Wow okay I totally suck for leaving you all in the dark about my trip… it’s been quite a while since I have done anything with this blog. I mean, it’s already the end of the first semester of school!!! So crazy how time flies so fast…
I’m just going to go back in time a tad bit, to when I went on my uni holidays trip over Easter to Byron Bay and the Whitsunday Islands :)
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For the weekend right before our big Whitsunday’s trip with most people from the apartment complexes, UniCentral and Varsity (the one across the street), two American friends I met here decided to head down to Byron Bay for Bluesfest, a music festival. Though being very excited for the music there, we were all very keen on seeing Byron Bay. I absolutely fell in love with the place.. like, it’s definitely a place I would like to live someday for a bit. Anyways, we took a train to Brisbane, and got to visit that city for a couple hours. From there we took a bus to Byron and got to our hostel at around 10 pm or so.
Though it was already night, we decided to hit up a bar and check out Byron :) in the morning we were going to Bluesfest all day/night so it was our only chance that weekend to see some of the nightlife.
Anyways, we checked out one of the bars after walking around a little. We stumbled upon this bar with some wild band playing and it was seriously so fun. Definitely have to go back, such good energy… like for sure the definition of a good time hahaha :) After we were done at the bar we decided to take the 5 minute trek down to the beach, took a quick little dip in the water, hugged one of the coolest trees I’ve ever seen and hung out with some random Kurt Cobain lookalike until it was time for us to head back to the hostel. Overall, I’d say we had a pretty sweet first night in Byron hahah
We stayed at Aquarius backpacker’s hostel which had a really nice cafe like right next to it that we got a 50% discount on from staying at the hostel. In the morning we had breakfast there then headed over to the beach until around 11-12 or so to take the bus over to Bluesfest. Gosh… those beaches are seriously so beautiful. I think that’s what made me fall in love with Byron first. The next is probably just the town itself. It’s like, the perfect size, has some really interesting people and things, and it just has such a great energy :) love it!
Bluesfest was seriously sick though, we got front row for Jack Johnson and Matt Corby <3 We also enjoyed the absolutely wonderful music from Grace Potter, Gary Clark Jr., Medicine for the People, and India Arie. It was so great seeing all those amazing artists live and they all put on SUCH a good show! I Grace Potter and Gary Clark Jr. were new voices I had not heard before but they were really, really good live and I definitely recommend looking up any of these artists if you’re feelin a little bluesy :)
We ended up staying pretty late at the festival though, as the headliner was Jack Johnson and his show went on pretty late. My feet were about ready to fall off by the end of the show, but it was most definitely worth it hahah ;) We got on the bus to head back, and while walking back to the hostel we got a tad bit lost. At that point we were all so exhausted from a very long day and our legs and feet were off even worse, but we made it back and I had one of the best sleeps of my life!
It was a new experience for me to stay at a hostel, I had never been at one before my Easter break trip but I really liked it actually, although our roommates I think may have not really liked us. When we got back to the hostel after Bluesfest, everyone was asleep and all the lights were on. We were pretty confused as to why they were on but we just decided to get ready for bed quickly with it on then hop in and shut them off. However, someone got up to go to the bathroom and was a little mad that they were on, probably thinking that we turned them on. While he was talking he woke up another roommate and she got a little angry as well… just sort of a little side-note I guess haha but I just thought I’d share. It was a pretty weird situation haha I wasn’t sure what to do hahah :p
Anyways, we woke up, got ready for a beach day, packed up all our stuff and checked out of the hostel that morning. We headed to the beach with our things and stayed there for a while. There were markets with little shops and food stands up that day and we checked out all the crafts they had there. Absolutely loooove all of that kind of stuff haha <3
We also walked along the beach and yet again I fell more in love with Byron after seeing one of the most beautiful beaches ever! Pictures don’t even do justice to the experience of actually being there. There was this little cove that we watched a bunch of surfers heading into that filled up to about my thighs with water when the waves came in, it just went straight out to the ocean. I don’t know if that explains it very well but I guess to summarize, it was really really cool :)
We left that evening and took the journey back to the Sunshine Coast, getting there that night around 10pm. I then went to the opening night of a new bar in town, Solbar. Such a cool place with reallllly good bands that play. So awesome!
So ahh yeah that about concludes that first weekend of the Easter holidays… but that was just the beginning ;) :) :) xx
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The Whitsunday Islands are one of the most beautiful places in this country, let alone on the planet. They’re right at the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef (southernmost side) and have become a place where some of my best memories are at. :) The trip was planned through a girl who attended USC and now works at a travel agency, Monni (who I will be going to Cairns with on July 13th!). Our plan was to stay at a hostel on the mainland, Airlie Beach, then head over to Koala Island for three nights, and get back to Airlie for one more night.
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Our group of around 50 people got up at around 4:30 AM or so the morning we left for our trip. 10 others were meeting us up at Airlie making it a group of 60 that went on the boat to the island and who stayed at the hostels too. I guess to put it short, it was a big, fun group of people, some familiar and some completely new faces. The trip was such a great way to make friends and meet new people :) We took the bus on a 10 hour drive up to Airlie beach. It was a bit of a brutal drive but with all the awesome people who went along it made it a lot easier to make it up! We stopped for meals, slept, and kept ourselves busy the best we could. However, within one or two hours of arrival, the party started. By the time we got to the hostel that night, we were all charged up and ready to get our vacation started! 8-) we got everything put away, ate then the party started! Lots of beer, karaoke, laughter and good company got our trip off to a perfect start! The next morning we got up, grabbed some breakfast and headed out on the boat to take us to Koala Island. The party that day started right as the boat left the dock hahaha :) such good times! Now only us and one other group were staying on the island, as there is only one resort and boating company that go there (Koala Island Adventures). The place was beautiful. Although the weather was a bit overcast, the view was still breathtaking. While most of the group was horsing around in the pool, two friends and I decided to take a little walk around and check out the beach. This is where I fell in love yet again, this time with the reef. I saw some of the prettiest shells and corals washed up on shore, and with that sadly I saw litter as well. Seeing this firsthand showed me how important it is to protect our oceans and gave me so much more passion and drive in making sure I do so. :) The days and nights spent there were exactly what I needed,