Celine and her northern travels

Celine

Hello everybody

This week, we went to beautiful Cairns.

We rented a car online at www.vroomvroomvroom.com.au, which compares car rentals.

We got a Nissan Pulsar for 245 AUD for 4 days, including an excess reduction for accidents ($3000 down to $400). Since our driver was over 25, we did not have to pay the extra 27 AUD /day surcharge for drivers under 25. In Townsville, however, there are only big car rental agencies such as Hertz, Europcar or Avis. So if you should consider renting a car with the backpacker car rentals in bigger cities/ tourist cities such as Cairns, etc. (e.g. http://www.travellers-autobarn.com.au/?gclid=CIra-vK4rrkCFQxIpgod13YAoA),  they are much cheaper, especially for people under 25.

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Another travel possibility for going to Cairns is to take the Greyhound bus, which is about 50 AUD one way for a student.

Once we arrived in Cairns, we had trouble with our booking for the hostel. We booked the Koala Beach Resort online through www.Hostelbookers.com.au. However, the hostel made a double booking for our private 5-bed dorm and put us in an 8-bed dorm without telling us. Since we arrived after the reception hours and our keys for the room did not fit, we had to call the ‘late check-in number’. After several tries, a very ‘friendly’ person, who was apparently in the middle of partying, called us back. After a while, she finally came back to the hostel to give us the keys for a free apartment (for the same price!). I never met such an unfriendly person before. But luckily, everything worked out in the end. We had our room plus correct keys and she could go back to her party 😉

Apart from the very first night, it was an amazing weekend!

Even though we had to skip our snorkel day trip because of the high waves, we went to see a lot of other amazing things…

…Cape Tribulation. This is a 2.5 hour drive north of Cairns. Make sure you have 23 AUD for the short ferry ride across the river.

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 …Kuranda. You can either go there by car or take the train for a scenic train ride through the rainforest.

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…Palm Cove.

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…Milla Milla falls.

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…and Mission Beach

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It was a perfect weekend with amazing people.

See you guys next week 🙂

Back to studying now.

Celine

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