Booking an organised tour was the best thing I could have ever done for travelling Australia. I looked into different ways to travel such as hiring a car/van, but where I was only 18 I wasn’t old enough to do so. I searched and searched into different modes of transport and finally decided to book an organised tour. I booked a tour through G Adventures as this was one of the only tours that did all of the outback of Australia plus everything I wanted to do. Booking this tour was the best decision I ever made.
This tour was great for me as I travelled all through the outback of Australia from Melbourne with nothing to worry about. Food, accommodation and transport was all included. Most importantly I was able to meet people which was key for me being a solo traveller. Travelling solo is daunting enough let alone with the thought you won’t meet people. But doing this tour meant that by the end of the month I had made friends for life (shout out to Nicola, Mo, Bethany, Georgia, Fiona, Sarah, Meg, Amber).
Anyway with the tour I started off in Melbourne on January 2nd by myself before I met everyone. I completed a free walking tour to get as much done that was physically possible, the free tour was through http://www.imfree.com.au. In Melbourne the main highlight was Hosier lane with all their street art, so if you’re ever in Melbourne that’s the main area to go to.
From Melbourne we worked our way up to Uluru, seeing the Great Ocean Road, Quorn, Adelaide, Williams Creek, Beltana and Kings Canyon. The outback was the highlight of my whole trip, I saw the most Kangaroos I have ever seen in my life. My favourite stop of the trip was at Williams Creek as they had a population of 4 people, so when we turned up as a group we tripled the amount of people there. That evening we got drunk with the 4 people on slippery nipples (shots of half sambuca half baileys), and I ended the night, drunk, laid in the road with my 2 favourite Canadians holding hands star gazing.
We stopped at pink lakes without the lake (so just pink patches of land) climbed mountains at 4am in the morning, camped in the outback in the pouring rain (there’s a 3% chance of it raining in the outback when you’re there) had llamas intrude our room, adopted lambs, sang karaoke in random bars and so much more. We fully embraced the gizzare.
The best day I’ve ever had was at Uluru. If you’ve never heard of Uluru, it’s a large rock owned by the aboriginals with a huge importance to their culture. There’s a lot of history behind it about the aboriginals and their beliefs about the rock and then about the government claiming the land as their own. I would really recommend looking into the history and the importance of this sacred site, it is very interesting to learn about. All in one day I skydived Uluru, which was the best thing I have ever done in my whole entire life, I hiked around the local area with the best group of people, watched the sunset with champagne and cheese (mainly cheese) over Uluru and then proceeded to have the best night in a local bar. With this local bar we went to, there was a musician on stage and everyone else was just sat around. My group of friends all got up and started dancing. Slowly we managed to get people up one by one and by the end everyone in this bar was dancing doing the conga and having a great time. It was a night to remember.
The next day we all had to say goodbye. I was carrying on my travels with a few of the friends I made and everyone else was going their separate ways. There was a few tears and many hugs. We were dropped off at the airport and this is when I realised I had forgot my bag and left it at the campsite (trust me), we had to quickly drive back to collect it to get me back to my flight in time. I made it. If anyone was to do something like that, it would be me.
Next onto the east coast…