Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 3: Central Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 3: Central Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 3: CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

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TRANSPORT
Ferry, Jucy Van, plane, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, Emu Beach Resort, YHA Hervey Bay, King Fisher Resort, YHA Noosa Heads

ACTIVITIES
croc farm, snorkeling, biking, scenic flight, kayak, craft beer tour

LOCATIONS
Emu Park, Great Keppel Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Noosa

Week 3 – Central Queensland

After enjoying the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, Natalie and Tom continued in their Jucy camper-van down to central Queensland. They stopped by Emu Park, Great Keppel Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Noosa. Their adventures from this week included kayaking, snorkeling, and visiting a crocodile farm, to mention some. Read on to see what else you can do along the coast of central Queensland… 

 

Emu Park / Great Keppel Island

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Natalie and Tom drove down to Emu Park, which is a small town on the Capricorn Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is a popular tourist spot with its great beaches and view of the Keppel Bay and the Great Keppel island. They checked into the Emu Beach Resort, which is a budget-friendly resort with private beach access, swimming pool and pool bar. They were taken on a day tour by ferry to the Great Keppel Island. On the island they got to enjoy the beaches and snorkel by the reefs. Back on the mainland, it was time to visit another popular attraction in the Emu Park area – the Koorona Crocodile Farm! Holding a baby crocodile and witnessing the feeding of crocodiles, are some of the things you can do at the farm. 

 
Fraser Island

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The journey continued down to Hervey Bay where Natalie and Tom got on the ferry to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is a world heritage site and the world’s largest sand island. They checked into Kingfisher Bay Resort, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their royal visit just a week before, so they knew they were in for a royal experience! Fraser Explorer Tours took them around the island and they got to see the famous dingoes, shipwrecks, and hike through the only rainforest in the world which grows on a sand island. They stopped for a swim at Lake Mckenzie, one of 40 perched lakes on the island, which water is so pure that it is unsuitable for many species. Air Fraser Island took them up for a scenic flight around the island and then landed back on the beach. Fraser Island is one out of two places in the world where you can take off and land on a beach. All of these experiences were done in one day! 
 

 

Noosa

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After enjoying two days on Fraser Island, Natalie and Tom jumped on the ferry and continued down the coast to Noosa Heads. Noosa Heads is known for its national park, beautiful beaches and shops on the main street, Hastings street. Natalie and Tom checked in and enjoyed dinner at the YHA Noosa Heads, which is a National Trust and Heritage Listed guesthouse from the 1880s. The next day, Tourism Noosa welcomed them with an exciting program of activities to do in the area, and first up was a scenic bike ride along the beaches with Ecotekk, on electric bicycles. They explored the Noosa Heads National Park, and Natalie took a dip in the famous Fairy pools, before enjoying some lunch at Noosa Heads Surf Club. The next morning, it was time for another adventure, with Kanu Kapers Australia, which was a guided kayaking tour in the Noosa Everglades. The Noosa Everglades is actually one of only two everglades systems in the world, the other one being the famous everglades in Florida. Unlike the everglades in Florida, there are no alligators in the Noosa Everglades. Back in Noosa Heads, Natalie and Tom dined at the El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar on Hastings street, and later sipped on some cocktails at the Koala Bar Noosa. They also joined a craft beer tour, organized by Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tour. 

 

After two days in Noosa, Natalie and Tom made their way down to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, which you can read about in our summary of their 4th week. Stay tuned! 

 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 2: Whitsundays

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure  – Week 2: Whitsundays

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 2: WHITSUNDAYS

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

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TRANSPORT
Seaplane, Jucy Van, sailing ship, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, YHA Airlie Beach, Alexander Stewart, Paradise Cove Resort

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, snorkeling, sailing, scenic flight, kayak

LOCATIONS
Whitsunday islands, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Airlie Beach

Week 2 – Whitsundays

The adventures continue down the coast of Queensland, as Natalie and Tom make their way in the Jucy camper-van. After leaving the wallabies and koalas behind at Magnetic Island, they drove down to Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a resort town on the Whitsundays coastline, and a popular place to stay for those who wish to explore the Whitsunday islands. From there, they got to explore the famous islands by seaplane and sailing ship, as well as staying at a private luxury villa… 

