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My First Roadtrip Adventure With We Travel Co

Windows rolled down, bitumen flying beneath us and a van filled with excited travellers, ready to have a roadtrip experience like no other! My time to go on a We travel Co adventure had finally come, and we were off to the Blue Mountains!

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Sam Hilton, founder of We Travel Co, had a wanderlust enthusiasm so contagious, the other travellers and I could not help but share the same excitement. I had never been on a roadtrip before.

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We Travel Co was founded in 2012, after Sam decided he could no longer contain his passion for travel, spontaneity and sharing multicultural experiences. He bought the Supervan, invited like minded travellers to join the adventure , and began a series of road trip expeditions to discover Australia’s greatest hidden treasures.

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Once we reached the stunning Govett’s leap lookout, we had a quick bite to eat, slipped on our hiking boots and set out on the Pulpit Rock trail. Though it wasn’t a difficult hike, it was scenic at every stage, and the 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys were indescribable. I don’t think my eyes had ever had the pleasure of seeing such magnificent scenery.

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Little did we know, this was only a taster of what the rest of the weekend would offer. It wasn’t long before we were hitching a ride with a local, in a four wheel drive climbing through the rugged terrain, just waiting in wild anticipation to discover a place adaptly named, The Lost City.

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My experience in The Lost City is one that left my mind blown and my heart overjoyed. Pillars of red rock and an endless expanse of charcoaled trees surrounded me, as the sun slipped lower and lower, hinting that the grand finale was to come. And boy oh boy, did it! Watching the sun finally set, with the travellers that sat beside me, from a cave that had been illuminated by the sun’s golden rays, was no less than glorious.

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Sam had shared with me earlier in the trip, that he believes there is no better way to experience Australia than on a spontaneous roadtrip and I could not have agreed more. We Travel Co took me where no other travel company dares to, and I know without a doubt, that I got to experience the greatest, unknown parts of the Blueys.

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We Travel Co is all about gathering those wanderlust adventurers from around the globe, giving them access to the most spectacular locations, activities and experiences Australia has to offer.

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It’s exciting to think that the company still has so much more instore. During the trip I talk with and was interested to learn about his future plans for We Travel Company

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“We are upgrading from the ‘supervan’ to the ‘super bus’ and we’ll be streaming video live from the roadtrip, it’s awesome because viewers from every corner of the globe can connect and share in the experience. The creative aspect is great, we’ve seen lots of young, fun, vibrant, creative people inspired by travel, wanting to be involved and have been collaborating on the project. We’ve had musicians, artists, web and graphic designers, photographers, filmmakers contribute from all over the world which is really cool to see, we even had one bloke from Austria who came on a trip with his accordion and entertained us by playing the Super Mario Bros theme song. We are creating a TV and web series, augmented reality game, interactive map and mobile app. Our aim is connect travellers to share culture and experiences , through our digital strategy we can provide a fun, simple, easy to use digital platform where traveller’s can find inspiration and design their own personalised Australian roadtrip adventure while also offering professional advice. Travellers will have access to a huge database of popular maps created by our team and other members within the community. We are also looking to partner with travel and tourism industry professionals to offer exclusive deals and packages to our followers, just our way of saying thankyou for supporting us” – Sam Hilton Founder

 

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They say time flies when you’re having fun, and that was definitely the case with our weekend venturing throughout the Blue Mountains, drinking in all that it had to offer. Though the memories of all that I experienced on the We Travel Co adventure are still fresh, I have no doubt that they will stay with me forever.

Watch this short VIDEO of Kate’s Spontaneous travel adventure with We Travel Company

 

 

For more info and inspiration head over to the website wetravelco.com

Written by Kate Van Bennekom check out her blog it’s super cool!

 

 

 

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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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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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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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