Survival Guide in the land Down Under

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Originally posted by surphile

Things to do

  • Hike the World famous Byron Bay lighthouse (The most eastern point in Australia)
  • View the many famous beaches and iconic scenery in and around Byron and lounge around all day in the scorching sun
  • Go Kayaking and Canoeing with the dolphins of Byron
  • Sky Dive Byron Bay, one of the world’s top rated sky dives

Hostels  

  • Palms Guesthouse (9.1 – 70$/night)
  • Backpackers Holiday Village (8.5 – 36$/night)
  • Cape Byron YHA ( 8.5 – 32$/night)
  • Byron Bay YHA (8.5 – 34$/night)
  • Backpackers Inn on the Beach (8.4 – 32$/night)
  • Cheapest – Byron Beach Resort (8.2 – 22$/night)

Brisbane

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Things to do

  • Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It’s one of the first and largest Koala sanctuaries in the world. You will also get to meet and interact with all other Australian wildlife.
  • Dreamworld (theme park) and Wet and wild (water park) are two must attend entertainment activities to do in Australia, located approximately 30 mins away from Brisbane
  • Visit downtown Brisbane if you like to shop, there are many stores and lots of things to see

Hostels 

  • Brisbane city YHA (8.4 – 40$/night)
  • Aussie way hostel (8.1 – 42$/night)
  • Bunk Brisbane (8.0 – 30$/night)
  • Banana Bender backpackers (7.9 – 30$/night)
  • Brisbane Backpackers resort  (7.4 – 24$/night)
  • Cheapest – Yellow Submarine (6.0 – 18$/night)

Find general tourist information at: http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/

Lismore

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Things to do

  • Walk downtown Lismore and view the small shops and boutiques
  • Tour the many restaurants and pubs, most are hidden and family owned (some of the best food I have had)
  • Visit Mt. Warning, a phenomenal hike about 30 minutes away from Lismore
  • Talk to Karen Jessen at the international office at Southern Cross University (SCU) and she will load you with ideas!

Hostels 

  • No hostel, however, this is where one of the SCU campuses is and the residence is unreal. With only a 5 minute walk to class and a pool right in the middle, you can hang around on your free time.

Cairns

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image from: http://www.cairnsunlimited.com/itineraries_beaches_islands.htm 

Things to do

  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef (my favorite thing in AUS)
  • Go rapid boarding (google videos to view)
  • Go on a guided rainforest adventure
  • Skydive Cairns (most popular in Australia)

Hostels 

  • Gilligan’s (8.5 – 30$/night) *favorite hostel*
  • Calypso Inn Backpackers (8.3 – 25$/night)
  • The Jack Backpackers (8.1 – 25$/night)
  • Nomads (7.8 – 22$/night)
  • Cheapest – Tropical Days backpackers (8.6 – 16$/night)

Sydney

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Things to do

  • Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Tour and view the Sydney Opera house
  • Go on a fantastic scenic cruise of the Sydney harbor
  • Visit the Blue Mountains

Hostels 

  • Asylum (8.1 – 36$/night)
  • The Original backpackers (7.5 – 36$/night)
  • Mad Monkey Backpack Kings (7.5 – 32$/night)
  • Tokyo Village (7.3 – 32$/night)
  • Manly Backpackers (6.9 – 40$/night)
  • Cheapest – BB’s Working Backpackers (5.0 – 19$/night)

Other tips and advice found

  • I found the Travel agency that gave the best deals and recommendations was Peter Pans Adventure Travel
  • The cheapest  way to get to distant places in Australia was flying Tiger Air, generally on a Tuesday-Thursday
  • The transit was also very easy to use and understand in each town
  • If you’re interested in staying in a town for a long time, ask to work in the hostels. You can work without a visa in the hostels for roughly 12 hours a week and receive free accommodation!
  • Buying food from Coles, Wolsworth or Aldo will save you tons of money rather than always eating out

Cheers, – Jared

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