Yep. We are home! Although you probably all know this by now! I still can’t quite believe our year of adventure is over. But all good things must come to an end 🔚
Our final week in Thailand consisted of a whole load of relaxation, snorkelling, more relaxation, too many mojitos, and oh yeah! an engagement 💍
As soon as we arrived in Bangkok we got the sleeper train to Koh Tao – we didn’t want to waste a minute of island time! We ditched our big backpacks in a hostel so we didn’t have much to carry. We chilled with a Singha before heading to the train station. The train turned out to be a pretty horrible experience 🚂👎 we seemed to have got stuck in the noisiest carriage EVER! It was impossible to get a decent sleep. But knowing Koh Tao was just a few hours away made it a little more bearable.
Here is my very special blog dedicated to the incredible K’gari (kinda pronounced like the name Gary!) aka Fraser Island I hope this post gives you insight into how beautiful the world’s largest sand island really is 😍
I’ll start with a teeny tiny bit of info into the background of K’gari and why I’m opting to call it this instead of Fraser Island! The Butchella people are the native Aboriginal people who lived on the island and knew it as K’gari. They believed that a female spirit was turned into the sand that makes the island. When Captain Cook discovered Australia he didn’t actually realise that K’gari was an island and he named it ‘Great Sandy Peninsula’. It was later discovered to be an island by Matthew Flinders in 1799. In May 1836 Captain James Fraser’s ship became shipwrecked just north of the island. A life boat took the people south where they ended up on K’gari. He and his wife Eliza were taken in by the Butchella people. James died reportedly of starvation but Eliza was nursed by the Butchella people. She was eventually rescued but when she tried to tell her story on the Australian mainland no one wanted to know. Good stories regarding Aboriginal people would not make good news at this time. When Eliza got back to her home in the UK her story changed and she made her fortune by reporting that the Butchella people had murdered her husband & were cannibalistic etc. Fraser Island was subsequently named after her. In more modern times the island was used for logging, however this no longer takes place as the island is now a World Heritage Site. The name K’gari is now officially recognised as another name for Fraser and I think it’s much more appropriate as K’gari means ‘paradise’ and that is exactly what this island is!
How you goin’? 👋 We have survived our second week in Oz without getting eaten and we’re not bankrupt yet 🙌 hooray!
I left you in Port Douglas last time on the eve of our first snorkel/ dive trip in Oz. After our lovely Thai curry I spent the night googling all the risks I’d have to face in the Great Barrier Reef 😂 (I like to know what I’m up against…much to Jonny’s annoyance!) I was pleased to read that jellyfish season didn’t start until November – pheeeeew!
We had an early start the next morning to head down to the marina. We had chosen to go with Silversonic as our tour guide on Uncle Brian’s tour had recommended it as the best in Port Douglas.
Our Indonesian adventure is over! And while I’m sad the Asian leg of our travels is ending, I’m not overly sad that our time in Indo had to end.
I’ll start with our 11 nights on the Gili Islands:
When we first arrived on Gili T I was in a state of shock. I knew that the water between Bali & Lombok could be rough but nothing prepared me for how rough it actually was. It felt like a rollercoaster and not an enjoyable one. The boat lifted off the water numerous times and landed with such a thud on the water again. People were boking all around me (and anyone who knows of my intense vomit phobia will know that this terrified me more than the bumpy boat ride!) I did have visions of us dying out there – Indonesia isn’t exactly well known for its safety standards 🙄 (a boat exploded doing this route not that long ago!!)
We’ve spent so much time in Koh Tao that we’ve sampled our fair share of accommodation, restaurants, snorkelling etc etc. Here’s a little insight into our favourite places to eat, sleep, dive, drink and snorkel…