These Travello Users Have Become International Stars

These Travello Users Have Become International Stars

Over the last couple of days, Travello users, Tom Cunningham and Natalie Otto, have appeared in international news that has been published in countries such as the UK, Poland, Germany, France and China, to mention some. In the news, they wrote about how the two went on a 5 week trip together, as strangers. They were the winners of Travello’s Ultimate Oz competition, that aimed to bring two strangers together on a trip worth 25,000 AUD for 5 weeks. The international media found new angles to portray the trip that was organized by Travello…. 

It started with an international competition, and the goal was to find two strangers who would travel together. To many people this might sound like a crazy idea, to spend so much time with a person you have not even met before, but Travello wanted to show that strangers can have the trip of a lifetime together. 

However, popular news sites, such as the Daily Mail and Unilad, portrayed the trip a bit differently…

 

The stories published on the Daily Mail and Unilad quickly made their way to news sites in countries such as; France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Australia, China, Vietnam and several others – talk about international coverage! 

Have a look here:

Media in Poland

 

But no matter how the media portrayed their journey, Natalie and Tom both agree that the Travello trip was the adventure of a lifetime, and they are both very happy that they took the chance to travel with a stranger and got to discover some of the best places Australia has to offer.

Even before Natalie and Tom started the journey they appeared on the popular Australian TV show, the Today Show, to talk about traveling together as strangers. They were even brought on TV for an interview – in separate locations! 

Have a look at the interview below; 

 

With the exposure on TV, there were plenty of people eager to see how they would get along, so the pressure was on when they both arrived in Cairns and finally met in person.They had both been a bit nervous beforehand, but quickly relaxed when they finally met and realized they would get along. They set out on the road and started their journey that would take them from Cairns and all the way down to Sydney.  

During the trip they both slept in the JUCY camper van; a car that is fitted with a bed, fridge and a pop-up tent on the roof, so that they each had their own place to sleep in. When they didn’t sleep in the car, they stayed at a range of different accommodations. From the social and popular YHA hostels, to luxurious private villas in Whitsundays – they got to experience it all! 

Many people who followed their journey were wondering if there were any romantic sparks between Natalie and Tom, considering all the time they spent together, but Natalie has a boyfriend, so they just became very good travel mates.

“Nothing happened, and the only romantic elements were the locations we stayed in. But what I will say, is if she was single, I would ask her out in a heartbeat after this trip” Tom said when asked about any romantic moments during the trip.

But the lack of romance didn’t stop the two of them from having an amazing time together. During their trip along the coast they experienced everything from skydiving over Byron Bay, to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, flying in a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands, and abseiling off cliffs in Brisbane, just to mention some. The many hours in the car was a great way to get to know each other, and when it finally was time to say goodbye in Sydney 5 weeks later, it was with tears in their eyes and a promise to stay in touch.

Solo traveling is increasing as traveling is becoming more available to people around the world, and thus the global travel community that is offered in the Travello app is helpful for travelers who are keen to meet locals or other travelers in different destinations. Who knows, maybe you will find a new friend on your next trip and together create the adventure of a lifetime! Sign up on Travello to find out… 

 

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – The Last Week: SA & NT

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – The Last Week: SA & NT

NATALIE & SANDRINE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 6: SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA & NORTHERN TERRITORY

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@Sandrine Hecq & @Natalie Otto

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Overview map of where and what Natalie & Sandrine got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Plane, bus

STAYS
Adelaide YHA, Coober Pedy underground, Alice Springs YHA, camping outdoors

ACTIVITIES
Hiking, camping, museum, kangaroo orphanage

LOCATIONS
Adelaide, Flinders Range, Coober Pedy, King’s Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Alice Springs

Meet Sandrine!

Sandrine Hecq

Sandrine is a lifestyle vlogger and travel enthusiast with a passion for drone photography. She grew up in South Africa and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone, so you can expect some pretty awesome drone shots from their journey through the Australian outback! 

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Final Week – Southern Australia & Northern Territory

After saying a teary goodbye to Tom in Sydney, Natalie flew to Adelaide where she would start the last leg of the trip with Ultimate Oz finalist, Sandrine Hecq. The two girls met briefly in Gold Coast two weeks earlier and quickly hit it off. From Adelaide, they would join a 6 day tour with the company Groovy Grape, that would take them through the outback of Australia and up to the famous Ayer’s Rock. 

