Reflecting on my highlights from Japan and Australia
02.12.2011 - 02.12.2011 30 °C
The past 6 weeks have flown by. It's been a jam packed time with one activity or adventure leading onto the next. I had a very busy 6 days in Tokyo followed by an action packed 9 days in the Cairns area. I then travelled down the east coast to Brisbane having an amazing time before flying to Melbourne for a chill out and catch up on my life.
The Japanese are so friendly
Having had such a great time and loving Tokyo; moving to Australia was tough. Australia on a whole is amazing, the weather is perfect and their natural resources are just mind blowing. I found it difficult to fault Japan, everything was just incredible and I'd say over the last 6 weeks it wins the prize for my favourite experience; visiting the AKB theatre to see AKB48 live (It's like turning up in London and getting a front row seat for a JLS concert with a days notice). The more time that passes, the more I want to go back to Japan.
Japan was so cool
Tokyo aside, I just can't put it into words how good the time was from arriving in Cairns, doing all the tours and travelling down to Noosa. The whole experience was amazing. There are so many highlights but if I have to single out the most memorable experience it would have to be Whitehaven beach on the Whitsunday Islands sailing trip.
Queensland is amazing
The sun is so high
The German girls, some of the first people I met
Beaches are amazing
Fraser island was a very close call to the Whitsundays trip but it was just let down by the millions of marsh flies constantly trying to bite you.
You can just do everything
Cape Trip - Amazing
Epic waterfalls in one of the wettest places on earth
I can't really comment on Brisbane because I didn't really see it but Surfers paradise on the gold coast and Melbourne didn't really compare to Queensland. I'm glad I visited these places though because I really needed the rest after the previous mental 4 weeks. I'm also completely happy with the order I did everything. If I could go back and do the Australia trip again I would have spent the 5 weeks I had in Australia just going from Cairns to Noosa then spending 1 or 2 nights in Brisbane before flying out. This would have been the perfect amount of time, wouldn't have been so mad or rushed and then I wouldn't have come to Melbourne.
The Swiss girls
Whitehaven beach - The highlight
I would have spent 14 days in the Cairns area including 3 days in Cape Tribulation (Staying in the Asylum hostel), 14 days travelling down to Noosa with a few stops including the must do Whitsunday islands and Fraser island. I would then stay in Noosa / gold coast or another good surf beach for 1 week.
The whole gang on Fraser
Cairns to Brisbane cost a fortune but it was worth it. I wish I could relive it but I probably wouldn't go back and do it all again another time. If I came back to Aus in the future I'd definitely go back there specifically for the perfect scenery and weather.
Surfing = immense
As for Australia itself, it seems very propped up by it's perfect weather and stunning nature, creating an amazing tourist trap without having to worry about anything else. Because of this and the sheer size of the country, everything seems a bit, old, run down and derelict, there're Aboriginals hanging around the streets, there's a lot of rough Australian men and the women are the most obnoxious people I've ever encountered. The Aus men are certainly suited to the women here. The Australians are much more active than English people and hence a lot fitter and more attractive however if you thought the English had bad and annoying personalities, the Aussies are far worse.
I think Australia as a whole is 10x better than the UK but I'm quite unlikely to come and live here especially when I compare it to Japan.