The tropical weather
Queensland is hot and humid for most of the year, with temperatures in the summer usually in the high 30s. During the winter temperatures were somewhere around 10 usually. We arrived in winter which was perfect for us. We thought the weather was fantastic walking around in jeans and t-shirts while everyone else was in winter jackets. My favourite place was probably Magnetic Island, just off the mainland from Townsville. It was so relaxing to spend a few days there and every afternoon we watched an amazing sunset.
Laid back beach lifestyle
With so many beaches to choose from its no wonder people spend every spare moment soaking up the sun and enjoying a refreshing dip in the ocean. Every time we came across a sign for a beach we immediately headed in that direction. The majority of my pictures are of white sand stretching for miles. Cafe's and gelato shops line the strip, providing plenty of options for a refreshing bite to breakup your day.
The animals are so different from what we have in Canada. I was fascinated with every one, except spiders of course. Terrified of those suckers. There are plenty of animal sanctuaries where you can go and spend the day walking around and learning about the wildlife in Australia. The kangaroo's run around and we can feed them with seed provided at the ticket counter. Queensland is the only place you can actually hold a koala, of course I did this twice. They are so fluffy and cuddly and right at the top of my list of favourite creatures.
The first three months of our travels we spent riding around in a camper van and exploring the many wonders of Australia. Something that we absolutely loved were all the beautiful camping areas in the national parks. As we arrived during the tourist off season most of these places were free, making it very budget friendly. Everyone that we met were super friendly and always offered advice on places to see. The great thing about camping is you actually relax and enjoy free time. We didn't have phones, tv or internet which was a very refreshing experience. Are days were spent exploring or relaxing by a river and the nights were filled with campfires and star gazing.
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