Landing on the beach
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world at 124 km long. There are no roads and no towns just forests, beaches, a few resorts and some beautiful lakes. The only way to get around is by 4wd vehicle along sand tracks and driving straight on the beach.
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We arrived at the Mon Repos Turtle Conservation Centre at 7pm on a humid, Queensland evening in December. What we expected to be an interesting evening learning about conservation ended up being one of the top experiences we had in Australia. It was one of those moments where you sit back and really appreciate what it is you’re doing on this journey, a once in a lifetime encounter.
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Paradise in the Whitsundays
Nothing says Australia like the Great Barrier Reef, it was always going to be a must see and there is a plethora of options open to any tourist visiting the east coast. You can snorkel, dive, take glass bottom boats, sailing trips, overnight trips… The list goes on and on. All of the trips cost a pretty penny and picking an option that was right for us was really important.
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Steaks and shrimp on the barbie
I was pretty worried about where we’d end up at Christmas, we’d be landing in one of the most expensive countries in the world during their summer school holidays and the biggest public holiday of the year. You see, I tend to romanticize situations and I had this vague but lovely idea of Christmas at the beach in a lovely place to ourselves and barbecuing in the most stereotypical way possible. When I started to look into this seriously I realised there was no way this could happen without winning the lottery. Ah, but the alternative ended up being so much better!
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