 

Adelaide and Flinders Ranges, SA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie flew into Adelaide from Sydney, where should we would start the last week of the tour. Adelaide is the state capital of Southern Australia, with more than 75 % of the state’s population living in the city. Natalie checked into Adelaide Central YHA, which is located in the center of the city and and a short walk from the popular Adelaide Central Market. At the YHA, she met her new travel mate, Sandrine and her boyfriend Chris, and together they went and explore the city. Early the next morning they were picked up by the Groovy Grape bus at 6:30 am, and headed up to Flinders Ranges. The Flinders mountain ranges are the largest in Australia, and stretch for more than 430 km. On the first night of the Groovy Grape tour, they were provided sleeping-bags with mattress and pillows, and then slept outside, under the stars. Now that’s how you experience the real outback! 

 
Coober Pedy, SA

On their second day they continued through the desert landscape and stopped in Coober Pedy, which would be their last stop in South Australia. Coober Pedy is a town that is also known as the “opal capital of the world” and has the world’s largest mining area for opal. But the town has over the last years become more famous for its underground residences, which they call “dugouts”, and where people are actually living and working to this day. Why do they live underground? Because of the crazy desert heat during the day (it can reach as much as 47 degrees Celsius), it is much cooler to stay underground. Sandrine and Natalie got the experience of a lifetime as they enjoyed a tour of the underground mine and museum, learned the history of Coober Pedy, and then spent the night underground in bunkhouse accommodation. They also got to meet some rescued kangaroos at Josephine’s Kangaroo Orphanage. 

 
Kings Canyon & Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT

They crossed the border and entered the Northern Territory state with the Groovy Grape bus. It was a long day on the road, with several stops, on the Stuart Highway, but eventually they reached Kings Canyon, which is on the end of the George Gill Mountain Range and in the Watarrka National Park. Kings Canyon is an impressive canyon with walls that are over 100 meters high, and with a creek at the bottom, known as Kings Creek. It was time to camp outside again, and this time they did so at the Kings Canyon Resort, with stunning views to the canyon, and at the same time easy access to the campsite’s facilities. Over the next two days they drove through and explored the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which houses the two famous rock formations made out of sandstone; Uluru and Kata Tjuta. The National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thousands of tourists come every year to see the magnificent rock formations. Sandrine and Natalie got to experience both the sunrise and sunset over Uluru and Kata Tjuta, something they surely will remember. 

 

Alice Springs, NT

They woke up early for a walk around the impressive Kata Tjuta rock formation, during sunrise, before it was time for the last stop of the Ultimate Oz journey. Alice Springs, the third-largest town in the Northern Territory would be the last destination. The town is actually located in the very center of Australia, and is a popular stop for tourist who visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Natalie, Sandrine and Chris checked into Alice Springs YHA, which is built within the ground of an old outdoor movie theater! How cool is that? In fact, guests at the hostel can enjoy outdoor movie screenings at night, under the stars. The hostel is centrally located and comes with facilities such as BBQ area, swimming pool and tour desk. It was the perfect location for the last night of the Ultimate Oz journey. 

 

Time to say goodbye…

 

After 6 weeks of traveling through Australia, Natalie’s Ultimate Oz journey comes to an end. For 5 weeks she has explored Queensland and New South Wales with fellow Ultimate Oz winner, Tom, until they reached Sydney and he stayed behind as Natalie continued. From Adelaide, Natalie was joined by Sandrine and her boyfriend Chris, for the last week and leg of the tour through South Australia and Northern Territory. And even though the trip was not as long for Sandrine, she still got to experience an amazing journey through the red landscape and outback of Australia, and get some awesome drone shots. They started off as strangers, but quickly became great travel mates. The Travello team was very excited to follow their journey, and we hope that more people will get inspired to go on an adventure, maybe with some new travel buddies, and get the trip of a lifetime! 

 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Sandrine Hecq

Sandrine is a lifestyle vlogger and travel enthusiast with a passion for drone photography. She grew up in South Africa and now lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is a brand ambassador for Women Who Drone, so you can expect some pretty awesome drone shots from their journey through the Australian outback! 

