Australia: My First Solo Adventure

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For a few years, I had wanted to travel to Australia but wasn’t overly sure about going on my own. I spent several years looking into it and even trying to coordinate my travel plans with some of my friends and colleagues but for various reasons cost, vacation time not matching up & work to name a few, they kept falling through.

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Grytviken, South Georgia

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Grytviken was originally established as a whaling station back in 1904 and during its first season operating 195 whales were landed here. At its peak, Grytviken was home to over 300 persons and substantially reduced the whale population in the waters surrounding the island. The settlement is famously known as the end of Shackleton’s fateful journey…

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Bracklinn Falls, Callander

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Bracklinn Falls are a series of waterfalls located near to the beautiful town of Callander within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. While the Falls themselves are easily accessed with a short (maybe 30 minute) walk from the nearest car park, where after you reach them you can simply turn back as most people…

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The Kelpies

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The Kelpies are two horse head statues constructed at Helix Park near Falkirk, a short distance from Edinburgh. Each one stands 30 metres tall and weighs over 300 tonnes. The park opened in April 2014 and regularly attracts a large number of visitors.

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Day 10: Blue Mountains

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This post is part of a series called My First Australian Adventure While researching my trip to Australia one of the places I definitely wanted to see was the Blue Mountains which are located a short drive west of Sydney. Not having a car and travelling on my own I didn’t fancy making my own…

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Day 7+: Sydney

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My hotel was right in the centre of Sydney CBD a short walk from Circular Quay Ferry Terminal and Train Station with excellent views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I spent the next few hours walking around the harbour past the Opera House and into the Botanic Gardens…

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Day 4, 5 & 6: Uluru

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The approach and Landing at Ayers Rock Airport gave some great views of the rock itself and the surrounding area, after touching down it was a few minutes wait for the luggage and then straight out the door and on to one of the free transfer coaches to the hotel…

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Day 2 & 3: Melbourne

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Still suffering from jet lag I was awake ridiculously early at 0500, so I got up and went for breakfast in the hotel before heading out to explore the city. I had pre-booked tickets online for the City Sightseeing Hop-on, hop-off bus tour which runs throughout the day around the city…

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Day 1: The Great Ocean Road

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Having arrived into Melbourne the night before my day started off pretty early when I was picked up at 0740 by the tour bus. I joined at the last pickup so we were quickly heading out of the city across the West Gate Bridge (Australias longest bridge) out past Geelong and onwards towards the Great Ocean Road. Throughout our journey our guide (Bex) kept us all amused with her lively – extremely happy – commentary and stories, not to mention her DJ skills…

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