It’s not a mini van, it’s a camper..

Last day in Cairns, didn’t really do much. Went back and met with the rental car company to see if we could work something out with the key. No dice; they wanted 550$ for the key unfortunately. After that disappointment, we just chilled at the lagoon until our 16:30 flight. We met up with our Cairns BFF Colin. He hooked me up with some antibiotic drops for my ear, unfortunately he only had literally 2 drops left. I used them last night and now my ear feels so much better. He also hooked us up big time with a car and a trip to Fraser Island, lots of discounts included.
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I have also transitioned into a professional backpacker by transforming my duffle bag into a backpack:

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We arrived in Brisbane (Brisbin) & headed to a hostel. Brisbane City Backpackers, it was pretty sweet. This reminded me of living on campus in college, except way better. They had a pool, a cool roof top deck with a view of the city, an awesome kitchen that you could cook and keep your food, and of course a bar. For 26$ a night, we shared a 6 person room, with AC.

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The next day we walked around the city in route to pick up our new whip.

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I have my own University here; CQ University.

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&&& here is our new ride. The Jucy Sleeper, equip with bed, sink, cooler, & a mini cook top. I know, it’s really awesome. For about 70$ a day, your completely covered if anything happens to the van, even if you hit a kangaroo with it.

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While waiting to load up our camper, some guys gave us a box of stuff including a buncha free beer. Caitlin 4 – Australia 4

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We got our stuff and were on our way to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Seriously best zoo in Aussie. Pretty cheap and you can actually interact/ have contact with the animals. I got to frolic in a field of docile kangaroos, what could be better than that?

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& here is a million pictures of me with the kangaroos.

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After our wonderful day with the Roos we got back in the camper and drove down the Gold Coast to Byron Bay. We were suggested to stay at this place called the Arts Factory, but by the time we got to all the hostels all the camper spots were taken. Soooo we had to drive around until 2:00am looking for a spot, couldn’t find one so we just made up a spot for ourselves in the Arts Factory. We were told by the staff that if we were caught, we’d get fined but we didn’t have any options sooo fingers crossed 🙂

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25 hours later… & a lot of rain.

We left out of JFK at 6:45pm, made out way to LA, had an hour lay over and then a 13hr flight to Brisbane. (Pronounced Briz_bin, apparently they don’t like sounding out the letter “r” here) We got a lot of free alcohol on the flight which was a big plus; flying Quantas was really awesome, big seats.

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After the 13 hr flight into Brisbane, we rushed to catch another flight via Virgin to Cairns (pronounced Cans) Upon arrival we were welcomed by a Monsoon.
After we got our bags, we bought the first bus leaving the airport, which happened to took us into city center. When we got into the center of town we walked up to the first travel agency we saw. Had them book us a hostel for 17$ a night and made our way from there.
TRAVELERS NOTE: do not go into the travel agency’s that are close to the bus stop. If you walk a couple of blocks down, you’ll find better deals.

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⬇️⬇️Erika swinging in a tree ⬇️⬇️

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Their money is pretty sweet: it’s made of plastic so it’s water proof & it doesn’t crease when you fold it.

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It’s also see through in parts to prevent counterfeiting.

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Also there’s kangaroo scrotums everywhere for tourist like us to buy

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Naturally, Erika bought one.