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5 Best Wild Swimming Spots on the East Coast

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Australia isn’t short on opportunities to get back in touch with nature and no activity is more back to the wild than wild swimming. Some of the best spots in the country can be found on the east coast   and we’ve broken down the top five places to take a dip in the wilderness.

North Queensland – Lake Eacham and Millaa Millaa Falls

Lake Eacham is a huge volcanic lake located in the Atherton Tablelands up near Cairns which came into being more than 9,000 years ago when a volcanic eruption left a huge crater in its wake. This slowly filled with water and formed the lake as it is today. Its deep waters are a great place for swimming, hiking and kayaking. Just 30 minutes away is Millaa Millaa Falls, a gorgeous waterfall with a plunge pool suitable for swimmers and part a hiking trail which takes in two other falls along the way. Its well known for its wildlife such as Ulysses butterflies, turtles, flying foxes and even water dragons. Join a tour and take in both sites in the same day.

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Fraser Island – Lake Wabby and Lake McKenzie

These two beautiful lakes are located on the sandy paradise of Fraser Island and, like most places on the island, are idyllic places to visit. Lake Wabby is Fraser’s deepest lake with striking green waters backed by beautiful sand dunes meaning you can swim and relax in equal measure. Lake McKenzie is a larger, “perched” lake which means it sits well above the water table, so the water you’ll be swimming in is pure rainwater. It’s silica beach is even whiter than regular sand and makes for a beautiful place to chill out. Let someone else do the driving on a group tour around the island.

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Gold Coast – Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls are a series of picture perfect waterfalls and plunge pools formed out of natural rock amphitheatres located in the Tambourine National Park, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane. The rocks surrounding the falls are smooth and flat meaning they’re great for sunbathing and relaxing after your swim. A hiking trail passes close by and the falls are very easy to access. Cedar Creek is a great day trip from Brisbane when the city madness gets too much.

New South Wales – Jellybean Pool

Probably the best named of the lot, Jellybean pool is located in the stunning Blue Mountains National Park. With a sandy river beach and calm waters it’s a great place to take a relaxing dip with kids. There’s plenty of shade on land and it’s an easy hour’s drive from Sydney. Check out Red Hands Cave while you’re here. Vibrant red, white and yellow hand print silhouettes grace the walls and are thought to date back as far as 1,600 years.

Sydney – Figure of 8 Pools

This natural ocean side rock pool has been perfectly carved by the waves into a figure of 8. Its shallow size is better suited to anyone looking for more of a cooling dip than a swim but its spectacular location by the ocean more than makes up for its diminutive size.  Just be sure to watch out for any big waves and slippery algae around the pool. The Figure of 8 Pools are easy to reach from Sydney and the easiest way is with a group tour from town that will guide you to and from the pools safely.

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5 Top Things to do on Fraser Island in 2019

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Fraser Island may be a staple on the classic backpacker route up the East Coast, but did you know there is so much more to this sandy Aussie beaut than just beaches and dingoes? Here’s a breakdown of the 5 best things you absolutely have to experience while travelling around this unique island.

 

Hike and swim at Lake Wabby

This stunning lake is the deepest dune lake on the island and, unlike many of the other lakes in the Great Sandy National Park, is full of fish – 12 species to be exact, including the rare honey blue-eye fish which zip around at lightening speed. The trail head is located just north of Eurong and it’s an easy 40 minute hike to the lakeshore through shady forest and across seemingly endless sand dunes. The crystal clear lake waters are perfect for a refreshing dip.

 

The coloured sands of the Pinnacles

The beautiful coloured sand cliffs which line the eastern coast are a prime example of Fraser’s unique geological history. Formed over hundreds of thousands of years when minerals drained through the sand and dunes, today there are more than 70 different colours on show as a result. Head over at sunrise and sunset when the sun’s rays brings out the red and golden tones in the cliffs.

 

Float effortlessly down Eli Creek

Eli Creek, on the eastern beach, is the largest creek on the island. In fact, it’s so large it dumps up to 4 million litres of fresh water into the ocean each hour! That’s a lot of H20. Get in on all that natural free flowing energy and head into the water at the far end of the boardwalk and float effortlessly down the creek. The water is crystal clear and honestly, what beats a refreshing swim requiring zero effort? We can’t think of anything.

 

Bathe in a natural jacuzzi at Champagne Pools

There aren’t many chances to cool off in an all natural jacuzzi, but Fraser Island gives you that chance. The Champagne Pools are a series of sandy bottomed rock pools facing the ocean which fill up whenever a wave hits, causing a lovely load of bubbles in each pool which, it’s said, feels a lot like champagne. And who are we to argue. These bubbly little wonders are a unique experience not to be missed.

 

Marvel at the Maheno Shipwreck

Probably the most famous of all of Fraser Island’s shipwrecks, the Maheno was forced on to shore way back in 1935, during a fierce cyclone. The Maheno, up until that point, was a well known liner plying the route between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Today her wreckage is an atmospheric, eerie sight, slowly being eaten away by her harsh salty grave. The wreck of the Maheno is a top spot for photographers and a fascinating glimpse into Fraser Island’s history.

 

Fancy hitting K’gari?! With two and three day tours available inclusive of awesome 4wdriving experiences be sure to get in touch with Drop Bear Adventures. Also find out about how you can get hold of discounts on other tours such as the Whitsunday Islands! Not to be missed!