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 5: New South Wales

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 5: New South Wales

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 5: NEW SOUTH WALES

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TRANSPORT
Jucy Van

STAYS
Jucy Van, Byron Bay YHA, Spot X Surf Camp, Newcastle YHA, Sydney Railway Square YHA

ACTIVITIES
Skydiving, Surf Camp, Kayak, Wine Tasting, Bridge Climb

LOCATIONS
Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Hunter & Sydney

Week 5 – New South Wales

After 4 weeks of exploring and traveling through the state of Queensland, Natalie and Tom crossed the border in their Jucy camper-van to New South Wales. The first stop was Byron Bay, which is only an hour drive from Gold Coast and the state border, before they ventured down the coast and stopped by Coffs Harbour, Newcastle, Hunter Valley and then finally arrived in Sydney. This would be Natalie and Tom’s last week together, as Tom would finish the trip in Sydney. Read on to find out what they got up to on their last week together…

Byron Bay

Natalie and Tom arrived in Byron Bay which is a popular place for surfers and even some Hollywood stars. They checked into YHA Byron Bay, which is located in the heart of the town and only a hundred meters from the beach. The town has a main street that is full of clothing and surf shops, and charming cafes and restaurants. The first activity on Natalie and Tom’s itinerary was quite an adventurous one – skydiving! Natalie had to overcome her fear of heights, but they both jumped off the plane and experienced the amazing thrill of soaring over Byron Bay with Skydive Australia. What an incredible way to see the town and coast from a different perspective! The next morning, Natalie and Tom joined a tour with Cape Byron Kayaks, who took them out to see the dolphins from the kayak. Not a bad way to start the day!

Coffs Harbour & Surf Camp
After 2 days in Byron Bay it was time to continue on south to Coffs Harbour. The city of Coffs Harbour is a popular stop for those who travel between Gold Coast and Sydney, and was once the hub of a flourishing banana industry. In fact, one of the city’s popular attractions is the World’s Largest Banana, and the wider region of the city is known as the “Bananacoast”! For Natalie and Tom it was time to really hone those surfing skills, and Mojosurf set them up for a 2 day surf school at their Spot X Surf Camp. The camp itself is located in a National Marine Park, in Arrawara, and from their cabin Natalie and Tom had some incredible views to the ocean. The surf camp is actually the only one in Australia with direct beach access! They were provided with wet suits and surfboard, and over 2 days they were taught how to surf by professional instructors. The experience is great for anyone wanting to learn how to surf in a fun and social environment.
Newcastle & Hunter Valley

Newcastle was next on Natalie and Tom’s itinerary, a 4-hours drive from Coffs Harbour, which is the second largest city in New South Wales. They checked into the Newcastle Beach YHA, which is located in the center of town and opposite of Newcastle Beach. Newcastle is known for its coal industry and is the largest coal exporting harbour in the world. Natalie and Tom checked out the amazing sand dunes in the Worimi Conservation Lands before relaxing and enjoying some time off in Newcastle. The next day, they explored the Hunter Valley region, which is renowned for its wineries, and they made a stop to try some of the local wines.

Sydney

Sydney needs little introduction, but nevertheless we will add some; Sydney is the most populous city with more than 5 million people. It is also where Tom calls home, so he was the perfect tour guide for Natalie when they arrived the city, after driving down from Hunter Valley. They checked into the funky Sydney Railway Square YHA, where you have the option of staying in the main building or in an actual railway carriage. The hostel is located centrally, right next to the Central Station, and within walking distance to many popular attractions. Natalie’s fear of heights was once again put to the test, as they started their Sydney adventures with the very popular Sydney Bridge Climb, on the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. After enjoying the some amazing views from the bridge, Tom showed Natalie the popular sights in Sydney, like Bondi Beach, the Opera house and Darling Harbour, to mention some. For their last evening together, they bought some cheese and wine that they enjoyed on Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which is a bench made out of sandstone and with amazing views to the Sydney Harbour. What a perfect way to end a 5-week trip together!

Time to say goodbye…

They started off this incredible journey as two complete strangers, but quickly became good friends and travel mates. The Travello team was very excited to follow their journey, and was happy to see how good friends they became. It was tough to say goodbye as Tom dropped Natalie off at the airport for her flight to Adelaide. Natalie cried, the Travello team cried, and we’re sure that Tom cried a little bit too. Even though Tom’s journey ended in Sydney, Natalie did not continue the Ultimate Oz trip alone and she was joined by Ultimate Oz finalist, Sandrine Hecq. Read on in our next blog post to find out more about Sandrine and their trip from Adelaide to Uluru.

