Finally i am back at the computer to fill you in on what ive been up to on my travels. I last updated at Rainbow Beach which is a long time ago. While there i went to Fraser Island where 6 of us were shoved into a 4x4 given a map and left to our own devises on this island in the middle of nowhere. It was there where we got to see a little glimpse of paradise at Lake Mackenzie, the beach was white, the water was blue and the sun had its hat and sunglasses on. We spent a good few hours there and eventually set on our way to base camp... to get to base camp we needed to drive on the beach which we entered a test of time to beat the tide.... please bear in mind that we were literally given a map with crosses on and had no idea where we were. We were supposed to arrive at 5pm, i think we eventually arrived a little after 6.
It was here that our glimpse of paradise ended... there was no hotel, no log cabin, no spa.... none of that, all we had was a lot of ground and a tent bag... it wasn't even set up for us!! After constructing the tent... which again was a battle against day light and us all agreeing which pole should go where and attach on to which side etc. In the end the tent was up... not necessarily correctly, and if a gust of wind was to come out of nowhere we may indeed have learned what the feeling of flying was like. We then discovered the showers and toilets which were filled with so many spiders that the girls decided that we would rather smell and pee in a bush than go in there.... in the end the girls invaded the boy's bathroom. After having possibly the worst night's sleep ever we got up the next morning to find that there had been an earthquake under sea level not far from where we were and that there was a tsunami warning in full force, we were told pack up and get to higher ground. So we did and we waited... and waited... and waited some more.... nothing. Eventually we decided to chance it and head up to India head.... it was one of the nicest days, no tsunami in sight. It was probably one of the hottest days we have had in Aus, sweat was literally pouring of everyone one of us.
We had to grin and bear another night at base camp and then we went back to Lake Mackenzie before heading back to the main land. We had a few more days to kill in Rainbow Beach before heading to Airlie Beach to do the Whitsundays. Airlie beach is a really nice little beach side town, if there were jobs in a little place like that i would go back there. The Whitsundays was amazing, getting to see the sunset, sleeping under the stars, doing a bit of diving, snorkelling with turtles and living on a boat for 3 days is an experience i will never forget. Unfortunately its not something that can be described in words. I took hundreds of photos and if any of you come to Australia... it would be the one thing i would advise every single one of you to do.
After Whitsundays, we made a brief stop at Mission Beach.... which was probably the longest 3 days in our entire life! Then we headed up to Cairns. I love Cairns, a really nice little city and nice weather which is always a plus.... unless you arrive in Wet Season, like we did! We had a good couple of days and then it rained constantly. When it rains in Australia, it rains!I loved cairns so much that i ended up getting a house share and started the job hunt... unfortunately there was no jobs and after 6 weeks i decided it was time to move on. I really enjoyed my time in Cairns with the girls at Minnie Street, dancing on tables at the Woolshed, walking along the pier at night, walking home in the rain quoting finding nemo and of course Gilligans.
After Cairns i went down to Brisbane and after 4 weeks of trying i eventually found myself a job at a call centre for Virgin Blue, what was only meant to be a 2 week contract had me working there for 5 months. My time in Brisbane had a lot of laughs, beer filled weekends, days in the pig and whistle, days in the flat, trips back home, trips to Thailand, fireworks, tattoos, trips back to surfers, movie world and sea world.... but most of all i was just living and enjoying every minute of it with friends old and new.
While in Australia i have learned never to make plans, and any you do make always change. I was supposed to be in Melbourne doing the great ocean road now.... instead im in New Zealand. Now that my travels have started again, i will start to update a bit more and let you know about where i am and where im off to next.
Photos will be uploaded in due course so look out for them.
Check in soon xx