 

 

 

 

 

A Serene Adventure – Kayaking the Noosa Everglades

Nothing beats the serenity of captaining your very own kayak and floating through pristine wilderness, and the Noosa Everglades are the place to do both. This watery paradise is one of only two everglades environments on earth and its rarity makes it even more special. The everglades have been given the nickname of “the river of mirrors” and it’s well deserved – the reflections of the trees in the still waters is magical. This precious, rare ecosystem is virtually untouched, with 65% of its catchment within national park boundaries and the entire area being within the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.  You’ll find more than 44% of Australia’s birdlife here along with more than 1,300 species of plants, and a ton of other water and land based wildlife. That’s a lot to keep an eye out for.

 

With all that wildlife around, you need to keep quiet, and that is what makes the kayak the best way of getting around. Not only are you literally immersed in the environment, kayaking is almost completely soundless, which is what you want if you want to spot the critters that live here. A self guided kayaking trip is also the perfect way to get a bunch of brand new dorm mates together for a mini adventure. Having challenging and inspiring experiences with new friends is what makes travelling so meaningful and something as easy and accessible as a self guided tour through this pristine wilderness is one of those experiences. Hiring your own kayak means you can go at just the right pace for your group. Self-guided tours are really popular here so there’s little chance of getting lost!

 

Head out for the day or, for some proper adventure, camp overnight at one of the many camp sites on offer. There are plenty to choose from, from full service campgrounds at Boreen Point and Elanda Point to the more basic Fig Tree Point and Harry’s Hut. Bear in mind you’ll need a permit to camp at any of the sites. If you prefer to let someone else do all the organising, join up with a guided overnight camping trip and have everything taken care of in advance.

 

Kayaking the Noosa Everglades is a dream come true for wildlife enthusiasts and adventurers alike. It’s easy, accessible and a fantastic way of bonding with a new group of mates. Book direct with our friend’s at Noosa Everglades here and get the best deal on tours and kayak hire. Enjoy the serenity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to spend 48 hours in Noosa, Sunshine Coast

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Before and after your Fraser Island Drop Bear Adventures Tour make sure you take time to enjoy Noosa and some activities on the Sunshine Coast. Drop Bear Adventures tours depart and return to Noosa with a pick and drop off in Rainbow Beach so there is little excuse not to spend some time soaking up the delights of the Australian holiday vibes.

 

Noosa Everglades with Kanu Kapers

Noosa boasts one of only two everglades in the world offering tranquillity at its best. Kayak Noosa’s Everglades with Kanu Kapers and experience a heavenly escape like no other. The perfect glassy waters act like mirrors reflecting the stunning scenery that surrounds you. This is every photographers haven!

 

Eumundi Markets

Every Wednesday and Saturday Eumundi Markets offers a plethora of delights to explore. Food, arts, crafts, traditional music, clothing and much more are on offer at Eumundi and this is the perfect way to satisfy shopping needs and your taste buds!

 

Noosa National Park

The National Park in Noosa is great for exploring on foot. With stunning ocean views, secret coves, and beautiful flora and fauna this is a perfect activity to enjoy locally. Meet koala bears and spot dolphins and whales from the various lookouts. With plenty of walking trails you can soak up some wild Australia!

 

Hasting Street Shopping and Food

Enjoy the boutique shopping scene and scrummy food along Noosa’s main high street Hastings Street. It’s the perfect location to pick up souvenirs and gifts also. Cool off after your shopping spree with a cool drink in one of the many quirky bars that lines the streets.

 

Accommodation at Flashpackers

Looking for a great value place to stay with a luxury feel?! Then look no further. Flashpackers provide plush backpacker accommodation that you can really kick back and relax in. Rooms surround a lovely pool and social area and with a regular shuttle bus service into town it’s the perfect stopover for your time in Noosa.

 

Why Whale Watch with Blue Dolphin Tours

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Blue Dolphin Tours are an ECO certified tourism company that are incredibly passionate about giving tourists a unique experience of whale watching whilst also protecting the whales and other sea life living off the coast of Queensland. There is nothing quite like whale watching and seeing these beautiful giants playing in the waters off Australia. From July until October you can experience whale watching tours with Blue Dolphin Tours from Hervey Bay.

Location

All the tours and cruises are on the waters off Queensland’s stunning Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Hervey Bay is a coastal city in southern Queensland which is widely known as a site for observing humpback whales. The waterfront esplanade links the city’s marina with beaches offering calm waters for swimming. Fraser Island is a popular camping and ecotourism destination with beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and other freshwater pools. Together Hervey Bay and Fraser Island create a perfect stop location for humpback whales during there long migration up and down the East Coast of Australia. The waters are sheltered and calm allowing whales to rest and play whether travelling North or South.

Blue Dolphin Boat Experience

Blue Dolphin operate a luxurious 11.6m catamaran for all their tours and cruises. Catamarans provide a stable ride for ultimate comfort, even for those that get sea sick. The vessel has an in-water platform that on occasions can allow guests to enter the water with the whales. Blue Dophin tours are incredibly whale friendly as they allow the whales to decide whether they come in for a look or not. This means the whales dont become stressed and stay in control of their interactions. But don’t worry, whales are very inquisitive creatures and often swim up to see what is going on.

Blue Dolphin’s skipper has 27 years of experience with marine mammals and shares his knowleldge with guests on tour. Having previously worked to save stranded marine life and now for many years has been involved in ecotourism; he has given him a deep understanding of the local sealife and surrounding locations.

Tours

Blue Dolphin have a selection of cruises to choose from depending on the time of year. These tours  include the Exclusive Whale Watching Encounter, Fraser Island Eco-Sailing Adventure, The Champagne Sunset Sail and the option to book private charter tours. By limiting passenger numbers to just 20 people Blue Dolphin promises a truely unique and outstanding whale watching experience.

With just a couple of months to go for 2018’s whale watching season now is the time to book yourself on a tour. Check out the great deals on offer with Bare Travels and get in touch with us should you need any tour or travel advice along the way!