Our trip up the east coast took 2 full weeks winding our way from Brisbane to Cairns.
We firstly headed for Noosa for our first night. The annual triathalon was being held that weekend and it was rammed.... no late entries allowed (phew!) so we headed up the coast. We couldn't find anywhere to stay in the delightfully named Gympie so we took a random road that lead us to the coast. We ended up in a place called Tin Can Bay. This sounded shite but when we woke up in the morning we were right next to the water..... pretty nice in the end
We then drove up through rainbow beach which was a little disappointing (probably because I have the pleasure of seeing the coloured sands of Alum Bay any time!!!) and arrived in Hervey Bay to hear that we were a week to late to see the Whales on their way South :-(
We only stuck around here for one night and then headed north to arrive near Rockhampton to see the turtles....... too early, :-( that's mother nature for you!
Anyhow next stop Airlie beach.... wicked, after a long drive through the bush, sugar cane coal mining we arrive for the main event of the East coast, we stayed here for 4 nights.
There is no beach to speak of here, it's all about the Whitsunday islands and the barrier reef so on our other day we headed north to Bowen and a really nice beach at Horseshoe Bay
Next day was a full day snorkelling the reef and in true flashpacker style a helicopter trip to see it properly.....Well worth the money, it was incredible seeing it from the air, just like I had imagined and you can't see that from a boat, it has to be done :-)
It was an amazing day out and finished with a sunset over the harbour :-)
We were due to go to the Whitsunday's the next day but it was raining. We extended another day and we were so glad we did. To fit as much as we could the chosen mode of transport was seaplane to Whitehaven beach (god I love flashpacking!) It was raining but it soon cheered up for champagne on the beach in total seclusion :-)
After an overnighter in Mission beach we went straight to Cairns for 3 nights. We took a much small boat out to the reef from here, it cost more than the last one but was again well worth doing. I saw so much more fish and coral, sadly I only saw a turtle from a distance! (I have been in search of these since Borneo!)
The weather wasn't great for the remainder of the time so we took in the sights around Cairns and I managed to do some Christmas shopping (no busy West Quay for me :-)!).
We spent another night up in the Northern Queensland rainforest in a cabin, in the smallest town (Daintree) I have ever seen! We drove up to Cape Tribulation, I didn't see any crock's but maybe that's a good thing :-)
I made the most of the humidity, swimming in the pool until I turned pruney!
I finally saw loads of Kangaroo's on my last day and was treated to hearing one of the local on the phone.... fair dinkum! Well I've seen and heard a fair bit of Oz......
New Zealand here we come :-)
Note to self: Update blog more often!