Fraser Island – Our Tour Around The Island

Dear readers and travellers out there,

this article is for everyone who loves starry nights, long and lonely beaches, a lot of nature and camping. As some of you know, I went to Australia a couple of months ago and travelled the east coast. On of my highlights has definitely been Fraser Island, a 120km long sand island, actually the biggest on earth.

You need special permits to go on the island, or you join a camping tour, like wee did. We booked a two nights camping tour with four wheel drive cars with the Dingo’s hostel. All of the Fraser tours start in Rainbow Beach, a small town in Queensland. I can really recommend the Dingo’s hostel, since they serve vegan and gluten free pancakes every morning and oh my gosh, they were so good! We even spent Christmas in Rainbow Beach by the way and it was a great experience to be at the beach on Christmas Eve (and a little bit weird as well).

However, we started our tour on December 20th and came back on the 22nd. We shared a car with to Danish and two Irish guys, as well as with two Swiss girls. Our tourguide was a ‚typical‘ Aussie and he was so fun and knew so much! I don’t even want to tell you too much about the tour itself, hoping that you will do it yourself one day.

There are many lakes and pretty beaches and viewpoints on Fraser Island and we visited a beautiful, blue lake named Lake McKenzie, a tea-tree-oil-lake, the green Lake Wabby and we went to the Champagne pool, a ‚pool‘ that is connected to the sea and sparkles like champagne because of the waves crashing in. We also visited different viewpoints and even a shipwreck (stay tuned!!!).

We spent the nights in tents on a campground and cooked for ourselves with the food they packed together for us. The food was really good and healthy! Oh and by the way, you are not allowed two whistle on Fraser Island because it is an Aboriginal owned island and they believe that it attracts evil spirits!

Additionally, I saw the most beautiful night sky in Fraser, I’ve never seen so many stars in one night! I can’t stop talking about this wonderful island and I get quite Fraser homesick writing this. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

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Champagne Pool

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Lake Wabby

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Dolphins on our way back to the ferry

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Ps: we even saw wild dolphins on our way back- isn’t that amazing?!?

Xx, Sophie

Exploring Whitehaven Beach

Are you ready for the beach with the world’s „whitest“ sand? Then you should probably read on.

Whitehaven Beach is a beach on one of the famous Whitsunday islands near Airlie Beach, Australia. And it actually is the whitest beach in the world. In order to get there, you have to go on a speedboat or sailing trip and explore the beautiful Whitsunday’s.

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During our time in Australia, we always took a premier bus tontet around (cheaper than the greyhound) and stopped at Airlie Beach. This small city reminded me of St. Tropez because of all the yachts in the harbour and the villas and mansions in the hills.

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We stayed in the Nomad’s hostel, which was really satisfying, since the bungalows were spacious, clean and the kitchen was not as bad as expected. They also have a campground, a bar, a lounge with WiFi access and a pool. The atmosphere in Airlie Beach is really nice, you can sit in the park at the water, or chill in the saltwater lagoon.

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However, the main reason why you should go to Airlie is the boat tours. You can go sailing for two nights or do a day trip like we did. And to be honest, the day trip was really worth it! Additionally, the sailing tours will cost you about 450$ while the day trip is around a hundred dollars only, as far as I can remember.

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The speedboat tour is really funny and of course, fast. I felt like being on a roller coaster, but on a good one. They are driving you around the Whitsundays and you will stop at Whitehaven Beach and even go for a walk in the forests. We also went snorkelling and they showed us a really nice spot where we swam with a sea turtle and another one where people have been feeding the fish for decades so people are swimming between fishes that are up to around 80cm long. It was amazing! If you are travelling on a budget and if you like adrenaline and adventures, you will love this boat tour!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this, I wish you a great week!

Xx, Sophie

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a beautiful island next to Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
You need to take a ferry in order to visit „Maggie“ and they have busses on the island which means you can get from A to B quite easily.
The island’s actual name is Yunbenun but when James Cook explored Australia, his compass didn’t work properly and that’s why he called it „Magnetic Island“, or „Maggie“. The reason we wanted to go to Magnetic Island is, apart from the beautiful national park, the Bungalow Bay Koala Village.

This is a Koala Sanctuary where you can meet Koalas and other animals like big lizards, crocs and even snakes and wombats. I am still not sure if I really like the idea of carrying a Koala or a snake (animal rights -wise) but they follow a set of regulations in order to protect the animals. All in all, it was a great experience and Koalas really smell like eucalyptus!!!

Maggie also has many beautiful beaches and snorkeling routes. Make sure to feed the Rock Wallabies in the evening near Geoffrey Bay. You can get appropriate Wallaby food at your hostel and spend your evening with these cute creatures!

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Thanks for reading, have a great week!

xx, Sophie

Cairns, Home of two World Heritages

I suppose everyone who has ever considered visiting Australia, knows this small city in the very north of the country. What makes Cairns very special is that you have access to two World Heritages. First, the Great Barrier Reef and second, Daintree rainforest, which is probably one of the oldest rainforests in the world.
Additionally, Cairns has cool restaurants, a stunning harbour where all the huge and luxurious vessels begin their diving tours and entertaining tourist attractions.

Of course we did a Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling tour with an eco-friendly company, called Passions Of Paradise. We decided to go with this company, since they care for the reef, use a catamaran in order to be able to sail back instead of using the engine and they teach you about marine biology, sustainability and the reef itself.

Another highly recommended spot in Cairns is the salt water lagoon, a big ocean water swimming pool (with reduced salt percentage). There are many cities on the east coast of Australia who offer their tourists a salt water lagoon experience, but the one in Cairns is my personal favourite.

We also went to the Cairns botanical gardens and really enjoyed the walk through a small rainforest ca. eight kilometers from the city. You can take a bus but we took an Uber and paid 10$ each in total. Definitely give it a try, but please do not forget to put on mosquito repellent!

