I’ve never really thought about visiting Australia. For some reason I didn’t think I ever would, maybe because of the distance from the UK or maybe because of the sharks I dunno. But my boyfriend had a work event in Brisbane at the beginning of December so we decided I’d fly out and meet him and we would have a sunny Christmas travelling up and down the East Coast.
I stayed back in London until his event was over, then flew to Brisbane and met him there. I arrived at 3am, then the next morning bright and early, we drove down to get a boat from Hervey Bay over to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island was beautiful. Such a peaceful and tranquil place. And because of the jet lag I was wide awake at 4am each morning, which was perfect timing to go for a walk on the beach. Words can’t really describe the tranquility of the place at 4am.
Apart from a day trip to Lake McKenzie (pictures below), not much else happened whilst we were on Fraser Island. We spent a lot of time chilling out and resting. We had a couple of guided tours to popular spots around us but by 8pm most nights I was fast asleep. Even the expresso martinis didn’t help much.
After Fraser Island, we headed back to the mainland and hired a car that we drove to the Gold Coast where we hired a house for a week. I had been told that Gold Coast is a popular spot for tourists, particularly Surfers Paradise, but we were slightly on the outskirts so didn’t spend a lot of time in the rustle and bustle. The week we were there fell over Christmas, so we had a tipsy Christmas day opening presents, eating food and playing beer pong. A lot of beer pong. The best part of the Gold Coast for me was Burleigh Heads, such a beautiful walk with incredible views and I love a walk and a view. If you’re going to this area, Burleigh Heads is a must. A couple of people recommended it on my Instagram so a big thanks to them!
We also drove to Byron Bay for the day which stole my heart. I’m gutted we only had one day there. The whole area had a really cool atmosphere, the shops were amazing and the beach was beautiful. I would love to go back and spend more time there, its exactly how I imagined Australia to be.
After the Gold Coast, we packed up and headed slightly back up the coast to Noosa. This was by far my favourite place we visited on our trip. Our house was a beautiful new build, with Marcus Beach (a dog-walking beach) being literally on our doorstep. We would do yoga in the mornings surrounded by puppies and life doesn’t really get much better than that.
Noosa consisted of a lot of shopping, surfing (I suck), eating, walking and sunbathing. We got up relatively early one morning to visit the National Park and were lucky enough to see koalas and sea turtles. No dolphins though, boo.
This is also where we spent New Years, watching fireworks on the beach after a lovely meal and some drinks.
We had such an incredible trip and saw so many beautiful parts of the East Coast, although it feels like months ago already. Thank you to everyone who recommend things to do and places to see! Message me if you’re planning a trip there – I’d love to help out and also reminisce.