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3 Days in Australia’s Beautiful Blue Mountains

Prior to my trip to the Blue Mountains my friend KN emailed me to say she had bought a last-minute ticket to Sydney. She would be visiting for seven fun-filled days. She likes hiking as much as I do so we had to explore the Blue Mountains together. They’re only 100 km away from Syndey and easy to get to. I was happy to see a friendly face and excited that I had someone to check out this beautiful part of Australia with.

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11 of the Best Things to do in Tasmania

When I first planned my trip to Australia I gave myself a full month in Tasmania because it seemed like there was a lot to do. However, while I was traveling around Australia people kept telling me a month was too long to spend in Tasmania. Everybody said 2 weeks as plenty of time to see everything. I typically take advice I am given and settled with a happy medium of 3 weeks. I wish I hadn’t listened because I could have easily spent a month in beautiful Tasmania. I missed out on Port Arthur and Bay of Fires, which are not on this list but are two fantastic sights. Still, I am very glad for what I did see because Tasmania has a lot to offer.

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12 Things After 5 Months in Australia

After my first two months in Australia I made a post about the differences I had noticed between Australia and California. My Australia trip has come to an end, and upon request of some silly Australian friends, this is a final list of differences I have found between the two countries. Making these posts is fun because they’re all silly little things that don’t make a big difference. That being said, it can be the little differences that make things exciting, and even though Australia and California are very similar, there are many things I will miss.

So without further ado I would like to introduce 12 more differences I have found after 5 months of travel in Australia. If you want read about more differences between the two countries check out my 1st month and 2nd month.

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Hiking Tasmania’s Infamous Frenchman’s Cap

When I was hiking the Great Ocean Road I spoke to a fellow hiker about Tasmania. I told him my plans to hike the Overland Track and he said “What about Frenchman’s Cap? It’s in my Top 3.” He had hiked all over the world I was intrigued. I’d found the Overland Track incredibly easy and was itching to do something more demanding. From what I’d heard Frenchman’s Cap was a difficult hike and I was up for the challenge.

Seven days after completing the Overland Track I found myself in Strahan, a tiny seaside town an hour and a half from Frenchman’s Cap Trailhead. The weather had been suspiciously perfect the last five days and the forecast showed three more days of sun with slight showers on the second day. A little rain never hurt anyone and I decided to tackle Frenchman’s Cap the next morning.

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Hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania

My time on the Overland Track was everything I could have hoped for. There was a good variety of weather, lots of friendly people, and views galore. I even popped two hiking cherries: I lost a toe nail and got super excited about trail mix.

When I hopped on the shuttle to the trail head I wasn’t nervous at all. In fact, I was excited to see if 6 days on the trail would wear me down or invigorate me. People on the shuttle asked me “are you hiking all by yourself?” Why yes I am, and I can’t wait to get started!

If you’re looking for tips and tricks on how to hike the Overland Track yourself I made a post specifically for planning here.

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How to Plan for Tasmania’s Overland Track

After spending the first month of my trip hiking through rainforest, the second month hiking through desert, and the third month through beaches, it was time for me to hit the mountains. What better way to do this than hike Tasmania’s beautiful Overland Track? It takes a lot of planning but walking this beautiful trail will give you bragging rights for years to come.

If you would like to read my full experience hiking the Overland Track check out my post here!

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What Makes the Great Ocean Road so Great?

The Great Ocean Road is one of Australia’s natural icons. The stunning coastal formations combined with the little towns along the way will piece together a great trip for any traveler. It’s a must-do if you’re in the area, and although it can be done in a day, spending multiple days here will be time wisely spent. So what are some of the things that make this road so great?

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Wilsons Promontory National Park

Known for its beautiful coastline and pristine beaches, Wilsons Promontory is one National Park you don’t want to miss. I had my chance to go in November,  which isn’t quite peak season and the forecast showed nothing but rain. After checking the weather every day for two weeks I finally got my sunny 3-day window. Just enough time for a short backpacking trip.

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10 Great Trips in Victoria, Australia (Besides Melbourne)

My sources had nothing but good things to say about Victoria so I had to do it justice. I rented a car for two weeks and made my way across the beautiful state. The mixture of farmland, mountains, and cute towns offered plenty to keep me entertained.

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6 Days Through The Australian Outback

Since my tour through The Kimberley was such a success I was depending on Adventure Tours to duplicate the experience for The Outback. After a bit of research I went with a 6 day tour from Alice Springs to Adelaide. The first three days would be spent touring the iconic sights of the outback. The last three days would be making the long drive down the South end of Stuart Highway. If the awesome itinerary didn’t fully persuade me, the fact that the tour was on sale sealed the deal.

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