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Sooo... Finally I had time to write this blog post. I know you guys have been waiting for a while, but hopefully you enjoy this blog post even though it is coming up really late. Our Spring Break lasted for about 9 days and we travelled the 24th of September. This trip was amazing in so many ways. I really hope if you guys haven´t visited Australia yet that you consider taking a trip in the future. There is so many beautiful places to visit and so much fun things to do :-)
The first stop on our spring break was Cairns. We flew from Gold Coast airport thursday morning and arrived early in Cairns. First we did some sightseeing, then we went to an indoor zoo and after that we ate breakfast/lunch. We checked in at the hostel Gilligans, which was a really cool hostel. They had a swimming pool, big bar area and special dinner deals for the once who was staying at the hostel. You got a meal with a drink for the price of the drink. Not bad if you ask me, so we ended up eating at the hostel both nights. The second day we were here I had to finish my assignment. I had a big portfolio assignment that was due in Spring Break, so I had to finish it early so I could enjoy the rest of the trip. It was the perfect timing to finish it since the girls went to The Great Barrier Reef to dive, since they had their licence. I never took the diving licence, so I never really planned to go there either way. After I finished my assignment I met up with Melody, which we met the first day and we just walked around the city for a while. It was so nice to see the city when the sun was setting. Later on when Oda and Tina was back, we went for dinner and drinks at Gilligans.
After two days in Cairns we picked up our car and started our road trip down the coast. The first stops on our trip was some national parks. The first stop was Wooroonoon National Park. We brought our bathing suits and took a refreshing bath in the waterfall. It was really cold, but after a while we got used to it. There was also one rock where you could slide down. Me and Oda decided to do it. While we were sitting there, we were driven by the water and at some point we thought we made our death wish. Because the water pushed us towards the rocks and we were so sure we were going to hit them. But then suddenly the water stream changed and we were headed in a different direction. Ha ha, we were in shock, but at the same time we could not stop laughing. Not that we chose to do it again, but the whole situation was actually pretty funny.
Me and Oda in action down the waterfall!
The next stop was Millaa Millaa Falls.
After driving a couple of hours to see the national parks we finally arrived our next destination, Mission Beach. Our travel agent had booked us in at a hostel called Jackaroo Hostel. We arrived late at night and we seriously had no idea that the hostel was placed in the middle of a rainforest. The hostel looked like a big outdoor treehouse. The first thing we got to see was a snake, or I closed my eyes and pretended it was not there, but it was hanging down a little further away. The hostel was actually quite ok, the only reason we were staying there was because we were going to do some extreme rafting the day after. There was nothing else to do or see in Mission Beach. Extreme rafting was seriously so fun. When we received our clothing and helmet, I was struggling because all of the helmets was to big on me. Haha, so they had to give me a children helmet. I was so embarrassed. We rafted 10 km through the rainforest. We got to cliff jump and slide down waterfalls. When we were halfway through our rafting we went to a bbq area and was served some food. Then we continued on. I got really cold during our trip, I was seriously shivering so bad, so one of the guys was kind enough to give me his shirt. After that the guides started calling me the viking princess. Since i´m norwegian and they thought it was funny that I was so cold since I should be used to the cold weather. Anyway, the trip was really fun!
I noticed after our rafting trip that I had been bitten like 20-25 times by mosquitos and the other girls got none. Haha, just my luck!
Our next stop on our spring break was Airlie Beach, which was a very pretty harbour town. The reason why we travelled here was because of the Whitsundays boat trip. So firstly, we stayed for one night. The first night we met up with some friends and took a few drinks. The next day we went down to the harbour and checked in at the boat Waltzing Mathilda. This was such a beautiful sailing boat and the staff onboard was so nice. If I could stay there for more nights I would. The trip was amazing and so relaxing. We were tanning on deck and all the meals was served on the boat. The first night we had a bbq on deck and then we went to the Whithaven beach. The second day we went snorkelling in the water. It was such an amazing experience and the whitsunday island was magical and so beautiful, words cannot justify that place.
Cheers for a nice boat trip!
When we got back from our overnight stay at the Waltzing Mathilda we had one more day in Airlie Beach. So we decided to go out partying. We had such a great time, but the next day we had to drive to our next destination. We booked a day trip to Fraser Island. I must admit that I had really high expectations for Fraser Island, but I was a little disappointed. It was nice to see and experience the place, but I think the day trip is to short. It was such a long ride on a bumpy beach road. Then we had a rainforest walk, then we went to a beautiful beach where we had 1-2 hours and then we headed back to Hervey Bay were we were staying for the night.
We were so lucky that we got to see dingos in the free at Fraser Island. These looks like cute dogs, but are actually more like wolves. So we were not allowed to step outside the car, but it was still cool to see them from a distance.
We had such an amazing trip during Spring Break. My favourite place was definitely Whitsundays, I really want to go back someday!