australia

Top Places to Visit in Sydney

From the view of a backpacker that stayed in Sydney for 9 months, I thought that I would compile a little list on my Top Places to Visit in Sydney, Australia.

Want a great atmosphere in an old school, american diner with a retro feel to it? Soda Factory is where you can get some of the best gourmet hot dogs ($1 dogs night every tuesday – they even have a desert hot dog!) and you will have some of the best nights out in Sydney here! They play a huge compilation of music, from a few chart pieces, to some classics, motown and funk, 50s jive and even some hip hop constantly on rotate, so there’s definitely music for everyone here! http://www.sodafactory.com.au

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Feeling a little homesick when travelling around? Sydney has a place in The Rocks called Tea Cosy that sell tea and scones and it’s safe to say, that it is heavenly! I went for a Girls day out and this was such a good choice to catch up over! http://theteacosy.com.au


Many people will tell you that you have to go to Blue Mountains National Park when you are in Sydney, and you do! I took the tourist route at first, saw the Three Sisters and all of the other breathtaking views but the second time I went for a non touristy route with a local friend of mine and it did not disappoint either! You really get to see so many different sides to the Blue Mountains – rainforest trails, waterfalls, rivers, more mountains, observation points, the sunsets.. http://www.bluemts.com.au

Blue Mountain, NSW, Australia
A very quick and simple post, but there will be another post featuring more ‘Top Places to Visit in Sydney’.
*these are not my images*

Zoe
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Hobbiton Footage!

It turns out that I have only got a small amount of footage from Hobbiton, so I just combined everything into this one video!

I will be posting more New Zealand footage up this week, and already have some Australia ones up so check them out at: youtube.com/nuggetstumpblog!

Enjoy!
Zoe
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NEW VIDEO: I DID A SKYDIVE!

I will be having a NZone Skydive post up soon with all of the details on what I did and what it was like – so look out for that!
In the meantime, go and check out: nzoneskydive.co.nz
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NEW VIDEO: G Adventures Part Two: Whitsundays & Cairns!

Here is Part Two to my G Adventures Trip that I did last month, I have wrote several other posts on this trip so feel free to have a browse at those and ask me questions!
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NEW VIDEO: G Adventures Part Two: Whitsundays & Cairns!

Here is Part Two to my G Adventures Trip that I did last month, I have wrote several other posts on this trip so feel free to have a browse at those and ask me questions!
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Australia Zoo

I recently visited Australia Zoo and I literally could not wait to go here! It was such an amazing day and was one of the biggest things to tick off my Australia list.
Australia Zoo is an hours drive from Brisbane, so I decided to go with Greyhound that do packages of the bus and the entrance fee. (I’ll insert a link at the bottom of the post).
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As soon as I got into the park, I saw that they had so many animals there and within 5 minutes I was allowed to hold a Blue Tongued Lizard, who was way too adorable! And no, they didn’t charge me for it!
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They had so many great experiences at this zoo, as it was a lot more interactive and the animals had a lot more room to roam around in. For example, I went to the kangaroo area where you can buy Kangaroo food for $2 a bag which is very cheap compared to other places I have been to! So, it was great fun to be able to feed all of the kanagaroos and watch the kids reactions. They were completely loving the experience!
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They then had a more serious and heart felt section of the park as obviously, this is the zoo that Steve Irwin and his family founded. As people know, he loved animals and put so much into this zoo that it was so sad to see all of the memorial parts of the zoo. I almost shed a tear!
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I then got the opportunity to hold a koala bear, as you cannot do this in New South Wales (where I had been for the past 8 months). I had such an amazing time, it was $40 (I think) and you get a lot of time with them. You go in groups of 4 and she will tell you all about them, as you’re holding them. There is also a professional photographer there, so you can purchase photos of you with the koala or even get somebody else to take photos on your own camera. They aren’t too fussy here, as long as you’re having a great time. (And the koala bears were amazing, so soft, I wanted to keep one!)
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They had plenty of shows to watch at the zoo, like the famous crocodile and bird shows in the well-known arena. I really enjoyed their shows and talks, there was a lot of interaction with the guests, although I wasn’t too sure on the crocodile show. I know that it was a show, but I felt like they just tease the crocodile (and then feed them, of course) but I just felt a little weird about this and sorry for the crocodiles! I know that they need to do this for show purposes though..
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They also had some bird sanctuaries that had all sorts of tropical birds, an Asia themed place that had tigers, Africa that had giraffes and rhinos, and so many more places..
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Here is another example of guest interaction, they like to bring the animals out for show so you can touch and ask questions about each species!
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 little brief, but that was my experience at Australia Zoo! I had such an amazing day, although it was raining. I loved every minute of it, especially the gift shop! But I would highly recommend going to this zoo, no matter what age or even if you’re on your own (like I was!).