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Sandrine on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 4: Sth East Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 4: Sth East Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 4: STH EAST QUEENSLAND

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Jucy Van, helicopter, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, Brisbane City YHA, Surfers Paradise YHA

ACTIVITIES
Zoo, Travello meetup, Helicopter ride, SUP, Movie World, Jetboating, Abseiling

LOCATIONS
Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast

Week 4 – Sth East Queensland

After some lovely days in Noosa, Natalie and Tom continued in their Jucy camper-van down to south east Queensland. They first stopped by Australia Zoo and the Glasshouse Mountains, before continuing down to Brisbane and Gold Coast. Their adventures from this week included; getting up and close with animals, attending the official Travello meetup, abseiling, helicopter tour and much more! Read on to see what else they got up to along around south east Queensland…  

 

Australia Zoo & Glasshouse Mountains

The week started off with a trip to Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. The famous Australian zoo is owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of the late “crocodile hunter”, Steve Irwin, and is located on the Sunshine Coast. The Zoo boasts a large collection of animals and shows, which Natalie and Tom got to experience up and close. The day at the zoo was topped off when they were about to leave and ran into none other than Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the late Steve Irwin, who is a famous actress and conservationist. Crikey, what an experience! After their fan moment, Tim, from Shakas Tour, took them to see the famous Glasshouse Mountains, which are an impressive group of 13 hills on the Sunshine Coast. After taking in the amazing sights of the mountains, they continued on to Brisbane. 

 

 
Brisbane & Travello Meetup
Natalie and Tom arrived in Brisbane, which is Australia’s third largest city, and checked into the Brisbane City YHA, where they each got their own room. The hostel is located in the city center of Brisbane, which meant that they had a short walk to the Down Under Bar and Grill, a popular place for backpackers, and where the official Travello meetup was happening. Backpackers from all around the world, along with locals and the Travello team, were at the event. After some quiz games and dancing, Natalie and Tom gave out, on behalf of Travello, some amazing prizes to two lucky Travello users who attended the event. The next day, the founders of Travello, Mark Cantoni and Ryan Hanly, took Natalie and Tom up in a helicopter for a tour over Brisbane city, with V2 Helicopters. It just so happens that Mark has a helicopter license! After the helicopter tour the adventures continued with Tim, from Shakas Tour, who gave them a guided tour of the city before they went abseiling off the cliffs of Kangaroo Point. Not bad for 2 days in Brisbane! 

 

Gold Coast & Award Ceremony

After two adventurous days in Brisbane, Natalie and Tom left the city and continued south towards Gold Coast. But, before they reached the city, they stopped by the theme park, Warner Bros. Movie World, which is a popular attraction close to Gold Coast. The park has 26 rides and several studios that are still being used for movies today. They enjoyed the thrills of the roller coasters and the shows in the park before they made their way onward to Gold Coast. They checked into Surfers Paradise YHA, which has a great location on Main Beach. Gold Coast is Queensland’s second largest city, and Surfers Paradise is a popular area for backpackers with its nightlife and beaches that are great for surfing. Paradise jetboating took Natalie and Tom out on a fun ride around the waterways that go around the city, so they could see the city and the amazing houses along the water. Next up it was time for some surf lessons with GetWetSurf, and then some SUP with Go Vertical Sup. Even though their time in the Gold Coast was packed with fun activities, they still had time for some partying with the Travello team, as Travello took home the award for Innovation,at the AU/NZ Adventure Tourism Award Ceremony

 

The award ceremony with the Travello team was a nice way to end their journey through Queensland, after traveling through the state for 4 weeks. With a brand new Jucy camper-van that they got to test out, it was now time to cross the nearby border and venture into New South Wales for some new adventures… 

 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 3: Central Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 3: Central Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 3: CENTRAL QUEENSLAND

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Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

TRANSPORT
Ferry, Jucy Van, plane, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, Emu Beach Resort, YHA Hervey Bay, King Fisher Resort, YHA Noosa Heads

ACTIVITIES
croc farm, snorkeling, biking, scenic flight, kayak, craft beer tour

LOCATIONS
Emu Park, Great Keppel Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Noosa

Week 3 – Central Queensland

After enjoying the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, Natalie and Tom continued in their Jucy camper-van down to central Queensland. They stopped by Emu Park, Great Keppel Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Noosa. Their adventures from this week included kayaking, snorkeling, and visiting a crocodile farm, to mention some. Read on to see what else you can do along the coast of central Queensland… 

 

Emu Park / Great Keppel Island

Natalie and Tom drove down to Emu Park, which is a small town on the Capricorn Coast in Queensland, Australia. It is a popular tourist spot with its great beaches and view of the Keppel Bay and the Great Keppel island. They checked into the Emu Beach Resort, which is a budget-friendly resort with private beach access, swimming pool and pool bar. They were taken on a day tour by ferry to the Great Keppel Island. On the island they got to enjoy the beaches and snorkel by the reefs. Back on the mainland, it was time to visit another popular attraction in the Emu Park area – the Koorona Crocodile Farm! Holding a baby crocodile and witnessing the feeding of crocodiles, are some of the things you can do at the farm. 

