than our Southbank, and it had a really healthy (if slightly puritanical) vibe.
Photos of Murwillumbah
We went to Murwillumbah next. Murwillumbah is a small town close to the border between Queensland and New South Wales. There isn’t loads to do there, but it’s a really beautiful place.
Nimbin, a.k.e the weed capital of Australia, is a beautiful bohemian (if slightly rough) town near the mountains. The bus journey from Murwillumbah to Nimbin is one of the most scenic routes I have ever been on. It is literally three hours of the most amazing mountains you’ve ever seen.
If you’re visiting Nimbin, why not stay at Nimbin Rox hostel? Imagine a serene back garden where you can spend hours lying in a hammock looking at luscious mountains that stretch on for miles and watch wallabies and other native animals hop past.
If you ever go indoors, you’ll meet some of the most chilled people in the world working at the hostel. I
the hostel also comes with a kitchen, a large outdoor area, a shuttle bus to take you to and from the town, and it’s within easy walking distance to the town if you fancy a stroll
Nimbin has a coffee shop where you are allowed to smoke, they have several hippy shops, a grocery store, a marijuana museum, and dealers are hidden but in plain sight.
Marijuana is not legal in Nimbin, and the police conduct raids from time to time, but Nimbin’s tourism is largely dependent on its leafy reputation so they can’t shut it down.
Half my family lives in or near Sydney, so I’ve been there several times in my life. Whether you’re into clubbing, lazing around on the beach, having a luxury adventure or eating fantastic Asian food, you’ll find lots to do in this city.
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