Posted on

The Roadtrip Diaries – New travellers join the adventure in Byron Bay

A spontaneous rendezvous with 2 french travellers Pierre and Perrick in the Tallows beach car park. We met this 2 funny frenchies during our time in Noosa.

Peirre and Perrick and their Austrian friend join the roadtrip!
Peirre and Perrick and their Austrian friends join the roadtrip!

They were also planning to travel down to Sydney and had met 2 Austrians during a work and stay at a farm near Coolum. A handshake, an invitation to join the roadtrip diaries was a pivot point for a unbelieveable experience in the days follow. It became a defining point in all our lives and affirmed why travel is such a special experience  to be shared.

Our own secluded beach for the afternoon
Our own secluded beach for the afternoon

We eased into it taking a stopover in Minnie water. We found a paradisiac, deserted beach got wet and played in the shore break,  bodysurfing buzzing off the energy of the waves and our surroundings.

Erica and Gemma took a dip in the beautiful blue ocean
The Roadtrip Diaries - Minnie Water
The boys getting radical in the powerful shore break

After we kicked back on our own beach and enjoyed some Cock + Bull while our new troop got to know each other. Nothing like a few cock + bulls to break the ice!

IMG_1099
We get to know our new travellers sharing some Cock + Bull
Pierre and Perrick stoked on Cock + Bull
Pierre and Perrick stoked on Cock + Bull

We spent the late afternoon listening to the Austrian Florian oozing out classic tunes on the guitar and accordian,  backing vocals supplied by the sounds of nature all around us.

Florian from Austria shares his talent playing us songs on his accordion.
Florian from Austria shares his talent playing us songs on his accordion.
Perrick and Flo jamming

Sitting around together, sipping on cock + bull, the light softening, I think we were all in a good place excited for the adventure in the days to come.

PS : If you want to see more photos of The Roadtrip Diaries journey visit the We Travel Co Facebook page !

WATCH THE VIDEO !


Check out our other videos on the We Travel Co Youtube Page

Posted on

Three days On Fraser Island

We Travel Co team recently spent three days on the awesome Fraser Island.

We went there with Drop Bear Adventures , A small independent tour company based in Noosa Heads. After four months in Australia, I had the opportunity to travel a lot between Sydney and Cairns, and I can comfortably say that this 3 day tour was the best I’ve done so far!

The adventure started in Noosa where we met our awesome guide Mark (who has been travelling to the island since he was a young boy) and 10 travellers joining us on the adventure. We all jumped in the 4WD and drove to Inskip point via rainbow Beach to catch the barge to Fraser Island. As soon as we landed on the island, we saw dolphins, whales, dingos (and a dead turtle on the beach..!)

We drove on the beach and set up camp in the middle of nowhere, behind a dune sheltered from the ocean’s wind. It was an amazing place surrounded by nature! Then we had a nice lunch before getting visting Lake Wabby.

IMG_9376

To get there, we walked through the forest, through magical sand dunes and had a swim in the lake! What a magical place!

IMG_9243

IMG_9262

After a nice afternoon chilling out on by the lake, we got back to the camp where we admired the whales , dingos and the sunset over the ocean and had a delicious barbecue dinner cooked by our guide Mark! We gazed a while at a star filled sky and went to bed, exhausted after a full day of adventures!

IMG_9302

The day after, we woke up early to see the sunrise over the ocean… I have no words to describe it, just have a look to the photo below..!

IMG_9335

After a good breakfast, we drove to meet some locals who shared some history of the island with the group by showing us old black and white photos. It was a nice exchange which seemed to be appreciated by both the tour group and the locals!

IMG_9352

After that we drove to Eli Creek where we had a swim. A very natural spot with freshwater that you can drink in the forest!

IMG_9385

Then we got back in the 4WD and stopped at The Pinnacles, an amazing part of the beach! There, Mark told us a local Aboriginal’s story about that special place, I definitely love how Aboriginals made up stories about this Island!

IMG_9391

After that quick stop, we drove until Indian Head. A crazy lookout from the top on Fraser Island in the north. From this lookout we could admire the Island coast, its turquoise water and saw whales, dolphins, stingrays, turtles, etc. swimming in the ocean! I could have stayed all the day there, it was so magical!!

IMG_9488

We had a nice fresh lunch on the beach and then went to the Champagne pools, which is a natural rockpool where we had a swim with lots of small colored fishes living there and shared some champagne with the group!

IMG_9549

After that peaceful moment in this natural spa, we headed back to the camp area, stopping on the way at the Maheno shipwreck (a Japanese ship which ran aground on Fraser island in 1935).

IMG_9570

Back in the camp, we went fishing on the beach and Sam caught a huge Mulloway or Jewfish , we ate it the day after for lunch. So good! Mark cooked Pippies or Wongs ( a shellfish found in the sand) on the BBQ, a tasty first experience for each of us!

IMG_9586

IMG_9620

The day after we drove inland through a beautiful rainforest (the only sand island in the world where rainforest grows!)  arriving at the famous Lake McKenzie where we had a swim and chilled out on the beach.

