Our Australian highlights video

Over the weekend we finally had a chance to go through some of our GoPro footage from the Australian part of our trip. To look back at some of our experiences was amazing, it put huge smiles on our faces, click on the image above or click this link to view our video

GOPR2053.00_01_53_45.Still003We feel it’s a snapshot of our time down under. We didn’t capture every moment or experience, but we love these memories that can transport us back in time. The backing track we’ve chosen is London Grammar – Big Picture. We first heard it while sat on the beach at Byron Bay, and for that reason it’ll forever be special.

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Keep an eye out for our New Zealand and Bali videos too.

Peace & Love, Edd & Ally x

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Australia you’ve been cruisey!

How do you ever sum up a place that has exceeded expectations to such a huge extend…with a list of course! 

So here it goes:

> We have gone through over 2 litres of factor 50 suncream

> Seen 7 snakes between us

> Spent endless hours sunbaking on beaches

> Drank a ridiculous amount of coffee – Australia knows how to make a good cup!

> Taken 14 bus journeys some over 12 hours in length!

> Found our new favourite beer

> Realised the importance of surrounding yourself with people that make you feel good

> Surfed countless right hand point breaks 

> Encountered a thunderstorm that shook the whole house and defeaned us

> Travelled over 7000km 

> Broken or lost 3 pairs of sunglasses 

> Seen Red Back and White Tail spiders. 

> Drove our first Landcruiser 

> Learnt some Aussie slang – far out!

> Fed cockatoos 

> Narrowly avoided a tropical cyclone

> Met and made friends with people from all over the world. 
The list could go on and on, words simpler can’t describe our feelings and love towards this place. Our time down under has been filled with exploring new places, meeting new people and heaps of laughter – it’s been amazing. 


We leave Australia with a different outlook on life. The vastness of the landscape and attitude of the people has offered us a new perspective. Our appreciation for the small things that make us happy is stronger than ever and we will never be scared to chase our dreams.

We will definitely be back soon. 

The Glorious Grampians

We arrived back to Melbourne after our trip up the East Coast and seeing my Aussie family again felt like coming home.


The next morning we made our way to The Grampians. It is a rugged mountain range that rises abruptly from the surrounding plains. It certainly looked impressive as we approached on the drive. 

Throughout our travels we have been shocked to find out the stories of the aboriginal past. Our first stop was a beautiful park that celebrates the aboriginal culture and tells stories of the past and hopes for the future, it was super positive. That afternoon we headed up into the mountains and had some incredible views, Edd decided to take a seat on the edge too. 

The next morning we were up super early, it was Jem and Edd’s idea to see sunrise over the mountains. A bit blurry eyed we headed to the balconies, which is a cool lookout over the national park. Watching the sun rise across the mountains was stunning and really special to share with the family.

Mackenzie Falls was the next stop. After a short walk we reached the base of the fall, it was spectacular. Edd decided to take a swim, despite the cold water temperature. He managed to get under the falling water and was battered by the downpour. He started quite a trend and lots more guys decided to go in!


We had heard that it was possible to feed local cockatoos by hand at the property we were staying at, however after several attempts at leaving food out nothing had appeared yet. Then all of a sudden my uncle called us and there were several  cockatoos munching away on the food we had left for them. The next thing we knew we were outside and the birds were eating out of our hands, they were so gentle despite their huge sharp looking beaks. All was going well until a kookaburra arrived and the cockatoos flew off.

Our final stop was to see some aboriginal cave paintings. The rock formation was incredible with natural caves, I could so imagine aboriginal tribes sat up their watching out across the land. 


The cave paintings we saw were the hand prints of 8 year old aboriginal children. It was quite amazing and quite eerie at the same time. It is thought the prints dated back to between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, incredible! 


It was an amazing few days and super special to spend it with the Australian family. Jem, Kate, Thalia, Maya and Indi – you have been the most welcoming hosts, myself and Edd thank you so much for making our travels in Australia the best three months of our lives. 

The Great Barrier Reef Slip

It was an early 7am set off from Cairns Harbour and a two hour boat ride to the outer Great. Barrier Reef. The sea was super choppy on the way out and we were getting drenched by the waves crashing into the helm of the boat, which was great fun.


