Drinking Pints and Goon! How times have changed....
04.04.2012 - 16.04.2012 28 °C
Bus sorted Martina and I left Sydney on Wednesday morning at 6:am! We had a 10hour drive to reach out first stop which was Surfers X. As included on our bus pass was a free surf lesson at a surf school.
Thursday morning arrived and I was up nice and early to take full advantage of the lesson. Martina didn't want to take part (good for me as I gave her my camera to get some action shots!) I headed off to meet the other bus members joining for the lesson.
Here we are...
The lesson was brilliant and I managed to stand up twice in the surf. We were out in the water for just 2 hours but it was such a refreshing workout. Although I didn't quite realize how much my arms would ache the next day!
After the lesson it was back on the bus to head up to Byron Bay. We were staying in a place called Holiday Village. It was like being on a holiday as 8 of us shared an apartment with our own bathroom, kitchen and lounge. I spent the next 4 days with Martina, Amy and Nicola both 24 from London, Aimee 21 from Bedford, and Hugo, 19 from somewhere mighty posh....
Being typical Brits who know how to drink and the party always ended back at our apartment, it was reminded me of university as on various nights security would arrive. Seeing as Ive done little 'proper' backpacking on my tour I certainly made up for it in Byron Bay. Not a wine bar in sight!
I did manage to get up in the day too as I wanted to explore Byron. On Friday I met up with Anna (Sinead's Sister) and her friend Sarah as they to were crossing through Byron. We hired out some bikes as we were heading towards the Lighthouse. We biked half way and then walked the trail by foot. It took a good 3hours but as per the views were something else.
Byron Bay is a small town and very colorful with many hippies floating about.
In the afternoon I wanted to take advantage of the rays we headed to the beach. I hadn't had a beach day in nearly a week!
Byron Bay at Night by the beach front
Tuesday I was up at 5:30am to catch the sunrise. The hostel kindly drove us up to the most easterly viewing point in Australia and again lucky with the weather as I watch the most beautiful Sunrise.
Back to the apartment into bed to catch another hours sleep before getting up again to go on a day trip to the infamous Nimbin.
Ninbin what a funny tour (but one might say overrated) We first visited the town of Nimbin to collect again some of the infamous cookies, as Afroman once said, 'because I got high'....
Saturday was a chill day and I decided to book my bus out of Bryon Bay. I left the others to it and headed to Brisbane!
Having escaped the mad backpacking scene, I was glad to be back on the road and head solo again. It was just a 2.5 hour drive up to Brisbane so I arrived at 10am in the morning. I couldn't check into my room until 2pm so I headed to the pool on the roof to catch some rays for a few hours and catch up on some reading.
Once I'd got into my room I chucked my bag down and headed out into the city. It was bank holiday Monday the city was buzzing. I took about 3hours to walk the the whole of the city center and see all the sights.
That evening I met my other room roommate Audrey from Canada. We were both glad to meet each other as had both separately already met our other roommate, a 60+ something woman who looked like she had walked out of the river - apparently she had been kicked out of her lesbian lovers house as she didn't get on with the kids! I was lucky I was only staying in Brissie for 2nights!
Audrey and I headed out to get some food in the city that evening it was quite lively but I didn't find that Brisbane had the same buzz as Mel and Syd. The following day as I had a day to use up as I had already seen all of the city's attractions I decided to finally get my hair cut (turns out dying it blue was going to be to much of a challenge and lots of maintenance!) I spent the remainder of the day shopping... Im not sure why I thought I had room for another 5 items in my backpack!