Family Travel on the East Coast of Australia | 3 Weeks from Cairns to Sydney

I enjoy travelling alone on the other side of the world by myself (mostly) and it’s very rare that I actually get homesick for my family or friends just because I am having such a great time.

But after my first three months in Australia and my not so great time in Perth I was so so happy to finally be able to hug my parents again and spend time with my family.

They visited me for three weeks over Christmas and New Years and we got to spend three weeks together travelling from Cairns down to Sydney in a Mobilhome and celebrate New Year’s in Sydney together watching the fireworks over the Harbour.

It was a wonderful time and I am really glad I got to spend Christmas with them and experience a different way of travelling through Australia as a family (instead of as a Backpacker)

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So we started in Cairns and had an amazing day trip to the Great Barrier Reef to go snorkelling. It was amazing how many big and colourful fish you can see and I was so impressed. The underwater world is just so beautiful and we really need to put an effort into saving it.

We could already see the damage humans cause to the reef. First of all the mass tourism that goes to the Reef day by day and also the climate change and the warmer water that makes the corals die.

That’s why we decided to go to the Reef with „Passions of Paradise„. They advertise being an eco-friendly tour. Not too many people on board (in comparison to others), great food, two beautiful snorkelling/ diving spots (without any other boats there) and they do reef education as well. I really liked and can recommend it and they are honoured with being eco-friendly, but who knows if that‘ actually accurate. But it is certain, that they have to be better than most other companies and if you don’t want to miss the Great Barrier Reef experience, you should go for them!

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The next day, we got our camper and started our road trip.

Travelling in a Mobilhome with 4 adults

We already did several Mobilhome trips, but at that time my brother and I haven’t been fully grown adults and in Canada, for example, we also had a bigger and more practical Camper.

So when we got our little home on wheels we were all a bit shocked how this adventure is going to happen because the Mobilhome scene in Australia is not as advanced as in America and our camper wasn’t as big, practical and comfy.

But we made it work and in the end, we got used to it but were also excited to finally sleep in proper beds again.

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Our first stop was Townsville but we didn’t see much of that city because we spend our day on Magnetic Island. A beautiful island only a few kilometres from the mainland and actually Paradise.

I made a vlog that day and showed you a bit around. We visited many beautiful places and shot some amazing drone footage and the prettiest sunset. Have fun watching!

Afterwards, we went further south to Airlie Beach from where we went on a three-day sailing tour through the Whitsundays.

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We had a wonderful time living the always-barefoot-and-bikini-life and it made me dream of doing a bigger sailing tour one day. I just really enjoy the boat life!

So we had two nights on the water and lot’s of amazing views, snorkelling, stand up paddling, yummy food and obviously visiting Whitehaven Beach. Sadly that day it was a bit rainy, but we still had such an awesome time.

I am also currently working on another short video with drone footage from the sailing boat and underwater shots from the Great Barrier Reef – so stay tuned for that and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

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With my parents, I obviously also had so much great food! I could finally buy and try all the cool vegan stuff in the supermarkets and we went to so many awesome restaurants and cafés.

I already have a Sydney Food post up, sharing all my favourites with you from the official vegan food heaven city.  And there is also a Sunshine Coast Food Guide planned as I got to try so so many restaurants living there for three months.

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In the Cape Hillsborough National Park just south of Airlie Beach, we watched the sunrise and Kangaroos on the Beach.

Before we had a beautiful afternoon in Noosa and a lovely evening/night in Brisbane.

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Byron Bay had to be a stopover as well obviously. I just love the spirit of this place and even though it was really crowded and touristy, it was still beautiful.

You can find all my Byron Bay Highlights in this post! Including food, beaches, walks, horse riding on the beach, where to stay, shop etc.

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High Season Travel

Christmastime is summer, summer holidays and high season for travellers from all around the world & Aussies in Australia. But we have to say that besides the really big hotspots (Byron Bay, Noosa, Sydney for New Years) it wasn’t as crowded as expected and especially when you are already used to Europe in summer and holiday time it was only average crowded.

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Campgrounds

We usually always had our campgrounds prebooked and for some spots, it was definitely necessary but not for all and sometimes we were surprised by how empty the campgrounds were.

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With a stopover in Port Macquarie where I’ve already been once with my cousin before we headed to Sydney.

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From Cairns to Sydney in 3 Weeks

Our schedule was really tight because my brother only got three weeks off from school. But my mom still wanted to make the most of it and travel along the whole East Coast. That meant a lot of driving and many days we spend more time on the road than at a place. But then we also wanted 3 days to spend in Sydney and we did a sailing tour through the Whitsundays for three days as well.

Afterwards, we can now say that we would have prefered to not drive the whole way and rather drive from Cairns to Byron Bay and then fly to Sydney to have at least a few more days to actually do something.

