Whitsundays: Atlantic Clipper

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Last weekend I went to Airlie Beach, a really cute little town and from there I got the Clipper Boat to travel around the Whitsundays Islands. 
It was a 2 day 2 night trip and it was the best trip I've been in so far!

There was a huge group of us and everyone was lovely. The first day we where introduced the fab crew who looked after us and we stopped off at an area where we could swim in the beautiful ocean. 
Later that night after a fair few glasses of goon and beers we started the karaoke. The whole boat did a massive singalong to Greece Summer Lovin' it was a great laugh! 

The next day we woke up at the crack of dawn to the crew singing in the cabins! Bleary eyed, we dragged ourself out of bed with our goonovers and had breakfast and got ready for the day! 
We sailed to Whitehaven beach and tracked through the forest, where we saw Gary the Iguana wondering about. 

Then we arrived at the beach itself, which was a 7km stretch of stunning, white, pure silica sand. It features in the top 10 best beaches in the world and you can really see why. 
The ocean was so clear and warm to get in. We had a swim and a sunbathe and took in the delightful views. 

Later on that day we sailed to the next island and trecked through the forest to the view point which gives you the most fascinating views of the islands. 

We also had the opportunity to snorkel and dive over the reef.

As I was snorkelling I hit my foot into a massive rock and it became a bit of a bloody mess. But I survived! 
Then I decided to go scuba diving. The gear was so heavy that when I went in the water I kept on falling backwards, but I finally for the hang of it and the breathing and we went down to explore the reef up close. 
It was amazing swimming in such close proximity to the colourful fish, I will love to scuba dive again!

That night we all had a lovely dinner together and then got on the beers and goon again. This time we were waiting for the infamous 'Show' that the crew put on. They threw a dressing up box up to the top deck and we all got glammed up. 

Then 2 crew members came out dressed in tutu's and started dancing and getting us all ready for the games ahead. The whole boat participated in games until the final round where 5 people had to do a dance off, this concluded who would be the King or Queen of the Clipper. It was awarded to Gus after his extravagant (nude) dance. 
We carried on drinking and dancing until lights off and it was a great end to an incredible day. 

The next day we headed back to land with a quick swim stop on the way. Everyone lounged in the sun and reminisced the past days. 
When we got off the boat we instantly realised how much we will miss it after meeting some great new friends! 

Would recommend this trip to everyone it was so much fun! 

- Nikki 

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East Coast Adventure...

Friday, 11 September 2015

IToday I will be flying up to Cairns to start my 3 week east Coast adventure!
I am so exited to visit and expierence all that the East Coast has to offer. 

On Monday we will be going on a boat to the Great Barrier Reef, where we will be snorkling and and taking in the wonderful scenery. 

Then we carry our travels down the East Coast, visiting all the major areas; Airlie Beach, Rainbow Beach, Noosa then Brisbane!

We will be doing a 2 day & 2 night boat trip around the Whitsunday's, where we can snorkel, sunbathe, explore the Islands and scuba dive! I cannot wait to go on this boat, it's going to amazing!

Next stop, Fraser Island. 3 days and 3 nights camping on Fraser Island and driving jeeps around the Island. I was recommend this by someone I met on holiday this year and it has never left my mind! 
I love the fact that it's very free and outdoorsy, you get a totally different type of expierence here. Not going to lie, I am scared of the potential spider seeing that I'm getting myself pray for me guys!

Last on the agendas we will be visiting the Steve Irwin Zoo! 

Then travel down to Brisbane and stay there for a bit. The plan from there is to visit Surfers Paradise & Byron Bay and see if we want to settle down in one of these places and start working..but we shall see! 

I have to say a massive thank you to Marnie and Stu at Cheap Az Travel; who helped us book this amazing trip!! Thank You guys! 

So, I better stop writing this and start getting ready to check out of the hostel! 
Had a fab night out last night with The Ritz Hostel lot, such a lovely bunch! Will hopefully see them again when we come back down here in a few months. 


*Disclaimer Not my photographs* 

Street Art

Yesterday I ventured into Melbourne city centre, armed with map in hand and scarf on because it is so chilly here! 

We stumbled across this alleyway which had some amazing street art! 
Here are a few photographs I took...

- Nikki


Thursday, 10 September 2015

I have arrived in Melbourne! 

I flew with Royal Brunei, we had 2 stops but 26hours later we finally arrived. I was surprised with how comfertable the flight was. I have never flown long haul before and expected it to be rough because of other flights I've been on, however this had to be the best flight I have ever been on! Would defiantly recommend to fly with Royal Brunei. 

So we arrived at 5:30am and it was raining and very cold! We got the bus to our hostel and found out that we couldn't   get into our room until 2 pm! So Taylor and I tried to keep warm sitting on the sofa! 

We decided to venture into St Kilda to pass the time, Saw the beach and went to the bank. On our way back we where looking into a shop window when a guy that worked there hauled us inside! 
It was a travel agency; Cheap AZ Travel. We spent the rest of our day in their chatting with some lovely people and booking something very exiting (will update you with this later). 
They helped us sort out tax numbers and bank problems and recommend SIM cards and they had a heater so kept us warm in this chilly Melbourne weather!  
It was so great being able to chill here with some awesome people! 

Later that day we came back to our hostel and had a nap, we where exhausted! Woke up and had some dinner. It was free cheese and wine night at the hostel so we were able to socialise with everyone here! 
We decided to have an early night and managed to beat the jet lag! 

So, that was the first day in Melbourne. I have so much more to tell! Watch this space ..


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