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If you’ve been with me since the beginning you’ll know that the first stretch of travelling I did in Australia was the trip from Sydney to Cairns along the Australian East Coast.  It’s a hugely popular backpacker route so if you’re a solo traveller staying in hostels you’ll meet lots of people along the way in the same boat – and probably keep running into them as your trip progresses.  You’ll get used to answering the question “Are you going up or down?”  Add it to the list of those introductory questions you answer every few days that you’re sick of hearing.  However if you meet someone travelling in the opposite direction to you make sure you pick each others brains for recommendations, or more importantly what to avoid, when it comes to tours, places and accommodation.

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A very amateur attempt to put together some of my reef footage.  Hope it doesn’t give you motion sickness (like it did me when I was editing it!)

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Cairns, a tourist’s haven and the city of day trips, was the final stop on my East Coast adventure.  I was there for a week and packed more into this than it felt like I’d done on the rest of the trip altogether, so let’s recap.

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It’s funny how even when travelling alone you always run into the same people when travelling up the East Coast.  This part of my trip I ended up spending no time alone at all!

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After returning to Hervey Bay from Fraser I took the overnight greyhound to Airlie Beach in time for my Whitsundays trip the following morning.  However I had the whole day prior get my bearings and I managed to meet up with one of the girls who came over to Aus with me on the group flight and who I spent the week with at surf camp.  She started her east coast trip at the same time as me but delayed her time in Byron Bay and so I hadn’t actually seen her since we left Sydney around 4 weeks ago.  She was hanging out with a group of girls who she spent time with on Fraser and one of them was on my boat trip the following day.

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The only way to get around Fraser is to go on some kind of guided tour and like most backpackers I opted for the 4WD self-drive option.  There is of course the slight problem that I don’t drive, which I pointed out to the agent when booking and he assured me “loads of people always want to drive it doesn’t matter”.  This wasn’t the case on our trip.

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