 

Paradise Cove Resort

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Natalie and Tom were taken out on a boat, by Red Cats Adventures, that took them around to explore the Whitsunday islands. The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland, with its pristine beaches and location on the Great Barrier Reef. After enjoying some snorkeling in the crystal clear water, the boat took them to Paradise Cove Resort, which is a privately-owned luxury estate on Woodward Bay. They stayed at the Rainforest Villa with their own private beach and outdoor bathtubs. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Chris Hemsworth have stayed at Paradise Cove Resort, and it’s easy to understand why as guests get to enjoy their own private beach and are surrounded by tropical rainforest. 

 

Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach

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Red Cat Adventures took Natalie and Tom out for another day in the Whitsundays. They went snorkeling at two different reefs, and managed to get up and close with big Maori wrasse fish, which are huge and can live up to 50 years! After exploring the reefs, they were taken to the Whitsunday Island (the biggest of the 74 islands) and spent some time at the famous Whitehaven Beach. The beach features on several “Best Beaches in the World” lists every year, and it’s easy to understand why with its incredible 7 km. stretch of white sand, which is 99% pure Quartz. Back at Paradise Cove Resort, Natalie and Tom spent the rest of the afternoon paddle boarding and kayaking along their private beach. 
 
 
Scenic flight with a seaplane

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Back on the mainland Natalie & Tom met with the lovely ladies from Tourism Whitsundays,  who gave some tips of what to do in the area. They checked into the YHA on Airlie Beach, where they relaxed by the pool. The next morning they woke up early to enjoy a scenic flight with Air Whitsunday. They were taken up with a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef. Flying with a seaplane is an incredible way to see the Great Barrier Reef and they got a great view of the famous “Heart Reef”, which is shaped like a heart. But they didn’t just fly – after some time up in the air, the pilot landed the plane on the water so that Natalie and Tom got to go snorkeling in the reef for 2 hours, right off the plane! Now, that’s a trip they will surely remember. 

 

Sail & stay on a sailing ship

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Another day, another adventure! Natalie and Tom boarded the sailing ship Alexander Stewart, which was built by an Australian family. The sailing trip was organized through Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, which offers eco-friendly sailing safaris on the Great Barrier Reef. Along with the other passengers, they learned about both sailing, navigation and the Great Barrier Reef itself from their captain. They were also put to work by helping to hoist the sails. The ship took them to Whitehaven Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Hill Inlet, where they were able to snorkel, sunbathe, swim and explore. When it got dark all the passengers enjoyed their meal together on deck, whilst learning about the star constellations, before they headed below deck to sleep. The ship accommodates up to 24 passengers, so there’s plenty of space.

Back on land, Natalie and Tom started to make their way down to central Queensland, which you can read about in our summary of their 3rd week. Stay tuned! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure | Wk 1 Tropical Nth Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure | Wk 1 Tropical Nth Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 1: TROPICAL NTH QUEENSLAND

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INTRODUCTION:

The two winners of the Travello contest, Natalie & Tom, have an amazing journey ahead of them in Australia. They started off, on Friday the 19th of October, when they met up in Cairns, in Queensland. So how did it go when two complete strangers met up to embark on an epic adventure, and at the same time sleep in the same car?

However, the day before they flew out to meet up in person for the first time they were actually interviewed on LIVE national television on Australia’s leading morning show The Today Show. Watch the full interview below, it is pretty funny.

So here’s an update on what they have been up to on their first week:

Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

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WEEKLY SUMMARY:
ROAD DISTANCE TRAVELLED: 
725 kms

TRANSPORT
Plane, Jucy Van, Boats, Hot Air Balloon

STAYS
Jucy Van, Safari Lodge, YHA Cairns, YHA Mission Beach, Bungalow Bay YHA Koala Village

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, Daintree Tour, Cape Tribulation Tour, Hot Air Ballooning, White Water Rafting, Koala Cuddles

LOCATIONS
Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Magnetic Island, Townsville

