The Grasshopper Travel is like an online version of Lonely Planet. The concept is to present in every languages different businesses and resorts along the East coast during a 40 days trip from Cairns to Sydney (or on the other way) with plenty activities for a good value. In exchange, each « Grasshopper » (name given to each backpacker who chooses to follow the tour) has to present during 1min30 – 2 min in is mother tongue each place.
I spent $2200 to do this 40 days trip that represents only $56 a day. It seems a really good opportunity to save money compare to what we do: Walking in the oldest rainforest in the world (Daintree Forest) and Jungle surfing to Cape Tribulation, Sailing and scubadiving on the Great Barrier Reef, … All of that was already included.
You can also Bungee jump with a BMX from a 55M hight roof tower in Cairns or Skydive on Mission Beach but you will have to pay an extra for that.
About the accommodation, there are really luxury. Most nights we sleep in a huge flat or a nice hotel. Coral Sea Villas in Port Douglas was a perfect place to stay and even more when we were to North Cove Hotel on Lake Street in Cairns. At the moment it’s the nicest place where I went. Big4 Atherton Woodlands Cabine and Van park was lovely too with a beautiful Thaï garden and design. It’s only the beginning, so it’s a good sign for the next part of this trip!
However the group rhythm is a kind slow. Every morning I have to wait everybody’s getting ready or going for shopping every two days, so you lost half day every two or three days which is really annoying.
Nethertheless we still have good fun and if I wasn’t doing that, I’m not sure I will do the same for cheaper by myself or with travelling people in a van. It’s a new experience and I can’t really say It’s bad or good before the end!
One thing is sure: my 24th birthday was really awesome!