So when then calendar month turns to October most people probably start to open summer sun holiday magazines. Not us. We decided that in the bitter cold the best thing we could do would be to go and stay in a tipi for the weekend. Thankfully a decision that was not lived to regret.
So it was time for a little jaunt and having scoured the internet for a cottage to rent it was decided that Marloes seemed to have it all. A perfect little cottage with log burner, close to the beach and within walking distance of a pub…what more could you want?
There is plenty of other places to go in Sydney but with such a short visit I couldn’t pack everything in but I did manage to go to the Blue Mountains. Usually you can book these trips direct with your hostel / hotel but they get booked up quick but there is always the option of booking yourself online.
So I chose to fly China Eastern to Australia as compared to all other companies they seemed really cheap. Everyone I spoke to pre-holiday all had never heard of China Eastern so I was relieved when I arrived at Heathrow to find they were a real legit company.
Whilst in Australia I booked a boat trip to take in the awe that is the Whitsunday Islands.
We flew from Sydney to Hamilton Island and then got a ferry over to Airlie island where the wet season had decended and monsoon rain was all around us. We checked into a hostel called Base X and enquired as to what there was to do on the island, the response, ‘drink’. Not one to not do what I am told, we went off to check out the local bars and find some food. The receptionist wasnt wrong in her advice, apart from the marina, Airlee is a strip of clubs, bars and shops with the occasional massage salon thrown in. Airlee is a holiday resort so the buildings are not built up here so are a little easier to absorb. Unless you wanted to shop or get a massage all there was to do was drink, an example set well by many of the other holiday makers and locals.
Having wanted to go to Australia since I was 16, I was virtually peeing my pants to finally be going 16 years on! So to celebrate this fact I decided the night before my travels a complete bender was in order and completed a night of excited drinking with little sleep resulting in a hangover from hell staring straight into a 30 hour journey – clever.
GOA is one of the best places I have ever been too. It is rich in beauty in both scenery and in the people you are honoured with meeting.