Brisbane and Co.
After I left Maggie Island, I didn’t really know what I was going to do. I found a cheap bus ticket, and headed down to Airlie beach.
I was only in Airlie beach for a few days, but it was a really cool town. It’s a small town right on the coast, with boat access to the Whitsunday islands.
In the morning, some friends I made at the hostel and I headed out to the markets for breakfast. We tried fresh mango sorbet before heading over to the lagoon to spend some hours in the sun.
The bar scene in Airlie was really cool. It was a lot of live music, although at one point, we were the only people in a club, which was awkward. Other than that, though, it was a cool town, and fun to explore.
Next up was Noosa. Honestly, I as working pretty full time while I was in Noosa, Au Pairing near absolutely zero public transportation so I didn’t have too much time to explore. What I saw, though, I enjoyed. I explored a few markets, attempted cooking Kangaroo, and took care of adorable twin babies.
I met up with a friend one day and we went hiking in the National Park. We tried to spot a koala in the woods, with no luck, but the views were gorgeous.
After Noosa, I went down to Brisbane to spend Christmas with my friend and her amazing family. We watched the Christmas firework show, which was cute.
We went on a day trip to Moreton Island, where we snorkeled the ship wrecks, kayaked through them in clear bottomed kayaks, and went sand sledding in ‘the desert’.
It was a really cool tour, but I definitely thought sand sledding would be more of an adrenaline rush. We went at a pretty slow pace down a not very steep hill, and the hike up wasn’t really worth the pay off. The snorkeling and kayaking was awesome, though. Besides the tour guide hitting on me the boat ride home. That I could have done without.
My friend and her brother and I ended up going to a bar that was comic book themed, with posters, books and quotes all over the walls. There wasn’t too many people out, given it was Christmas eve, but it was a fun night.
It was great to spend the holidays with my friend and her family, and I am so grateful to them for letting me crash their Christmas.
New Years was spent down in Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise was very much a party city, which was fine, but not my style.
I did get to go boogie boarding, which I always love to do. There is nothing like getting crushed by giant waves to bring out the adrenaline junkie in me.
We went to the top of sky point tower, which is the highest tower in the southern hemisphere. We went hiking down in Burleigh heads, jumped off a bridge, and played drunk jenga.
The day after New Years, we managed to drag ourselves out of bed to pancakes on the rocks, and ended up dancing on the beach at 3 am that night.
Have you ever heard of the show wipe out? Where there is a blow up obstacle course on the water? Well, in Surfers paradise, they have something similar in the ocean.
It was ridiculous. We kept pushing each other off, trying to race each other. The effort it took to climb back onto the blow up obstacle course made my arms sore for days. It was so much fun.
Eventually, I headed back to Brisbane. I convinced a friend at my hostel to journey out to the Australian Zoo with me. We watched the Crocodile show, where The Irwin family was performing with the crocodiles.
I loved Steve Irwin’s show when I was a kid, and so it was amazing to see. We saw Dingoes, Tasmanian Devils, and all the other zoo animals.
The next day, we hiked took a bus to the top of Mt. Coo-tha, which has amazing views of Brisbane. We drank beers and enjoyed the view of the city.
One of my last days in Brisbane we ventured down to North Stradbroke Island. I was really hoping to see dolphins, and I lucked out.
We hiked the North Gorge trail, and a pod of dolphins showed up, surfing the waves. It was a gorgeous island.
I loved being able to explore Queensland, and see all the different parts. Next, I was heading back to New South Wales, and continuing my journey south.