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Airlie Beach Lagoon

Hiya!!!

So, after our wonderful day diving at the Great Barrier Reef, we set off on our 11 hour coach journey down the East coast to a place called Airlie Beach. This is the main base for people doing trips out to the Whitsunday Islands, but its a really pretty little seaside town in its own right too. We didn't get to see much of it at first though as we arrived late to our accommodation on the Sat evening.

The next day we went straight out on a trip to the Whitsundays. The first day we spent on a boat called the Camira which is a big purple catermaran! The boat was great, the crew were lovely, the food and free alcohol were amazing but the weather was crap! It rained alot of the day and when we stopped to snorkel it was a bit choppy and we only saw about 2 fish! It was good fun though and later that day the Cameria dropped us off on Long Island where we stayed for 2 nights.

The place we stayed in was a luxury resort right on the beach and we actually thought we had been dropped of on the wrong island at first until they showed us our accommodation (a backpackers lodge right at the back of the resort!!) It was clean - thats the main thing!!! The next day we were hoping to spend on the beach but it was still raining! Instead we played a round of crazy golf with some friends we had met the day before on the boat (until we got rained off) and tried the good range of cocktails in the bar! Although it was raining we still enjoyed our time on Long Island and have vowed to go back to the Whitsundays one day!

We left long island the next morning and caught a ferry back to Airlie Beach. We stayed in the same accommodation as it was so nice! We booked our next leg of the journey down south.

We really liked Airlie beach it a very chilled place and they have this artificial lagoon in town that we spent the next afternoon lying by - the sun actually came out for us!

We caught the coach at 6pm that evening and arrived in a place called Noosa at 10.30am the next morning! Doing long journeys like these at night is saving us money on accommodation but its not much fun! Of course it was raining when we got to Noosa as well but luckily it brightened up and we were staying in a youth hostel right near the main street and the beach! Yay!

The next day was one of the best days ever! We hired a car and drove about 45mins to Austrailia Zoo!!! This is one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Australia, along with the Neighbours tour which we are going to do in Melbourne!! Haha just joking! But it was one of the things we were really looking forward to as its the place where Steve Irwin used to live and keep the crocs he had hunted! We got to cuddle a Koala, feed kangaroo's and stroke wombats and Echidnas! We also went to the Crocoseum where Steve used to do his croc shows! It was ace! As you can see from the pics we got a bit carried away with the pics of us feeding kangaroo's but it was so great and they are so cute! Obviously the Koalas are the cutest though! When we got back to Noosa we spent a couple of hours on the beach where we built a massive sand castle (see pics).

We caught our coach at half 10am the next morning down to Brisbane. Adam has a couple of friends there and one of them kindly said we could stay in his room as he was down in Sydney that weekend. Well we were expecting a bit of a grubby lads flat but we weren't complaining as we have stayed in worse places! Anyway we got to Brisbane (thankfully the coach journey was only 3 hours this time!) and Adams friend Cropper picked us up and took us to his other friends flat. On the way he told us that its a really nice place but we didn't get our hopes up... well it turned out that this 'apartment' was on the 48th floor of one of the tallest buildings in Brisbane! It was well nice! We couldn't believe our luck! The views from the balcony were amazing and overlooked the river!

We were really well looked after by Cropper, our adopted flatmate Pat and some of their friends during our stay in Brisbane.

We got shown the nightlife and we even played bowls on Sunday afternoon (Grandad, are you proud?!) which is very popular over here for younger people! I think thats mainly because the beer is cheap! But it was alot of fun! Afterwards we went back to Croppers house for a proper Aussie BBQ (although there were mainly English people there so not sure if that counts!!). We feel like we've made some lovely friends in Brisbane!

On Monday we dragged ourselves away from the apartment and back onto the coach to Byron Bay which is where we are now. This has got to be one of the nicest placest ever! It has a great beach with lots of surfers to watch, lots of little shops and cafes and the sun is shining! We are now off to the beach for the rest of the day before our next long coach trip to Sydney tonight.

Froggy peering through our window
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Bye for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airlie Beach Lagoon
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Froggy peering through our window
Froggy peering through our window
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Airlie Beach Lagoon
..they certainly do Steve !!
..they certainly do Steve !!
very miserable
very miserable
miserable Long Island on Whitsunda…
miserable Long Island on Whitsund…
Drive through bottle shop, great i…
Drive through bottle shop, great …
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Airlie Beach Lagoon
:)
:)
Steves memorial
Steve's memorial
Steves memorial
Steve's memorial
Legend !!
Legend !!
Echidna (like Kev)
Echidna (like Kev)
so cute...arent i
so cute...aren't i
Wombats !!
Wombats !!
we loved feeding them
we loved feeding them
my next car
my next car
Dingo !!
Dingo !!
The Gabba cricket ground
The Gabba cricket ground
Dave Woods flat
Dave Wood's flat
great technique
great technique
my first game of bowls (while booz…
my first game of bowls (while boo…
Byron Bay surf
Byron Bay surf
Byron Bay  Sun at last !!
Byron Bay Sun at last !!
quality !!
quality !!
Beautiful Aims !!
Beautiful Aims !!
organised wardrobe
organised wardrobe
Dave Woods flat
Dave Wood's flat
AAMI buidling, from Daves flat
AAMI buidling, from Dave's flat
Dave Woods flat
Dave Wood's flat
a good view of Brisbane
a good view of Brisbane
Brisbane
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