If you have one travel to make, it is to Byron Bay. Located two hours south of Brisbane, there is no real need to prepare this trip as many buses take you there and you’ll meet staff from the numerous hostels around the station. It is THE place to experience the real “aussi” lifestyle. Famous for its surf culture, you’ll find there beautiful beaches, nice bars and clubs but most importantly a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
I’d like to take the opportunity here to thank my boyfriend and his friends for having me down there so often as it is a magical place from which I keep so many good memories.
Thanks guys !
Anyway, as I was spending a lot of time in Byron, I didn’t take the opportunity to visit many more places. Thanks to the scholarship I was granted by HEC, I did go to Cairns for a couple of days to do some rafting and to see the Great Barrier Reef. The first activity was an incredible experience, the landscape I had the chance to witness was breathtaking. However, I was disappointed by the snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. A large part of what I saw was dead and there were so many people that I felt like I was in a public swimming pool.
Therefore, if you really want to see big fishes and get a glance at the sea wildlife it is probably better to find a smaller yet less touristic reef.