 
Fraser Island
The journey continued down to Hervey Bay where Natalie and Tom got on the ferry to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is a world heritage site and the world’s largest sand island. They checked into Kingfisher Bay Resort, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their royal visit just a week before, so they knew they were in for a royal experience! Fraser Explorer Tours took them around the island and they got to see the famous dingoes, shipwrecks, and hike through the only rainforest in the world which grows on a sand island. They stopped for a swim at Lake Mckenzie, one of 40 perched lakes on the island, which water is so pure that it is unsuitable for many species. Air Fraser Island took them up for a scenic flight around the island and then landed back on the beach. Fraser Island is one out of two places in the world where you can take off and land on a beach. All of these experiences were done in one day! 
 

 

Noosa

After enjoying two days on Fraser Island, Natalie and Tom jumped on the ferry and continued down the coast to Noosa Heads. Noosa Heads is known for its national park, beautiful beaches and shops on the main street, Hastings street. Natalie and Tom checked in and enjoyed dinner at the YHA Noosa Heads, which is a National Trust and Heritage Listed guesthouse from the 1880s. The next day, Tourism Noosa welcomed them with an exciting program of activities to do in the area, and first up was a scenic bike ride along the beaches with Ecotekk, on electric bicycles. They explored the Noosa Heads National Park, and Natalie took a dip in the famous Fairy pools, before enjoying some lunch at Noosa Heads Surf Club. The next morning, it was time for another adventure, with Kanu Kapers Australia, which was a guided kayaking tour in the Noosa Everglades. The Noosa Everglades is actually one of only two everglades systems in the world, the other one being the famous everglades in Florida. Unlike the everglades in Florida, there are no alligators in the Noosa Everglades. Back in Noosa Heads, Natalie and Tom dined at the El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar on Hastings street, and later sipped on some cocktails at the Koala Bar Noosa. They also joined a craft beer tour, organized by Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tour. 

 

After two days in Noosa, Natalie and Tom made their way down to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, which you can read about in our summary of their 4th week. Stay tuned! 

 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure – Week 2: Whitsundays

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure  – Week 2: Whitsundays

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 2: WHITSUNDAYS

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TRANSPORT
Seaplane, Jucy Van, sailing ship, speedboat

STAYS
Jucy Van, YHA Airlie Beach, Alexander Stewart, Paradise Cove Resort

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, snorkeling, sailing, scenic flight, kayak

LOCATIONS
Whitsunday islands, Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Airlie Beach

Week 2 – Whitsundays

The adventures continue down the coast of Queensland, as Natalie and Tom make their way in the Jucy camper-van. After leaving the wallabies and koalas behind at Magnetic Island, they drove down to Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach is a resort town on the Whitsundays coastline, and a popular place to stay for those who wish to explore the Whitsunday islands. From there, they got to explore the famous islands by seaplane and sailing ship, as well as staying at a private luxury villa… 

 

Paradise Cove Resort

Natalie and Tom were taken out on a boat, by Red Cats Adventures, that took them around to explore the Whitsunday islands. The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Queensland, with its pristine beaches and location on the Great Barrier Reef. After enjoying some snorkeling in the crystal clear water, the boat took them to Paradise Cove Resort, which is a privately-owned luxury estate on Woodward Bay. They stayed at the Rainforest Villa with their own private beach and outdoor bathtubs. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Chris Hemsworth have stayed at Paradise Cove Resort, and it’s easy to understand why as guests get to enjoy their own private beach and are surrounded by tropical rainforest. 

 

Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach

Red Cat Adventures took Natalie and Tom out for another day in the Whitsundays. They went snorkeling at two different reefs, and managed to get up and close with big Maori wrasse fish, which are huge and can live up to 50 years! After exploring the reefs, they were taken to the Whitsunday Island (the biggest of the 74 islands) and spent some time at the famous Whitehaven Beach. The beach features on several “Best Beaches in the World” lists every year, and it’s easy to understand why with its incredible 7 km. stretch of white sand, which is 99% pure Quartz. Back at Paradise Cove Resort, Natalie and Tom spent the rest of the afternoon paddle boarding and kayaking along their private beach. 
 
