Last month in Australia!

After the final exams it was time for travelling! With three friends I flew to New Zealand for a week and drove through the northern island witha campervan. The next three weeks I drove with two friends from Cairns all the way to Brisbane, and from Brisbane I flew home. Now I’m happily back in Malmö ready for Christmas. And here are the highlights of the last month! -Vappu

Thermal Wonderland in New Zealand. It smelled like rotten eggs but it sure did look amazing with all the rainbow colours.

Definitely one of the best activities in ZN called the Hot Beach. Underneath the beach there was flowing a hot underground river. Thus, we shovelled a little pool for ourselves that got filled with hot water. At times the water was burning hot so a little dip in the cold ocean was welcome.

Bridal Veil Falls in Waikato, NZ. On my travels I saw a million waterfalls but this was the most lush and beautiful one. The falls were 55m high so it was a nice climb.

Mount Manaia definitely had the best views. On our way up we ran into a local man who told us to get off the route to see the best view, and holy moly he was right. The most turquoise water and rich forests I’ve ever seen.

So this was my home for three weeks in Queensland, AU. Sharing it with two other people is definitely challenging. However, I highly recommend as it gives so much freedom and the capability to see things that can’t be reached with public transport.

Always remember to use sunscreen in Australia! The UV scale ends to 11. Quess what the UV classification was in Australia on most of the days? 13!!! Despite all the sunscreen and my sunhat I burnt while e.g. surfing. This pic was taken at a completely deserted beach north from Cairns, absolutely beautiful.

This is from a lookout in Townsville which is a bit south from Cairns. Again, it is just gorgeus in Australia. And nice and warm hehe.

On the shores of Townsville there is Magnetic Island. It was named so by James Cook whose compass stopped working there. The island isn’t actually magnetic but otherwise a wonderful place to visit with plenty of wildlife and you can snorkle at the Great Barrier Reef. I snorkled at Cairns but I don’t have pictures of it.

Rock wallabies! There was plenty of tourists trying to see them but at sunset when all the others left, a local man showed us how to communicate with them. The baby wallaby was adorable!

Louise joined me and my friens for a couple days and we visited Rainbow Beach and Noosa. We saw dolphins and the endless and breathtaking shores of the area.

Aother waterfall but we visited so many I don’t remember the name. I enjoyed it all, walking and making an effort of seeing these beautiful scenes.

And the best part of the whole trip, skydiving!!! I did not realise what I was doing until I saw people disappearing from the airplane door into the air, and then I was in the air myself! The views were amazing, surprisingly, and on top you got a huge adrenalin rush from the free fall of 60 seconds.

One last shot hehe. The instructor let me steer the parachute, the most fun thing ever!

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