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  • After 8 weeks of travelling, 4 flights and around 15.000km I arrived back home in Armidale. 🏑
    Those 8 weeks have been more than amazing. πŸ’•
    I am truly thankful for all the magical things I got to see/do. and it really has been an adventure of a lifetime πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ίβ€
    Thank you to everyone who made all of this possible for me 😘

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  • Our last stop was Hervey Bay where we had a Fraser Island tour booked. I know I've been there before but Fraser Island is always a good idea πŸ˜„
    We left early and took the ferry to Fraser Island with our first stop being Lake Mackenzie.
    On the way my parents gotta experience the nice Fraser roads (it's only sand πŸ˜πŸ˜‚). It is always a bumpy ride but it does have a rather big fun factor πŸ˜…πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
    Lake Mackenzie was beautiful with it's crystal clear water and pure white silica sand😍
    The second stop was Maheno shipwreck followed be the champagne pools and Indian Head with it's amazing view of the island πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
    The last stop was Eli Creek before we headed back to Hervey Bay 😊
    We saw turtles, rays and Dingoes additional to the magnificent views of the island that day. It was a big success.πŸ’•
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  • Of course we had to go there even though I had already been. It is the perfect opportunity to see all of Australia's native animals and I didn't mind going a second time at all πŸ˜…
    I even got to volunteer at the free flight raptor show this time which was pretty special πŸ˜πŸ¦‰
    My mum also got to hold a koala (look at the cute photo😍) which is an obligatory thing to do in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί 🐨
    We then went to take selfies with the kangaroos which is harder than it looks trust me πŸ˜…
    It was a really nice day and I guess you can't come to Australia without experiencing it's unique wildlife like this β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
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  • Happy Australia Day πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ίβ€
    We arrived in Brisbane just in time for Australia Day. I must say I love Brisbane since the first time I visited it. We had the best house which was just in the heart of South Bank (the best place to be in Brisbane ☺️).
    I was finally reunited with the best ice cream in the whole universe 😍 and in the evening we got to watch the Australia Day 2017 fireworks from the front row πŸŽ‡β€
    Christmas on Gili Air, my birthday at the Sydney Opera House and Australia Day in Brisbane (amongst other countless amazing things), I guess I'm pretty lucky ❀
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  • Our second stop was Byron Bay. We drove to the lighthouse and walked to the most easterly point of the Australian mainland 😊
    We then decided to go for Thai for dinner (that might have happened more than once during these holidays πŸ˜…πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ) The food was delicious, so delicious we went there two days in a row.
    The next day was a beach day πŸ– The beach was only five minutes away from our house and we even got to see lots of wallabies every time we walked to and from the beach ☺️
    The day was so much fun. The waves were rather high but that only made it more fun πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
    At the end of the day some of us had had a little too much sun but oh well this is Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ˜…
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  • The first stop of our road trip πŸš™ My dad handled driving on the other side of the road really well he only had to get used to the blinker being on the other side of the steering wheel (but having a clean window is also important so why not use the wipers from time to time even if it is sunny outside πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜).
    After we arrived in Port Macquarie we did the coastal walk which was really nice but maybe a little bit to long at the end as we had to walk all the way back home πŸ˜…
    The next day we visited the lighthouse and the koala hospital.🐨🏩
    We even got to see a wild koala in the tree of our Airbnb which was pretty special ☺️
    The rest of the day was spent relaxing at the beach πŸ–
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  • It took me about 24h on a bus to get from Bundaberg to Sydney (Australia really is a massive country πŸ˜…). My first stop in Sydney was the international airport because I was waiting for my parents' flight to arrive. πŸŽ‰
    I don't think my parents had ever imagined flying to Australia but here they were now πŸ˜„πŸ’•
    After they adjusted to the 30degree heat difference and the 10h time difference between Germany and Australia (you did well 😘) we walked down to the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour.
    The next day we explored Sydney a bit further and the day after that was my birthday πŸŽ‰β˜ΊοΈ
    We went out for breakfast in the morning and did some birthday shopping afterwards (of course only because it was raining so we couldn't do anything else 😜).
