Sydney- Spot X - Byron Bay - Brisbane - Noosa and Rainbow Beach :)
01.02.2011 - 16.02.2011 33 °C
Well it is fair to say that I LOVE australia. We touched down in Sydney about 2 weeks ago and went to the 'Funkhouse' hostel which was okay but you dont really see where your money goes especially when you get 3 cockroaches in your room... We did loads though, got up early everymorning and stayed out all day just sight seeing. We went to Taronga Zoo, The Aquarium and Wildlife world (partly because we had money off vouchers to hug a Koala there) but all the same they were all really fun. The best day was the second day we were there and we went to Bondi Beach for the day. Im not exaggerating when I say we were in the water ALL DAY, the water is so cool and there was a heat wave so the air was around 42 degrees. We came out looking ridiculous. I had a face that was much redder than a tomato and in the days following neither of us could lie on our backs to sleep and my face blistered making me look like i had some rare skin disease. On that night we headed to Sydney Opera house and we managed to get Student Rush tickets which meant watching a show with any of the seats left for 50 dollars. We watched the opera Madame Butterfly from the front row of the upper circle, next to people who paid 359dollars It was excellent.
We started our bus pass and headed on the Oz Experience Bus down to Spot X- mojosurf camp. We were all in tincan-esque dormatories but with 50 dollars had 3 meals and a bed for the night. The first thing we did was all run into the sea, the whole group of us. The sun was shining even at 7pm when we got there. A girl I met, Lucy, and I stayed on the edge of the water not wanting to get too wet and we were immediatly approached by 4 huge jellyfish. We were out pretty quickly to say the least. We went night kyaking in the evening which was pretty impressive. Every time the ore touched the water in the river the plankton light up and so the water sparkles even in the dark. We were all a bit weary of crocodiles though, the instructor said their werent any but every now and then something huge would swim past us. There was a rope swing at the end and the boys all hurt themselves jumping off it. We all made a fire on the beach and a lad brought his guitar down and played next to it. The Australians all drink ''Goon''- cheap wine in a box so we did too, its horrible though; on the packaging it says 'This product contains fish eggs...' so that put me off for a start. The next day we had our surf lesson. The guy who took it was hilarious, how you imagine an australian surfer to be. They were brilliant teachers too. I managed to stay on for ages at one point. James was pretty good too
We headed onto Byron Bay which was excellent. It was so chilled out, its full of hippies and home to Australias marujuana capital 'Nimbin' so everyone there is falling over. We happened to see a guy riding a bike who rode straight into a wall, when we asked him if he was okay he just smiled... We went to the beach on one day and there were a couple sitting next to a tree made up of loads of intertwining branches. The girl screamed as a rat jumped out onto her shoulder but they were too drunk to move so a few minutes later when a huge Brown Snake (the horrible poisonous ones) stuck its head inbetween her and her partner it was vwery funny to watch them try and run up the path in a straight line away from it.
Brisbane was good too except it rained the whole time we were there. I haven't mentioned how expensive Australia is. Ive spent more than i spent in Ghana and Cambodia (three months) put together than i have in two weeks here. And I havent bought anything good either, just food which we have to cook because we cant afford to eat out. We didnt stay very long in Brisbane though and went on to Noosa.
We had another Surf Lesson in Noosa but with 'Ride a Wave' and it wasnt really that good. The woman ignored us and just taught the boy who had never done it before so we might as well have hired out surf boards and practised on our own instead. We did have a whole house to ourselves though, it meant to be shared between two couples but we were the only ones there and for 37 dollars each a night we werent complaining.
The day before yesterday we reached Rainbow Beach. Its such a small town but off its coast is Frazer Island. Originally we werent meant to be going to Frazer Island because we have booked to do a 4 day scuba-diving course on the Great Barrier Reef which has cost a fortune. But the bus driver on the oz experience suggested we go for a day trip because its something you cant miss so we found the cheapest one and booked it. Frazer Island is the largest sandisland in the world and we went there today and its lovely. Theres supposed to be loads of Dingos and Funnelweb Spiders (the deadly huge ones) but we didnt see either. You cant swim off the coast because there are too many sharks but we got to swim in lake Mckenzie and Eli Creek which are two fresh water lakes and are gorgeous. However in all the photos i look terrible because yesterday I got into a fight... with a ceiling fan. 'Frazers' hostel is okay except in our room the fan is only about half a metre away from the top bunk and you have to be so careful when you go up not to get your head cut off. I however was not carefull and was hit 7 times by it on full power. It nearly knocked me out and I have 7 lumps, cuts and buises on my forehead to prove it....
Tomorrow were off to Agnes Water.
Ill try and write soon but i diont have any time (and the internet is 5dollars an hour!!!)
Love Aliss xox