It has been busy in Australia over the past weeks. My internship is nearly over and studies will be finished by the end of this month, except finals which usually take place during the middle of November. It is weird to have a few weeks to study for final exams while at UW we have a weekend to do so. I have just returned from my outstanding spring break. It was amazing as I really got to know more of what Australia is all about. Friendly people, good beer, great food and fascinating nature; I visited several places during my 10 days.
First of all I went to Melbourne for some days to see this phenomenal city which all Australians love. It is a very sophisticated town with a unique food culture from all over the world. This place will blow your mind if you are into performing arts, architecture, art and design of any kind, sports, and everything beyond. In addition, I visited the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, located in the southern state near Melbourne.
Next, I went on to Cairns and this beautiful place called Port Douglas, just north 1 hour from touristy Cairns. I stayed in the YHA (Youth Hostel Australia) during my entire trip and I really have to say that it was great. My friends who recommended it to me didn’t lie! You really get your monies worth as they have great facilities and services. In the city we had a BBQ rooftop garden and in the other place there was a pool and spa and much more. Nevertheless, the most valuable was the advice staff gave me on what trips to book and with which operators.
Up in Queensland, I visited the oldest jungle on earth as well as the Great Barrier Reef. I was really stunned as I have travelled to over 25 countries already but have never seen something like this before. Two hours north of Port Douglas is Cape Tribulation, which is the only spot in the world where two World Heritage Sites meet each other. These are the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef which consists of over 3000 individual reefs stretching along the coast for 2000km.
Australia has so much to offer and I need to return someday to see it all, or become a backpacker who works and travels throughout all of Australia. My next trip is coming up in November when I will visit New Zealand but you don’t need to go far to experience amazing Australia. You can find some of the world’s most beautiful beaches just a few hours north of Sydney and enjoy life. Life is good and I will see you all back at UW in January.