Day 10: Noosa to Surfers Paradise (4wd Night Tour)

Trip Start Jul 18, 2012
Trip End Aug 03, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, July 30, 2012

Today, we woke up around 7, and bags to coach was at 8. This was the only day that breakfast wasn't included. Instead, we got dropped off in Noosa and found our own breakfast. I had some kind of sausage roll and a chocolate croissant. Then we hung out on the beach for a while, and Lee and I went for a little walk around town.

Once we got back on the coach, our next stop was Brisbane. We had a few hours to walk around and explore. First, we found a food court for the people who were hungry. Then we split up so Lee could go get a haircut (and buy some deodorant because he smelled terrible), Katherine and Jo needed to do some shopping, and Caroline and I went sightseeing. Brisbane has a big ferris wheel type thing, sorta like a poor man's London Eye, called the Brisbane Wheel. Caroline and I took a ride on it. It was decent considering it wasn't exactly expensive or anything.

Caroline and I walked around a little bit, and I finally got lunch. It was some kind of cold sandwich. Then we met up with Katherine, Jo, and Lee again and went for ice cream and smoothies. Then we left Brisbane and made our way to Surfers Paradise.

The hotel here was another really nice one. Carolyn got her own nice big bed in a separate room from me, Katherine, and Jo. We left for our four-wheel drive tour thing pretty quickly after getting there, though, so Carolyn got the whole room to herself for a while.

The nighttime 4wd tour in Surfers Paradise ended up being one of the coolest things we did in Australia. The company was called Southern Cross, and apparently they had only recently started taking Contiki people. It was a LOT cooler than Jara made it sound when she described it, so I'm really really glad we decided to sign up for it. There were two cars of people, so Katherine, Jo, Lee, and I were all together in one of them, which was nice. The roads were MUCH bumpier than Fraser Island, so I'm glad Anthony didn't end up going 'cause he would have totally freaked out.

The drivers were a father and son team, and we had the son. He kept playing pranks on his dad, like he would pull over and turn off his lights and let his dad pass him, and then he'd follow him and suddenly turn his lights on and honk his horn once he was right behind his dad to try to scare him. It was so much fun. Apparently Alison had a bad experience, though, because she made the mistake of admitting she was afraid of snakes, and her driver thought it would be funny to throw a fake snake at her. She was really upset after that.

They took us to a lookout point where we could see the gold coast all lit up and pretty. I tried to get pictures, but they look terrible compared to the real thing. We also had dinner included, and it was good. We had chicken wraps that we could make ourselves, plus corn on the cob and much-needed hot chocolate.

After dinner, they took us out to see glowworms and stuff, with a little hike in the woods. They made the mistake of giving us flashlights ("torches"), and Katherine and Lee thought it was HILARIOUS to shine theirs in my eyes every two seconds. We also saw spiders and stuff while we were there. But the glowworms were really cool. They're light blueish and just look like little Christmas lights or something. We also saw a waterfall during our short hike, and Lee tripped over a pebble. I was so glad when they took the flashlights away at the end. Even the ride back to the hotel was fun, and we (and by "we," I mean "Katherine") talked to the guide a lot about his business.

I think this was one of the worst sleeping nights for me because I was cold and couldn't stop coughing. I kept trying to be quiet to keep from waking up Katherine and Jo, but in turn, I wasn't able to sleep. Oh well. I was expecting to have more nights like that, so at least I was able to sleep through the night more often than I thought I would anyway. 
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