I was looking at the sand dune in front of me. “I thought we were supposed to go to a lake!” It was 42 degrees celsius and I was sweaty, sunburned and slightly pissed at the sand dune. I started climbing.
I had arrived at Fraser Island, also called “Paradise” in the local native language. After a brief introduction of “do not feed and pet the dingoes” we went to the first lake, one of three awesome lakes on this island that only consists of sand. It was the start of an awesome four day adventure:
I put my feet into the orange water of the lake. A tiny turtle appears in front of me. I hold my feet still and try not to scare it away
“This is the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen in my life!” I walk into crystal clear light blue water that gradually gets bluer and darker. Nobody there but me and a couple tiny fishes that start gnawing at my feet.
I look up at the sky and see the milky way for the first time in my life. I feel tiny and insignificant, sitting at the beach in awe for an hour until a dingo walks by.
I look into the mirror of the four wheel drive. Funny, this is the first time I look into a mirror in four days. My eyes are sparkling and my skin is tanned. It is time to move on.
I noticed that my last post sounded as if I didn’t see any koalas at all in Australia, which is absolutely not true, quite the contrary. It’s just that I didn’t see any wild koalas.
So when I heard of the Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, my last stop in Australia, I absolutely had to visit. Not only do they have koalas, they also have kangaroos, dingos, bats, and, what made me very excited: platypus.
After the obligatory sightseeing in Brisbane, I took the bus to the Sanctuary and had the most amazing time feeding the kangaroos (eww, I got kangaroo spit on my hands and one sneezed on my tshirt), watching the many koalas up close (and smelling them up close) and learning more about snakes and birds and everything else that lives on the Australian continent.
I love these cute ears
Sleeping all the time…
We’re so cute, but so smelly!
There were other animals in the sanctuary as well. Just not as photogenic as the koalas were.
Very sleepy as well.
This kangaroo is showing me how it feels about me after I offered it some food…
…all my food! All mine!!!
Curious female koala.
So many weird animals! I love weird animals! Speaking of weird, the platypus was much too fast to take a picture of. I had somehow always imagined them being lazy animals, just floating around, but let me tell you I tried for a good 25 minutes to take at least one decent picture of them but couldn’t get one due to their speed. Never underestimate this animal and be happy that it’s a peaceful one. If platypus were in some way dangerous, the world would be screwed because you would never be able to see them coming!
Brisbane was actually the last city of my tour through Australia, but I decided to post this one before the last post as it made more sense to me. Also it makes my blog less sad to look at, because it shows that I got to see the koalas after all. The post before was more of an advanced sob-story of me wandering through the bushes and not finding any so I thought I had to clear that up before going on with the final post which will be about Paradise. Yeah, I stayed in Paradise for four days. And I had loads of fun there, swimming in orange and crystal blue lakes, getting bitten by tiny fish – but more about that in the next post.
I had just embarked on my first bush walk, 8k long, which should bring me from my hostel to the Koala sanctuary and then to the beach on the other side of the island to a serene bay. Continue reading “Stomping and singing”→
Suffering is part of life. Failing is part of life. Life will never go on smoothly. Life always is a struggle. Everybody struggles with something in their lives. You struggle and I do too. At the end of life, there always lies death. Nobody is invincible, no matter how many material possessions you have, no matter how nice your life is, life is finite. Continue reading “Like riding a bicycle”→
Aloha! The past two weeks have been quality time offline, mainly due to the fact that the hostel(s) that advertised free Wifi had free Wifi for about 5 minutes and then it was 20AUD per day to keep it running. Makes me feel glad that I don’t have an online business, I would’ve been screwed if that was the case. So what has happened between now and my last blog post? Continue reading “Sunburn here sunburn there sunburn everywhere!”→
I stepped outside the airport to get to the city center and fog crept up my glasses, covering them completely. I took them off to see huge dark clouds on the sky and large mountains on the horizon. I had landed in Cairns a couple of minutes ago and after I got my suitcase I headed outside where I was greeted by tropical climate, air so thick and humid you could almost cut it. After some confusion I finally found a bus to take to the city center, the driver thankfully brought me to my hostel’s doorstep.
I brought my stuff in my room and after a quick dinner headed out to have a look at what Cairns has to offer. Not thinking about much I looked up to the sky to look at the moon and I saw some birds flying by. “Hmm, so many birds so close to sunset, that’s a bit weird…” I thought “…and they have strange feathers…?”
Looking closer they were bats. Huge, gigantic enormous bats. Bigger than your face and faster than you can run. Welcome to Australia, the country of weird shit, where culture shocks happen within the hour! Continue reading “Cairns”→