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my summary #4

Finally an update, eh. We’ve been touring around in “Hercules” and haven’t had access to t’internet to put some posts up so this update covers the other half of our trip so far. Here’s a wee summary of where we’ve been since the last post…..

Australia zoo
Noosa heads
Hervey bay (not worth even talking about)
Fraser island
Bundaberg
Agnes Waters
1770
Mackay
Mission beach
Milla millaa falls
Palm cove
Port douglas
Cape tribulation
Ellis beach

So the highlights then, well the first one has to be Craig learning to surf in Noosa Heads (or should I say “Craigo” as he was called by the instructor). Obviously with my shark paranoia I decided that surfing wasn’t for me, really didn’t fancy getting on a surf board, paddling out into the sea and looking like a piece of white bait for all the sharks. Here he is catching his first wave dude.


the kinky surfer

After that it has to be Fraser Island. The largest sand island in the world and it was absolute paradise, long sandy beaches, blue skies and sunshine. It also has possibly the largest population of wee purple crabs that come out when the tide is out and pretty much cover the whole beach for miles.


Hunners of crabs

On from there we travelled up the coast and stayed in a place called Mission Beach where we both did our first tandom sky dive. It was fecking brilliant!!!! I’d recommend it to anyone. 14000ft in the air in a tiny wee plane. Craig got a Russian called Igor and I got a Dutch guy called Marcel. Flying up in the plane I felt totally excited and then when it came to jump out the realisation kicked in, the initial shock when I first jumped out was hilarious, screaming at the top of my voice and realising that I can’t hear a thing because I’m falling through the air at about 200km per hour. Then the parachute opens and you drift down to land on the beach, totally, totally amazing.

Port Douglas – aye an ok place but I really don’t get why everyone told us it was gorgeous, amazing etc. etc. so we stayed one night and left (so much for spending our last week there). Plus the campsite owner was like a school teacher.

The next highlight I would say has to be Cape tribulation. All rainforest country and where I also met the largest spider I’ve ever seen. Yes, yes for all of you who are aware of my spider phobia please laugh away. We booked into a wee camp site on the beach and parked the van. I went to open up the back of the van and there it was – a golden orb hanging in the tree a few yards from me. Needless to say we moved to another site…..only after craig took a video of me shitting myself. There were signs everywhere warning you about Crocs but we never saw any. We took a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef which was once again an amazing experience. I’ve never seen anything like it, the coral reef looked exactly as you see on TV. Every kind of tropical fish you can think of and giant clams that were about a metre wide.


OH ME GOD!!

After a few days there we decided to head back to a place called Ellis beach which is in between Cape tribulation and Cairns. Very picturesque and peaceful place and we spent the last 6 days of our holiday there, so I finally got a tan – hurrah!! Our site faced onto the beach and we could step out of the van straight onto it. We meet a great couple there called Nick and Tracey and spent a good few nights drinking and fishing with them. The perfect way to end the holiday.


Ellis beach – no bad, eh

So that’s a very quick summary (although reading it, it probably doesn’t seem that brief). Our touring of the east coast has now finished and the winner of “where do we fancy settling” (for a while at least) is………Melbourne!

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my summary #3

just wait until you see the pics we’ve got with Craig cathcing a croc with Steve Irwin……..”Crikey!!!”

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my summary #2

Hello again, just a quick post before we leave brisbane and head north for a wee place called Noosa Heads and Fraser Island. We’re going to Steve Irwin’s zoo on the way up so should get some cool photees of Craig hugging a Koala!

- where are all the people in brisbane? (the streets are dead and it’s the weekend)
- I still don’t have a tan (feckin rain)
- the sun has finally returned today – hurrah!!

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My summary #1

Ok my first blog post and after some consideration of how not to sound too much like a fanny I’ve decided that I’ll be the one posting summaries and observations. So first off a wee update on Melbourne – very cool city and in my opinion understated, it’s a bit like a mini london, very cosmopolitan, loads to do and seems like it would be a pretty cool place to live. We stayed in a place called St Kilda down by the coast which was brilliant, quite bohemian and only 10mins outside of the city. When we took our first walk out of the hostel I realised what the lonely planet guide meant by describing St Kilda as “rough round the edges” as we noticed the prostitutes standing on the corner of the street. A quick walk down from the hostel (beside the beach) were a few streets with loads of pubs and restaurants and a great atmosphere.

We spent the next few days looking for a campervan, varying from checking them out on-line to visting the “world of caravans” in a place called bayswater about an hour outside of the city. As we wandered by all of the luxury (and very expensive) caravans towards the back of the lot, we came across our price range – “2 pieces of shit” (the dealers words not mine) and very quickly decided they weren’t for us! Eventually we found a reasonable hire deal and booked it for 5 weeks. It’s a Toyota Hi-ace and it’s been named “Hercules” (the first song that came on the i-pod), fitted out with all mod cons, gas stove, microwave, fridge, sink, table/bed etc… We’ve taken a few pics of it so will post them when we get a chance. Also meet up with some mates in a beer garden one night, Ross & Lesley and Adelina & Jason. Ross & Lesley had us round for dinner the night before we set off on our tour and we experienced our first “Kanga banga” which is pretty damn tasty but at the same time was trying not to think about the fact that I was eating Kangaroo.

We left the next morning bidding a fond farewell to Ross & Lesley and headed for Mt Dandenong to see the William Ricketts Sanctuary – words can’t descibe this place so I’ll leave you to view the pictures – utterly amazing. From there the plan was to spend a few days travelling to Sydney and staying in campsites on the way so in summary we visited….Lakes entrance, Eden, Merimbula and Kiama, all beautiful places. And we’re now in Sydney, arrived yesterday……..but that’s another blog.

Ok so the summary thang hasn’t really happened on this post but I’ll leave you with a few of my thoughts/observations so far…..

1) I haven’t seen one scary spider (yet)
2) I haven’t seen any sharks
3) I haven’t seen any crocodiles
4) I love camping
5) I was told lies – not all australians wear shorts and flip flops, in fact most of then wear the same gear as we all wear at home!
6) Who are these people who find the “cheap” deals, I really don’t find it that cheap
7) Craig is very good at changing punctures on toyota hi-aces (yes I did take photees)
8) I haven’t got a tan yet

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