The (Bumpy) Road to Sydney

The 10 day road trip from Cairns (pronounced Cans) to Sydney wouldn’t have been the same without the two speeding tickets, cracked windshield and small fender bender. These few hiccups didn’t stop my sister and I from having a great time.

Two weeks before starting school in Sydney we flew into Cairns, scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef and kept heading south to Whitsundays and Brisbane for other activities.


Out of all cities we got to explore on the road trip, Cairns still remains my favorite. It wasn’t too big and it wasn’t too small: the perfect size. Plus, this was before we slept in the back of a Toyota Corolla for thirteen days and cracked the front windshield.

The huge clam would close after waving your hand over it, which I captured with my GoPro! We got to see everything from colorful fish, sea turtles and more than 500 species of coral. I would definitely recommend paying extra to do an introductory dive.

If you’re camping in Cairns make sure to use the free hot shower and wifi at the community lagoon. The Daintree National Park is an awesome place to hike and go for a river swim, and its only fifteen minutes outside of Cairns.

On the way down to Whitsundays we made a quick but necessary stop at Milla Milla Falls. We were told the location was used for an Herbal Essence shampoo commercial.

After snorkeling two spots in the Whitsundays, we made our way to Whitehaven Beach. It’s said to be the finest sand in the world and NASA has bought two tons of sand to use in the Hubble telescope. We hiked up a small mountain on north Whitehaven to see the ‘swirl’ in the sand.

Our last stop before reaching Sydney was Brisbane! We got to take pictures with koalas and kangaroos at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. If you have some time in ‘Brizzy’, check out the Brisbane sign and watch a rugby game.

If you visit Australia there is a good chance you will be traveling some of the East Coast. Here are some tips to make your traveling experience go smoothly. If you are renting a car, PLEASE buy the insurance and download the app WikiCamps. Since you can’t park the car anywhere you’d like, this app helps you find the campervan parks that are free to park overnight, with showers, running water, etc. Also, make sure you do the speed limit, the police will not even give you a kilometer per hour over. Trust me, two speeding tickets  – back-to-back days – is not cheap.

If you’re traveling by bus or train you will need the app Tripview lite. This app gives you the exact times of bus and train departures and arrivals. Another app you’ll probably want is Hostel World – this will give you the cheapest hostels to stay over night.

Lastly, I have found the app XE Currency to be the fastest way to convert the US Dollar to the Australian Dollar.

Thank you guys for reading! And remember, it’s the journey not the destination!

Dillon Morgan is pursuing a bachelors degree in kinesiology. This fall he is studying functional anatomy, exercise rehabilitation and sport medicine at University of Technology, Sydney.


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