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east coast mar 2010 - quick trip! going solo

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1. Posted by rachy89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

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hi there,my names rachael.I am currently living in Brisbane. I came to OZ at the beginning of oct, like most travellers i have got a working holiday visa for a year. However spent all my money up after 5 weeks haha (easily done) .. Im currently working as a nanny, however as i didn't have any major plans i booked a 6 months bus pass from sydney to cairns. Got to Brisbane, and settled here. My coach pass expires in april and i am looking to do the east coast around march and do the east coast for 2 and a half weeks upto 3. (thats if i can get the time off) .. As i will be on a tight budget, i realise i can't get everything done, however my fraser island and whitsundays are already booked. Can anybody give me any advice on how i will make the most of my trip in this period, and from brisbane/cairnes where are the best places to stop off? Also it looks like i could be doing this on my own, as my travel buddy and I have gone our seperate ways, so if anybody is interested to do this also, please let me know. Thanks... rachael x

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

Hi Rachel,

My favourites from Cairns to Brisbane are:
- Fraser Island for lakes, scenery and relaxing
- Eungella National Park for hiking, scenery, waterfalls, platypus
- Airlie Beach for access to Whitsunday Islands, sailing, relaxing, snorkelling, Whitehaven Beach
- Mission Beach, for the beach
- Cairns for access to the Great Barrier reef, snorkelling, diving, access to Atherton Table Lands, Cape Tribulation

If you've already booked Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and have your bus pass you're pretty much ready to go. When I was in Cairns you could book a cheap snorkelling day trip for about $60 which included lunch and equipment hire so you can do it pretty cheap. How were you planning on going to Fraser Island? If you're in a 4x4 tour group you'll definitely meet people who are travelling and might find someone who's going the same direction.

3. Posted by ozulrike (Budding Member 17 posts) 6y

All of the above plus Agnes Water/Town of 1770. Beautiful beach. :)

4. Posted by rachy89 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

thanks tim :) good advice, they were the places that i thought were gonna be the best. yes i've booked the 4x4 driving at fraser, can't wait! and thanks for the cheap snorkelling advice too dude :)