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  • After eight hours we are home again (in Armidale๐Ÿ˜). Don't get me wrong Armidale is fine and I absolutely love my placement and the work with my kids but still saying goodbye to Brisbane was hard.
    I'm gonna miss this city, the food, the weather, the beach and of course the unlimited WIFI ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜….
    But still being back in our own little house is nice and even the weather got better while we were away (we are still gonna have -1 degrees on Tuesday night and 16 degrees during the day ๐Ÿ™„ but Monday apparently 25 degrees so there is still hope that summer will eventually come๐Ÿ˜…)
    And in only two months we will fly to Bali for our next adventure โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’•
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  • Our last day in Brisbane was again spent relaxing at the Streets Beach after two really adventurous days on Fraser Island.
    I got myself another açai smoothie bowl and a Nutella milkshake in the afternoon.
    I will really miss all of the amazing food here in Brisbane . But it is not only the food I fell in love with. I love this city โค๏ธ.
    Brisbane is probably my new favourite city not only because of its look (and food๐Ÿ˜œ) but also because of the overall feeling it gives you. It is a big city, it is actually the capital city of Queensland but it is not hectic or overcrowded it is just... perfect๐Ÿ’•Read more

  • On our second day in paradise Bente and I got up at 5am and together we went to the beach (you should never go there alone because of the dingoes ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ™ˆ) to watch the sunrise over the ocean ๐ŸŒ….
    It was definitely worth it and breakfast was at 6:30am anyway ๐Ÿ˜….
    After breakfast we got back into our bus and made our way to Lake Birrabeen. Bumpy is an understatement for the ride but again we had a lot o fun ๐Ÿ˜„.
    The lake was more than beautiful with its crystal clear blue waterand white sand (if I, who would normally not even put a foot in a lake, go for a swim it needs to be a freaking special lake๐Ÿ˜…) and the water is actually really healthy because it contains the tea tree oil from the surrounding eucalyptus trees.
    It made our skin and hair really soft which was another added bonus. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    After a swim and some fun games in the lake we sadly had to leave (none of us wanted to).
    We drove into the rainforest (again fun ride๐Ÿ˜„) where we eventually went for a 2km walk. The walk was through the rainforest was amazing.
    There even was a liana swing which naturally formed and can actually carry your weight โ˜บ๏ธ.
    Never in my life have I seen trees that massive which were really impressive.
    Our walk ended with a picnic in the forest after which it was sadly time to go back to the ferry โ›ด.
    Our journey ended in Brisbane again and we truly had the most magnificent two days in paradise ๐Ÿโค๏ธ
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  • When you have to leave the house at 6am it should better be worth it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„.
    I can give you a little preview it definitely was ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ.
    We left the house at 6am and made our way to the Brisbane Transit Centre where we got picked up at 7am to go on a two day Fraser Island tour.
    Our "bus" was a bit funny looking but we got to understand why later that day ๐Ÿ˜…. But first we had to get to Fraser Island.
    From Brisbane it took us about 4h until we reached Rainbow Beach where we made a short break at the beach. ๐Ÿ–
    We then actually drove on the beach with our bus to get to the ferry which was waiting for us at the shore. Probably 10minutes later our bus left the ferry again and we were on Fraser ๐Ÿ.
    It now became quite clear why our bus wasn't a normal bus. There are no roads on Fraser Island you either drive on the beach or in the rainforest๐Ÿ˜….
    It can be a hell of a bumpy ride especially through the rainforest and you will definitely be glad for your seatbelt since it feels a lot like a roller coaster ride ๐ŸŽข๐Ÿ˜….
    Good thing nobody got sick and we actually had a lot of fun driving around. Our tour guide and driver told us some facts about Fraser and he had a really good taste in music, too so it definitely was never boring (and thanks for the photos Rhett). ๐Ÿ˜„
    Fraser Island is the largest sand Island in the world and the aboriginal people call this Island K'gari which means paradise ๐Ÿ˜. I can definitely see their point this Island is just pure perfection๐Ÿ’•.
    Fraser is surrounded by the ocean (salty water) but there is fresh water constantly coming from under the island up to the surface.
    This means that there are various streams, creeks and seas on the island. All of them filled with crystal clear fresh water because the water is filtered through all the layers of sand before it reaches the surface of Fraser.
    Our first stop was at Eli Creek which is one of those crystal clear creeks. We went for a swim before driving to the Maheno ship wreck.โ›ด
    The ship was once 120m long but it keeps sinking into the sand so you can only see the top of it today.
    Our last stop of the day was Indian Head which is basically a cliff from which you can get the best view of the whole island. โ˜บ๏ธ
    But it was not only the whole Island we got to see from up there, we also spotted humpback whales, dolphins, eagle rays, a turtle and some really big tuna ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿข๐ŸŸ.
    It was such an amazing experience there are basically no words to describe it and even though the photos are beautiful they are nothing compared to what it looks in real life.
    On our way to the resort we were staying that night we also saw on of the many dingoes who live on Fraser Island. ๐Ÿ•
    After we had dinner in our resort Rhett (our tour guide) took us to the beach to show us the stars and a special surprise in the sand. I have never seen so many stars at once. We could even see the Milky Way and two other galaxies ๐ŸŒŒ.
    The surprise in the sand was equally beautiful. Every time you walked over the sand right at the shore the sand would light up in a green-blueish light. The phenomenon is called bioluminescents and is coursed by tiny bacteria living in the sand. It was just stunning ๐Ÿ˜
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  • This was one of my favourite days for sure. We went by bus to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary which took us about 40minutes.
