Moreton Island - Byron Bay
Trip Start Jan 2003
200Trip End Dec 2003
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With a few hours to kill between check out and our boat departing back for the mainland, we joined a whale watching cruise. With evil weather beckoning and Australian laws preventing boats from moving to within 200 of whales, I can't say I was enthusiastic. How wrong could I be?!
The weather was indeed awful and there was a consistent whiff of seasickness induced vomit but this didn't prevent it from being one of the most memorable days of my life. Initially these 15m to 18m long creatures (incidentally with 2 foot long penises, well the males anyway) were reluctant to show their face and we had to be content with a rainbow for our efforts of braving the downpour. After a while a few were spotted ahead and the hassles of staying out in the wet proved worthwhile and we had the best vantage point
Moreton Island was another highlight. Although so much of the East Coast has been mundane, along with the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays it makes a trio of places I'm going to reember and drea about for a long time to come. Not wishing to stay in brisbane any longer than necessary, we left immediately and experienced our first traffic jam. With the clock of our remaining time in Australia ticking we bypassed supposed attractions like Surfers Paradise and finally made it to New South Wales and Byron Bay, the ost easterly point in Australia. The PMA derived from a few good days seems to have paid off as we've landed on our feet with an undeservedly deserted and gorgeous guesthouse just out of town. With comfortable beds, en suite bathrooms and an empty lounge with cable TV it feels like 5 star luxury for 8 quid a night.