From Melbourne, I took a couple of days to travel along the Great Ocean Road to the Grampians. The coastline was absolutely incredible, as was the hike I took in Hall’s Gap upon my arrival in the Grampians. Instead of prattling on about it, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
Anyway, after leaving Melbourne, I travelled up along the east coast to Port Douglas, where I stayed with Alex at the Sheraton up there. We had an amazing time feasting on freshly caught oysters and calamari and prawns, and partaking in the local pub passtime: cane toad racing.
The most amazing thing, though, was that we took a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and went snorkelling, by far the most incredible part of the whole trip!
After Port Douglas, I flew to Brisbane and camped out there for the night before hopping on a bus to Hervey Bay to take a tour on Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. The landscape there is unbelievably diverse, ranging from rainforests to freshwater lakes, peat swamps to sand dunes, and woodland to coastal heaths. We spotted dingoes, whales, stingrays, two pythons, and even a manatee from the island! A manatee, seriously.
Anyway, I’m back in Sydney now, at the Howell’s again where there are lovely people and glorious showers with pressure and hot water. Today is simultaneously laundry day and the Day of Getting Rid of and/or Mailing Home All my Superfluous Clothing (read: most of my backpack).
Miss you all and hope you’re well!
From Sydney with love,