Time is flying by and remembering for how long I have been in Australia has become a challenge. However it must have been a while, since roommates and friends are preparing to head home. The last assignments of the semester have been done, and it has become time to study for the exams, which will be on during November.
Even though work at University has taken a lot of time for the past months, there has also been time to explore this large amazing county.
I was so privileged to be able to hit the road for 10 days with three friends of mine. Our goal was the Whitsundays. A group of paradise islands located approximately 1000 km north of the Sunshine Coast, however the trip ended up being so much more than paradise.
Paradise might be wonderful however sometimes paradise can be just around the corner. On our way up the coast we stopped in Hervey Bay where we fooled around on the beach, got to do night shots and walked a freaking long bridge before we headed further up the coast for Agnes Waters, Town of 1770, where explorer James Cook first time sat foot on Australian soil. On the way to Agnes Water we experienced the production of Bundaberg Rum and enjoyed body-boarding at some nice coast town on the road. Overall a wonderful spontaneous day!
Agnes Waters were the place I had my first experience on a surfboard and I loved it. We spend 4 hours in the water and I managed to stand a few times. Gladly I have over half a year to learn it. I must take the chance to put in a warm recommendation for our Hostle in Agnes Waters by the name: `Cool Bananas´. My friends and I had an absolutely great stay. Considering it being a Hostle, I have never felt more welcome as I did at Cool Bananas.
From Agnes Waters we headed to Airlie Beach where we would board our cruise of the Whitsundays. However, we managed to fit our lunch break to be by the Capricorn Caves where we experienced an underground church located in the cave system. Quite impressive and a nice experience. Australia is a great country for road trips and the entire experience of hitting the road and stopping wherever there is something interesting to see is what makes it so great.
From Airlie Beach we sailed the Whitsundays for 3 days and we experience White Heaven Beach, some of the finest sand in the world, we went snorkelling by the corral reef and saw hundreds of fish in all colours, forms and shapes. Not to forget the rich experience of whales and dolphins in the waters. It was an absolutely amazing experience and the entire experience of the Whitsunday islands are just magnificent.
Hitting the road and drive the same way back could have been a long boring drive, however when you spend time with interesting people you are never bored.
On our way back we slept at the beach a nice place called Carmilla Beach, where we did a bonfire, slept under the stares, and watched the sunrise of the bay. It was a new experience to me, but I must say, besides literally smelling like smoked salmon, it was a very good experience. We headed to Emu Park where we got our-self a lovely shower and a good dinner. There is highly nothing to see in Emu Park, however the road there was a sight in itself.
Our last and final adventure of the trip was a visit to a crocodile farm. Crocodiles must be categorised as scary animal and seeing them up close in full size was a thrilling experience. We got to hold small crocodiles and I learned a thing that I for sure never would have figured out on my own. The biggest is not the most dangerous, because there is no one threatening it. The smaller ones though have a lot of attitude and are always in for a good fight.
Overall the road trip was an amazing experience and what started out being all about reaching paradise, ended up being about so much more. One thing is clear, it is not the things you see and do, it is about the people you do it with. I were so lucky to be with a group a people that ended up complementing each other very well, with a little craziness, a little seriousness and in general a great harmony.