They say a picture says a thousand words, so here is our 2014 in 10,000 words! December 2013: Ringing in New Year’s Eve 2013 in Sydney, Australia

Byron Bay After a jam-packed trip to the Sunshine Coast, we made our way down the Pacific Highway to Byron Bay via Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Heading into Byron, we had heard some bad reviews from both local Australians as well as online so we weren’t really sure what to expect.

Noosa The Sunshine or ‘Sunny’ Coast stretches about 2 and a half hours to the north of Brisbane. Noosa is a holiday / vacation town on the Sunny Coast about an hour north of Brisbane. The area is pretty ‘fancy’ and its main street, Hastings St., is lined with restaurants, cafés and upscale shopping. Hastings Street almost got us in the Christmas spirit with its Christmas lit trees and shops playing Christmas… Read More

Airlie & The Whitsundays December 2013 Friday the 13th was a long day of travel for us as we left Cairns for Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. The flight took us from Cairns south to Brisbane where we had a five hour layover before another short flight up to Airlie Beach. After a day in transit, we arrived at by far our nicest accommodations yet and maybe the nicest… Read More

Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation December 2013 Thursday we woke up to some RDF (that is rain, drizzle and fog for fellow mainlanders), but given the temperature had already hit 25C and we were heading for the worlds largest rainforest, we weren’t too worried about it. Our 4×4 picked us up at our motel at 7 AM and we headed north from Cairns up the coast past Port Douglas, Mosman and into the Daintree…. Read More

Great Barrier Reef December 11, 2013 Wednesday December 11th, 2013 will go down as the day my mind was officially blown. Jessica and I took a two hour boat ride from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew on the boat said conditions couldn’t have been any better with no cloud cover, calm waters and temps nearing 40C (the water temp was around 29C). However, the calm waters did nothing for Jessica’s… Read More

Cairns, Queensland, Australia December 8, 2013 After a short flight on Virgin Australia last night, we made it to Cairns. We had booked a hostel for our stay, mainly at an attempt to meet some fellow travellers and to give our wallets a break after our short stay in Sydney. Well, it seems I am not quite made for hostel living. We checked into our private room, which had a shared kitchen… Read More