Have you been here?
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LINKS:
Greyhound Australia Zoo Packages
Australia Zoo

NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO: G Adventures Trip: Part One (Fraser Island)


I have FINALLY managed to upload my YouTube video of Fraser Island and it’s already so nice to watch this back!
I have had to upload it at lower quality, just so that it uploads but I will save the original and hopefully get a better quality one up in the future!

I thoroughly enjoyed this trip, and thought that I would love to share my experience with other people incase they wanted to do a G Adventures tour!
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G Adventures Trip: Part Three (Cairns)

This is going to be the last and final post of my G Adventures Trip. I had such an amazing time on this trip and met some of the best people. Not forgetting, that our guide was awesome and helped us so much at getting the best experience going!
Getting to the point, this is going to be a short post as it was our final stop on the trip. We got off the 10 hour train journey and went straight to A J Hackett’s Bungy and Minjin Swing! We didn’t hesitate after a long train journey, we needed some adrenaline in our systems! I decided to do a Minjin Swing with two other friends and it was so much fun!10570388_10153022405992362_8372212880737498120_n
The Minjin Swing basically puts you into a harness and pulls you upwards and backwards to a post at the very top. So you are dangling in the air, tilting forward and then you have to pull the cord yourself so that you start flying downwards and into a giant swing! It was so much fun as you start flying over the building and through the jungle forest that was there! TOO MUCH FUN!
I will probably upload the Go Pro video we had, in the near future (as my internet is a little poop at the moment!). The others decided to do a Bungee Jump which looked amazing, but I didn’t have enough courage for that yet! A skydive is more my sort of thing, until I overcome that!
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After this, our tour was technically over but we still carried on having some fun! We decided to have a night out for the last time when everyone was all still together. We went for some food at the Wool Shed, then started on some drinks before heading off to another few bars. It was such a nice experience and an honour to have such lovely people to experience it with, as that’s not always the case but we all had such a great time together! Here are our before and after photos of the group!
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As I said, this is a very short post as we just had a few chill days by the lagoon and eating ice cream. But I wanted to say a massive thank you to G Adventures for such an amazing trip and I won’t forget it!
I would highly recommend doing one of these tours, if there’s any problems on the way then they sort it out so quickly and you’re guaranteed to have a great time!

Have you done a G Adventures tour? Where would you like to travel next?
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LINKS:
G Adventures Brisbane – Cairns Tour
The Wool Shed, Cairns

G Adventures Trip: Part Two (The Whitsundays)

