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One Stop Adventures Review: Frankie Creedy – East Coast Australia trip

Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk
Lake Mackenzie

Frankie Creedy
Travelled the East Coast of Australia with One Stop Adventures in October and November 2016

What trip did you do with One Stop Adventures and how long for?

We did the Ultimate package from Melbourne all the way up to Cairns and it lasted for about two months.

What made you decide to book with us?

My boyfriend booked with you a couple of years beforehand. He went with four other friends and they had the best time, and I know that your prices are cheap compared to others, so I just messaged and you booked me the package.

You were traveling with a friend, weren't you?

Yes I was travelling with Abbie who I didn't know that well before we came over. I met her on a website called travel buddy where you write a blog about yourself and what kind of person you're looking to go traveling with. Luckily, she only lived about 20 miles away from me in the UK, so we met up about six times before and then began our trip. Now we're best friends.

I didn't want to go with a childhood friend because I know from speaking to other people that if you go with friends you sometimes don't go home as friends. I wanted to go with someone that  I didn't know that well so that we could get to know each other on the trip and it worked out really well.

Do you have any tips for maintaining a strong friendship while traveling with someone else?

Well, throughout the whole two months we had two very, very small bickers as girls would. So I think we did pretty well, to be honest. But I would say just be honest with each other. If somebody's irritating you, just be honest with them and air your problems and don't let it build up.

On top of that if you need some time to yourself, go and have some time to yourself. I don't think anyone would be offended if you want to go and spend some time on your own. It can be stressful to spend 24/7 with another person, so just be honest and enjoy the experience together as well as meeting other people.

You must go to Cairns, I think we saved the best till last there really

Fairy pools in Noosa
The Fairy pools in Noosa National Park

Where did you go on your trip and what are some highlights?

We went from Melbourne all the way up to Cairns. I think we stopped in almost every city between the two! I really liked Brisbane, and once the trip finished that's where I went back and where I stayed for another three months, so I'm a bit biased with Brisbane.

My favourite part of the trip was definitely Cairns. You must go to Cairns, I think we saved the best till last there really. We did a trip to the Great Barrier Reef,  we did our skydive there, the Uncle Brian's trip as well which was a really good way to finish.

I'm glad we did it that way round, Melbourne to Cairns, instead of the other way round. And actually Castaway Survivor also. Abbie wasn't so keen on that, but I love camping and things like that so I really did like Castaway Survivor.

Do you have a favourite part of your trip out of all that?

The skydive at Mission beach. It's a massive adrenaline rush and I got it on video. It had such Amazing views and I'd definitely do it again.

Can you recommend a favourite bar that you visited on your trip?

If you want a good clubbing night out there’s a place called ivy in Sydney, I really enjoyed that. If you go to West End in Brisbane, it's a bit alternative there and they've got loads of cool cocktail bars. The Lychee Lounge was one of my favourites.

Did you have a favourite Accommodation that you stayed on your trip?

Bunk in Surfer's Paradise. It was up and coming and still undergoing renovations at the time, but even then it was really good, you could see that once it's finished It will be quite luxurious. Everything was quite new and nice, I really liked it.

I also love the camping kind of feel of things so I also really enjoyed camping on the Castaway survivor trip and on Fraser island. It's all very clean. A lot of people think camping and say “you're going to get dirty” and that. But they always keep the camps really clean which made it enjoyable.

Whitehaven beach
Basking in the glorious sun on Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays.

Is there something that you feel that you missed out on and something that you'd like to do again?

Yeah, and I think I did ask you before I left Brisbane, I was planning on going again with some girls, but we didn't in the end. I'd like to do the Clipper again in the Whitsundays, just because I think I went a bit too hard the first time and I maybe didn't manage to enjoy the Whitsundays as much as I could've done because I was nursing a hangover.

Do you have any tips for anyone thinking of doing a similar trip?

Do it. One Hundred percent do it. Even if you're unsure about the money and stuff, get saving. It's something you'll remember forever. Even when I was looking through my photos and things just now, remembering where I stayed and what I did, it makes you feel blue not being back there and it's something that I even might do again one day.

I know it's really cliché and everyone says, "Are you going traveling to find yourself?" but you really do learn a lot about yourself. It makes you appreciate what you've got at home and maybe makes you think about what you'd like to change about your lifestyle.

It is eye-opening and something that you will hold onto forever. With all the photos and all the memories, it's a must do thing.

What for you is essential to pack for people looking to do a similar trip and is there anything that you didn't have with you that you wish you had?

Well, I'm glad I packed my raincoat, because when we got to lovely sunny Melbourne, we spent a couple of days in our raincoats, but that was fine. We didn't mind. Bring a small lightweight raincoat. That came in handy.

For the girls, don't pack as many shoes as you think you might like, because it's just extra weight and I think I took three pairs of shoes that I didn't even wear.

If you're going with someone, just try and two up on things, Abbie and I shared a few things between each other. Also don't pack all your toiletries for the whole trip, because you can buy them as you go along and it's really heavy to be carrying loads of shampoos and things round with you. Just buy it as you go along.

What for you is essential to pack for people looking to do a similar trip and is there anything that you didn't have with you that you wish you had?

Well, I'm glad I packed my raincoat, because when we got to lovely sunny Melbourne, we spent a couple of days in our raincoats, but that was fine. We didn't mind. Bring a small lightweight raincoat. That came in handy.

For the girls, don't pack as many shoes as you think you might like, because it's just extra weight and I think I took three pairs of shoes that I didn't even wear.

If you're going with someone, just try and two up on things, Abbie and I shared a few things between each other. Also don't pack all your toiletries for the whole trip, because you can buy them as you go along and it's really heavy to be carrying loads of shampoos and things round with you. Just buy it as you go along.

Fairy pools in Noosa
The Fairy pools in Noosa National Park
Whitsundays on the clipper
Whitsundays on the Atlantic Clipper
Lake Mackenzie
Chilling at Lake Mackenzie
Coogee to Bondi Coastal walk
enjoying the view while on the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk in Sydney
Extreme Rafting
Extreme rafting on the Tully river in Queensland.
Whitehaven beach
Basking in the glorious sun on Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays.
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