Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
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Monday, December 17, 2007

The drive up to Noosa was our first long stint at driving. The theory was, that we we would swap around and sit with different people as we went. However it soon became apparent that  Amy, Shipley, Jose and I had landed the best car. They didn't have any air-con and Ben's surf board took up most of the room in the back. There was no way we would be swapping cars now. On our way up we came across one of Australia's finest land marks, the Big Pineapple. In Australia they have a 'big something or other' all over the country. The more famous ones are the Pineapple, Lawn Mower and a Merino Sheep. Not very impressive but a landmark all the same.

Noosa started off as a surfers mecca due to its point breaks (I actually know what these surfing terms mean now). However the past 20 years has seen this town become a holiday destination for the wealthier Australian. This is evident walking up and down the main street which is home to many fine restaurants  and all the rich old couples eating in them.

We managed to find a decent campsite and indulged on one of chef Jose's bbqs including tasty kangaroo fillet. The weather started to get a lot better so we thought we should get active. We went down to the river and hired some kayaks. It was refreshing to do some exercise but getting back to the hire place seemed to take forever and we were all exhausted. The highlight was paddling past three magnificent pelicans perched nonchalantly on top of a warning sign.

The  main reason for staying in Noosa was to go to Steve Irwin's Australian Zoo. In fact it was the only reason Amanda had come to Australia. in the first place. It was a great day out, feeding the very lethargic kangaroos (they seemed drugged), stroking the koalas and walking a wombat. Amanda's dream came true when she had her picture taken with one of the cute koalas. I was a bit disappointed there was no duck-billed platypus although the Tasmanian devil and tiger cubs made up for it.
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