    The evening was probably my favourite because we watched the sunset πŸŒ… with drinks from the Opera Bar 😍
    I don't think there is a better way or a better place to celebrate a birthday ❀
    Thank you for the perfect birthday 😘❀
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  • Another Day, another Island 🏝
    Let's just say I was a bit worried when I saw the toy plane that was supposed to fly us to Lady Elliot Island especially when you consider that we had heavy rain fall at the airport that day β˜”οΈπŸ˜…
    But the amazing view of the Great Barrier Reef made up for a bumpy takeoff πŸ›«
    It is a relatively small island and we spend the day Reef walking, snorkelling and fish feeding in rock pools🐠🐟
    The snorkelling was by far the best part of the day. Lady Elliot Island is famous for the many Manta Rays that inherit the ocean around it.
    I was lucky enough to encounter four of those majestic creatures while snorkelling 😍
    Swimming with 3-4meter big Mantas is definitely something I won't forget πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ίβ€
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  • After seeing lots of beaches I decided to do something different for the day I had in Rockhampton.
    The Capricorn Caves are 23km north of Rockhampton and were originally formed underwater as corals started building up as limestone on the sea floor. Today the Caves are above sea level and open to the public. β›°
    I joined the Cathedral Cave tour at 11am. It really was a perfect timing because the 11am tours in December and January are the only ones where you can witness the summer solstice light spectacle. πŸŒ„β˜€οΈ
    The Caves were really interesting and when we came to the Cathedral Cave which is a real cathedral (hence the name πŸ˜…) our tour guide turned of the lights and put Hallelujah on to show us the truly magnificent acoustics of the cave. πŸŽΌπŸ’•
    After that the sun had reached it's place just on top of a small opening in the cave ( summer solstice). The sunbeam that enters the cave is strong enough to light paper on fire and a disco ball under that beam makes the light dance around you on the cave walls. πŸ’₯🌈
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  • There are no words to describe the two days I spent sailing in the Whitsunday National Park ❀️
    We had the best boat, the best crew, the best group of people, the best atmosphere and the best scenery. It was just perfect 😍
    We spent the time sailing, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking around the ocean, jumping of the boat, relaxing at Whitehaven Beach and laughing 🏝☺️
    Those were seriously the best days of my life ❀️
    I'm so sad to not be on the S.V. Whitehaven anymore πŸ˜”πŸ™ˆ But I'm immensely grateful for what I got to experience 😍
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  • The last trip I had planned while being in Cairns was a tour through the Daintree Rainforest Nationalpark. I got picked up at 6:55am and we drove from Cairns to Port Douglas first to pick up all the others. We finally made our way along side the Great Barrier Reef into the Daintree Rainforest.🌳 We went to different lookouts and did a rainforest walk where we even got to see a cassowary 😊 (They are flightless birds, can get up to 2m tall and are the deadliest birds alive πŸ˜…)
    We went all the way up to Cape Tribulation where we had lunch and went for a stroll along the beach (warning sings about crocodiles are everywhere πŸ™ˆπŸŠ) Swimming in any river or the ocean up here is deadly because of the saltwater crocodiles and the poisonous jellyfishes.
    Our tour guide kept making jokes about Germans because apart from Australians Germans are the ones who get eaten by crocodiles the most. 😳
    Which was why he suggested to put me into the water while we were on a boat cruise on the river looking for crocodiles πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
    We eventually saw crocodiles without me getting wet πŸ˜…
    They were mostly swimming in the river because of the high tide, so the only picture I got was of a baby crocodile lying on a muddy river bank 🐊
    We also saw the large fruit bats and the pythons that eat the bats 🐍
    On our way back through the Rainforest we stopped to grab some icecream 🍦
    They grow all their ingredients for the icecream in the rainforest and we got four different flavours.
    The flavours were Macadamia Nut (the only one I had tasted before πŸ˜…), roasted Wattleseed (Australia's national plant 😊), Davidson Plum (it's like a jungle plum) and Black Sapote (also called chocolate pudding fruit 🍫).
    I liked all of them 😍 Macadamia Nut was my favourite though, Wattleseeds tasted kind of like coffe and hazelnut, Black Sapote like chocolate pudding (hence the name πŸ˜…) and Davidson plum was kind of tangy but also sweet and fruity (and it had the best colour πŸ’œ)
    We ended the tour with a last stop at the Mossman Gorge which is a beautiful waterfall but unfortunately it was raining by the time we got there 🌧 But oh well what would the rainforest be without a little rain β˜”οΈπŸ˜‰
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