For this blog we’re re-exploring my East Coast adventure! It began in Cairns, where I said farewell to my awesome Grandparents, visiting sites like Cape Tribulation and a tourist favourite: the Great Barrier Reef (seeing a shark while scuba diving is a definite highlight🦈🙊!). Despite knowing all these awesome places were waiting for me, travelling on my own for two weeks along the East Coast to Brisbane had me feeling a little nervous… but the amount of lovely people I met on the way soon kicked my worries to the curb.
The first stop on my journey down the coast was Magnetic island 🌴. Here I got to cuddle the icon of Australia, a Koala bear, hold a snake and a lizard on my head, and drive a Barbie car! The east coast had only just been hit with an awful cyclone, and the Whitsunday islands were hit particularly hard and had a lot of damage. So staying at Airlie beach before my boat ride around the Whitsunday islands was made all the more interesting; they still had no power when I arrived and I showered in complete darkness 😂.
After that, it was onto the Whitsunday’s boat I went, and spending the night sleeping on a boat was certainly an experience. I was actually put in the room with the crew- lucky for me, they were very good looking so it wasn’t too bad. 😂 Whitehaven beach was so stunning and I remember thinking I had never seen anything so amazing before. The sand was white, the sea was crystal blue, and I never thought anything could beat the beauty and fun I had on the that boat, at least until my next stop: Fraser Island.
When I got to Rainbow Bay Hostel, I had a conversation with the lady at the hostel; she was asking where I had been and, after telling her about the Whitsunday islands, her reply was “I guarantee you’ll prefer Fraser island”. At the time I thought, no way… but, well, she was right! Three days on Fraser Island spent camping, cooking and driving 4×4’s with the funniest and kindest people ever was an experience I would repeat again and again! It was unforgettable, the views were stunning, and lake Mackenzie was particularly beautiful. Driving the 4×4 was thrilling especially because of my love for cars (remember my last post? F1 fanatic right here). And to top it all off, I made friends that I would bet are friends for life!
As my East Coast trip came to a close, I was definitely ready to ditch hostel life for a little while and have somewhere to call home for a few months. I worked as an au pair in Brisbane for a wonderful family, making even more friends and more travelling on my weekends off! 🌏
I truly believe you find yourself whilst travelling, even if you already think you know who you are. It opens up a whole new view and brings out a whole new person. I love the Aussie life and am more relaxed about life in general now than I’ve ever been.
Time to carry on going with the flow and see where my life takes me ❤️
See you next time – Explore Jen 🙋
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