Has travelling around Australia always been a dream of yours? Have you made it all the way down there and now you're wondering where to start, where to stop and what to see? I found myself in the same situation a couple of weeks ago. I settled on what I think is, the best offer available for travellers. I booked the Pharlap Package with Oz Experience. This package includes transportation by luxury Greyhound Australia coaches between Melbourne and Cairns, along with a multitude of must-do tours and trips along the way! It’s the most convenient, cheapest and most comfortable way to travel in Australia. Let me show you why I’m more than happy I booked with them and why you should do it too.
To give you more info about me, I’m a Canadian guy in my mid-twenties with a huge passion for photography and the outdoors. I’m travelling on a budget and I wanted to see/experience the best Australia has to offer. I started my adventure in Melbourne, keeping the most exciting tours and the best weather for the end. The first included trip was an Australian High Country tour from Melbourne to Sydney. We stopped in a locally owned zoo, went wine tasting and spent a night on an authentic Aussie farm.
The second day included a stop in Canberra, Australia’s capital. Our bus driver became our private tour guide while we walked around Parliament House. As much as I love taking pictures everywhere I go, I also enjoy learning about the history and the culture of the places I see. That tour was very interesting.
The High Country Tour ended up in Sydney, where I stayed for two nights. It allowed me ample time to see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the stunning Sydney Botanical Gardens and much more! To make the most out of my time here, when possible, I opted for night time bus transportation. It permitted me to sleep, making the hours go by faster and I felt like I wasn’t wasting time that could have been spent otherwise. Plus Greyhound coaches also have free WiFi, in seat USB chargers, leather reclining seats, panoramic views and an on board bathroom! Everything you need to make your journey comfortable and enjoyable. I left Sydney at 11:00pm and arrived at my next destination, Byron Bay, the following morning.
The next trip included in the Pharlap Package was a ½ day surf camp in Byron Bay. Surfing was one of the things I knew I absolutely wanted to do in Australia and I was really looking forward to that surf day. They picked us up in town and we went to the beach. The first 45 minutes was devoted with the instructor. He taught us the techniques, explained us how to surf and off we went! That afternoon was one of the best of my trip so far. I really enjoyed surfing and having an instructor with you in the water that gives you tips to improve your technique was definitely an asset.
My next stop after Byron Bay was Rainbow Beach, the gateway town to Fraser Island. Contained in the package was a 3 day/2 nights on the island with Cool Dingo Tours. Those three days were totally out of this world. We went to all the most beautiful places on the island and slept in a beautiful resort and had all food included! And last but not least, our transportation was an awesome 4x4 pink bus! I had a crazy time on Fraser Island. The paradisiac Mckenzie Lake, the stunning Champagne Pools, the fun inland tracks and a lot more. You can’t skip Fraser if you are travelling in Australia. It’s one of those ‘’must-do’’ once in a lifetime.
Once I got back from Fraser, I took a relaxing Greyhound Australia night coach all the way up to Airlie Beach, where my next tour was waiting for me. A 2 day/1 night on a sailing boat in the Whitsundays. That trip was to me, the best one of the entire package. We did some snorkelling over beautiful reefs filled with tons of fish, went to Whitehaven Beach (the most beautiful beach I’ve seen in all my life) and of course, we sailed around the Whitsunday Islands. The best pictures I got from Australia were shot here. Perfect postcard pictures.
If you aren’t sold on the Pharlap Package by Oz Experience yet, let me continue on with the next trips that are included in it, starting with the night on Magnetic Island at the Base hostel. To put it simply, it was like spending a night in paradise. This hostel’s location could not be any better, straight by the beach. Palm trees everywhere, a huge pool and the golden sand straight down a couple of steps. Best hostel ever.
After Magnetic Island, my final stop was in Cairns. The good thing is, final destination doesn’t mean I’m done already! I still had two day trips left to do. I started with the gorgeous Atherton Tablelands. It’s a region filled with cascading waterfalls, lush rainforests and perfect scenery. We had the opportunity to see the amazing Cathedral Fig, a gigantic 500 years old tree. We saw and swam in impressive waterfalls, some of Australia’s most exquisite ones. As a photographer, I really enjoyed all the different ones I got the chance to capture!
Back in Cairns, it was time for my very last tour, a day trip to the famous Great Barrier Reef. One of the world’s seven wonders, you simply can’t go to Australia without seeing it. Doing this day tour allowed everyone to relax, snorkel and even scuba dive at the reef. No need to say I had a perfect day out there, what a great way to end this memorable journey.
I had an amazing time doing all those tours and I do not regret a single second having booked the Pharlap Package. It was much cheaper than buying all these tours + transportation separately. It might seem like a fair amount of money when you first look at it, but if you take into account all the Greyhound coach trips and the included tours, you end up saving a lot. I invite you to have a look at their multiple offers on their website, there is surely one who’ll fit your needs perfectly. So start planning your Australian adventure today!
For more information, contact Oz Experience on 1300 300 028 (within Australia).
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