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Happy New Year!
It was so wierd celebrating 10 hours before you guys!

We arrived in Cairns on New years eve after our last leg of our road trip. It started raining at about 11pm and by the time we walked down to the front and watched the fireworks we were soaked through!

I cant believe that its all coming to an end, 10 weeks on the road has gone by really fast. We have seen and done so much, some good, some bad and some just plane crazy! But I wouldnt change any of it :) I feel that I have changed quite a bit from the scared, nieve girl who left in August. I have certainly had my eyes opened to a few things. This has been the best experience of my life and one I have known I have had to do my whole life. I feel ready to move on and settle down now, it feels so good to have followed a dream...no regrets. It has been major hard work saving the money and really scarey to leave the safety of my home, work, family and friends but it has been so rewarding and has calmed something inside me. I have learnt that if you have a dream you have to follow it no matter how scary it is or how many excuses you can find to put it off...nothing beats the feeling of following your heart and it has given me the confidence to do so much. I now look forward to following my next big dream...starting a business.

Cairns is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, I imagined it being the same size as Brisbane. It's tiny and no high rise buildings. I dont know what we are going to do here for the next 4 days. We hand the rental car back on
Monday morning and fly to Alice Springs on Wednesday to do a 3 day tour of Uluru, which we are really looking forward to. Kev is getting excited about trying the witchety grubs...I will have the camera ready :)

From Alice Springs we fly to Perth on the 10th for 5 nights. We are planning to rent a car for a day so that we can go and visit Wave Rock...a rock that funny enough looks like a wave :) Apart from that I dont really know what else there is to do, we were thinking of going swimming with wild dolphins but I have been put off that idea. I think i will freak out a bit in the sea, I hate being in dep dark water not knowing what is swimming beneath me. Plus I read that the dolphins dont get that close to you. We might drive up the coast to Monkey Mia, a place where dolphins swim right up to the shallow waters at the beach to get fed and petted.

I cant believe that we have just under 2 weeks left in Australia!!! Its crazy to think we have spent 3 months in Australia and 5 months away from home. Although its been good we are looking forward to getting home, seeing everybody and getting back to normal...no more living out of a backpack or sharing rooms with complete strangers. 6 weeks until we are home...get ready :)

Posted by Wayward83 02:23 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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Hi Kevin and Claire .. I am Claire-bears friend in Australia ( Manz ) Claire just sent me your travel blog .. I live in WA and most of my family live in Perth ... though I live up North 80 km out from Geraldton on a farm ( you will pass through Geraldton if you do go to Monkey Mia ).
I read you are thinking of driving up to Monkey Mia ... the dolphins are amazing there,you will love the experience ... also if you have time be sure to stop at Cervantes to see the Pinnacles and further up the Coast before Monkey Mia ... Kalbarri is breath-taking ( especially the Coastal Cliffs there ) . Feel free to contact me if you would like to know anything , we went to Moneky Mia on the 2nd of Jan and Kalbarri yesterday ... Claire-bear is such a great friend and I would be happy to help you guys :)
Enjoy your travels .. Cya Manz :) P.S. Love your photos from the Whitsundays !

by Amanda Manning

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