I know it’s 2016 and we don’t write love letters anymore, but Australia definitely deserves one. So here it goes…
Dear Australia, you’ve been so good to me during my travels of your East coast for six weeks. I got to wander your street art filled, hip and beautiful streets of Melbourne, drive along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road, sit on the stairs of the Opera House and climb the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Every sight more stunning than the other, I kicked off my big trip and you had me at “hello!”, Australia.
The big Greyhound experience began when departing Sydney and it led me to Byron Bay. And oh my… You sneaky Australia, I was now already head over heels. The chilled out vibe of the surfer/hippy town, was just what I needed after getting a taste of your city life. Açai bowls were sold in 5 meters distance of one another, I met amazing people to spend Christmas with and dance the nights away on the tables at Cheeky Monkeys.
While I chose the right hostels and never had a big incident, Brisbane was the perfect stop to stay at one of your beautiful hotels and enjoy some privacy. A nice boat ride up Brisbane River brought me to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and I finally got to hold a Koala and feed Kangaroos (you know the way to my heart, Australia!).
My first New Year’s in Noosa rolled around. It was a chilled one, sitting around the pool, talking with the people I had just met and then trotting down to the beach to watch the mini fireworks. The following days were spent laying around on main beach and getting my tan on.
It was now time for some action and you did not disappoint. All the trips booked were now ahead. First up: Fraser Island – the biggest island along the East Coast. We cruised up and down 75 mile beach in our 4WD bus, saw the best sights the island had to offer, jammed out to some great tunes and made new friends along the way. Cool Dingo Tours was definitely the best choice for me to do the tour with. Unlike other tour operators, we were set up in a hostel that was in a resort and it was AMAZING! You guessed it – Australia, I didn’t think I could fall more in love with you.
And oh boy, I was wrong! 17 hours along your long roads to get to Airlie Beach from Rainbow Beach, left me stunned by your beauty yet again. From the longest bus ride on my trip, I went right on the New Horizon, to spend the next few days cruising the beautiful Whitsunday Islands… And that’s when you left me flabbergasted. Gorgeous blues all around, Whitehaven beach, beautiful people and the best vibes were going around.
With the last couple of days approaching, I left Airlie Beach with a full heart and got on the last Greyhound bus for a while. For the last few days you brought me back together with one of my best friend (who was also traveling around with a friend). As fast as we fell into each other’s arms, we had to pull away and you whisked me away to the Great Barrier Reef for a night. I was to spend 2 days on a liveaboard snorkeling, reading and soaking everything up that the sun had to offer. I am pretty spoiled when it gets to sunsets (Boracay, Philippines offers great ones) but oh my Australia, this one blew me away. It was a magical night, I felt so at peace with everything. I also met some amazing people and we shared all of the LOLs together. If any of you read this – I had an eclectic time with you guys 😉
The last few days in Cairns I also got to see the Great Barrier Reef from above and again all of your blues and beautiful reefs blew me away yet again, Australia! I enjoyed some down time around the hostel, hanging out with friends but soon enough I had to get packing.
Unfortunately, our love story came to an end, when I had to leave you and I’m sorry. Needless to say, I am most definitely in love with you and when I’ve explored much more of the world, I would love to come back to my first backpacking love.
With all my love,