Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Main beach backpackers Review

We think that our time in Byron bay wasn't enjoyable was mainly down to the fact that we didn't like the hostel we stayed in. We stayed in Main Beach Backpackers if you haven't already guessed. We personally wouldn't recommend this hostel to anyone that was planning on going. 
The only reason why we stayed in this hostel was because when we booked up our travels we got discounted accommodation vouchers. So we thought why not save a little cha ching and go with the ones that Indie travel recommend.

Our room.
Ok we stayed in a 6 bed dorm. We got quite lucky with the roommate situation, the first night we had one girl in the room with us and then she left so we had the 6 bed dorm to ourselves for 2 nights, then another girl joined and then she left after 1 night and then we were on our own again for the remainder of our time there. It was quite handy because we didn't have to leave the room to get changed etc. But the room wasn't luxury and we didn't expect it to be on a travellers budget, but this was just wrong. The rooms smelt of pure DAMP and MOULD, you opened the door you could smell it, the went sleep guess what you could smell it and what made it even better it made our clothes STINK! We didn't realise how bad the smell was until we unpacked our clothes at surfers paradise. The bunk beds were broken. And on our first night our roommate found a spider in the room -_-

Even though the kitchen was mopped each day it still smelt and we didn't want to touch or use anything. Nothing looked like it had been washed up but thats down to the people using them. 

The toilets are pretty much what you expect of public toilets but even then i think public toilets are a little bit much nicer. Some of the girls toilets didn't have locks. The shower only seemed to have one setting, cold! It was rare to get hot  water or even warm, it was just by chance.

One of the main things we noticed was that the people there were not very welcoming to us, no one really spoke to us or even made a effort too, we wasn't sure if it was because we are a couple or because the other people there were long timers and have made there own click. So there wasn't a very nice atmosphere in the hostel. There was only one person who was nice to us and tried to generate a conversation whenever she saw us and that was the receptionist. 

There was no nights out planned or ways to get to know other travellers, no events like they said there would be. One night was meant to be all you can eat BBQ for $5 and it didn't happen and i don't even remember seeing a BBQ, just stuff like that.

The one thing we loved was that the beach was a stone throw away from it, less then 30 seconds to get there!

We didn't let this get us down though because you can't complain for $16 dollars a night!

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Things to do in Byron bay

1. Walk to the light house

2. Do a nature trail 

3. Walk to most easterly part of Australia

4. Lay by the beach 

5. Go shopping in the cute shops

6. Hire a surfboard or paddle board and learn how to surf

7. Kayaking tours

8. Whale watching

9. Sky dive onto the beach

10. Eat out at the local restaurants 

11. Sleep all day and party all night

12. Hire a bike and go exploring 

13. Yoga and pilates on the beach

14. Go outside of byron bay and see the surrounding areas

If You would like to know more about Byron bay or what else there is  to do the CLICK HERE
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Our time in Byron Bay

Byron bay is famous for being the hippie, chilled back town where most people call themselves free spirits. We were told so many good things about Byron bay that when we go we will want to stay, even the guy that picked us up said his trip was only meant to last 3 days and 6 months later he’s still here loving life, our roommates only said good things about it so we were pretty excited and set our standards high that we knew we were going to have a good time. But here it comes………… we didn’t like it. Before you go gaspingggggggg hear us out, we have pros and cons. 

What we loved:

The beach. It was beautiful, it stretched out for miles and as much as we tried to walk all of it, our legs just couldn’t take it. 

On Bobby's birthday we walked to the lighthouse which most people said only takes 30 minutes or so, 2 hours and a sweaty top later we finally made it to the top of the cliff (felt like a mountain) We did the nature walk and it was breath taking, the views were just stunning. It honestly takes your breath away but i think any beach view with clear blue waters is going to do that. We had made it to the most eastern part of Australia on our walk and whilst we was up there staring at the world we see some whales. If you wanted to be romantic you could go up there at sunrise or sunset.

The cute restaurants and cafes. Each way you turn, you have no end of choice for food. Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, takeaway, organic food, the list is endless and can cater to every ones budgets. If your a traveller $5 dollar dominoes pizza or if you fancy something not out of a box and is AMAZING try Gourmet fish & chips. The best fish and chips we have EVER had, statement made! Its located behind main beach backpackers hostel.

