On friday the 8th of July I boarded a plane taking me to Australia. To a new adventure. To new friends and experiences. I didn´t exactly know what I could expect from a country like Australia. From what I´ve heard it was supposed to be warm all year around, it´s residents were extremely nice and friendly, but it was also packed full of animals that wanted to kill me. I had already taken the trip down the streets of were I was going to live with the help of Google Streetview. I had walked around the neighborhood and followed the tram all the way to school so I would know exactly where to go when I got there. Looking back, I now see that any amount of preparation would have little to no effect in properly preparing myself for this new continent.
The city of Gold Coast is where I stayed and also where I attended school. Gold Coast is Australias sixth largest city and is located in the state of Queensland. It is known for it´s surfing beaches and it´s beautiful rainforest hinterland which we had a lot fun exploring throughout my stay.
Between my two semesters of school I had a lot of spare time on my hands and was lucky enough to be visited by both family and friends. My parents and siblings decided to celebrate christmas together with me, instead of our usual white christmas in snowy Norway. In addition to that, I also had my friends Senad and Kristoffer visit during the school break. This made for some eventful months consisting of travel, hiking, surfing, kangaroo-petting and much more.
Exploring the rainforest in the hinterland of Gold Coast was probably my favorite thing to do during my australian year. The tropical forests are nothing like I have ever seen before, and the stunning wateralls made for some great pictures. Luckily all my friends look like professional models, giving me enough good pictures to keep my instagram-feed thriving all throughout my stay!
The image above is from one of my last days in Australia. I will never forget the experiences and all the cool people I met. My goal is to sit at that very same spot again, looking at the endless hinterlands of Queensland.