Mandurah river, Australia
Jun 10, 2012
Aug 17, 2013
. At one of the boat docks we stayed at, we went to a zoo. We got to feed kangaroos there. I thought it was strange the zoo had some animals like possums, rabbits and deer. We went inside a bird house, and one pink and grey parrot-type thing landed on my shoulder and kept talking to me. I thought it was kind of funny. He flew away, then came back later and landed on me again. Then he bit my ear so hard, with such a sharp beak, I was crying out with pain. It hurt so bad, and I was frantic to get him off, so I started jumping up and down figuring he would fly off. But he just bit harder. I put my hand up to try to push him off, and he bit my hand! Five puncture marks, and they were bleeding. He flew off after biting my hand, and I ran out of there! When we were docking at Cooper's Mill (a super tiny little island) for a couple hours, I took out the crabnets that came with the boat. I hooked bread in the middle as bait, and ended up catching a lot of small fish (using the net differently than you are supposed to). I found out after pulling the fish out of the water that they were pufferfish. They puffed up a lot and were really spiky. When you put them back in the water, it sounded like a balloon deflating and they went back to normal. I think staying on a houseboat was a good experience, but I don't know if I would choose to do it again. Obviously there is no internet, but our TV signal is really weak. There wasn't much space to store anything in our boat. I also didn't like having a very limited water supply because we had to be really careful about our usage. But it was definitely cool to try it out and it was super easy and fun to drive (there are like 2 controls) and I was driving it a lot of the time.
So for the week we're staying in Australia, we are living on a boat. A houseboat. And even though we have no boating experience whatsoever, we are managing this houseboat alone down the Murray river. It's pretty easy though. There's lots of dolphins in the Peel Inlet, the entrance to the Murray river. We saw huge groups of them. They loved to swim alongside the boat, and right in the front too. They seemed to be saying hi to us! I noticed that everything here is about 2-4 times the price it is in the US. Like a normal priced hamburger- it's about $27 USD. But everything here seems like the same as back home. The streets and houses and everything. The people look the same, dress the same and act the same (well maybe a little more friendly here). And there aren't really any strange fruits or trees like in other countries we've been to. Although it's dead winter here, it's really not that cold. But definitely chilly, especially at night on our houseboat (we have no heat). You just need to wear pants and a sweatshirt