Sydney to Gold Coast travel guide

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Last pics we took in Bunbury, WA

We had been planning on moving back to the east coast for a long time, as soon as we finished with our farm work. There’s more to do here and overall it seems to be a better place to live.

In November we sold our car to our new Estonian friends in Donnybrook, packed our stuff and flew to Sydney. It was Alek’s birthday on the first day of our trip, so we celebrated with some cake, champagne and a night flight. We started from Perth at 1 am and reached Sydney at 8 am, but because there’s a 3 hour difference between the east and west coast, our nigh only last for 4 hours, out of which we slept two. But at least we were able to enjoy the sunrise from our window, which is the best part about night flights.

Meil oli juba pikemat aega plaan, et kui Lääne-Austraalias farmitöö tehtud saab, tuleme ida poole tagasi. Siin on rohkem, mida teha ja üleüldse tundus, et see on parem asukoht.

Novembri lõpus müüsime auto maha, pakkisime asjad ja lendasimegi Sydneysse. Alekil oli reisi esimesel päeval sünnipäev, tähistasime väikse koogi ja shampuse ja öise lennureisiga. Meie lend väljus kell 1 öösel ja Syndeysse jõudsime kell 8 hommikul, aga ida- ja lääneranniku ajavahe on 3 tundi,  niiet öö kestis meie jaoks ainult 4 tundi. Magada eriti ei saanud, aga see eest hommikune päikesetõus oli mega ilus.

The first thing we needed to do in Sydney was to buy a car. We had done a bit of research and picked out a few but decided to do it again and find something better. So, after about two or three hours we finally found one that we both liked and that had an okay price. They had to do the rego and some other stuff for the car, so we had to wait again, and when we finally received the car it was already late, so we decided to check in to our hostel and go to sleep.

The next day we went to discover Sydney. We had never been there before, so it was really exciting.

We went to Bronte and Bondi beaches, which I think are the most beautiful and popular in Sydney. The pools are sooo instagrammable, so we took a lot of pics that I still upload to insta from time to time.

Later, when we wanted to walk around and see the famous Opera House, the weather decided it was the perfect time to start raining. We didn’t have any umbrellas or anything to protect the camera so we just gave up and promised to come back in the future. At least we got the pics.

Sydneys ostsime uue auto, millele kulus terve päev. Sellele oli vaja teha rego ja muud asjad, niiet kui me selle lõpuks kätte saime, läksime otse hotelli ja magama. Järgmisel päeval, kui olime välja puhanud, läksime linna avastama.

Käisime Bronte ja Bondi randades, mis on vist kõige ilusamad Sydney rannad. Ja kõige rahvarohkemad. Mõlemas rannas on väga instagrammable basseinid, kus tasub kindlasti käia.

Õhtul, kui tahtsime kesklinnas ringi jalutada ja kõiki muid must-see kohti vaadata, tõmbus taevas täiesti halliks ja hakkas sadama. Andsime alla ja lubasime kunagi tagasi tulla. Vähemalt saime pildid.

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Our next stop was a hundred kms north, in Newcastle. Like in Sydney, there were ocean pools that I knew we had to visit. The first ones were in Merewether beach, but the water there wasn’t very pretty. There were a lot of people and though it looked cool, we didn’t get very good pictures.

Then we went for a walk along the coast, there was a trail called the Memorial Walk. After that we visited the next pool called the Bogey Hole. It dates back to 1820s, when a local lieutenant commanded some convicts to dig it for him.

The waves there were HUGE. We stood on the stairs and the waves still got to us and the camera got a bit wet, which is why we don’t have any really good photos of the place. Except for the one I took before we went down the stairs.

Järgmine peatus oli Sydneyst sadakond kilomeetrit põhjas, Newcastle’is. Ka seal olid veeäärsed basseinid täitsa olemas, käisime neist kahes.

Bogey Hole, all pildil, on bassein mille lasi vangidel kaevata 1820 aasta paiku üks kohalik leitnant. Isiklikuks tarbeks.

Lained on seal ikka väga suured, mere poolt tulles ulatuvad need basseini teise otsa välja. Üks laine pritsis meie kaamera ka märjaks, niiet me ei saanud väga häid pilte.

The Bogey Hole

Ocean view from the Memorial Walk

Our hostel had a hammock!!!

From Newcastle we drove up to Port Macquaire, Coffs Harbour and then Byron Bay.

