Recently we went on a road trip in Queensland and that trip really changed our perception towards this amazing place! It’s really so much more than just a family destination! Especially for those that prefer to take things at their own pace, Queensland is one of the best places to do so.
1. The World Heritage Drive (Hervey Bay – Lady Elliot Island)
We had such a great time whale watching at Hervey Bay! We never experienced whales swimming that close to us before! This time we had both mummy whale and her baby swimming and playing really close to our boat! Check out the photos below where the baby whale did a backflip and gave all of us a good laugh!
Do you know, the whale watching season lasts for 6 months (May to Nov) in Gold Coast?
Fun fact: A fully grown adult humpback whale can weight up to 7,000kg?! That’s heavier than 5 adult elephants!
Tip: If you’re around at Hervey Bay and you have your own vehicle, go drive around and explore the area. We chanced upon this beautiful beach and witnessed one of the most gorgeous sunsets that we’ve ever seen in our lives 🙂
Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. This tiny eco island is less than half square kilometre and you can walk the entire island in 30 minutes! Because this island is a highly protected “Green Zone’, it is also a haven for more than 1,000 over coral species, colourful marine life which includes huge manta rays and really adorable green turtles! 🙂
Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef has always been on our bucket list! Finally, we can tick snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef off our bucket list (but we still want to dive there though)!
Tip: If you want to dive, stay at least for a night at the resort! We only did a day trip and sadly we couldn’t dive as we had to catch the plane back to Hervey Bay on the same day 🙁
2. The Great Beach Drive (Fraser Island)
For the other route which the other pair, Hendric and Amada, took, they drove up from Noosa Beach all the way to Fraser Island via a 4 wheel drive with Nomads Fraser Island Tours! We didn’t get to go on this route, but the adventures that they shared with us was amazing!
For a start, Fraser island is one of the most beautiful and largest sand island in the world! The entire tour was a 3D2N 4 wheel drive on Fraser Island and both Hendric and Amanda agreed that you need at least 3 days to get the full experience! One of the clearest waters that we’ve ever seen!
Overall, we were convinced that Fraser Island was a must go and we will definitely be back to Queensland to visit this gorgeous place! More details on their full experience at Fraser Island coming up soon on Pohtecktoes blog!
How to get to Lady Elliot Island:
We flew Scoot to Gold Coast, rented a car and drove all the way up north to Hervey Bay! From Hervey Bay, you have to catch a flight to Lady Elliot Island. We found it really easy to drive around in Australia. The people there seemed really friendly and road rage felt non-existent!
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Sale Period: 1100hrs (GMT+8) 8 Oct 2015 (Thurs) – 2359hrs (GMT+8) 31 Oct 2015 (Wed)
Travel Period: 9 Oct 2015 – 26 Mar 2016