Wahoo! Here’s the second part of my G Adventures Trip, The Whitsundays!
The Whitsundays was so much fun, it could be one of my favourite times from the trip, possibly..
So, before we headed off to The Whitsundays, we had a 4 hour train journey which was actually really enjoyable with films, great customer service and food. Then, we stopped at a Cattle Ranch in Rockhampton to sleep under the stars in a swag. I had a slight idea of what we were going to be sleeping like, but I have no idea what the cattle ranch would be like!
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It was really cute, very remote and give us a completely new experience and we had a blast there!
We immediately got served this amazing beef stew and some ‘beer bread’ and then got stuck into some campfire games that our guide knew – we ended up playing for hours in the end!
Finally, we got our swags and sleeping bags out and all slept around the campfire, looking at the stars until we fell asleep. Luckily, it was a lot warmer than at the Outback when I slept in a swag!!DSC02754 IMG_0850
Anyway, the next day we got up bright and early, saw the sunrise over the ranch and went to feed lots of animals on their farm, which was on another property. It was so much fun, I am a huge lover of animals and definitely got stuck in there by feeding every single animal a massive wad of bread! Pesky had to be one of the cutest animals too, as he was a pig that thought he was a dog! He was constantly chasing the dog around trying to tackle him, kept playing and shaking his head into my scarf and even rolled over for a belly rub!
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We arrived at Mackay, where we were suggested to find a costume as we were going to have a party on the boat, so we all did that whilst rummaging around for food before the boat, which was Boomerang (a well known, competitive sail boat). We got to stay in these really cute cabins with everyone, too! (and it was pretty relaxing, falling asleep whilst being rocked!).
As we got on the boat, we sailed for 4 hours until we docked in the Whitsundays, luckily nobody was sea sick!
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The next morning, we were up bright and early, had some amazing breakfast and were off to see Whitehaven Beach which has the most gorgeous ‘swirly sands‘. It was pretty chilly on the beach because of the wind, but we all still burnt our legs as we underestimated the sun rays! Damn it!
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After this, we got the chance to go Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays, which was amazing! Although, I must say I had such a panic attack for the first 15 minutes of it, due to the thought of having to breathe through the oxygen tank! Other than that, it was such an amazing experience and I would love to do it again – we got to touch the coral and see so many different colourful fish but sadly we couldn’t take our cameras as we weren’t qualified divers.
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We then headed back to the boat to have our costume party, which was so much fun! We docked again, had the music blasting and a mini food fight with the other boats (although the seagulls ate 80% of it, mid air).
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We got up the next morning to go snorkelling, before having to head to Airlie Beach where we’ll finish the Whitsundays trip. Snorkelling was great though, we loved every minute of it although we were a little cold, but the sites we saw were breathtaking! SO MUCH FUN!
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That quickly sums up our Whitsundays trip, before we started heading to Cairns – but feel free to ask me more, if you want some more information on anything, I am more than happy to answer any questions!
Look out for my next post on Cairns! It’ll be a short one!
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LINKS:
G Adventures Brisbane – Cairns Tour
Boomerang Sailing, Whitsundays

G Adventures Trip: Part One (Fraser Island)

Fraser Island was amazing, that’s all I have to say really!
I decided to go on a 10 Day Tour (link to the exact one) with a company called G Adventures, who provide tours all around the world. I thought that this would be a lot easier for me as I had been very stressed recently and means that I didn’t have to book anything like hostels, attractions..
Our tour started from Brisbane and made it’s way up to Cairns. I will be posting photos from each place as we moved on, throughout the week hopefully!
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We got to ride in a 4X4, have a scenic flight of the island and swim in every area of water possible!
As soon as we got to Fraser Island, there was a massive rain storm, but that didn’t stop us from doing anything! We immediately jumped into Lake Mackenzie and had a swim and ball game in the rain!
After that, we went to find our campsite where we had the cutest tents (more like, trailer tents than actual ground ones!) and started to have our group meal!DSC02704
On the second day, we started off bright and early and got to Eli Creek before any other tourists! We got into our bikinis and headed off to swim down the creek several times! It was such a great experience with everyone, even though it was a little cold! After that, we decided to have a quick swim in the sea too (which afterwards, on a plane flight which I will mention later, we saw sharks from the plane).
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The scenic flight was optional ($50) and it was definitely worth it! It was so great, we got to see what the middle of the island looked like, saw some sharks in the ocean and got some incredible footage!
We then got back into our 4X4 and decided to do a few stops at the shipwreck, some lookouts and Champagne Falls (which I’ll talk about later).
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We visited the shipwreck, got quite a few photos and footage taken and some group photos and then we headed off to the other lookouts! Firstly, we saw The Pinnacles which was so pretty as it tends to change colour with the weather. Then we headed up to the edge of the island to look out which was beautiful, such a lovely lookout! And finally, we went for a paddle in Champagne Falls which was really pretty as it was just like a massive rock pool on the side of the ocean, which has deeper parts to swim in too!
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We then had a bit of a wild night at the camp site, which involved a little bit of alcohol, dancing, stir fry and camp fires!
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That is the basics about our Fraser Island trip, which I’ll be more than happy to expand on if anybody wants more information! Although, I must say, we saw so many different animals on this 3 day trip to Fraser Island! We saw Dingoes, Whales, Turtles, Sharks, Goannas and some spiders too!
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I have just edited my Youtube video from Fraser Island too, so look out for that when I have internet that’s good enough to upload it for you!
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Have you been to Fraser Island? Or travelled with G Adventures before?
What’s your favourite journey that you have ever done so far?
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LINKS:
G Adventures Brisbane – Cairns Tour