Once suited up in full body stinger suits, flippers and snorkel we headed out for a 2 hour guided tour of the reef. The colour of the corals and size of the ecosystem was breathtaking. The fish were in abundance, in all different colours and sizes, we even saw a white tipped Reef shark swim on by. Looking into the underwater world was mesmerising. 


In the afternoon we sailed to a different part of the reef and snorkelled for another couple of hours. The time seemed to fly by whilst snorkelling in the turquoise maze of coral.


To celebrate our amazing day snorkelling the crew gave us each cheese, biscuits and a glass of wine. In my race to get to the wine I slipped on a piece of lettuce and all of a sudden was heading straight for the big blue ocean! 


Thankfully I managed to grab onto some railing and stop myself from being a woman overboard, but my legs were definitely flailing around in mid air. Edd missed the whole event as he was busy taking photos in the other direction. Thankfully the captain came and saved me and I got my glass of wine, phew.

Port ‘Dougie’

Port Douglas is a small business beautiful coastal town situated 60km north of Cairns. It would also mark the furthest north up the East Coast we would get on our Aussie journey.


Upon arrival we were made aware that a croc was in the area and that it had eaten a pet dog – uh oh, North Queensland seemed to get more extreme by the minute!
After finding our way around the local town we were treated to an incredible sunset over the mountains whilst we sat in a semicircle of huge palm trees looking out across the sea – it was paradise!


The humidity up here was stifling and after spending most of the next day lying in the sun and keeping a watch out for the croc we had to buy ice cream to cool down.


On our final day we rented two bikes from our hostel and cycled into town to grab a coffee. It was at this point I realised that the brakes on my bike didn’t work and Edd pointed out that my back wheel was completely buckled. Coming to a stop was interesting to say the least. 


After getting our caffeine levels up we headed onto the beach and cycled the four miles to the end. 

It was certainly the first time either of us had cycled on sand, it was awesome! An amazing way to spend our last day on an East Coast beach. 

Nervous times in Cairns

We were pretty anxious when arriving into Cairns – a tropical cyclone warning had been issued, with early predictions showing it was heading our way. We nervously watched for weather updates. 

Thankfully we weren’t affected, as it went further South a few days before making landfall. It was scary though and we really feel for the local communities and those we have met along the way that were affected. We hope the recovery process is quick.

The wait for cyclone news meant we had a few more days than anticipated to explore Cairns, which was no bad thing. We had heard about Rustys fruit and veg market and were wowed by how incredible it was. There was fresh locally grown fruit and veg everywhere, I was literally in heaven. Edd was too as there were so many free samples of avocado and mango to try.


The fresh produce seems to be on another taste sensation level here! It was amazing to stop and sit down with a coffee in amongst the chaos of the market and watch people go about their everyday routines.

Edd was really struggling with the concept that there were no waves up here. But I guess the name The Great Barrier Reef is quite a big indicator that it’ll be flat. 


In a desperate search for a wave we walked 45 minutes out of town so that Eddie could try Flowrider (an artificial wave). The heat was staggering on the way there and we kept diverting into shops to cool down in the air con. 


Watching Edd have a go at Flowrider was cool, but it looked so painful when he fell off and was slammed into the back wall. He picked it up quiet quick though and had a great time. 


Cairns was turning out to be an awesome little city. The nearby beaches were stunning and we enjoyed a great day at the aptly named Palm Cove. The sunset was glorious there too.

One evening we had a big shock when we were greeted by the sight or hundreds of bats flying through the town. We found out this is a nightly ritual. Cairns was full of awesome surprises and turned out to be super fun. 

Playing in Paradise 

We didn’t quite know what to expect from Mission Beach, but what we came away with was three seriously fun and super cruisy days. 


It wasn’t that we did a huge amount during our stay there, but that was the simple and pure joy of it. 

Our days were spent relaxing on the beach and swinging from palm trees. Daring one another to climb further up the trunks. We felt completely free and relaxed from all responsibility. 


It’s the most paradise-looking beach we’ve ever been. There’s just one slight hiccup however, you can’t go in the water for fear of the crocs and stingers, ouch. A painful fact to swallow when all you want to do is jump in to cool off. But that was only a fly in the ointment, we loved this place. 

The palms also provided heaps of opportunities for interesting photos, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Being in new places and situations during this trip has really inspired my photography. I hope to continue my journey with this and start selling prints, please give my Facebook page a like for details coming soon www.facebook.com/eddcopephotography