IMG_9639

IMG_9682

Then we went walking in the rainforest after a delicious lunch (good fresh fish wraps!). After that, it was time to head back to Noosa so we took the ferry back and drove along the unforgettable Rainbow Beach where we stopped on our way in order to admire its natural colored sands!

IMG_9690

IMG_970

What an awesome tour on Fraser Island! During these days Mark took us to amazing places telling us Aboriginal stories about them, we learnt a lot about Fraser Island’s past, had a lot of fun with all the group, and ate very good food!

Marie-Alizé

PS : If you want to see more photos of these three days on Fraser Island, go on the We Travel Co Facebook page ! Check out this short video below and see what you can expect on a Dropbear Adventure  3 day camping trip to Fraser Island!

Posted on

Filming for the YHA Hostels – Magnetic Island

Hi guys !

After Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa Heads and Airlie Beach, we have been in the YHA Hostel of Magnetic Island.

Between Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island, we stopped on the road and bought delicious fresh fish in a local shop – yummy!

IMG_3557
Stop on the road to buy fresh fish

So we took the ferry from Townsville to join the beautiful and very natural Magnetic Island!

When we arrived on the Island we first went to Geoffrey Bay before settling in the hostel. There a surprise was waiting for us… there were wallabies everywhere!! So we took some food from the cars and we fed them! It was a magical moment!

IMG_3671
Yuki feeding a wallaby
IMG_3684
Aussie Wallaby

After that we went to the hostel in the north of the island (in Horseshoe Bay) were we discovered an amazing place : There the rooms are sorts of individual huts surrounded by the rainforest and the wildlife! So we could see wallabies, possums, curlews and other types of insects and animals everywhere, it was awesome! I think this island is the best place I’ve stayed in Australia so far!

IMG_4042
YHA Hostel of Magnetic Island
IMG_4030
Curlew

The day after, we woke up early to see the sunrise over Alma Bay. We walked up a little bit on the rocks and arrived in an amazing spot where we could admire all the colors of the sunrise on the sea! Australian sunsets and sunrises are the most beautiful ones I have seen!

IMG_3833
Sunrise in Alma Bay
IMG_3883
Sunrise in Alma Bay

After that, we went for a bushwalk along the forts walk in the National park , we even saw a cute koala! We walked up to a bunker from World War II and could enjoy a splendid 360° view – this feeling was awesome, I think I could have stayed there for hours!

IMG_3979
Strange animals of the National Park
IMG_3949
Amazing 360° view

After that, we came back to the hostel where we cooked delicious burritos! After lunch, we went to the wildlife sanctuary situated in the hostel area where we could hold koalas, turtles, cockatoos, crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and see awful spiders! It was a fantastic moment for all of us (or maybe not for Alex…!)

IMG_4125
Camille, Alex and Yuki in the Wildlife Sanctuary
IMG_4192
Jonathan holding a koala
IMG_4305
Alex’s new friends

After that unforgettable experience, we went admire the sunset on the West Point (west of the island) and played cricket – this place was particularly amazing! In the background across the sea you could admire the shadows of the mountains! Crazy landscape!

IMG_4343
Cricket on the West Point Beach
IMG_4438
Sunset on the West Point Beach

As we were to leave the West Point, Roi played a practical joke on all of us by let us believe that he had suddenly been bitten by a mysterious animal! We all started panicking face to the Sam’s camera, put vinegar on his fake bite and discovered then that it wasn’t serious! How funny is the video! I wish I could show it to you!

It was such a good day!

The day after, we had breakfast in a nice café in near the beach of Horseshoe Bay. After that, each of us could enjoy the day as we wanted – Tobbe, Roi and Jonathan went “exploring” the island while Camille, Alex and Yuki went to the beach and enjoyed the swimming pool of the hostel!

IMG_4508
Café near the Horseshoe Beach
IMG_4533
Café near the Horseshoe Beach

At the end of that day, we stayed on the balcony with the camera in the dark to observe and film the wildlife: we saw wallabies, birds and could film a mother possum bearing/carrying her baby on her back! Fantastic!

Then we enjoyed the Happy Hour in the hostel bar and Yuki, Alex and Camille played a trivial game organized by the hostel and won!

IMG_4580
Happy Hour in the YHA hostel

The day after, we had a bush tucker breakfast in the Wildlife sanctuary of the hostel with the crocodile on the table and a snake on the umbrella – crazy moment (but I think Camille didn’t feel so comfortable with a snake over her head whilst drinking her coffee..!)

IMG_4666
Bush tucker breakfast in the Wildlife sanctuary
IMG_4653
Bush tucker breakfast in the Wildlife sanctuary

After that we left the hostel and took the ferry back.

To see more of what happened in Magnetic Island, 

WATCH THE VIDEO !


Check out our other videos on the We Travel Co Youtube Page

We are now on the road to Cairns which is the final destination the YHA Road Trip.

See you in my next post!

Marie-Alizé

PS : If you want to see more photos of these three days in Magnetic Island, go on the We Travel Co Facebook page !