Week 2 - A Jam Packed Week:):):)
Trip Start May 14, 2010
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Heres our weekly update :):):)...
Cant believe we have been gone 2 weeks already!!!
Thursday 20th May - Byron Bay
Today we did lots of exciting things. First we went to the growers market to get some fresh fruit and veg from local growers - we saw a few interesting "hippies". Then we walked to the most easterly point in Australia and then up to the light house, it was called Cape Byron lighthouse - some lovely volunteers showed us how big the whales are and we got to touch some whale bones and the baleen (which is the filter inside a whales mouth) I couldn't believe how big whales are. The whales are due to migrate from the south pole up the coast and can be seen from the lookouts here in the next few weeks
After lunch we decided to go on a ocean Kayak with dolphins, it was run by Byron Bay local lifesavers, we saw more than 5 dolphins on our trip, we also got a chance to snorkel around a volcanic reef and saw lots of fish (no turtles unfortunately), getting close to the end of the snorkeling we saw a Garnet bird dive head first into the water directly in front of mum snorkeling - it was awesome. I got a few pictures of dolphins but there were really fast, so the pictures are not that clear. At one stage Mum, Matty and Dad (I was on the tour guides kayak) had a dolphin swim directly under their boat it was amazing to see the dolphins up so close.
We met up with Aunty Sheri's best friend Jodi, Trent, Matthew and Chelsea just by chance they were staying in the same caravan park as us.
Friday 21st May - Byron Bay
It rained all day today and we were stuck inside the van playing games and reading books
Saturday & Sunday 22, 23rd May - Blue Knob
We started the day off with a final surf at Byron Bay the sun was finally shinning again YAY!
We packed up and then drove for 2 hours (the GPS took us the wrong way - or was that Mum and Dad thinking they knew best!!!!) to get to Blue Knob (its a small place near Nimbin) its near Mt Warning and inside an old volcano. We stayed at Dads friends farm Darryl, Christine and their 3 kids Chris, Marcus and Georgia. We made the best fire EVER! Thanks ALVIN for all the wood. The fire lasted all night it was so big. We played with it all day and all night, we cooked marshmallows, we had heaps of sparklers (we had races to see how long they would last) and then dad pulled out some old fireworks but they were pretty lame.... but still fun. We got to burn old cardboard and newspaper in the morning to get it going again we also started it by poking sticks into it. They had a guinea pig that looked like and was named wombat. We got to see the moon through a big telescope called a moon scope, you could see the craters of the moon really clearly and mum thought it was a slide not the real moon (silly mum). We had a great time and got to sleep in the big house with the kids instead of the van for a change. We left at 3pm and crossed the Tweed River into Queensland. Mum was saying it was hotter already (its been really cold in NSW). We stayed at Kirra beach (near Surfers Paradise).
Monday 24th May - Kirra Beach
Today was extraordinary!!
We got 1 cut open each dad also cold chiseled some open for us :):):):):)YAY:):):):):)YAY:):):):):) The one I got cut open was really pretty on the inside
Tuesday 25th May - Mt Tambourine
Today we went on a couple of bush walks, to a waterfall and a rain forest, when we where half way through we saw a SNAKE, dad nearly stepped on it
Wednesday 26th May - Australia Zoo (Sunshine coast QLD)
Today we went to Australia Zoo, first we looked at the Alligators and Crocodiles, then we saw the Wild Life Warriors show where we saw birds fly over our heads, we also saw the keepers feed the crocodiles just like Steve Irwin did when he was alive. Then we walked to roo heaven, where we bought some roo food and hand feed the wallabies and kangaroos. I was surrounded by Kangaroos and Wallabies all wanting to eat my food. Matty went on a pony ride
Thursday 27th May - Alex Head (Sunshine coat QLD)
Today we are a Alex Head, we went for a surf at the beach and stayed there most of the morning, there was a great little wave. Whilst swimming we saw fish jumping through the waves. We had lunch at the Kiosk a yummy salad sandwich.We had a relaxing day. Matty and I even got to plan, shop and cook dinner for the family - we cooked nachos and honeycomb crumble on icecream YUM YUM YUM
Friday 28th of May - Alex Head to Noosa QLD
Today was fantastical, first we went another surf, then we quickly packed the van before it started raining, then we drove to the Queensland aircraft museum (dad loved it), we then drove to the BIG pineapple it was trashy as... the plantation was cool and the actual pineapple was O.K but the gift shop was horrendously bad - it had NOTHING in it, not even a postcard, although we did manage to buy some pineapple lumps (poppy would love these - sorry poppy we ate them all...) last but not least we went to the Ginger factory, I reckon this was the best thing we did today. We went on a bee tour and saw bees making honey in their hive, we learnt how long the queen bee can live for (6 years), how much honey they produce in a year (up to 27kg) at the end we got taste honey, first we tasted the eucalyptus honey, that was one of my favourites, then we tasted a Tasmania honey, then iron bark honey and last but not least we tried ginger in honey it was a bit too spicy for me. I bought propolous lollies - they are made from the stuff that bees make the hive out of - they are yummy and sweet and are good if you have a sore throat. The bees were amazing. We drove to Noosa and it was raining when we had to set up the van but we did a O.K job
Matty's Facts !
.Thunder eggs - you need to look for rocks with lumbs bumps and lines
.Thunder eggs came from a volcano before the dinosaurs
.In a rain forest the Trees fight to get the sunlight up the top
.Lolly shops are yummy
.In some old war airplanes the pilot and co pilot sit in 1 tiny area - very squishy
.Koalas sleep 18-20 hours a day they spend the rest of the time eating
.Elephants have slobbery trunks
.Worker bees only lives for 6 weeks and the queen bee lives for 6 years
.The queen bee is the biggest bee because she is feed royal jelly as a baby.
.Honey is really YUMMY
.The moon has lots of volcano's & craters
THANKS to the Reilly's for their hospitality it was great to catch up :-) :-) :-)