Sydney to Cairns
14.03.2011 - 28.04.2011 30 °C
First stop Bellingen, alternative town with a wild west feel to it. Two days bumming lifts with fellow travellers Patrick and Mark. Sub-tropical rainforest gallore, swam through a waterfall, went on the best rope swing ever and visited never never creek. Great place and great people
Second stop Coffs Harbour. Should have gone to see the big banana but somehow it split past me. Did go kayaking on the river but due to inabilities to steer saw most of it about three times. Climbed to mutton bird island. Watched the worst film ever (step brothers), clebrated St Patricks day drinking an odd green cocktail.Onwards and upwards to Byron Bay. Too many bars to cope with, escaped to Nimbin, weed smoking capital of Australia and all round hippie town. Very chilled and happy place plenty of cookies for sale, also candles and tie died trousers! Great vibe and great fresh prawns. Chris and I bought a kilo and that was dinner sorted for the next two days.
Back to Byron and north to Brissy. Small city with good running routes by the river but waaaaay too hot to use them. Quick visit to the Gabba, a longer visit to the modern art museum and an evening playing on the wwii. Next to Maroocydore and Australia zoo. Fed an elephant, stroked a koala and saw the croc show, i missed out having the white python on me though. Beerwa was next and 10 eventful days of farming. My escape took me to rainbow beach and Fraser island.
Fraser Island, three days of 4 wheel driving, camping, swimming, drinking and breaking down! Swam everywhere but the sea, Lake Mackenzie, Champagne pools Eli creek. Nearly got caught by the tide, got investigated by a dingo and saw the most massive golden orb spider ever.
Airlie Beach home of the Whitsundays getaways galore. Beauty in spades, tropical islands, feeling like i was on set of pirates of the caribean. My first backwards roll off the boat into the sea. Lying on Whitehaven beach, making funny photos with Ferique and Eva. Running by the sea as the sun went down.
Meeting Jez at the night bus. Stumbling off in Cairns in the wrong direction.Prodive - eat, sleep and Dive. The great barrier reef; like swimming in a massive tropical tank, so many fish, my favourite yellow tailed fusiliers, reef sharks, hawks bill turtles, green turtles , oodles of clown fish (nemos), eels, sea stars the list is endless.
Cable cars, trains, markets in Kuranda. Drunken bbq, hung over drive to tropical Cape Trib. Walking and paddling at Mossman gorge. Meeting Deb and Chloe , writing a formal letter in german/english. Shopping in the night markets, eating cheap ice-cream, finding my favourete authors new book. Exausted but happy, getting a flight back to Sydney. Bring on the next adventure.