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The Adventures of the Jucy Campa Van: September 21 to October 2

Here is a long-awaited post about my spectacular 1,500 mile journey from Sydney, NSW, to Cairns, Queensland.  This trip began with some poses in front of our Jucy Campa van, which we had reserved for the next 10 days to serve as not only our beds, but also as our kitchen and living spaces!  Only the two boys in the group accepted the driving duty, which would amount to 30 hours, while the two girls relaxed in the back seat and kept keen watch over the goings-on in the front of the van.  From September 21st until October 2nd, everything I cared about was riding down Australian highways with me.

 

 

The first visit on our agenda was to drive over the Sydney Harbor bridge ourselves- it was the first time the four of us in our campervan realized we would be crossing this and many more bridges to a collection of foreign places during our roadtrip.

After ten hours, we arrived at our Hostel in Byron Bay which was a beautiful 5$ per night backpackers resort located right next to the beach.  After sleeping overnight here, we took a tour of Nimbin, which is considered a “hangover from an arts festival” which occurred a few decades ago.  Nevertheless, we boarded a bus which transported us through dazzling mountain and farm scenes while enjoying an eclectic mix tape.  Nimbin is the perfect hippie town of Australia, and although we could only stay for 2 hours we managed to a few good pictures.

In addition, our bus-guide barbecued for us and gave us a tour of a beautiful and secluded waterfall in the woods, complete with lilypads and other natural beauty.

 

All in all our first day was a complete success and we learned a lot about the landscape of Byron Bay.  Besides our sidetrip away from Byron, we were able to climb to the eastern-most point of Australia on the beach in Byron Bay.  From here we could see whales and also one of the most powerful lighthouses in Australia (since Australia is geographically further from just about all other landmasses, it requires strong light houses to help those who are able to find Australia’s shores reach land) and was an absolutely gorgeous place from where we were able to watch whales lazily flailing in the ocean water down below.  While we received many offers for hanggliding, we saved our small fortunes for the next 9 days of our trip.

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One Response to “The Adventures of the Jucy Campa Van: September 21 to October 2”

  1. Jodi Says:

    Dara-

    Your study abroad adventures sound amazing! I’m just wondering…is the University of Sydney semester over for you? Semester 2 is from July-November, so I’m just curious as to when the school semester ends for you. I am planning to study abroad in either Australia or Ireland during Fall Semester of the upcoming year. Did you ever venture all the way to Melbourne, Australia during your study abroad experience? I actually narrowed down my options to University of Sydney and University of Melbourne.

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