The past month has been crazy! Tyler and I have been very busy with his parents visiting for a week and my parents visiting for two weeks and trying to juggle classes and midterms and essays! But it has definitely been some of my favorite experiences here so far! We had such relaxing, fun time out in the country with Tyler's parents and Bryce, and had an unbelievable vacation in the Whitsunday's when my parents came to visit! I hope you all were able to see the pictures on Facebook! I wish I had more time to rant and rave about how AMAZING everything was, but sadly, I am cramming for another midterm before I leave for our "fall" break! However, I thought I would squeeze in a few minutes to show you our itinerary for our 10 day break and make you all extremely jealous ;) Ready?
|Fri 22 April|
Brisbane - Hervey Bay
|Accommodation: Hervey Bay|
Meals: BBQ Dinner
8.30am - The adventure begins! Time to head north out of town. Australia Zoo is our morning stop as we visit the final home of the Croc Hunter. View all manner of Aussie creepy crawlies, as well as koalas, roos, crocs and other Aussie natives. Grab a bite for lunch before we take off for the gateway to Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, and check-in to our accommodations. Tonight is our welcome party (including 2 hours of san gria) which allows everybody some time to get to know each other and then after dinner, party time and the extreme traditional 'Naming Of the Roo'.
|Sat 23 April|
|Accommodation: Extreme Bus overnight|
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
7.30am - After breakfast we're off to Fraser Island to check out some awesome fresh water lakes, drive ON the sand dunes and check out the ship wreck. After a day of exploring, sun baking and beach football we head back to meet our ferry to the mainland as we head off to Airlie Beach. This is where you'll need to pack a small bag for 3 days of beach bumming! Our boats to the island paradise can't fit all you're big bags!! This is also where a travel pillow will come in handy, as it's an ALL night trip. time to catch up on some sleep!
|Sun 24 April|
Whitsunday Islands / Whitehaven Beach
|Accommodation: South Molle/Koala Adventure Island|
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Reef Tax $7 (guide will collect from you)
8.00am - This is the start of the sailing and island adventure. Pack the suitcases away, its just swimmers and sun screen in this island paradise! While we have breakfast we'll give you a run down on what to expect and what you'll need to know about the sailing and our island home for the next three days. A bit of paper work to sign, then off we trot to meet your skipper and check safety procedures. Our vessel today is not a sailing yacht, but a couple of high powered lean mean cruising machines! They'll have you jumping wakes, making whirlpools and generally trying to scare the life out of you! If the ride doesn't wake you up, the beautiful locations we see will! Take a dip in the crystal clear water on Whitehaven Beach, go searching for the elusive turtles and take in the beauty of the area - at 60kph! Whitehaven is a Whitsunday icon, seen in television commercials the world over, with sand like sugar... After a wet and wonderful day we'll cruise into our Island home for dinner and a great party night.
|Mon 25 April|
South Molle Island Free Day
|Accommodation: South Molle Island|
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Sleep In - Today is your day to get to know this island paradise, or just lie on the beach. Undertake one of the included activities like a small catamaran, paddle ski, tennis, or take one of the awesome hikes on the island and check out the local wildlife. Jet skis, water-skiing, mini golf and tubing are also available at great value prices. It’s your day to play however you choose but make sure you save some energy for tonight!
|Tues 26 April|
|Accommodation: Mission Beach|
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
7.30am - Today we board our Maxi yacht to complete the must do's of the whitsundays! We'll put this baby through it's paces AS we glide around some more of the area, then make a stop to get in the water and do some exploring with a mask on. Here you'll also have the oportunity to strap on a mask and snorkel and spend some quality time with the locals. We will spend some of the afternoon here just soaking up the atmosphere and the sun on our multi million dollar vessel, before our final leg of sailing back in to the marina. We will head into Airlie Beach to quickly grab our bags and get refreshed before we head out north into the tropics.
After a long day on the boat, then the 6 hour drive our hostel at Mission beach and more importantly it's beds will be a welcome sight!
|Wed 27 April|
Tully River Rafting-Cairns
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
River tax $30 (guide will collect from you)
7.30am - Pick up time for an action packed day of white water rafting. The rapids are up to grade 4 depending on the season. The Tully is an awesome river with plenty of boulders and great drops plus running through a tropical rainforest means warm water (yeah right we hear you say). You'll appreciate this AS you are thrown from the raft for the fifth time. Riverside lunch is included. Wet and exhausted you'll drag yourself from the river to head into Cairns via an afternoon tea stop. Our centrally located accommodation in Cairns is an upmarket backpacker’s that has to be experienced to be believed. With an open-air beer hall, lagoon pool with waterfall, beach volleyball court… you won’t want to leave. Beautiful group dinner then your night to look around; join your guides out on the town.
|Thurs 28 April|
Optional Adrenaline Day - Bungy Party
8.00am Your Day – Cairns definitely has a lot to offer, so we give you the chance to either do your own thing or if you're up to it, take the chance to do an optional skydive. See your guides to book this!
3.00pm-Today is our Extreme Adventures exclusive: Bungy Party! We meet at the reception desk and head deep into the rainforest, where you'll hurl yourself off the AJ Hackett tower overlooking the bar below. You splash down into the tropical pond hanging only by the bungy cord. Of course it's safe.. Try the AJ Swing as well or just sit back with a few cold beverages and watch your mates take the plunge.
|Fri 29 April|
Great Barrier Reef
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Reef tax $10 (guide will collect from you)
7.30am – We know it’s another early morning, but the Great Barrier Reef awaits! A luxury sailing catamaran will whisk you to the outer reef for a day of snorkelling and a scuba dive. Make sure you have your underwater camera available for a snap with Nemo. Lunch is provided on the boat and make sure you don't swim straight after eating (our mothers told us this).
|Sat 30 April|
Rainforest - Waterfalls - Woolshed Party
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Morning– Free time to sleep in, shop and recover!
1.00pm – Enough of the saltwater, time to head inland to the Crystal Cascades. We'll take a walk through some rainforest, to get to our swimming hole -complete with a small rock jump if the water is high enough! then on to another spot for a bit of a relax in a natural spa. The fresh water will recharge hung-over heads before rocking back into Cairns for our final night party.
8.00pm – It’s on to our exclusive Final party and trip presentation at the Woolshed Nightclub. Our farewell balcony party eventually overflows into the regular crowds at this infamous Cairns Party Venue. A final chance to farewell your One Fish Two Fish friends and maybe make some new ones
|Sun 1 May|
Check out this morning!
|Check out is at 10am. Getting from our accommodation to Cairns Airport is roughly $7 pp by shuttle bus or roughly $12 per cab.|
I have a feeling this is going to be one of those vacations that we need a vacation after... but I'm not complaining!