Two and half weeks travelling the east coast to Sydney.
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We arrived in to Cairns airport to be reunited with james and to meet Jane. For the next few weeks two has become four!!
The hostel is really nice and with free breakfast and evening meal, we are in heaven. We enjoyed a well deserved few drinks on day number two in Cairnes after a stressful day organising our route down the east coast and booking tour to Whitsunday and Fraser Island. On this evening the dancing moves were out again and we boogied to the early hours. We then enjoyed an amusing walk home where James attempted to be spider man by clambering over the kids climbing frame.
Sadly the first couple of days the sun only made brief appearences. But our third and final day in Cairns was beautiful and we have had the chance to swim in the lagoon. The white bits were on show again!!
We then ttok an over night Greyhound bus to Airlie Beach. We arrive just before lunch time and had a quick sprint around Airlie beach collecting our tickets,lunch and drink for the next two evenings aboard a boat around the Whitsunday islands. We boarded the boat at 1pm and set sail. First we sailed up and around Hook Island. The view was amazing. The sea is turquoise and the islands are unspoilt. A couple of hours later we put on stinger suits in preparetion for snorkelling.
I slept well on the boat considering the small dorms and little beds. On the second day we had a chance to go on a bush walk around Whitsunday Isaland and then visit Whithaven beach on the island. I have never seen sand so perfect as on this beach. I was as white and soft as flour. In the afternoon we got a chance to go snorkelling again.
On the third day we were up at 6am for a bush walk to see aboriginal art and a waterfall.
Our last day in Airlie beach was a lazy one. we stayed by the lagoon most of the day and did a spot of shopping. we then took the overnight bus to The Town of 1770.
We arrived in 1770 and almost instantly we all fell in love with it. It is a small town on the beach with a handful of shops and a surf shack. We spent the first day exploring and saw the sunset from a light house. We nearly droveover a Dimond Python though!! in the evening we went to a bar and enjoyed a jug of beer and meal for $10 (four pounds).
Next stop Hervey Bay. From here we took our 3 day self drive 4 wheel drive tour of Fraser Island. There were 11 people in our Jeep. This definitley turned out to be the best few days of our east coast trip so far. We spent the three days clinging to our seats as we drove through deep sandly tracks through rain forest and the smoother drives along the beaches. The beaches are the road but also the landing strip for incoming planes!! Sadly we didn't get to see any Dingos, but they were heard in the night! Thankfully also we didn't come across any of the 9 out of top 10 most deadly snakes that live on the island. Not to mention the spiders!! We visited just about every thing there was to see on the island. We even managed to have the tents down and leave the camp at 7am on the last morning just to make sure we did everything possible. Lake Mackenzie was definitley the miost impressive of the lakes we saw on the Island. It had a perfect blue water and whiter than white sad. A few other things I enjoyed visiting included the huge ship wreck on one of the beaches and Indian Head where we could see all the sharks swimming.
Then we travelled from Hervey bay to Byron bay. We made a 5hour stop at Brisbane on the way. To get a short but sweet feel for the city. Byron bay was everything we had expected. It was full of surfers!! We took time to relax here, visited the Sunday market and hired push bikes to cycyle to the light house. Just as we were waiting at the Greyhound bus stop to leave Byron bay who should walk up to us but Mikey (from hatfield). We soon discovered in the internet cafe next to us was Garath and Tom Littlechild. Small world!! Sadly it was a quick hi and bye, and on to the Greyhound.
Our last few days on the east coast were spent in Sydney. Definitley one of those cities you can instantly see your self living there. We did the tourist attractions, botantical gardens, the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Manly beach and Darling harbour. At Sydney we joined back up with Sam, as he is doing NZ with us. We left Sydney on a high by going to watch a performance at the Sydney Opera House. It was called The Hanging Man and funniliy enough produced by The West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Good bye Oz...