We had many different stops along the way but often not as many as we would have liked because there are so many beautiful places and that’s why I am really glad I am able to do a few things more in depth because I have more time here in Australia.

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I had an awesome time travelling with my family. Living the camper life, experiencing travelling Australia from a family point of view, daily family breakfast (one thing that I miss a lot about home) and obviously just spending time with my loved ones.

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Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Blogger, Instagrammer, YouTuber and where to get Inspiration, Motivation and Education

Sustainability, eco-friendliness, minimalism, slow fashion, less waste, veganism, plastic-free are all so important topics more people need to get involved with.

Still, Influencers with new outfits daily, holding animal-cruelty make-up into the camera and earning money for promoting brands that exploit their workers and risk their lives. They jet around the world living in the most luxurious hotels and resorts and the only value they give to their followers is living the life everyone else dreams of.

I know they post great pictures, make everything look beautiful and I don’t want to hate on them. I just described this as the complete negative example and luckily most Influencers have some sort of positive value they spread.

But if you clicked on this blog post it means you are interested in other topics, in things that are far more important than pretty looks and money and that also gives you a purpose in life: to help save the future of our planet.

Media is a wonderful tool to spread awareness, information, motivation, inspiration and tips. Now we just need to give those people that have an important message, a positive impact and valuable information and tips to share more attention.

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Instagram

I love Instagram for my daily inspiration, education and motivation and the cool thing is, that there are already so many awesome accounts sharing important, helpful and still pretty and inspirational pictures and videos on their story and feed.

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@mari.linni

Nici is a German blogger and currently one of my favourites! She shares everything around less waste, veganism and minimalism of her daily life in her story and feed and I love that she always mentions that she isn’t perfect herself and that sustainability is always a journey.

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@aniahimsa

Blogger, influencer and podcaster from Swiss sharing her market shopping baskets, green bowls, fridge sneak peeks, and zero waste living with us. She is also into fair, slow fashion and fitness.

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@jesswayoflife

Jess is vegetarian and not one of the super sustainable bloggers. She just shares her life and tries to aim for a better tomorrow.

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@talisaminoush

She talks a lot about politics and interesting news and topics as well as fair fashion and sustainability and I love to find different pieces of information on her profile.

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@corinna_fee

Her captions are always really informative and I love to support her as a small German blogger with an important message.


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@piakraftfutter

YouTube

Is amazing to get more information as well as inspiration. I love watching videos about veganism (a really big part of being eco-friendly), minimalism, zero waste etc.

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Ellen Fisher is one of my favourite YouTubers and she is such a role model to me in several parts. She is such a wonderful soul!

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Corinna Fee is a German YouTuber and I really like her content. She posts about a minimalist, less-waste, vegan and natural life.

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Sarah Lemkus shows how to live a healthy, eco-friendly family life while travelling. Combining everything I love and wish for myself in the future.

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Pia Kraftfutter is a German vegan activist that also talks about minimalism, zero waste and sustainability, even though she might be a bit controversial to some people.


Blogs

I love blogs for recipes, tips, lists and information, but until know I only read two „green“ blogs. Can you recommend some more?

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Mehr als Grünzeug is a beautiful blog about vegan food and green living.

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Aniahimsa just like her Instagram, I also love Anina’s blog. Very informative and I like her structured and interesting way to write.

 


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Podcasts

I love listening and learning while cooking, cleaning or sunbathing and I’ve been completely obsessed with the podcast Chappedlipspodcast. Super entertaining, informative and many facts I didn’t know before.

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Documentary’s

I haven’t watched all of them myself, but they are on my list as soon as I have Netflix again.

  • Cowspiracy
  • The true cost
  • Before the Flood
  • Tomorrow
  • A Plastic Ocean
  • Our Planet
  • Rotten
  • More than Honey
  • Plastic Planet
  • How to Change the World
  • Food Inc

Who do you get inspired, motivated and educated by? What Podcast, Documentary do I need to see/listen or who is your favourite sustainable Influencer?

Please tell me, I would love to follow more people that try to make a difference in the world and have a positive impact on their Followers and I really want to be one of them myself.

Life Update – Starting to Work, YouTube, My Plans

My best friend gave me the tip to make a YouTube video talking a bit about myself, what I am doing and what my plans are for new people on my blog and youtube… so here it is!

I thought it would be a good idea to share a little life update because I am not writing my travel diary anymore and you might get confused on what is going on and where I am atm because I am still working on blog post topics from my previous travels, even though I am working right now.

I also wanted to give you an idea on my job and there is a little blog post about finding jobs in Australia and my job coming soon as well, so if you have questions that I need to talk about in that post please message me!

Do you think it’s unnecessary for me to post a blog post when I post a video? I just feel like nobody would find it if I don’t… Do you follow me on YouTube yet?