While spending the night on a sailboat wasn’t on my bucket list before I came to Australia, I added it and checked it off anyway. After touring our way around Cairns and making a quick stop in Townsville for one rainy night and morning, Katie and I parked ourselves in Airlie Beach the day before our sailing adventure. Airlie was gorgeous – the hills rolled all the way down to the ocean and beautiful sailboats decorated the marina. We did most of our exploring on foot during an afternoon run to shake off the morning road trip and then hiked most of the way up Mount Whitsunday, an incline not for the faint of heart but with first class views.
Back in Western Australia, I met Anja, a former-au pair from Germany who worked at a dive shop for part of her time in Australia. We were meant to go snorkeling with whale sharks in Exmouth before our boat was cancelled due to high winds. But out of that unlucky day came a very lucky friendship and just the amount of peer pressure I needed to sign up for a PADI dive course. With a slightly limited schedule for the rest of my travels in Australia, my course schedule was not conventional – but when there’s a will there’s a way. I took the knowledge portion of the course through an e-Learning platform while I was still an au pair on the Sunshine Coast. Then I found the final three days I needed through Deep Sea Divers Den: 1 day of pool training and 2 days of open water dives on a live-aboard dive boat.
Over the weekend, I took a short but sweet holiday to Noosa, just forty minutes north of my home in Bli Bli. I’ve been to Noosa a few times before but only for the day, so this time I booked a hostel to stay a while longer. For anyone living or traveling along the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a definitely worth exploring. Here’s what I got up to this weekend…
Before Stacey headed back to Canberra last week, we checked the world’s largest sand island off our bucket lists. Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site for its unique ecosystems, including rainforests, eucalyptus forests, swamps, sand dunes, and beaches… not to mention one of the purest dingo populations in Australia. While we didn’t see any wild dingoes on the trip, we did sign up for the Fraser Dingo 4WD Tag Along Tour. Fraser Island tours can be a bit on the expensive side, so luckily, we found ours on BookMe, a discount site for Australian tours and activities.
When my friends from Canberra came to visit, we decided to give AirBnB a try when we were in Surfer’s Paradise and Brisbane. For those who don’t know, AirBnB allows travelers to rent out accommodation, ranging from extra rooms in apartments to entire homes. To rent an AirBnB room, you must have a profile on the site/app before searching through the listings in a specified area and requesting a booking with the host.
From the beginning, I didn’t envision myself living in Queensland for an extended period of time while in Australia. I didn’t have a particular reason; I just thought I’d end up in Sydney or in Adelaide. But on January 14th, I was on a flight from Adelaide to Brisbane with my year’s worth of luggage. I hopped off the plane to find 5/7 of new host family waiting for me at the gate. That’s right; I joined a family of 7! Host mum, host dad, and five kids (ages 5, 9, 11, 15, and 18), to be exact.