First of all, I apologize for being absent this past week. We’ve had a pretty busy schedule and not so good wi-fi connections, so it’s been hard to write a new post. Second of all, something very catastrophic happened…I dropped our external hard drive, which had all of our trip’s photos on it, and it no longer works. So we have had ZERO access to our pictures which means we don’t have any pictures to post. I’m pretty devastated. I have slowly realized that my clumsiness is more than just a minor issue.
Anyway, I cannot dwell on the past. I am lucky enough that we had some pictures already uploaded to the blog so I’m hoping I can get through this post and it not be too boring for you, a/k/a, have enough pictures.
I have been wanting to write about our camping trip in Oz. It was an amazing time and we got to see a lot in a little over a week. We had an original itinerary that we were going to follow to get from Brisbane to Cairns in 9 days, but sometimes things change. We realized early in the trip that we didn’t need to follow the itinerary (which we didn’t) and it worked out for the better I think.
In the past Robbie and I have gone on trips where we got to the hotel or the city we were supposed to stay and ended up changing our minds and then changing our plans. I’m glad that we have done this in the past because I think it prepared us for this trip. You can’t be afraid to change your mind…it happens. Just because you booked 4 nights in a place that ended up smelling like cheese, it doesn’t mean you have to stay there (unless you like the smell of cheese).
Our original itinerary for the Oz camping trip was as follows:
- Day One: Drive from Brisbane to Noosa and stay one night.
- Day Two: Head to Hervey Bay for 2 nights.
- Day Three: Spend the day on Fraser Island.
- Day Four: Hervey Bay to Gladstone.
- Day Five: Gladstone to Airlie Beach, where we would spend two nights.
- Day Six: Spend the day on the Whitsunday Islands.
- Day Seven: Airlie Beach to Townsville.
- Day Eight: Townsville to Mission Beach.
- Day Nine: Mission Beach to Cairns, where we would drop off our Travellers Autobarn camper.
And here’s how our itinerary ended up:
- Day One: Stuck to the plan and drove from Brisbane to Noosa, spent one night in Noosa, where the surfers flock and we got our first taste of the Australian beach life.
- Day Two: Drove from Noosa to Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay is a little beach town right across from the famous Fraser Island. We ended up camping our first night in Hervey Bay in a public parking lot, which proved to be entertaining. When we woke up in the morning to get ready for our Fraser Island trip, there was a group of runners congregated outside of our camper. A little awkward when I had to climb out of the camper van, having just woken up, and walk over to the public toilets.
- Day Three: We spent the day on Fraser Island, which Robbie wrote about in a previous post. It was an awesome day and we were so glad we decided to shell out the money for that one.
- Day Four: We were supposed to stop in Gladstone after Hervey Bay but a couple of locals snickered at us when we told them where we were headed, telling us that if we enjoyed ship yards that we would love Gladstone. So we decided to skip it and drive a little further north to a small beach town called Yeppoon. And I’m glad we did because we got our first kangaroo sighting on a golf course in town!
- Day Five: We headed to Airlie Beach, where we stayed two nights so we could explore the Whitsunday Islands.
- Day Six: We spent the day out at the Whitsunday Islands, which was one of our favorite days of this trip. The scenery was beautiful and it didn’t hurt that we had a very entertaining First Mate.
- Day Seven: We were supposed to stay in Townsville but when we got there we realized it was a bigger city than we thought. We really weren’t feeling it so we decided to continue on to Mission Beach. In Mission Beach we stayed in a small campground right on the beach, where we got to see some bats flying around that night.
- Day Eight: We decided to head to Cairns early and stay one night in the beautiful beaches north of the city. We took a scenic detour in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area (awesome) and the Babinda Boulders. After that, we ended up in a small beach town called Palm Cove, where we met some very interesting locals, including Pete, who told me that he used to hate America but after traveling there he completely changed his mind and said he would even live there. Go USA!
- Day Nine: We drove back into Cairns where we dropped off “Big Bertha”. We were sad to see her go since she was our home for 9 days, but she definitely gave us a trip to remember!
So I guess the moral of the story is that it’s OK to change your plans…you might find that it works out better if you do!
Also, don’t drop your external hard drive. That is all.