The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
85Trip End Jan 08, 2012
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I had originally planned to go to Canberra, but two things affected my thinking:
1) I’d been all over Australia and seen some incredible things and one of the things that had least excited me was Sydney. Add to that, Canberra is considered to be the most boring city in Australia, if not the southern hemisphere, maybe it wouldn’t be such a good idea to go.
2) Alan was leaving for Pyramid Rock Festival a day earlier than I had thought, so I really had to get my backside to Melbourne as quickly as possible.
After an 11 hour trip, which was uneventful, except for the fact that I managed to sleep through most of the journey – to the point where, when the driver stopped for his scheduled breaks, I couldn’t be bothered to get off the bus to stretch my legs (or have a cigarette) – I gladly flopped on Alan’s couch watching the first test between Australia and India, while he went off to work. Just four hours later, we were back on the road – a couple of hours’ drive to Phillip Island.
Phillip Island has two main tourist attractions: penguins and Moto GP. There’s a penguin parade that takes place every evening, when the penguins come on to shore and find their nests, walking straight past (and next to) people on the beach. An amazing sight, apparently..., but I won’t be seeing it. It’s also home to a Grand Prix track for bikes, so it hosts the Superbike and Moto GP races in February and in October. Again, I won’t be seeing either of those, though the Pyramid Rock Festival is right next to the Grand Prix track at..
Pyramid Rock Festival was like a coming of age party and was an orgy of sun, sex and drugs for three days. The music was almost secondary, as everyone was either drunk, stoned or both...and sunburnt, but they didn’t care. The people that went to the festival were really young, so much so that not only were they wearing a wrist band as proof of entry, but they had to wear another band showing that they were over 18 (in order to buy alcohol).
The first day of the festival was spent watching the stage being set up and listening to the sound men’s ipod throughout the day, followed by films on the giant screen in the evening, the highlight of which was a film called First Love, a documentary about 3 girls from Phillip Island who love to surf.
The next day was when the concerts began. I pretty much had the best ‘seat’ in the ‘house’ and so I was able to watch everything on the main stage without any problems
The final day (New Year’s Eve) had more of a hip hop slant to it. I’d heard some stuff on my travels, but now I love Aussie hip hop. Drapht, a Perth rapper, absolutely brought the house down in his set, as did Illy (from Melbourne). Other than that there was an interesting mix of talent, other highlights included Grace Woodroofe, Jonathan Boulet, Calling All Cars and The Getaway Plan. However, as midnight approached, there was a drop in the standard of the groups. The penultimate act before the headliners was Bluejuice, who were, quite frankly, rubbish. The only thing of note about them was that during one of their songs they had a porn video playing in the background. The headline act of the festival was Scissor Sisters. I didn’t think it was the best way to see in the New Year.
Nevertheless, it had been a unique experience. I’d spent a total of 38 hours at the festival and saw some wild things. New Year’s Eve in Australia – there’s nothing quite like it.