How to Spend 6 Weeks on Australia’s East Coast and See it All!


Coolangatta, Gold Coast

It is hard to believe that I have been in Australia for over two months now. The time is flying by. With only two more weeks, my time in Australia is quickly coming to an end. My first 6 weeks were spent on the spectacular East Coast. I traveled from New South Whales, through the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and all the way up to Northern Queensland. How can I sum up my first 6 weeks in Australia in just one blog post? I am not sure that I can, but I will try. The East Coast gave me my first impressions of Australia, while allowing me countless opportunities to check off items on my bucket list. The East Coast was a dream come true. Continue reading

Snorkelling the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef

Snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef


Both Airlie Beach and Cairns are considered gateway towns to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout my travels on Australia’s East Coast, I had two opportunities to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. First, I went snorkeling from Airlie Beach with Ocean Rafting to the Whitsunday Islands which is located on the south part of the Great Barrier Reef. The second time I went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef was from Cairns with Ocean Free just North of Green Island which is located 26 miles from Cairns on the North part of the Great Barrier Reef. Both snorkeling opportunities were incredible experiences. The marine wildlife I encountered was out of this world. Continue reading

Palm Fringed Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation, Australia

I couldn’t help but share this stunning image I captured while visiting Cape Tribulation in North Queensland. It’s like a dream. Have you ever seen anything like it before? I love natural uncombed beaches lined with plam trees rather than buildings. Cape Tribulation was everything I dreamed it would be and more; I can’t wait to return. What other beaches have you seen that have taken your breath away because of their natural beauty and mystery?

Cape Tribulation

Cairns to Cape Tribulation with Active Tropics Explorer

Rex Lookout

Rex Lookout

The locally owned and operated eco certified Active Tropics Explorer took me on a breathtaking day trip to the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and beyond. The fully loaded North East tour departed Cairns and traveled through stunning Port Douglas, historic Cook Town, and all the way to World Heritage Listed Cape Tribulation and the oldest living World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest. Active Tropics Explorer showed me the best of what North Eastern Queensland has to offer. As we traveled further North in Eastern Australia, we left the stop lights and civilization behind us to embrace the calm and tranquility of marrdja (rainforest or jungle) and jindalba (foot of the mountain). Continue reading

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

On the Boat

There is nothing more freeing than swimming under the sea. I’ve only been scuba diving three times in my entire life (twice in the Caribbean), but my most recent dive on the Great Barrier Reef reminded me of how much I love it. Now that I’ve had a taste of scuba diving again I want to get PADI certified so that I can do it in every turquoise destination that I visit. As you know, there is something I love about the sea. For some reason I’ve been blessed with a connection with the ocean. I love everything about it: the way it smells, the feeling of the sand between my toes, the cool water against my skin, the marine life, and swimming in it. There is no place I’d rather be. To me it’s home.

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Experiencing Australia’s Native Animals in Queensland

Native Animals in Australia

Part of the joy of exploring Australia is encountering all off Australia’s creatures. Cute, dangerous, poisonous, and otherwise I have enjoyed learning about the native animals in Australia. Throughout my travels, I have seen animals in the wild and in animal sanctuaries. I have visited Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast and Bungalow Bay Koala Village on Magnetic Island which introduced me to countless creatures. I have had fun meeting them.

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Touring Magnetic Island in a 4×4

Magnetic Island

As I mentioned in my last post, while touring Magnetic Island, which is a short ferry ride from Townsville, Australia I rented a 4×4 with a friend I met a week prior in Noosa. We reunited at Base Hostel in Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. What better way to see the little quaint island then with your own vehicle?

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Feeding Wild Rock Wallabies on Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island, a short ferry ride from Townsville, Australia is one of the few places (if not the only place) in Australia where you can feed wild Rock Wallabies. At dusk, the Rock Wallibies hang out in Arcadia near the pier. When I drove up to the pier I couldn’t believe my eyes.

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