Australia Zoo and the Sunshine Coast

Trip Start Nov 15, 2009
Trip End May 02, 2010

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

We left Mel and Lee's and headed north past Brisbane, our stop today was Australia Zoo!! It was really good. We saw a show at the Croceusm, it was a bit cheesy but saw snakes, birds, elephants and crocadiles in the show. The crocs were massive. The zoo doesn't have a huge variety of animals, but it is different from any other zoo I have been to. Its very hands on, we got to feed and stroke the Kangaroos, cuddle a koala she was so cute called Misty, they really cling onto you. We also got to feed the elephants we fed Siam who is the biggest. We also saw the keepers playing witht the tigers which was awesome, they were just in the enclosure with them playing in the water and chasing the keepers, they act just like domestic cats, but obviously alot bigger. We saw a croc display too, which was better than the croceusm, it was less staged, the keepers fed Agro the croc 2 chickens they just lunge from the water really scary. We also saw Terri Irwin walking in the zoo, when we are there you do feel the gap that has been left by Steve, his picture is everywhere and they talk about him alot. We were hoping to do a free camp after the zoo but there was roadworks which meant the rest area was closed so we headed to Colundra the southern most point of the Sunshine Coast and stayed at a campsite in Dicky's Beach, was glad we didn't free camp we were so hot from the zoo we ran into the sea as the beach was attached to the campsite and enjoyed a lovely shower.

On the 15th we couldn't hang around Colundra as we had to be in Rainbow beach the next day for a surf lesson. We got up and I discovered that I had been really badly bitten by mosquitoes, we think mostly from the zoo yesterday, I had about 40 bites on my back alone it was awful! We spent the morning in a town called Moololaba on the Sunshine Coast, relaxing on the beach and walking around the town. We then drove to Noosa, it is a really beautiful place, its very green and lush. We were given a trip to do here when we booked our Whitsundays trip but we don't have enough time to do it, after being here we are gutted because it is lovely and we would of loved to of spent more time here. Its quite a rich place, lots of houses directly on the rivers with there own boat ramps. We camped at Boreen Point about 20km outside Noosa next to Lake Cootharaba it is a gorgeous spot. Unfortunately as soon as the sunset the mosquitoes came out with avengence. As I had already been bitten badly the day before I was feeling very itching and irritable, then to top it off I got bitten in the shower by a march fly (like horseflies), it hurt loads and I lost the plot. I was hot, itching, uncomfortable and if someone had offered me a plane ticket I might of took it, I have never had so many bites on me!

From Boreen Point we drove to Rainbow Beach, we had to drive on the most awful roads ever, the roadmap said the roads were all sealed so we set off only to discover the roads were unsealed about halfway down. Betty does not like unsealed road, they are more like a gravel track, Australia seems to think this qualifies as a road-it does not!!! We got to Rainbow Beach eventually and were a couple of hours early for the lesson. The town really isn't very big. The surf lesson was taken by a guy called Jake and like most things in Australia it was a laid back affair. We thought we were going to have maybe an hour lesson and that would be it, but he asked us if any of us need to be back by a certain time, we said no and the next thing we know we are driving for an hour on track to get to a seculuded beach, we had about 2 hours in the water. Both me and Alex got up. It was alot easier when Jake pushed me onto the wave and all I had to worry about was standing, but after a while we were on our own. Like everything Alex took to it with ease and was standing most of the time, I kept paddling and making my board on an angle so a wave would hit the board and I would go flying off! I did manage to stand a few times, but I'd say I spent more time trying to get out and falling off than anything else but it was great fun. We were shattered by the end of it, so we just went a camped in the nearest campsite and went to sleep!

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