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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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Brisbane’s bland, Byron Bay’s beautiful

Well that kind of sums it up, went to port mcquarrie which was really nice place, not too touristy, and another beautiful beach. Went up the coast to Byron Bay, really nice place, if we could buy a cafe / bar and settle down wi the surf board in the back of the jeep then this is the place. A bit touristy but if you’re running a bar / cafe thats no bad thing.

We went on a wee excursion there – snorkeling trip off the coast a wee bit off a tiny wee outcrop of rock. Before we get in the water the guy goes “right, you’ll be in for about 50 mins or so” WTF! I’m there thinking the only exercise I have had in the past few years is walking to the shop to buy fags, how the fook am I going to last 50 minutes in the water? As it turned out the wet suits kept you up, and as soon as we got in a HUGE turtle starts chompin on some rocks beneath us, it all went pretty quickly.

We had a good walk around Byron Bay and would def recommend it, really chilled place. STILL BLOODY RAINING THO!!!

In Brisbane now, still feckin raining, we were talking to a guy in a bar tonight that works for the water board here, he was threatening to keep us here as we seem to be dragging the clouds with us, all the ozzies are out in the rain going;

“aint it great mate?”
“Aye. Feckin marvelous.”

Surfers paradise is shit. End of. I have never seen so many hotels in such a small place.

Brisbane we have decided is a bit on the bland side, its hard to get a feel for a place in such a short bit of time, and we have met some really nice, genuine folk, but it doesnt seem to have the same kind of buzz we felt in Melbourne, so we are heading off tomorrow up the gold coast and up to Noosa. Anyho, there are germans standing over me at the free pc in the hotel so auf wedersane (sp?) So we shall post soon.

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Rain Man!

and woman…..

The worst bloody drought Australia has had in years, everywhere you look there is a water shortage scale here saying to take shorter showers etc. – like a ‘def con 5′ kinda thing. We turn up and PISH! – the skies open, its like a bad movie where they’ve used a crap rain machine, you’re watching going “there’s no way that rain is real”. Well it is. We are trying not to let it taint our impression of Sydney bit its a toughie.

Sydney is a wierd one, the harbour is amazing, the ferries coming in and out, the bridge and of course the opera house. We stayed in the city for a night and then Manly for another night. Manly is cool, nice beach and you can catch the jetcat or ferry to the city in the morning to work (very nice wee commute – 15 mins). Suzanne got some vouchers for a meal in Guillaume at Bennelong. A very swanky resteraunt in the opera house. Absalutely amazing food (although everything that suzanne got I wanted) your view is the harbour bridge, and at the time we had sheet lightning in the sky as well so there was a wee bit of atmosphere! A great place to go.

After a couple of days we cant wait to get back out in the van again and find a wee beach somewhere to chill, one of the problems we didnt really forsee with the campervan is where to put it in a city when you are in a hotel as it is 2.8m high, and all secure car parks are never over 2m, so it can be a bit of a worry.

Anywho, next stop port macquarry.

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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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