Everyone who visited Cairns highly recommended the „Cape Tribulation“ Tour, a rainforest/village/beach tour. You can either do a day trip, or even go for a camping experience. Well, unfortunately we missed that and I regret it almost every day. 😄
Cape Tribulation is the name of a village in the Daintree Rainforest and people told me that you explore the forest and also go to the beach the same day. Isn’t that amazing?
Cape Tribulation is definitely on my bucket list for my next trip!!

However, we had a great time in Cairns and I loved the city and especially the Great Barrier Reef! I still have a lot of GoPro footage to edit, but I promise I will share my Reef videos with you sometime this year.

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Palm trees everywhere!

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The salt water lagoon

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Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great week!

xx, Sophie

 

PS: We really enjoyed our stay in the Njoy! Hostel, they even have a free airport pick up, the bathrooms are clean, they have a swimming pool, a very good kitchen and the people are really friendly and will love to help you chose the right tours!

 

A Morning in Lamington National Park {German}

My dear readers,

today I will announce a new „project“ of mine, which is expressing feelings and moments through writing.
Two weeks ago, I have been to Lamington National Park in southern Queensland and it was a magical experience. The nature was really beautiful, when we woke up in the morning, there were Wallabies all around us, the campground was a bit remote which enables you to connect with nature and to embrace all the beautiful things this national park has to offer. As you probably know, German is my mother tongue, which is why my english writing is more „basic“ than advanced. This is why I wrote my „creative“ text in German. I hope you still want to have a look at the pictures, I took them during our hikes in Lamington and in the early mornings when we had breakfast with the Wallabies.
For my English readers: Stay tuned, my next post will be in English as usual, for the Germans: I hope you enjoy my little writing!

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5:53, Lamington National Park Queensland. Der Boden des Autos ist so hart, dass ich nicht mehr liegen kann. Trotz der Decke und dem Handtuch was sich unter meinem verspannten Rücken befindet, schmerzt mein ganzer Körper und ich beschließe aufzustehen. Die Fenster des Autos sind beschlagen und etwas klopft am Metall. Ich wische das Kondenswasser an der Scheibe vom Rücksitz weg und erblicke ein kleines Wallaby welches neben unserem Auto sitzt.

Meine Füße sind kalt, ich schlüpfe mit meinen Socken in meine FlipFlops und überlege noch wie komisch es aussehen muss, als plötzlich das Wallaby zwei Meter neben mir an mir vorbei hüpft, anhält, mich anschaut und weiter in den Busch springt. Momente wie dieser sind einfach wertvoll denke ich.

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Ich laufe den nassen Weg entlang zu den Toilettenhäuschen, als der von uns benannte Ufo-Vogel, ein Vogel der sich haargenau anhört als würde ein Ufo landen, laut schreit und ich mich augenblicklich wie in einem Film fühle.

Es ist noch sehr kühl, so kühl dass ich mir meine Ärmel über die Hände ziehe und ich eine Gänsehaut bekomme. Ich lege mir meine Kapuze um den Hals, wobei ich das Stechen meines Sonnenbrands am Hals und Nacken spüre, welchen ich mir an der Gold Coast zugezogen habe. Wer hätte auch gedacht dass man sich trotz T-Shirt dermaßen den Hals verbrennen kann, immerhin halten wir uns jetzt schon eine ganze Weile täglich in der Sonne auf.

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Die Sonne sucht sich langsam den Weg durch die grünen Blätter der Bäume und lässt mich leicht blinzeln, zu gerne würde ich davon jetzt ein Bokeh Foto machen denke ich.
Ich atme tief ein und es duftet wie an einem frischen Frühlingsmorgen, der Tau noch auf den Blättern und die Vögel geben ihr Konzert.

Auf meinem Weg zurück höre ich das merkwürdige Klopfen erneut und meine Beine lassen mich ein wenig schneller zurück zum Auto laufen. Ich blicke langsam um die Ecke und entdecke einen Truthahn der an unserer Mülltüte herumpickt, daneben auf dem Tisch sitzend, ein runder grauer Vogel mit einer gelben Kehle und einem gelben Bauch, welcher den Truthahn interessiert beobachtet. Als sie mich entdecken laufen und fliegen sie beide weg.

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Zum Frühstück kochen wir Haferflocken auf mit Banane und Erdnussbutter. Es tut so gut etwas warmes im Magen zu haben. Wir sitzen beide in unseren Campingstühlen, eingeschlungen in unseren Decken, blicken auf das dampfende Frühstück und ich überlege ob es nicht immer so sein könnte.

Während wir darauf warten dass die Sonne über den Baumen aufgeht, bekommen wir besuch von zwei Papageien. Sie setzen sich auf die offen stehende Kofferraumtür, ihren Kopf seitlich zu uns geneigt und schielen auf unser Essen.
So langsam verstehe ich warum man wilde Tiere nich füttern soll, denn nach zehn Minuten sitzen die zwei immer noch da und warten gespannt dass wir unser Essen für einen winzigen Augenblick aus den Augen lassen.

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Wenn ich darüber nachdenke dass uns nur noch wenige Wochen Reise bevorstehen, werde ich leicht melancholisch. Kann dieser Traum denn wirklich ein Ende haben? Diese angenehme Freiheit die man als Reisender hat, die interessanten Gespräche die man mit Menschen aus der ganzen Welt führt und diesen Schub von süßen Endorphinen und heißem Adrenalin den man erlebt wenn man gerade auf einem Boot über den Ozean braust, sich die Sterne anguckt, oder morgens im National Park zwischen Papageien und Wallabies frühstückt? Ich will nicht dass es aufhört.

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Have a magical week!
xx, Sophie