 
Scenic flight with a seaplane
 
Back on the mainland Natalie & Tom met with the lovely ladies from Tourism Whitsundays,  who gave some tips of what to do in the area. They checked into the YHA on Airlie Beach, where they relaxed by the pool. The next morning they woke up early to enjoy a scenic flight with Air Whitsunday. They were taken up with a seaplane over the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef. Flying with a seaplane is an incredible way to see the Great Barrier Reef and they got a great view of the famous “Heart Reef”, which is shaped like a heart. But they didn’t just fly – after some time up in the air, the pilot landed the plane on the water so that Natalie and Tom got to go snorkeling in the reef for 2 hours, right off the plane! Now, that’s a trip they will surely remember. 

 

Sail & stay on a sailing ship

Another day, another adventure! Natalie and Tom boarded the sailing ship Alexander Stewart, which was built by an Australian family. The sailing trip was organized through Whitsundays Sailing Adventures, which offers eco-friendly sailing safaris on the Great Barrier Reef. Along with the other passengers, they learned about both sailing, navigation and the Great Barrier Reef itself from their captain. They were also put to work by helping to hoist the sails. The ship took them to Whitehaven Beach, Blue Pearl Bay and Hill Inlet, where they were able to snorkel, sunbathe, swim and explore. When it got dark all the passengers enjoyed their meal together on deck, whilst learning about the star constellations, before they headed below deck to sleep. The ship accommodates up to 24 passengers, so there’s plenty of space.

Back on land, Natalie and Tom started to make their way down to central Queensland, which you can read about in our summary of their 3rd week. Stay tuned! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

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Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

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Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure | Wk 1 Tropical Nth Queensland

Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure | Wk 1 Tropical Nth Queensland

TOM & NATALIE’S ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE

WEEK 1: TROPICAL NTH QUEENSLAND

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INTRODUCTION:

The two winners of the Travello contest, Natalie & Tom, have an amazing journey ahead of them in Australia. They started off, on Friday the 19th of October, when they met up in Cairns, in Queensland. So how did it go when two complete strangers met up to embark on an epic adventure, and at the same time sleep in the same car?

However, the day before they flew out to meet up in person for the first time they were actually interviewed on LIVE national television on Australia’s leading morning show The Today Show. Watch the full interview below, it is pretty funny.

So here’s an update on what they have been up to on their first week:

Overview map of where and what Tom & Natalie got up to this week!

WEEKLY SUMMARY:
ROAD DISTANCE TRAVELLED: 
725 kms

TRANSPORT
Plane, Jucy Van, Boats, Hot Air Balloon

STAYS
Jucy Van, Safari Lodge, YHA Cairns, YHA Mission Beach, Bungalow Bay YHA Koala Village

ACTIVITIES
Barrier Reef trips, Daintree Tour, Cape Tribulation Tour, Hot Air Ballooning, White Water Rafting, Koala Cuddles

LOCATIONS
Cairns, Cape Tribulation, Daintree, Great Barrier Reef, Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands, Mission Beach, Magnetic Island, Townsville

WEEK 1: TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

Cairns

After finally meeting each other on the day of their arrival in Cairns, both Natalie and Tom could quickly tell that they would get along just fine (which would then save them from some awkward 47 days together). Before starting their journey, Kate from Tourism Tropical North Queensland gave them a rundown of their destination, Cape Tribulation, and what to see and do there. She also explained that that Cape Tribulation is the only place in the world where you can experience two world heritage sites meeting, the two world heritage sites being the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Jucy gave them the keys for their new home for the next weeks – a Jucy van Champ. This is a fully equipped van that comes with a small kitchen sink, fridge, gas cooker, a bed inside the car and on top of the roof, in a pop-up tent. With the Jucy van packed and ready, Natalie and Tom drove a bit further up north before they crossed a river with a ferry to reach Cape Tribulation. Here, they tucked in for the night at the Safari Lodge campground, in their Jucy van pop-up tent. 

