About a month ago we traveled through Tasmania for 5 days and I loved it so much I could have easily spent 3 weeks on the island. I was so happy to finally have made it there, after seeing a video filmed there, played on a screen in my uni library in Amsterdam for about half a year every day. It exceeded all my expectations: Hobart was super cute and I couldn’t stop taking photos while walking around, we drove through forest and mountains, spend an afternoon at the most beautiful empty beach, visited the worldfamous MONA and hiked in the pouring rain â€“ with a group of 7 and it couldn’t have been more fun.
It’s been a few weeks already that we spent an afternoon at the Peel Street Festival in Collingwood, one of the first days of freedom, after finishing exams and assignments, ready for a long summer.
A few weeks ago we spent a day in the Grampians National Park. It was one of the best days, with some of my favourite people, we had so much fun and I for the first time I felt like I finally had holidays. We hiked up to some amazing lookouts and down to waterfalls and made the most out of the roadtrip.
When we spent the weekend in Lorne I used my camera for approximately 20 minutes â€“ the rest of the time it was somewhere hidden in the car, because it’s probably one of the least convenient things to take when spending a weekend surfing and camping. But while everyone was having lunch, hungry from spending too many hours freezing in the water, and from more or less successfully trying to catch the waves, I took some portraits. I love how happy everyone looks, and relaxed, with hair wet and salty from the sea, forgetting about the upcoming deadlines and hours spent in the library, with the only thing to worry about being whether or not we will have enough fries for everyone â€“ we didn’t.
I don’t know how but I made it â€“ more or less successfully â€“ through the last weeks of uni. 13 degrees didn’t really help either but at least I didn’t have to sit in the library while it’s all beautiful and warm and sunny outside. Last week I finally, finallyÂ handed in my last paper of the semester and now I’m slowly getting used to the fact that for the next 3 months I am free from any assignments and readings. Free to read because I want to and not have to, and to explore Australia, and spend my evenings picnicking in the park, and my Fridays roadtripping around Victoria. And free to finally catch up on posting about the last weeks.
Two weekends ago we went on a trip along the Great Ocean Road, needless to say I took about a million photos in those two days. I had needed that so much, just sitting in the car, driving along the coastline, stopping wherever the view was nice (so basically every 2km), listening to endless Best-of-the-2000s spotify playlists, eating ice cream at gas stations, and just not thinking about any of the upcoming assignments. It just felt so good to be in the nature, out of the city for a while. AND WE SAW KOALAS IN THE WILD! Couldn’t get any better.
After spending the first night in Caloundra and a short detour to the Kondalilla National Park we drove to Noosa, and these 4 days were probably some of the best I have had in Australia so far. Finally, finally, I got to go surfing, and we spent our time laying on the beach (obviously covered in SPF 5000, because Australia…), eating the BEST veggie burger I have ever had in my life at Betty’s Burgers, shopping bikinis, and playing card games at the hostel.
The last week we spent traveling along the Sunshine Coast, applying litres of sunscreen and living on watermelon. I didn’t take too many photos with my camera (try carrying approximately 5kg in your backpack when it’s 35 degrees) but still enough for 2,3 posts, about the Kondalilla National Park, a little bit of road tripping and the amazing Noosa National Park. Be prepared for an endless amount of cheesy sunset photos.Â
We drove all the way to the London Bridge Lookout, finally went on the hike we had been waiting for all day (it turned out to be a 10 minute hike but better than no hike right), and then after a while we actually found a spot where it was slightly less windy, as in, we didn’t have to fear to be blown off the cliffs. We still had a bag of M&M’s, so we just sat there waiting for the sunset, holding on to our hats and caps and everything else that could just take off any minute. And then clouds appeared out of nowhere and there was no sunset after all. Still, one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.Â
We waited 3 hours for our car, we had to change our itinerary, we ate half of our snacks before even sitting in the car, and when we were all ready to watch the sunset clouds showed up out of nowhere. Could have just stayed at home. But then I probably would have missed out on one of the best days here so far, with this group of amazing girls (who are all, fortunately, incredibly photogenic). And on a picnic by the beach (and a near-attack by seagulls), on the opportunity to take jump-photos for the first time in probably 6 years, and in general on just the most beautiful trip.