WEEK 1: TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

Cairns

After finally meeting each other on the day of their arrival in Cairns, both Natalie and Tom could quickly tell that they would get along just fine (which would then save them from some awkward 47 days together). Before starting their journey, Kate from Tourism Tropical North Queensland gave them a rundown of their destination, Cape Tribulation, and what to see and do there. She also explained that that Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where you can experience two world heritage sites meeting, the two world heritage sites being the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Jucy gave them the keys for their new home for the next weeks – a Jucy van Champ. This is a fully equipped van that comes with a small kitchen sink, fridge, gas cooker, a bed inside the car and on top of the roof, in a pop-up tent. With the Jucy van packed and ready, Natalie and Tom drove a bit further up north before they crossed a river with a ferry to reach Cape Tribulation. Here, they tucked in for the night at the Safari Lodge campground, in their Jucy van pop-up tent. 

 

Cape Tribulation

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After some tips of what to see and do from the guys at Ocean Safari, Natalie and Tom explored Cape Tribulation and its beautiful beaches. Cape Tribulation is a headland within the Daintree National Park, which is famous for its remote and stunning beaches. Tom found a waterhole where he enjoyed a rope swing into the water, whilst Natalie explored the rainforest further as she found a colorful cassowary to follow. The cassowary is the third-tallest bird in the world and can be quite dangerous if provoked, but Natalie managed to keep herself safe whilst taking in the sight. After enjoying the beaches and the tropical rainforest, they spent the second night at the Safari Lodge campground. 

 

The Great Barrier Reef

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Natalie and Tom got to see the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef. It can even be seen from space! The tour was organised by Reef Magic Cruises, who took them out to explore the outer reef.  They went snorkelling and managed to get up and close with colourful fish and sea turtles.

The next stop on their itinerary was Port Douglas. They got to explore the town, and Tom introduced Nat to a very Australian activity – cane toad racing! These races are organised at several bars, and you can take part in it by placing your bet on a toad. The toads are placed in the middle of a dance floor, and the first toad that leaves the dance floor is the winner. They say that if you kiss the toad it brings luck!

 

Daintree Rainforest

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Natalie and Tom got to explore the Daintree Rainforest with the tour company Daintree Tours (with Raging Thunder). The Daintree Rainforest is part of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, which is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. After venturing through the rainforest they were taken to a beach to enjoy some morning tea, before continuing on a crocodile cruise where they spotted a crocodile on the riverbank. They ended the trip with a stop at the Mossman Gorge where they enjoyed a dip in the cool water. Back in Port Douglas they checked out the boutiques, bars and restaurants before going to bed in their Jucy van pop-up tent.

 

Atherton Tablelands/ Mission Beach

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Natalie and Tom woke up early for their hot air balloon tour with Raging Thunder, which started at 4 am., but the early wake-up call was worth it as they got to experience a beautiful sunrise from above. They flew over the Mareeba Valley on the Atherton Tablelands, which is in an area of Australia that has over 300 sunny days per year. They even spotted some wild kangaroos jumping across the valley below them! After the scenic flight, that lasted for about 30 minutes, they enjoyed a champagne breakfast back on the ground, which is included in the tour. After the tour they drove to Mission Beach where they set up camp for the night on YHA’s campground. 

 

Tully River/ Mission Beach

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Another action-packed day for Natalie and Tom as they embarked on a white-water rafting tour with Raging Thunder on the Tully River. The river is considered one of the best rafting spots in Australia, and has grade 3-4 level rapids, that go through the World Heritage Rainforest – a truly unique way to experience the Rainforest. After getting soaked and experiencing the exhilarating rapids, Natalie and Tom enjoyed a BBQ lunch with the group, which is also included in the tour. The night was spent in the Jucy van on YHA’s campground, along the beautiful Mission Beach.

 

Magnetic Island 

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Natalie and Tom drove their Jucy Van 240 km. to reach the Breakwater Marina in Townsville, from where the ferry goes to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island is a World Heritage site, that is located on the Great Barrier Reef, and is known for its granite boulders all over the island. Natalie and Tom spent their afternoon exploring the island, feeding some rock wallabies they found among the boulders, and snorkeling by shipwrecks (a popular tourist attraction).  They checked into the YHA Bungalow Bay Koala, which is the only resort in Australia with its own wildlife park. At the park guests get to hold koalas and see wombats up close – the perfect Australian experience! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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