Having a blast in Byron Bay (and other places too)

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hi everyone. At the moment I am in Byron Bay, it's about a 2 -3 hour drive down from Brisbane. We have been here for about four days now, because we decided after two nights of getting buses we would stay somewhere for a while and appreciate the cool air at night times, as the last chance we get to feel cold before Asia. We are staying at a really nice backpackers called Cape Byron Lodge. The guy that runs it is really nice, and has given me, Oonagh and Sam our own room for the same price as the dorm. The hostel has two television rooms, and one of the rooms (the better one) has a balcony in the top corner with cushions and pillows. It's like a den for watching movies. The hostel also has four pet snakes that wonder around the garden, don't worry, they are harmless. (This is a fact that I have presumed.)

Byron Bay is really nice, it's quite small in terms of how many shops there are but there are tons of people. There are lovely cafes everywhere, an old railway track that is now a really nice walk and a beach. A beach that's lovely but busy. There is a nicer beach down the road, about 20 meters away there is a walkway through a national park and onto a fantastic beach with brilliant waves, white sand, a lighthouse at the edge and hardly any people. This beach offers explanation as to why we have stayed here so long, when usually we get itchy feet and want to find somewhere new. The national park is just as good as the beach. We've spotted echidnas, snakes, lizards and lots of birds, including a Spotted Harrier, and an Owl last night in the garden. There are some bad sides to Byron too. A week before we got here there had been a shark attack on the main beach, but I'm sure thats nothing to worry about.

Yesterday we got back from a trip to Nimbin. Nimbin is a strange little village that seems like it's in its own little world. We stayed at a place called "The Rainbow Retreat" which offered all different kinds of accommodation from tiny little huts with a gauze as a window, a wooden hut without a door (just a canvas flap) and our room of choice, the gypsy van. The whole place reminded me of Bestival, with teepees and marques. Nimbin is lovely but I can sympathise with the lonely planet's description -"Nimbin works so hard to be alternative its almost mainstream". While in Nimbin me and Sam saw some sea eagles and I spotted a laughing kookaburra. They are so much bigger that I imagined, and their beaks are huge. It was on a fence watching over a river, and it stood about 40 cms tall.

On the 12th I went to Brisbane to meet Sam. Brisbane is better than Sydney, but is topped by Melbourne. We went on a Saturday so there was quite a lot on. In the main shopping area there where a group of four people playing basketball with mini trampolines, that was fairly impressive but the Melbourne botanical gardens where better.

I think that we have been following a storm around the world, and now we have finally caught up to it. Just before we arrived in Fiji they had a very large monsoon, before we went to the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, they had just had a storm. Just two days before we arrived in Melbourne, the wind had ripped down trees and we saw the damage in the botanical gardens and the wildlife reserve on Phillip Island. Usually, we just arrive and someone tells us about the awful weather the day before, but the last 4 days have rained an amazing amount and found ourselves discussing the bad weather. You know when it's really raining in England and then there are two minutes where the rain gets EVEN louder and you wonder how long it will go on, but usually the really really heavy rain lasts about 2 minutes. Well here, it lasted for hours, I'm sure it will pass though.

Before we leave Australia we want to take a surfing lesson, to make up for the fact that we probably won't get round to snorkeling on the great barrier reef. We couldn't go to Australia and fail at both surfing AND snorkeling, so hopefully the weather will get better and we will be catching waves in a few days. Anyway, I hope you all are well. Unfortunately the place we are staying at isn't very good for uploading pictures, but I shall see to it that some arrive soon. Lots of Love Bernie xxxxx
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bouncer
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Whoof
Have you read my last comments? I have been trying to tell you all about boring life without you. Still waiting for my passport. So i can come join you. I need some sun because its freeezing here and i dont have much fur. But if i was in the heat like you my nice thin black fur would soak up all the sun! Anyway gotta bounce, laterzzz X

duncanstibs
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Whoof
Your dog can type. That's cool I guess. I used to have a goldfish that could type, but in the end the computer electrocuted it.

Hey, I'm in Japan. It's a pretty funky place, but quite expensive. My blog is mindthegapyear.blogspot.com if you want to hear more.

Leave a comment you nutters!

Oh, and have fun surfing.

bernie-s
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Re: Whoof
Sorry Bouncer, I couldnt check my emails at the hostel so I didn't know who had left comments. Thats cool that you get like your toothpaste. I bought the worst toothpaste in the world the other day, it tasted horrible. Thats a lovely picture of you and dad, treasure that forever. xxxx

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