    The weather was perfect and I was just overwhelmed with this place. I had never seen a koala in real life and they are one of the cutest animals I have ever seen ๐Ÿจ. I was beyond happy when I got to hold one of these incredible creatures ๐Ÿ˜.
    I think I smiled like an idiot for the whole day ๐Ÿ˜….
    But at Lone Pine they don't only have koalas, they have a lot of Australia's native animals.
    They have koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, a platypus, dingos, wombats, wallabies and of course lots of Australian birds and reptiles.
    We watched a bird of prey show as well as the feeding of the Tasmanian devils and a snake presentation ๐Ÿ. Eric (the snake) was a non poisonous 3,5m long (very friendly) snake which we even got to give a little pet to.
    Apart from non poisonous snakes there are of course poisonous snakes who can be found in Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ. Actually the Top 10 of the most poisonous land snakes live in Australia. We got to see the most poisonous (Inland Taipan) and the second most poisonous land snake (Eastern Brown Snake).
    Another big highlight of the day we're the kangaroos (why is there no kangaroo smiley??๐Ÿ™„). We got to feed them, pet them and take photos with them which was a lot of fun ๐Ÿ˜„.
    They are some of the most relaxed animals I have ever seen ๐Ÿ˜„.
    The day was a big success and we made some incredible memories โ˜บ๏ธ
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  • Sunday was a really relaxed day. We slept in and spent the day at the Streets Beach ๐Ÿ–.
    After dinner we went back to South Bank and I got myself another doughnut from "Doughnut Time" ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ.
    We decided to take the ferry one more time because we wanted to see the city by night and take some photos. It was a truly incredible view with all the skyscrapers and bridges illuminated ๐ŸŒƒ๐ŸŒ‰.

  • Saturday started really early for us because we went rock climbing at 8:30am and left the house at 7am since we wanted to walk there. We walked to Kangaroo Point which are cliffs next to the river.
    The climbing was exciting and we had so much fun even though I was a bit scared during my first climb (20m climb and a fear of heights are an interesting combination๐Ÿ™ˆ). But I'm glad I did it (so proud โ˜บ๏ธ). After the climbing we took the ferry back to South Bank (we were to exhausted to walk๐Ÿ˜…) and went straight to the ice-cream shop (Mister Fitz๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ).
    After sunset we went out to the city centre again and met some of our friends who are volunteering at different placements. ๐ŸŒƒ
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  • Even though the weather was mostly amazing (something between 25-28 degrees โ˜€๏ธ) we had two days where we had clouds and โ˜”๏ธ.
    Thursday was one of these days so we decided to visit the Gallery of Modern Art (see we were not only at the beach ๐Ÿ˜„). The Gallery was quite impressing, we especially liked the short film about a McDonalds getting flooded and the Aboriginal art.
    Friday was our shopping day which I really needed because when you have to pack one suitcase for a whole year there is not much space for clothes.
    This being said I only brought clothes which I could wear to work at school, leaving me with nearly no summer holiday clothing. But don't worry I found a lot of nice pieces that day ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜…. The perfect end of the day was us making our own pizza ๐Ÿ•
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  • Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise sounds amazing, doesn't it? I can tell you it is ๐Ÿ˜œ
    We heard so much about it we just had to see it with our own eyes so we went there by train which took us only about 1,5h ๐Ÿšƒ.
    It was the first time we got to see the sea in Australia apart from seeing it through a plane window. The view is stunning, you have skyscrapers lined up on one side of the beach and the sea on the other ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒŠ.
    We spent the whole day sunbathing and swimming in the ocean. Swimming was especially fun because of the waves ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ˜„. And we took a lot of pictures of course ๐Ÿ˜….
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  • On Monday we decided to try the City Hopper which is a free ferry service โ›ด. It was a good choice because you get an amazing view of the city ๐Ÿ™.
    We got off at the last station and decided to just wander around for a bit. Following the river and enjoying the amazing weather we took some photos (climbing trees ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜…).
    When we had enough we went back to the ferry and got off at South Bank again where we found the most delicious ice-cream shop ๐Ÿฆ.
    "Mister Fitz" sells cookie ice cream sandwiches where you get to choose from six kinds of cookies, lots of tasty flavours of ice-cream and toppings to make your own perfect combination. I choose chocolate chip cookies with mint chocolate chip ice-cream and Oreo crumb topping which was perfection ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ.
    Tuesday was a beach day again and I also tried the doughnuts from "Doughnut Time" which is just next to "Mister Fitz" ๐Ÿ˜…. This place is perfection for someone who loves sweet things (๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ).
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  • Our first vacation started really early. We took a taxi at 1:30am to the coach terminal where we changed onto the Greyhound Bus at 2am.
    Our journey to Brisbane took us about 8h and we were greeted by the most amazing weather. Even though it is only spring in Australia it was already 26degrees in Brisbane (huge difference to Armidale ๐Ÿ˜).
    We walked to our little house in West End which we found over Airbnb and basically went right to sleep ๐Ÿ˜ด.
    The next day we went grocery shopping and then straight to South Bank Streets Beach ๐Ÿ–. It is a men made beach in the middle of the city and a really good place to just chill, enjoy the sun and go for a swim when it gets to hot.
    Later we found a place called "Kiss the Berry" which sells açai smoothie bowls. I had one called "Snickers Delight" which was really amazing ๐Ÿ˜.
    What a great start for our time in Brisbane โ˜บ๏ธ
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  • Our "compulsory fun" trip to Dangars Falls with the boarders started at 10:15am and it took us only about 35min to get there. The weather was quite nice and the walks around the national park including the waterfalls are just stunning.
    After salad wraps and cake we drove home at about 1:30pm. It was a fun day and we even got to see nine wild kangaroos crossing our path just a few metres in front of us โ˜บ๏ธRead more