Bunya Mountains National Park, Australia

A Day in the Bunya Mountains

The Easter long weekend is one of the busiest times for camping here in Australia. Sites book out months in advance, and the campgrounds are always crowded with families and drunken idiots. Myself and Lloyd (my boyfriend) left our plan making to the week before and were quick to realise very few places had spots available. We decided to take what we could get and that led us to a campsite in Benarkin State Forest. We planned to spend the day at the near by Bunya Mountains National Park and head back to the campsite later in the afternoon. We left Brisbane at 4am Friday morning to beat the traffic. The drive was lovely and we made many stops to take pictures of the beautiful scenery we passed during the misty early morning. Continue reading “Bunya Mountains National Park, Australia”

Becoming TEFL Qualified

Learning to teach english as a foreign language (TEFL) has been something I’ve been interested in for some time. I have always wanted to be a teacher, but my desire to travel has made me decide to take a break from pursuing that goal. So while I do not yet have a degree in teaching, I decided to take the plunge and get TEFL certified as a way to make some money during my travels.

What made the decision for me was a special offer on a course here in Brisbane. For only $395 I was able to enrol myself in a 120 hour certified TEFL course compromised of 100 hours online and 20 hours in class. My boyfriend also enrolled, with another special deal saving us an extra $50 each (bringing the cost down to $345 each)  so that was a great bonus. We have six months to complete the course. Our 20 hours in class sessions are on a weekend a little over 2 months away.

As I have only just begun the 100 hours online study, I do not yet have a review of the course and for this reason I do not want to publish the company’s name. As i progress further I will provide more information not only on the course itself but also on the prospective outcomes of employment, and with any luck some tales of first hand experience teaching english to non-speakers in foreign countries.

North Stradbroke Island

As I knocked off work last Friday afternoon, I got a call from my boyfriend telling me to get his van ready, pack some food and swimmers, and be ready to leave at 4.30. I didn’t know where we were going or what we were doing until we started heading in the direction of the North Stradbroke Island ferry terminal. What was to follow was a short but much needed weekend away on the idyllic island.

After the 45 minute ride on the vehicle barge we arrived on the island. We camped at Adder Rock campground on a powered site close to the beach. The facilities there were good and the price very reasonable. The un-patrolled beach was beautiful, not to busy but not deserted either. As the sun set we grabbed a blanket and some drinks from the van and sprawled out on the beach to relax.

The next morning we were up early to head over to point lookout where we got breakfast at one of the little cafes. After we finished we set off on a walk that takes you around point lookout. It took about 45 minutes and was paved the whole way with lots of stairs. It was not too difficult for even the moderately unfit (me). The temperature was up in the 30’s so by the time we got back to the van we were both sweating like crazy. It was decided we would head to the beach.

I’m someone who hates a crowded beach so my boyfriend recommended we head to Cylinder Beach. Though it wasn’t deserted by any means it was quite enough that we weren’t stepping on other peoples toes and we could grab a spot in the shade. The water was crystal clear and the perfect temperature, however after a while in the water I started to notice people were getting stung by blue bottles so I made my way out. After an hour of laying on the beach soaking up the sun we decided to move on and find something else to do.

We headed to Brown lake, which is a short 3.5km drive from Dunwich. The lake is surrounded by tea tree plants that have stained the water an amber colour. I had never seen anything quite like it. There supposedly are no fish in the lake, however I did notice a few tadpoles swimming around. The water was calm and perfect for families with kids. I didn’t get any photos here but even if i did it wouldn’t really do the place much justice.

As the afternoon went on we decided to head back to the campsite and set up for the night. We again took drinks and a blanket down to the beach and enjoyed the sunset. We had to leave early Sunday morning so we went to bed reasonably early. We caught the 8am barge back to the mainland and just like that we were back to reality.

All Photos take with Canon G3 X

Here’s to a new year

2016, what a year. For me it was a year of change. I accomplished things I had been putting off out of fear. I met new people and made new friends. I fell in love. I made big plans to travel the world. Not only have my circumstances and the world around me changed, but also me as a person.

Looking ahead there Is so much to look forward to. I’m in a (mostly) good frame of mind and ready to conquer the world. I need to stay focused on my goals and work hard to bring them to fruition.

This year, 2017, I will move further from my comfort zone than i have ever been before. I will leave my home, my parents, my dog, my friends, my entire life as i know it, and leave for an indefinite amount of time. Im excited, but boy am I scared too.

My whole life is consumed in the best way possible by my plans. Each day is a step closer to where I want to be. I hope that 2017 brings joy and good vibes to anyone who happens upon this little blog, this little dream.