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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.

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

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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!

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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..!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Filming for the YHA Hostels – Cairns

Hi everyone !

This is the last article about the YHA adventure ! We are now in Cairns which is the last stop of the road trip we started in Surfers Paradise with the six travellers.

So we arrived in Cairns three days ago. The day after was for most of us the most awesome day of that trip : we went sailing, snorkeling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef! We took a big catamaran from  Cairns harbor and started sailing for one hour before casting anchor in one of the most beautiful places of the world : there we went snorkeling and 4 of us went diving.

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Let’s go to Great Barrier Reef!
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Roi, Yuki, Jonathan and Tobbe ready to go scuba-diving
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Diving time

We discovered the amazing undersea world of the Great Barrier Reef : fishes, jellyfishes, corals, and we even saw a shark ! The guys who went scuba-diving saw a big turtle in the shallows… it was an unforgettable experience for all of us! By moments, it was so beautiful that I was near to tears!

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The turtle we saw
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The shark we saw

After that, we were offered a delicious and fresh lunch on the boat and recovered our strength before sailing until Michaelmas Cay which is a small sandy island providing shelter for thousands of seabirds! There we went snorkeling again in the paradisiacal turquoise water before coming back to cairns.

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Fresh lunch in the boat
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In Michaelmas Cay
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Paradisiac Michaelmas Cay

This day was awesome! Exhausted by this emotionally charged day, we all went to bed early.

The day after was intense too! Yuki, Tobbe and Roi did a big jungle swing which is a swing through the tree tops of the tropical rainforest! And Jonathan made a bungy jump from a 50 meter tower!

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Jungle swing
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Bungy jump

After that, we went to the Kuranda Markets, which is a beautiful village in the rainforest. This market was so nice! The color and the peaceful atmosphere permitted us to relax after that strong-adrenaline morning! There we had amazing burgers for lunch and discussed a lot with the locals: a nice moment for everyone!

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Kuranda Market
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Kuranda Market

Then we went bushwalking until the amazing Emerald Creek Falls! There we swam under the falls and found natural water slides! Funny moment!

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Emerald Creek Falls
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Natural slides
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Sunset

Then we got back to Cairns and stopped in a cute harbor to admire the sunset on the sea.

After we went for some beers in a bar near the hostel where a nice music band was playing. The last day of our adventure we said goodbye to Camille who took a flight and came back to Sydney. It was a moving moment for all us as it’s not easy to say goodbye to people you had an amazing time with during more than 2 weeks. Then we went in the Cairns Market where we bought delicious local products before cooking them in the hostel : I think it was the best lunch we had during our trip! On the menu : fresh vegetable salad, fish soup (cooked by Yuki) and fish snapper cooked in the barbecue (by Sam) served with rice (cooked by Roi) and an amazing mix of vegetables (cooked by Alex and Yuki). What a feast !

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Delicious home-made lunch
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Delicious home-made lunch

After that we spent our last afternoon in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi of the hostel with some beers to celebrate the end of our trip, a big party with crazy disguises!

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Party at the hostel

The day after we all said good-bye to each other. That two weeks adventure was awesome! I saw amazing places, I discovered a lot about the Aussie culture and I made fantastic activities!

After one month in Australia, I think it will be hard for me to come back to France! But the adventure is not over, so I will continue writing to you about my travel experiences.

See you later guys !

Marie-Alizé

 

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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!

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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!

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Yuki feeding a wallaby
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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!

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YHA Hostel of Magnetic Island
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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!

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Sunrise in Alma Bay
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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!

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Strange animals of the National Park
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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…!)

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Camille, Alex and Yuki in the Wildlife Sanctuary
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Jonathan holding a koala
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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!

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Cricket on the West Point Beach
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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!

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Café near the Horseshoe Beach
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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!

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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..!)

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Bush tucker breakfast in the Wildlife sanctuary
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Bush tucker breakfast in the Wildlife sanctuary

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

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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 !