 

Cape Tribulation

After some tips of what to see and do from the guys at Ocean Safari, Natalie and Tom explored Cape Tribulation and its beautiful beaches. Cape Tribulation is a headland within the Daintree National Park, which is famous for its remote and stunning beaches. Tom found a waterhole where he enjoyed a rope swing into the water, whilst Natalie explored the rainforest further as she found a colorful cassowary to follow. The cassowary is the third-tallest bird in the world and can be quite dangerous if provoked, but Natalie managed to keep herself safe whilst taking in the sight. After enjoying the beaches and the tropical rainforest, they spent the second night at the Safari Lodge campground. 

 

The Great Barrier Reef

Natalie and Tom got to see the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, which is the world’s largest coral reef. It can even be seen from space! The tour was organised by Reef Magic Cruises, who took them out to explore the outer reef.  They went snorkelling and managed to get up and close with colourful fish and sea turtles.

The next stop on their itinerary was Port Douglas. They got to explore the town, and Tom introduced Nat to a very Australian activity – cane toad racing! These races are organised at several bars, and you can take part in it by placing your bet on a toad. The toads are placed in the middle of a dance floor, and the first toad that leaves the dance floor is the winner. They say that if you kiss the toad it brings luck!

 

Daintree Rainforest

Natalie and Tom got to explore the Daintree Rainforest with the tour company Daintree Tours (with Raging Thunder). The Daintree Rainforest is part of the Wet Tropics Rainforest, which is the oldest surviving rainforest in the world. After venturing through the rainforest they were taken to a beach to enjoy some morning tea, before continuing on a crocodile cruise where they spotted a crocodile on the riverbank. They ended the trip with a stop at the Mossman Gorge where they enjoyed a dip in the cool water. Back in Port Douglas they checked out the boutiques, bars and restaurants before going to bed in their Jucy van pop-up tent.

 

Atherton Tablelands/ Mission Beach

Natalie and Tom woke up early for their hot air balloon tour with Raging Thunder, which started at 4 am., but the early wake-up call was worth it as they got to experience a beautiful sunrise from above. They flew over the Mareeba Valley on the Atherton Tablelands, which is in an area of Australia that has over 300 sunny days per year. They even spotted some wild kangaroos jumping across the valley below them! After the scenic flight, that lasted for about 30 minutes, they enjoyed a champagne breakfast back on the ground, which is included in the tour. After the tour they drove to Mission Beach where they set up camp for the night on YHA’s campground. 

 

Tully River/ Mission Beach

Another action-packed day for Natalie and Tom as they embarked on a white-water rafting tour with Raging Thunder on the Tully River. The river is considered one of the best rafting spots in Australia, and has grade 3-4 level rapids, that go through the World Heritage Rainforest – a truly unique way to experience the Rainforest. After getting soaked and experiencing the exhilarating rapids, Natalie and Tom enjoyed a BBQ lunch with the group, which is also included in the tour. The night was spent in the Jucy van on YHA’s campground, along the beautiful Mission Beach.

 

Magnetic Island 

Natalie and Tom drove their Jucy Van 240 km. to reach the Breakwater Marina in Townsville, from where the ferry goes to Magnetic Island. Magnetic Island is a World Heritage site, that is located on the Great Barrier Reef, and is known for its granite boulders all over the island. Natalie and Tom spent their afternoon exploring the island, feeding some rock wallabies they found among the boulders, and snorkeling by shipwrecks (a popular tourist attraction).  They checked into the YHA Bungalow Bay Koala, which is the only resort in Australia with its own wildlife park. At the park guests get to hold koalas and see wombats up close – the perfect Australian experience! 

Stay tuned on our blog to follow Natalie and Tom on Travello’s Ultimate Aussie Adventure… 

Thanks to this week’s featured prize partners:

Tom Cunningham

Tom is from country Victoria and currently living in Sydney. He recently returned from a trip to Utah in the US. Tom is a great photographer, videographer and drone operator, so he's looking forward to capturing some amazing footage for your all t o share across your socials as well. Make sure you check out some of his footage he shot from Kokoda and PNG for taste of whats to come!

Los_TravelYouTubeEmail
Natalie Otto

Natalie is from the USA but has recently moved to Melbourne! She is a former TV news reporter in the US so she is certainly comfortable in front of the camera telling her stories about the adventures with you all. She is also an avid video producer and videographer as well, so you can expect some interesting edited videos from Natalie at some point a long the journey when they get a break!

Natalie OttoYouTubeEmail

THANKS AGAIN TO OUR MAJOR COMPETITION PARTNERS!

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