South South South: Noosa, Brisbane, Byron Bay
Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
23Trip End Sep 07, 2010
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We moved quickly onwards South with everybody berating us for going south away from the sun - we in fact have had only a couple of rainy hours in the whole of Oz, a comparably dry and sunny trip it seems for this time of year
The first afternoon Jen purchased some UGG boots as she had long planned to and was delighted with them! James also bought a Wallabies Rugby shirt (I think in a a subconscious attempt to cause himself trouble when in NZ for the trinations tournament!) We also took the Ferry along the river out to the university and back again through sunset. It was a great way to view the city in all its' glory. We did a lot of mooching around in Brisbane - simply taking in the city and hunting for Havaianas for James. The next day we ventured on the train to Steve Irwin's (RIP) 'Australia Zoo' which was good but no Singapore. We did however see a lot of giant crocodiles and got to pet and feed lots of Kangaroos. We believe this may also be where Jen's obsession with finding Koalas began.
We left Brisbane and headed yet further south - the title may be boring but it was accurate. We arrived in Byron Bay and stayed at the YHA there and it was so much better than any hostel that preceded it, would definitely recommend it to anyone going in the future
Day two in Byron Bay was probably one of our favourite days in Oz. We decided to do the Lighthouse walk and this took us along the beach and up and around the headland to the most Easterly point in Australia and ultimately to the lighthouse. The best bit was spotting whales off the coast jumping in and out of the water and large pods of Dolphins playing around!! Jen literally had to be dragged away from the lighthouse binoculars watching the whales. Already on a bit of a high we bumped into some men who were all set up to go Hang-Gliding, the story is as simple as they said "would you like to go Hang-gliding, our customer canceled on us?" and we said "Yes!" and 20 mins later we were both Hang-Gliding in the strong winds above Cape Byron for 25mins and landed on the beach, James even saw a whale in the sea below him!!!! A brilliant stroke of spontaneity, good timing and luck! With sad hearts we left Byron that night on an 18hour night bus to Sydney. But Byron scored 10/10.