Sunbathing, Surfing and a Tad of Sunburn!
Trip Start Nov 29, 2012
116Trip End May 10, 2015
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Only muggins here could manage such a feat!
Ten minutes later and another disgruntled bus driver later, I arrived at my hostel. Surfer Alex had told me that the hostel was awesome and I was very lucky to even get a room as it was hugely popular. It was very easy to see why, it was a very traditional old house that had been converted into backpacker accomodation and everyone was really friendly. Surfer Alex and his posse, two guys from Jersey, a bloke from Devon and another from Cornwall were really cool and we spent the first evening hanging out and drinking tea. My first impressions of Noosa was what I imagined Byron Bay to be like before it had become so commercial. It was evidently a place that had plenty of money, there were luxury apartments, expensive clothes shops and posh looking restaurants on every corner
On my second day in Noosa, it was overcast in the morning but I went for a wander down to the beach which was a beautiful cove with a rock jetty splitting it in half. It was just on the cusp of the National Park which was my next stop. The views were truly stunning across the bay and within a couple of hours, the weather improved significantly and the sun eventually came out. It was like an island paradise with mangrove trees and palm trees lining the beaches. It was very peaceful and I spent a few minutes just sitting at Tea Tree Bay looking out into the ocean. It was a two hour round trip through the park to reach Hell’s Gates at Noosa Heads which was the peninsula looking out into the expanse of the ocean beyond. I found it very relaxing and felt the first sense of calm since my ordeal at the farm.
In the afternoon, I went for a walk round the shops before meeting the guys around sunset at the beach. As I was walking along, I got chatting to a former professional photographer who asked if he could take pictures of me on the beach, for free
The following day dawned hot and sunny and a big group of us headed off to Sunshine Beach. If you’re an avid reader of my blog, you’ll know that my previous attempts at surfing have been pretty much the personification of epic fail and I almost always end up looking like a bedraggled mess. Apart from anything else, I wanted to look half decent as there were plenty of hot boys to eye up at the beach. Talking of attractive men, the hostel was full of them! To my amazement, even in the supermarket there were lots of hot surfers meandering around topless. Muggins here couldn’t believe my luck! Sadly there were plenty of annoyingly tall, girl surfers to cater for these insanely beautiful men but there was certainly no harm in having a cheeky gander….right?
Unfortunately for me however, my plans in trying to look vaguely appealing to these handsome boys was somewhat thwarted in the fact that I had recently started using a gradual tanner for my face as it was still very pale in comparison to the rest of me. It claimed to have SPF15 in it which I would usually wear on my face anyway but either I didn’t apply it properly or it didn’t actually have any SPF in it at all because yours truly here ended up burnt in between the eyebrows and all the way down my nose
My last day in Noosa was a washout. It literally rained all day and it was bloody freezing. Even though it is technically going to be winter here soon in Australia, I had hoped it was going to at least be dry and vaguely warm. It was the first day since arriving here over six months ago that I was wearing tights and a hoody in a bid to stay warm.
I’m about to embark on my third and hopefully final stint of regional work tomorrow in the rainforest.
Will keep y’all posted! :)