My Australian adventure – episode 2

Brisbane to Cape Tribulation – June to September 2006

RAINBOW BEACH, 21.06.2006 – Winter has arrived in the Southern hemisphere and in Sydney temperatures were definitely way too cold for someone like me (many houses in Sydney have no heating system, something that leaves us Europeans puzzled). So here I am, migrating North like whales! Last week ago I flew to Brisbane. I have planned to travel up the East Coast by bus and reach Cairns and then fly back to Sydney. Noosa on the Sunshine Coast was the first stop of my journey. Here are the northernmost beaches where surfers can find waves. Approximately from that point upwards the ocean becomes calm because of the Great Barrier Reef. Yesterday I arrived in Rainbow Beach and I can now say that I’ve officially switched my mind into “traveller mode”, from this moment onwards it will just be me and my journey, me and this amazing Australian nature!

FRASER ISLAND, 23.06.2006 – Last week I met a group of people who were going to rent a 4WD and explore Fraser Island. I decided to join them, it was so much fun! Finally I was in the wild, cooking on a campfire, sleeping in a swag on the beach with the sound of the ocean keeping me company. I also saw my first dingo there!

AIRLIE BEACH, 05.07.2006 – I’ve just come back from a tour on a sailing boat to explore the Whitsundays, a paradise on earth. I knew already that they were one of the most beautiful places in the world, but when I saw them I couldn’t believe my eyes. Those pristine white sandy beaches have left me absolutely speechless!

BOWEN, 28.07.2006 – I was running out of money so I’ve decided to stop here for some fruit picking. The hostel where I stay has found a job for me. First I was employed in a farm picking tomatoes, aubergines, and capsicums. I was paid a few dollars for each bucket I filled. It was so tiring! So now I am employed in a shed where I have to strip and pack corns. It is such a boring job, all day standing doing the same things over and over in a noisy shed. I have to resist though, at least for a couple of months as I need money if I want to keep travelling. A funny thing happened to me last week. I was being driven to work on a bus one morning while listening to an Italian radio station. They had been broadcasting the final match of the World Cup and Italy had won the World Cup. I was feeling so happy! I kept picturing all the people in Italy celebrating in the streets…I so much wanted to be there but instead I had a whole day with tomatoes ahead of me!

CAIRNS, 29.08.2006 – It’s late August and I am back on the road. From Bowen to Cairns to visit the Daintree forest, a spectacular rain forest with lush vegetation…and crocodiles! I went on a tour on a boat the other day, I enjoyed it but I must admit that I didn’t feel at ease until I was back on the mainland.

CAPE TRIBULATION, 08.09.2006 – I’ve  decided to push myself further up and I’ve reached Port Douglas and finally Cape Tribulation. It’s getting wilder and wilder up here and I love it! The beaches are just mine, I couldn’t ask for more. I am feeling so connected with the nature surrounding me!

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