Like many of my fellow Irish men Australia has always been on my radar of places I want to visit over the net few years. Australia is one of the most popular places in the world to visit and it is probably top of the list with Irish people along with Canada in terms of doing a one year working holiday. Australia is filled with all types of natural beauty as well as cool cities including Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Because it is such a well traveled destination there is already a route made for you in terms of traveling the east coast which is where most travelers go to do either from the top down from Cairns or the bottom up starting with Melbourne.

Being stubborn I decided to start in neither and instead I started in Sydney. I will spend 1 week in Sydney but that is only because I have relations there I want to visit but I would recommend doing 2 – 4 days in Sydney if possible as it is a cool city but you don’t want to take away too much from what you can see up the coast. In Sydney you have some great beaches of which Bondi is the most well known but there are also other beaches I recommend checking out including Coogee and Bronte. There is also a famous walk to be done from Coogee to Bondi which is about 6km’s in total.

Other things to see in Sydney are of course the Opera house which I found a bit disappointing. It is a lot smaller in person than I imagined but there is a great bar beside it which although expensive is great to take in the view of the city and the famous Sydney bridge. I stayed in a place called backpackers hostel in the middle of the city and it is pretty cool with plenty of partying to be done if that is what you are into! I am traveling pretty light and have a 15kg backpack with me as I plan to spend most of the time in shorts and tank tops. Other than that I have a few bits including my laptop of course and a dreambox that I got back home that allows me to watch Irish TV and keep up to date with the rugby back home.

So from Sydney I will get a bus up to Byron Bay where I will stay for 2 nights before heading on again to surfers paradise. My budget is about $70/day which is not a whole lot and the fact that I lost my phone the first night and had to get a refurbished iphone for €250 shipped out from isn’t helping the situation! I will keep you guys up to date on what I get done here and in Byron soon! Thanks for reading.