Australia - Part 2
Trip Start Sep 01, 2008
15Trip End Sep 01, 2009
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On the day we were set to leave for Fraser we met up at the hostel and were introduced to everyone that was going to be in our self drive 4x4 truck and camping with us on the Island. There was Erin and I, Kate, three lads from Dublin, two Frenchies and a couple of lads from England. We were all nominated different tasks to get everything ready for the 3 days on the island. I volunteered to drive so I got off pretty easy. Erin was dropped of with Kate at the grocery store and had ½ an hour to grab enough food for 11 people for 3 days
Next stop was Airlie Beach which is the jump point to get to the Whit Sunday Islands. We booked in a two night sailing trip (sleeping on the boat) around the islands on an adrenaline race boat called "The Matador". We were a little disappointed that we picked a couple of days when the wind was not very strong, so the whole time we had the engines running and were cruising along at a very slow pace. We only had the sails up twice, but at those times it was pretty cool. The Whit Sundays were great. White Haven beach was one of our stops and is rated as one of the top 5 beaches in the world, not only for its beauty, but also because of the quality of the white sand
We decided to head back down to Sydney to be with friends over Christmas. We didn't make it that far as Sydney was a good 2500Kms away and ended up in Seal Rocks and rented a cabin on the river and had a nice quite xmas. It was great! We got into Sydney boxing and went to stay at our friends in Manly. We had a great time there and also hooked up with our Irish buddies for a few nights out in the city.
Next, we decided to go on one last trip before we had to seriously start trying to sell the car. We went on a 6 day trip through the Blue Mountains and surrounding area. Wow! Absolutely breath-taking! We started at Echo Point and went to see the infamous Three Sisters. Then we went to the Jenoleon Caves and had a tour through some amazing lime stone caves. After Jenoleon we went to an area a little off the beaten track called Kanagra Walls
Our last 12 days in Oz where when we had some of our best and most stressful times. First off, trying to sell the car was a nightmare! Secondly, our trip to Fiji was cancelled due to the cyclone that hit there. We lost a lot of money on our flights as the travel insurance company wouldn't refund our tickets. We're still fighting with them now. But on the upside, we had some great times with our friends in Manly and our Irish and now also Welsh buddies staying in the city. We also did a karaoke night out with a group of Korean students that were staying at our hostel. I was pretty apprehensive about it as I'm not too big into karaoke, but we had a blast. We rented a private room and went all out. It was so funny! Two days before we were leaving we still hadn't sold the car. We were loosing our minds! Then, just in the nick-of-time we had a guy interested. It was the weekend so all the banks were closed so he had no way of getting money to us. Luckily he was willing to do a paypal transaction. It was pretty slick, like some kind of spy movie or something. We both had our laptops there transferring electronic funds in and from our Cayman Island banks accounts. Talk about cutting it down to the fine line!! Erin and I walked of there out and took a huge sigh of relief that actually lifted an extraordinary weight from our shoulders. We had one last night out to celebrate with our new found life long friends, then got on the plane.
We are now in Malaysia, back on our cross South East Asia adventure. Erin has volunteered to write the next journal entry, so I'm off the hook, and so is everyone that has actually sat and read through all of the drivel I write...... LoL!