We set off from Sydney at 11am, later than planned but not unexpected based on previous trips. This trip we plan to take the scenic route whenever possible, not the quickest, so instead of taking the highway directly to our first overnight stop at Jervis Bay, we followed the coast road from Stanwell Park.
Hamilton Island is part of Queensland’s amazingly scenic Whitsunday Islands, which are roughly halfway between Brisbane and Cairns. Both Jetstar and Virgin fly there direct from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We paid $150 each way from Sydney on a promotional deal.
I get excited whenever I get to ride on a ferry, for me even the smallest trips are an adventure. I enjoy being on the water, not sure if its breathing in the salty air or the motion of the waves but it just feels like anything can happen.
Many cities have iconic trips, routine to the locals, but for tourists they are special highlights that will become treasured memories. In Melbourne, taking a tram down to St Kilda beach is a time honoured tradition that still offers the visitor a memorable experience, as well as a glimpse into the history of beach life in Melbourne.
During the planning stage this trip evolved as we added more and more places we felt we had to visit. We started with just Korea, but realised we wanted to revisit Japan also. We also wanted to pace ourselves better than our last major trip to Vietnam and China, which meant spending more time at each city or town (3 …
We visited Hoi An for four days as part of our journey through Vietnam, and enjoyed our stay immensely. We flew into Vietnam from Hong Kong, arriving at Hanoi from where we worked our way down to Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong.