Travel Diaries – Australia East Coast – Brisbane To Sydney
Our next part of the journey started in Brisbane, we only past through for one night but managed to go to the Botanical Gardens in the day which was really magical and to the Gallery Of Modern Art to see the ‘Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow’ exhibition which we had seen advertised everywhere. It was really captivating and colourful definitely worth the visit!
We stayed at Tryp in Brisbane which is located in Fortitude Valley. The hotel is very cool and modern with lots of graffiti and outside courtyards in your rooms. The rooms are super modern with cool coloured lighting, colourful bathroom sinks and futuristic decor. Super comfy beds and rain showers are also very important! I loved how all the rooms have different graffiti in them so the whole place is very colourful and urban. Also downstairs they have burger chain Churr Burger where we went for dinner. Best burgers ever! I had the veggie burger and added Mac and Cheese and it was incredible. Churr also has graffiti and an amazing outside courtyard area. The whole place was really well thought out decor wise, a great place to stay if visiting Brisbane!
We stayed for one night at the beautiful Mt Warning Rainforest Retreat. We stopped in the Water Lodge which is open plan with a beautiful Balinese feel. The decor is really something else and you are set amongst trees and nature so it’s so peaceful. The Water Lodge boasts an open plan BBQ area with an outdoor hot tub, fully equipped kitchen and a suspended king size bed. All the decor is Balinese with beautiful ornate doors and details everywhere. They also provide fresh bread in the morning which is a really nice touch. This is the perfect place to go to chill out and relax in a beautiful space, it would be amazing for a honeymoon! We found it so hard to pick which one to stay in as all 3 lodges look amazing, they have Water, Air and Earth which are all beautiful in their different ways. I found on our east coast trip the hotels were missing some uniqueness that we found in other countries so this was really special, you actually feel like you’re in Bali in your time at Mt Warning Rainforest Retreat which was really nice!
We had heard lot’s about Nimbin and it’s hippie vibes so we were excited to visit. It’s a colourful small town full of shops and cafes. You can easily pass through here on a day trip to see everything but a definite must see whilst doing the East Coast. Lot’s of photo opportunities here, colourful shops, hippie campers and a cottage full of sunflowers, so pack your camera and your hippie attire!
WHERE TO STAY
We stayed at The Two Figs Retreat in Nimbin which was a 2 bedroom cottage with stunning grounds and a lake. The house has very art deco vibes which is really cool and the outside looks super 70s. The place is really well equipped with a full kitchen and washing appliances. Such a nice place to go and chill out, by the lake, having a BBQ in the courtyard or dinner parties with friends. It’s also really close to Nimbin about ten minutes drive so you can go out and explore in the day. The place has two rooms so perfect for families or friends to stay. They also have a compost loo which is very rare and so good for the environment!
Where do I start with Byron Bay. One of my favourite places I have been on the trip and hands down the best place in Australia that we visited. It has the coolest vibe and the most amazing beaches I have seen in Australia. Everyday we would go to the hill by the main beach and watch the live music and sunsets. My favourite beaches were The Pass and also Whites Beach in Broken Heads which is about a 20 minute drive, but worth the walk down the cliff! Also check out Folk coffee shop in the day and Tree House for dinner, both super Instagrammable! What I loved about this place was you can walk around the town by foot which is really nice after travelling to places that are too big to do this.
WHERE TO STAY
This was one of the best hostels I have stayed in, such a nice vibe and with clean and good facilities. It’s right on the beach and they have lot’s of activities to do including a surf school at the hostel that does daily lessons. We did one and it was so much fun it definitely give us a taste for surfing, we even managed to get up on the boards in a few hours thanks to the great teachers. Ben who runs the surf school was super helpful so ask for him if you go! The hostel also has a swimming pool and a super cute cafe where you can get breakfast and lunch. It’s also walkable to the shops and restaurants which is great for travellers as you can get around so easily! We had the best few days here!
The next stop was Jagundami Guest Resort near Coffs Harbour. This beautiful retreat was exactly what we needed for a night of luxury and relaxation. It boasts beautiful bohemian decor and an open plan feel. The gardens are beautiful with lot’s of bamboo and gorgeous plants it also boasts an amazing outside hot tub which is perfect for summer evenings. The host Judith is the most wonderful lady who runs the retreat and leaves items in the fridge for you to enjoy such as butter, bread, bacon, eggs, chocolates, wine. So thoughtful! The kitchen is so well equipped with everything you need to cook so we went shopping before, enjoyed dinner and then a glass of wine in the hot tub, heaven! We only stayed one night so didn’t get to explore the area (we have heard it’s beautiful) but when your in such a wonderful place as Jagundami it was nice to just kick back, relax and enjoy our stunning surroundings.
Our first stop in Sydney was at Veriu Broadway situated super central the hotel is modern in style and super sophisticated. The rooms are super spacious with all the mod cons you need! Large kitchen area, huge TVs, balconies. Was such a nice hub to have after a long day exploring the city. The cafe downstairs is also super trendy and a great place to work, plus the coffee is amazing! We had such a good stay here, the perfect place if your travelling with work or visiting the city on holiday.
Set right in the heart of Newtown we are so glad we stayed here at the start of our Sydney journey as we fell in love with Newtown it’s very similar to east London with its cool vintage shops and trendy bars. This place is like an urban jungle inside with the courtyard covered in greenery and with a neon graffiti floor, all the way up to the open ceiling is graffiti and plants it has a really urban feel. The rooms are so well equipped with full kitchens and big TVs. The beds are also super comfy! All the decor, paintings are so on point. You also get a free mini bar if you book online now! Which included beers, wine, soft drinks and snacks which was such a nice touch! It’s such a great place to stay if your coming to visit Sydney as it’s in such a cool place with so many places to eat, shop and drink and so easy to get around the rest of the city from Newtown station!
Our last stop in Sydney was at YHA central hostel which is set in the middle of the city right by central station so super convenient for getting around. The hostel itself had a really great set up with lots of activities and entertainment. On the top floor they have a pool and sauna which has amazing views of the city. On the 5th floor they have a huge kitchen, eating and chilling area along with cinema which is free and has movies on every night. They also have different activities on each night which is great for meeting new people in the city. They also have a cafe on ground floor which has really reasonable and good food and is open all day. This hostel is perfect for experiencing Sydney city easily whilst you can still get to the beach in under an hour aswell. The rooms were spacious and clean as was the whole place, one of the best hostels we have stayed in on our trip!
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