The East Coast of Oz

Trip Start May 11, 2004
Trip End Aug 10, 2004

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Saturday, June 12, 2004

Hey everyone!

The tour is Aus isn't that good (well in comparison to NZ that is!) Its mainly girls.... AGAIN and full of Germans, who are as aukward as possibly and speak as little English as possible despite a few of them claiming to be fluent in English when they do actually speak!! The rest of the English speaking are old!! Like 35ish!!! and are *boring!!* But despite this there are a few girls that we all get along with!!

In Airlie beech at the moment, just about to board our yacht for a 3day/2night tour of the Whitsunday! The weather is gradually picking up - it rained in Byron Bay, but was still a lil bit warm but was damp and wet so just like the UK gets!! A home from home really!! We were only there for 2 days but managed to have a 3hr surf lesson, which was a very funny experience! Lets just say I don't think that surfing really isn't for me! I managed to stand up after 2 hrs.... but only for about 2 seconds, where as everyone else in the group was standing up within an hr!

After leaving Byron Bay we headed a few hours up the coast to Surfers Paradise, which is famous for its tall buildings lining the coast that cast a long shadow on the beach by 2pm in the afternoon! The weather there though was lovely, much better than Byron Bay! We all woke up thinking that it was going o rain again as it had done the day before, but luckily it hadn't! I tell you it was the fastest i have ever gotten out of bed in my life! We were all down on the beech within an hour sizzling away in the sun!

We then headed for Fraser Island, which is one huge sand Island, just off the coast by Harvey Bay. The hole Island is covered with very thick rainforest and of course sand, which gets everywhere!! The Island was beautiful, we went on a small tour of the Islad and got to swim in the "Champagne Pools" - a small pool of water on the beech cut off by the ocean by a circle of rocks. The waves then come crashing down on the rocks creating a bubbly effect - hence the name "champagne pools" That day was really nice, the weather was also very hot so again we got a lil bit of sunbathing in on the beach!

We went to a wildlife park the other day, so ai got to see all the koalar's! they are really CUTE! I just wanted to take them all home with me - I am sure that the dogs wouldn't mind!! I had my photo taken with one, they are so soft and cuddly!! We only stayed there for a few hours though, so we were back on the bus for another long journey!!

We arrived at Capricorn caves last night, and only stayed for a night, thank god as it was a very isolated place. The cave system there though is really cool. A groups of us, who didnt want to climb through the caves, took a small walking tour around the caves (by candle light some of the way) just like the initial founder of The caves, John Olsen, would have done over 100yrs ago! It was very spooky as you couldn't see where you were going and the passage ways were very small! At breakfst this morning there were wild kangaroo's round last nights camp fire. They were all within about 2 metres of me! They were all so cute and cuddly!! I kept my distance though as those hind legs look like they could very easily kill you!!!

I hear the weather back home is very good! 31C the other day??! Enjoy it coz it probably won't last long!! xxx
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