. We know that we will probably see loads of koalas when we visit the zoo but, as we found in New Zealand, it feels so much better when you get chance to see an animal in the wild!
Today, however, we woke up feeling fully recovered from the last few days traveling and were overjoyed to see that the sun had come out for the day (finally)! Our hostel offer free use of their boogie boards and canoes and considering that the weather is so great today we decided to take some boogie boards down to the sea and then planned to take the canoes out into the creek across the road from the hostel in the evening. Down at the beach the sun was blazing hot and we found some medium sized waves from me to have my first go on the boogie boards. Tom has been on boogie boards before and is a very strong swimmer so he was quite happy to go a bit further out and catch some bigger waves. But as I'm not a very confident swimmer, I was happy to stay near the sand and paddle about with my board. I did go out a bit further a few times and had great fun riding the waves all the way back to the egde, but it took me so long to wade through the waves I gave up and played in the shallows, floating about on my board. Later we moved to another beach and Tom caught some huge waves that were crashing way over his head, he absolutely loved it! Later we sunbathed on the beach for a while but after half an hour we could feel ourselves getting quite crispy fried so we headed back to the hostel for showers- after being in the sea water my hair had gone really curly and Tom thought my afro was hilarious
! Later that day we took a double canoe out on the creek that leads to the sea and, feeling quite tired from our time at the beach, we were quite happy to bob along for a while listening to all the tropical birds in the forest. In the evening we settled down and watched a couple of films and got chatting to some guys from our dorm room who were leaving the next day- we spent a lovely night exchanging recommendations for the different places we had all been and swapping stories from our travels so far. By the time we went to bed we realised we were both sunburnt to buggery, especially Tom who had a couple of small blisters on his shoulders. I couldn't believe we had burnt because we had spent all day lathering ourselves in suncream- oh well, we spend all our time complaining about the rain and then get burnt at the first sign of sunshine!
Our first day in Coff's Harbour went by in a bit of a daze. After catching up on all the sleep we had missed during the overnight coachtrip, we only had enough energy to visit the supermarket and go for a walk along the beach in the afternoon. The second day was quite overcast so we ended up just spending the day walking around town and trying to get the next leg of our journey organised- picking hostels takes bloody ages! Later in the evening we went for a walk through the towns botanic gardens as someone had told us that there were wild koalas in there. So off we went, with our eyes permanently fixed upwards, trying to spot a koala. Well we didn't see anything for quite a while until I spotted a cute cuddley little bundle of loveliness asleep in the trees! Our first koala, yippee! Now I know that koalas can be quite vicious but I don't care I still think that they are like little cuddly teady bears. The one we saw was a little baby that had its arms and legs wrapped around a big branch and was fast sleep swaying gently from side to side in the wind