24.09.2008 - 10.11.2008
Arrive in Cairns really early in the morning and got a shuttle straight to Port Douglas. Stayed in a nice YHA and did some sunbathing and swimming there.
Got bitten alive from the mossies though! From there I headed north to cape tribulation where is rained a lot. Did some fruit tasting though which was fun.
Came back to Cairns and met the Cork girls, Frank and Matt and hung around the lagoon, did some shopping and we out a couple of times.
Booked my trip down the coast to Sydney on the Greyhound and stopped at Mission beach first. Did white water rafting here which was pretty scary and everyone got into the water at one stage, free barbeque on the river was cool.
Next stop was magnetic island. Did some cycling up crazy hills, and sat on the beach for a couple of days.
Next onto the Anaconda III sailing trip of the Whitsundays.
Really good trip with great weather and lots of good food. Got to snorkel the great barrier reef and few times and saw lots of fish, coral and even a sea turtle. Stopped off and white haven beach and hook island also to do some sunbathing. Went for few drinks and pizza with the group in Arlie beach after we got off the boat.
Took the night bus the following day to Town of 1770 and got only a few hours of proper sleep. Met cork girls and a few from Sydney and drank some Barry's tea at the hostel. Did some surfing lessons the next day and had a laugh trying to learn.
Next stop was Fraser island where we ended up camping through in a major thunderstorm, also our 4wd broke down and we ended up in a lush hostel the second night!
Headed to Noosa for 5 days or beach time, weather was great so went body boarding and swimming in the sea most days.
Went to Australia zoo and got to see all sort of native and other animals, got to cuddle a koala and saw lots of shows going on there during the day. Onwards towards Brisbane and did some needed shopping and met up with Joannes brother Paul who gave me a tour of the city, first stop Hungry jacks and then the best drinking establishments.
Spent a few days in Surfers paradise at my aunts houses and took in a the movie world theme park with Margaret and Yvonne. Lots of adrenalin rush type rides, we were screaming more than the kids on the kiddie rollarcoaster!!
Headed for Byron bay and stayed at the lovely Belongil hostel. Did the trek to the lighthouse to he most easterly point of Australia.
Did a day trip to Nimbin and saw some weird and wonderful people there. A guy that worked in the hostel was friends with a butcher whose fridge broke down and he donated all the meat to the hostel so there was a free BBQ for 2 nights in a row! Nice one!
After Byron bay made a few quick stops to Coffs Harbour which was a bit of a let down, Port Macquarie and Newcastle.