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We have trekked up and down the east side of Australia all year, got as high as Cairns in northern QLD to the bottom of Tasmania and we have literally had the times of our lives. Its an experience that has opened our hearts and minds and given us a broader understanding and belief of what is possible in this journey will call life. The fun times, adventures and possibilities are truly endless.
There are four of us on this epic road-trip for those that haven’t picked up on that yet. Below are four of our favourite individual moments in 2016 ….. Delta you go first…..
Wow Snow!!! We never thought we would see it in Tassie during Spring. It made my face glow to see my mum touch the snow for the first time. Her eyes were full of wonder and then it actually started snowing. Delicate flakes fell gently down and I ran out to take in the magic! Although I love the sunny days at the beach, the snow was a definite highlight that I will never forget. – Delta Woods
The day that I dived into the crystal clear water that surrounds Lady Elliot Island was life changer!
What I saw below the surface was a thriving marine and eco system. There were Fish, Turtles, Octopus and Sea Stars all happily going about their day and allowing us to be apart of it.
This was such a humbling and positive experience to be accepted into their world without judgement or fear, this is something we could all learn from.
We snorkelled out to the drop-off zone in hope seeing the famous Manta Ray.
To our amazement we were greeted by a line of 6 Mantas swimming just below the surface while engulfing micro plankton.
I still get butterflies when remembering the giant 5 meter Manta who swam by then doubled back to glide past my body with a close examining eye. I felt so small and insignificant in their company and so humbled by the interest they showed.
The next morning I had to repeatedly replay my video footage just to make sure it was real!! – Sherrin Woods
The day we cruised down the Daintree River in northern QLD was the happiest moment of my life. It was the first time I saw a Crocodile in the wild. We saw some massive crocs on the banks sunning themselves and we were also lucky enough to get right up close to some baby crocs. They were only 3 weeks old and 20 centimetres long. They are my all time favourite animal and I can’t wait to get the Northern Territory to see more! – Billy Woods
Everything about Tasmania was mind blowing, but the Bay of Fires on the northeast coast had every element that lights me up. Crystal clear water, pure white sandy beaches, waves, rich coloured boulders and empty coastlines facing in all directions.. I was in beach heaven.
The Lonely Planet named it the hottest travel destination in the world back in 2009 and I can see why.
I had many favourite moments at this spot. The clear water days photographing split-level water-shots was so sublime (see one here), but the pinnacle moment came during a rich sunrise over the orange boulders. The story and picture from that is at this link. The shot above is a selfie of me reflecting a few minutes after the colour in the sky had faded and I knew I had taken one of my favourite pictures of our Tasmania adventure. – Tom Woods