I’m writing this post the day after I returned from the most incredible Spring Break trip of my life. A small group of my friends and I booked a tour called One Fish, Two Fish with Extreme Adventures – – to anybody reading this and thinking about studying abroad in Australia, DO THIS. I have never met so many people, seen more beautiful things, or done more adventurous stuff in 10 days than I did on this trip. The tour guides were a blast and made sure we not only had a good time, but also got to do and see everything we wanted to.
We started the trip in Brisbane which was a very urban, modern city. We boarded a bus that would soon be our home essentially for the next 6 days and began heading up the coast of Australia. One of our first stops was the Australia Zoo, basically a Steve Irwin shrine to my pleasant surprise. We hung out with kangaroos and saw a crocodile show by Bindi, Steve’s daughter. We then stopped at Rainbow Beach and watched sunset at Carlos Sandblow. This ‘beach’ was absolutely breathtaking. When you emerge from the forest and look left it’s the ocean and look right it’s the rainforest. The sky literally looked like cotton candy, or ‘fairy floss’ as Australians would say.
The further north we kept heading the warmer and warmer it got. It finally started to feel like how I had pictured in my head Australia would feel – – warm, sunny, and bright. The following day we went to Fraser Island where we boarded what looked like military machines to ride along the beach, through the forest, to a stunning lake called Lake Mackenzie. It’s entirely pure freshwater and was crystal clear. On the way back to the ferry we got to see six whales swimming along the shore with us, so I guess I got my whale-watching in for free!
After Fraser Island we headed to the Whitsundays (aka the most beautiful place on Earth). The first day here we sped around on yellow speedboats, snorkeled part of the reef, I shot some footage of a beautiful sea turtle, then ended the day with lunch on Whitehaven Beach and a beach party. Easily the best day of the trip, if not my life. The next day we got to do a similar thing and cruise around the islands on a sailboat, jump in for a swim, and soak in the sun.
After the Whitsundays we headed further up the coast towards Cairns, but along the way we stopped in a small town called Tully where we got to white-water raft in crocodile-infested water. Not necessarily something I was excited about, but they ensured us we wouldn’t have an encounter despite the warning signs along the river banks. After Tully we finally made our way into Cairns where we spent the last four days of our trip. Cairns reminded me of a better version of Myrtle Beach – a tropical, party/vacation city. In Cairns we scuba dove on the Great Barrier Reef, bungy jumped from a 164 foot tower, swam in a natural waterfall, and pub-crawled via a party bus through the best bars and clubs of the city.
It’s safe to say by the end I needed 48 hours of sleep, gallons of water, and a ton of shade, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Next adventure: New Zealand. And, cheers to a second spring break next semester.