Having a blast in Byron Bay (and other places too)
Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
54Trip End Aug 19, 2008
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Byron Bay is really nice, it's quite small in terms of how many shops there are but there are tons of people
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
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