Hermits' Adventures in Noosa, Brissie & Surfers
Trip Start Sep 14, 2011
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Having completed the boredom of Hervey and the magic of Fraser (I have no idea what Nick wrote for that entry so I'll assume this was the general gist), we headed onto Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, the full family in tow.
Noosa quickly replaced Airlie Beach as our favourite small town in Australia so far; a really smart and modern place with an up-market high street, nice beach (especially so after Hervey's sand whirlwind), and a National Park all within a 10 minute walk of our hostel. As the girls went off to shop, we took a walk into Noosa national park, spotting whales from Boiling Pot Point. Apparently we love whales. The night consisted of one of the more haphazard drinking adventures, culminating in Nick rolling off the top bunk completely for one of the more humorous travelling injuries so far
Day 2 in Noosa saw us take in the Steve Irwin Zoo (Australia Zoo), where we all spent most of our time hungover, leering over kangaroos and chasing their joeys to feed. Much enjoyed.
8th - 10th October 2011
Moving rather swiftly on, we arrived in Brisbane at around 2pm and managed to book the actual last 2 beds available in the city at the expensive YHA. We set out to find our bearings in the busier than expected city centre (we heard this was a relaxed place? God help us for Sydney) before returning to the hostel for a night with Adi and KK from the Whitsundays, as well as some Swedes we'd discovered on the way. Fun in the famed Fortitude Valley followed with the place packed for Oktoberfest.
The Sunday saw us drive to the Aussie girls house in Miami, just south of Surfers Paradise, for a big old boat reunion including 'Grizzly' Jack and 'Frenchie' Paul. Following a BBQ and a frolic on Miami Beach (who needs America?) we went back to the aptly named Magic Mountain resort for fun in the spa; or hot tub to you and I.
Desperately in need of some culture to pad out time between our apparent dependency on goon, on the 10th we found ourselves driving back to Brisbane for various museums. Having discovered the museum with the dinosaur statue out front was closed (nawh) we gave up on culture, instead opting for a China-Town meal and a lengthy stroll down the river and round the beautiful Botanical Gardens
11th October 2011
Via Paddington we said our goodbyes to Brisbane and ventured onto Surfers Paradise. Such a strange set-up to be on the beach while 70-story skyscrapers tower over you, but nonetheless we remained beach-bound until the building shadows took over the sunlight.
Post-beach, we travelled back up to Magic Mountain apparently to ruin our friends lives as we somehow managed to lock a bathroom door from the outside, experience an ignition failure in Clare's car, and massively fail with the front door key having abandoned the car at Coles supermarket. Bad luck actually does come in threes. The evening despite all our troubles was a good one, rambling away on various subjects for many hours after a good feeding and spa session. Can't ask for too much more than that on a Tuesday.
Finally, big thanks to the Aussie Girls for not only giving us places to stay but also for the personalised tour-guiding! Especially of the Australian highway, Sizzling Mongolian BBQ House blew our minds.