Brisbane - Noosa

Trip Start Jan 22, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We've got into a bad sleeping pattern at the moment, staying up late and then not being able to get up the next morning. As a result of this I felt absolutely shattered when the alarm went off at 8am, I led there for 45 minutes dosing before finally forcing myself out of bed and into the shower. At least it was quite an easy pack of our rucksacks this morning, because about 80% of my wardrobe is in the dirty laundry bag at the moment, we are desperate for a trip to the laundry.

Poor Lynne didn't have a very pleasant night because she appears to have contracted a kidney infection, which means she constantly feels like she needs to use the toilet, it also hurts when she goes and when she has to move around. As a result of this she didn't get very much sleep and had a genuine reason to be tired. So after I forced her to walk down the road to get me some breakfast (only joking!), we checked out of our hostel and continued our journey north. I felt a little bit sad that we hadn't really explored Brisbane properly, but unfortunately we have to stick to our schedule, otherwise we'll never reach Cairns by the day that we're flying out.

Getting out of Brisbane proved to be a bit of a nightmare, we had a good map of the city centre, but once we moved off that and onto the map that was supposed to show the through roads of Brisbane, things quickly went downhill. It must have taken us a good hour to finally get on the correct road that took us out of town and towards our next destination. There was a pretty fraught atmosphere in the car as we both came up with suggestions of what we'd like to do to the person responsible for the map.

At this point it was almost lunchtime, so as we found ourselves driving past an enormous American style shopping mall, we decided to pull in and get some lunch. We also thought it would be a good idea if Lynne went to a pharmacy to see if they could offer any advice and potions for her infection. The chemist suggested a particular dissolvable powder that should hopefully sort Lynne out. I think I managed to convince the chemist that I was a bit strange, because I don't think that she realised that Lynne and I were together, as a result she thought I was loitering near to them, so I had the chance to listen to the medical advice that was being offered. Lynne isn't very good at taking dissolvable tablets and as a result the car was filled with the sounds of retching, until we stopped at a garage to get some orange juice, which apparently got rid of some of the foul taste.

We had about another one hundred kilometres to cover before we arrived at our destination, Noosa. This town was apparently a hot surfing spot in the 1960s and was still popular with backpackers and tourists today. It gives easy access to two National Parks, as well as Australia Zoo (ran by the crocodile hunter himself, Steve Irwin), so we're going to stay here for three nights. We're staying at a holiday park again, as I think we both prefer some privacy, which is definitely in short supply at the majority of hostels. This particular holiday park is the nicest that we've stayed at so far, we have our own mini brick constructed house and fortunately for Lynne we do have en-suite facilities, so she won't have to walk to the toilet block every couple of minutes. The park also seems to be filled with lots of brightly coloured parrots, which zoom from tree to tree in big packs. They were rather difficult to capture on the camera but this won't stop us trying over the next few days I'm sure!

As Lynne was still not feeling in top notch health, I left her to sip water whilst I drove to Noosa Junction to use the launderette and do some shopping. I failed miserably in finding a supermarket, until I remembered that I'd taken the Yellow Pages with me in the car, so I was able to use their maps to quickly find a supermarket. In fact I'm not sure how I'd missed it before, I must have walked straight past it. So after a quick dash around the aisles, I was back at the cabin to find that the patient was feeling ever so slightly better.

I managed to cook a meal that didn't make Lynne wretch like the tablets, but then when I was about to serve it, found that the person who'd used the cabin last had obviously dropped a heavy object on one of the glass plates. As a result one of the plates had shattered absolutely everywhere inside the cupboard and we were a bit reluctant to use the remaining ones, just in case there were shards of glass left on them. We ended up eating another meal out of our lunchboxes, which frankly wasn't quite as easy when they didn't have cereal in them. We had a quiet night watching the television, whilst Lynne got lots of exercise walking to and from the toilet.
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