You can learn how to surf, i mean you can do that at any beach but the price was great here! Plus with who we booked with we got free surf board hire and free paddle boards. But unfortunately a man was attacked by a shark a day before we arrived so we wasn’t feeling up to going to far out as it happened close to shore :/

What we didn’t so much love:

Theres not much to do other than lay by the beach, the nature walks to the light house and back, eat, go out drinking in the evening and that's pretty much it. Theres not much that drew us in about Byron, the town was like a big square with everything you need in it. 

Our hostel wasn’t the greatest but that will be another blog post.

For us it was quite boring but that's only our opinion, a lot of people there loved it but it just wasn’t for us. We could of done it in 2 or 3 days but we were there a week so we decided to get a tan, get drunk and make the most of time we had there.
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Were on the move!

Bon-voyage Sydney!
Peace out!
We outta here!

If you haven’t already guessed we are on the move. We have finally left Sydney and starting out travels up the east coast. We are done and dusted with the suitcases and have sent them home, bought backpacks, Bobby’s broke as soon as he put his on (he he) and mine weighs more than Mexico. I'm not even kidding i don’t know how people carry these every where they go, mine was on 30 minutes max and i was already calling myself Quasimodo. I can’t complain though i only have 1 backpack and the ‘important bag’ (passports, camera’s, knickers, tooth brush that kinda stuff) and Bobby has 2 backpacks… we can’t travel light! 

Our trip will last 5-6 weeks to travel up to cairns. We can do it quicker with 1 or 2 nights in each destination but we want to take our time and enjoy each place, i mean we do have a year here so whats the rush?! Here's what we have planned:

Byron bay
Surfers paradise
Hervey bay
Frasier island
Airlie beach

First stop is Byron Bay, we have been told by nearly everyone we have spoken to that it is beautiful so we can’t wait to get there and call ourselves free spirits mannnnn! 

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Sydney harbour bridge climb

One word... AMAZING!!!
We knew coming to Sydney that the bridge climb was one of the things that we definitely wanted to do. It is a must! If your coming to Sydney and this isn't on your bucket list, then grab that list, screw it up, chuck it out and write a new one with this at the very top!

We was so excited to do this, like beyond excitement, imagine excitement then times that by 200 that was our excitement level. I think you get the gist. 
Bobby being the best boyfriend ever surprised me with this two days before we was doing it. Little cutie! As Sydney is throwing us some seriously bad weather, the only day it was sunny was the day we did this so he had picked the perfect day.

Once you get there you have to fill out some paper work and whilst your there, you stand in a circle (i felt 10 again) to get to know the group of 14 your doing the climb with and also your climb instructor.  From there you get given jumpsuit that is basically a onesie to wear, then get given a belt with a harness on, a jumper in case it gets chilly, a hat, a handkerchief if you get all emotional from the sights, safety string for your glasses and finally a headset to hear your guide. After you get everything you need you finally get started on the walk. 

The walk up is breath taking, one side is the opera house, circular quay, the rocks, Taronga zoo, etc. The other side is Luna park, darling harbour, cockatoo island and behind is the city. They tell you the facts about Sydney and also tell you about the heritage about the bridge, how it was made, how long it took, how many people died making it, how much it cost etc. Its all interesting but your main focus is the views. On the way up you stop a few times for pictures and take in the view. You don't get to walk completely across it to the other side, you only walk to the top then back down again.



The stuff you wanna to know:

The price: 
Adult $198-$358
Children $148- $228 
Dawn, day, twilight or night depends on the price of climb you get.
We did the day so it cost $248 per person. Its quite expensive but its a once in a life time thing to do so the choice is yours.

Ah the money makers, there's always one where ever you go.
For safety reasons you aren't allowed to take your own cameras up there, they will take their camera and take the pictures for you. You can buy picture packages or single when you book online, or after your climb. Bobby the smart nugget booked us a 10 picture package for $49.99 i believe so whilst we were up there we got to have all of the pictures they took of us.

The complete package- what you get for your money:
Well of course you get the climb, a certificate of achievement, a bridge climb hat, free entry to the pylon lookout and a group photograph. 

Our review

Overall we loved the climb. It is one of those things you will never forgot so you can't put a price on memories... but they had a good crack at it. 
The only thing i would say they could improve on was the price. For a couple its $500 dollars but if your a family of 4 that's nearly $1000 dollars and of course you want pictures of it so that's an extra cost. You wouldn't want a group photo as your keep sake, you would want a personal photo to take back home.

If your interested in doing the climb or want to have a look at the website CLICK HERE
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