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.


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

Peace & Love, Edd & Ally x


Reflecting – Australia, New Zealand and Bali 

Since getting back home to the UK after our travels we’ve found it to be a strange mix of emotions.

To see family and friends again has been amazing, but one of the hardest things about being away for such a long time has been the adjustment back to ‘normal’ life, reverse culture shock if you will.

The time back home has given us time to reflect on what we learnt and who we’ve become. Overall we are full of such gratitude that we were able to have such an incredible time together. It truly was the best experience of our lives.

We thank our friends, family, those that we met and gave us somewhere to stay, the locals for such amazing insight into where they live and everyone that made us laugh along the way. Our outlook and values have changed in ways we didn’t think possible before we left.

Life is full of simple pleasures and people from all different cultures and places make it amazing. As one legendary hippy we met put it we’re all citizens of planet earth’.

While travelling we found life was unfiltered and experiences raw, the freedom and simply beauty was quite astonishing. We approach life now in an altered state, the lessons we learnt while away resonate with us on a daily basis.

If there’s one bit of advise we could give to anyone thinking of going away, it would be to just go. You will discover things about yourself that will surprise you in ways you never imagined.

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 

Were we dreaming while at The Whitsundays?!

Have you ever done something or been somewhere and it felt completely unreal once you had reflected on it? This was the exact feeling we had after visiting the Whitsundays. 

Along with 20 others we set sail from Airlie Beach and headed out to the beautiful maze of islands. As we to got know our new pals onboard, we were treated to a beautiful sky as the sun melted into the horizon. 

After an awesome meal we noticed that the sea had become more choppy and we could see lightening in the distance. Our crew went into survival mode and relocated us to a more sheltered bay. We set up our bed for a night under the stars – probably the best nights sleep in ages.

It was an early start the next morning ready for our first snorkel of the trip. The visibility wasn’t great as it had rained the night before but we still saw lots of fish and it was our first sight of the Great Barrier Reef.

Next stop was Whitehaven Beach, a place that is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. We were a little nervous on the ride there as it was cloudy, we had spoken so much about seeing it in the sunshine.

However almost as soon as we moored up nearby the clouds parted and miraculously the sun shone down. We’re sure the good karma from our time in Agnes Water had something to do with it (see the previous post).

Stepping onto the beach itself after a walk of great anticipation through the bush was like floating into multicoloured dream world. To say the sand was white is an understatement – it was like nothing we had seen before! 

We were both amazed by how beautiful it was and also how fortunate we were to have it almost to ourselves. It was fairly late in the afternoon and most other boats had come and gone. It felt like our own slice of paradise for that amazing afternoon. 

 The lookout above the beach was the crowning glory of the trip. The swirling patterns of sand and blue turquoise water were surreal. It was interesting to learn that the patterns change every day. 

The whole experience still feels like a crazy colourful vivid dream and we’ve got an overwhelming urge to go back. Just to double check that it was definitely real… 

Good Karma at Agnes Water

Agnes Water is a sleepy little surfer town, and the most northern place you can surf on the East Coast. We spent most of our days relaxing on the beaches there, while reminiscing about the last few weeks and catching up on sleep. 

However it was really sad to see the amount of rubbish and plastic that had washed up on the sand. Particularly because the beach was covered in heaps of awesome shells. It made you realise how much humans can effect our beautiful and fragile planet. 

We felt it was time to give something back to Australia and keep the good karma flowing. So we spent a couple of productive afternoons collecting as much trash off the beach as we could. We even found a glass that with a good wash found a new home at our hostel. 

The hostel was super relaxed and ran by some really chilled hippy guys – their positive easy going attitudes certainly rubbed off on us and we will take that with us.