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Trip Start Feb 06, 2011
Trip End Sep 15, 2011

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Flashpackers Noosa

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Only 2 more weeks before I have to fly to Hong Kong and time is running out!  At this point, I'm only 800km into my 2500km journey up the East Coast.  Picking one stop over another is always difficult but in the end Gold Coast (too glitzy) and Brisbane (just another big city) got the axe.  I made the 6 hour journey to Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, one of the more popular vacation spots for Australians when fall/winter rolls around.  I checked into one of the nicest hostels I've seen in a while.  It has an aqua lounge in the pool that seats 15 people, awesome kitchen facilities and free wifi.  It's a little out of town but the hostel offers a free shuttle service every hour.  

There are many shops and cafes along the main street (Hastings St.) but they're all very upscale and pricey.  Seriously, does a town of 10,000 people need a Hugo Boss store?  I read online that Massimo's has the best gelato in town so I gave the Ferraro Rocher and pistachio flavours a try.  Booo! It doesn't even come close to Bella Gelateria in Vancouver.  We seriously have the best of everything back home when it comes to food.   

There are no grocery stores within walking distance of the hostel so I took the shuttle to Coles and bought some kangaroo fillet (cheapest type of meat in Australia), frozen veggies (I don't want to pay $5 for one red pepper), a head of broccoli (only $2.50 a kg!) and brown rice.  $13.50 later, I've got myself 2.5 delicious healthy meals.  Fact of the day:  Did you know that kangaroo meat is low in fat, a source of Omega-3, and rich in iron and zinc?  It's a little gamey but still good!

*NEWSFLASH* After 2 months on the road, I got my first canker sore and a minor runny nose.  I'm surprised it's taken me this long since I usually get canker sores after a week of no Mamma Lo's Chinese herbal soup.  Good thing I'm armed with Ginseng tea, Emergen-C packets, and Zilactin-B.

I woke up early and took the 8am shuttle to the Main Beach so I could do coastal walk through Noosa National Park.  The sun rises quite early (6am) and with temperatures hoving around 27 degrees, I didn't want to be trekking too late in the day.  It was another gorgeous day and I was warned that part of the walk passes through Alexandria Bay, a known nudist beach.  Question du jour: why are there only greasy out of shape old men on a nudist beach?  Where are them hotties?

Anyways, the walk was lovely.  I didn't spot any dolphins or koalas but I did enjoy another relaxing day on the beach.  Tomorrow, I'm getting picked up in Noosa to go on my 3 day tour of the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world.
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Caroline on

Hey Claud...I'm waiting for you in HK. Let's eat our faces off so you will be filled with energy to continue with the rest of your journey!

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