In Port Macquaire we visited the Koala Hospital. It is a non-profit organisation established in 1973, out of the need to protect the koalas as they were and still are slowly becoming extinct. All because of humans – we cut down forests to build new houses and then our pets, especially dogs, attack the poor animals or we run them over with our cars. The second big threat to them is disease, the most common one being Chlamydia which causes blindness. Sick koalas that can’t see cannot survive on their own and very often die or get into accidents.

The koala hospital finds and treats injured animals and those that can’t be released back to the wild will spend the rest of their lives there.

Newcastle’st sõitsime edasi põhja poole Port Macquaire’isse, Coffs Harbour’ise ja Byron Bay’sse.

Port Macquaire’s käisime Koaalahaiglas. Tegemist on asutusega, mis avati 1973. aastal mitte tulu teenimise, vaid head tegemise eesmärgil. Koaalade saatus Austraalias on ohustatud, sest inimesed langetavad metsi, kus nad elavad, et ehitada maju. Majadesse võetakse koduloomad, kes koaalasid ründavad, või siis satuvad vaesed loomad auto- või rongiõnnetustesse. Teine oht koaaladele on haigused, kõige levinum on klamüüdia. See põhjustab muuhulgas pimedaks jäämist ja sellised koaalad ei saa enam üksi hakkama.

Koaalahaigla otsibki ja võtab vastu ning ravib vigastatud koaalasid ja osad neist, keda ei saa enam loodusesse tagasi lasta veedavadki oma ülejäänud elu seal.

In Coffs Harbour we visited the Sky Pier where the view was amazing. There were a lot of horseflies though so taking pics was a challenge. There were constantly 3 or 4 of them flying around you trying to get a bite. I think I killed about 6.

After that we drove a bit inland to go to the Dorrigo National Park. There was a waterfall called the Crystal Shower Falls, that we wanted to see. To get there we had to hike through the rainforest for an hour and even more to get back. It was a bit tiring but we saw a snake for the first time in Australia, looked it up later and it was a very poisonous one. Immediately after getting back to our car a thunderstorm got to us, so our timing was perfect. Thunderstorms are very common here, especially during this season.

Coffs Harbouris käisime sellises kohas nagu Sky Pier. Nimevalik on suhteliselt loogiline, nagu võib pildilt allpool näha. Vaade, mis sealt avanes, oli imeline, kuigi seda nautida ja pildistada oli veidike raske. Kogu aeg tiirles meie ümber umbes 3-4 parmu, lootes meid hammustada. Ma arvan, et ma tapsin vähemalt 6 tükki selle 10 minuti jooksul.

Sealt edasi sõitsime sisemaa suunas Dorrigo Rahvusparki. Seal metsa sees on Crystal Shower Falls’i nimeline juga, mida me tahtsime näha. Sinna jõudmiseks pidime tund aega läbi vihmametsa matkama ja tagasi veel kauem, sest rada oli tehtd ringikujuliseks, nagu ikka, ja me tahtsime selle läbi teha. Kõndida tund aega mäest alla ja siis sama kaua uuesti mäest üles on natuke väsitav küll, eriti kui sooja on ligi 30 kraadi. Aga vihmamets on koht, kuhu tasub ikka aeg-ajalt minna. Seekord nägime me esimest korda Austraalias oldud aja jooksul madu, ning hiljem järgi uurides selgus, et see oli väga mürgine madu.

Täpselt siis, kui me tagasi autosse istusime, jõudis meieni äikesetorm. Need on siin väga tavalised, eriti praegu suvel.

The Sky Pier

Crystal Shower Falls

Another sky pier from which we could see the rainforest and mountains

Our last stop before Gold Coast was Byron Bay, where we spent a few hours at the Wategos beach. A really popular beach, but a beautiful one, with pretty water and lots of surfers. All of Byron Bay looked so cool and I would have loved to walk around there, but unfortunately we did not have time then. We will go back!

Meie viimaseks peatuseks enne Gold Coasti oli Byron Bay. Seal on väga ilus rand nimega Wategos beach, kus me paar tunnikest oma päevast veetsime. Tegemist on väga populaarse rannaga ja hea surfikohaga, niiet terve vesi oli rahvast täis. Kogu Byron Bay nägi nii hea välja ja oleksime tahtnud väga seal kauem olla ja ringi kõndida, aga kahjuks polnud meil selleks aega. Õnneks ei ole ta Gold Coastist üldse kaugel, niiet me lähe sinna kindlasti tagasi!

Thats all for this time, thanks for reading!

Piia & Alek

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