Southern Cross Tourist Retreat

Trip Start Dec 15, 2006
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Trip End Dec 2007


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Monday, May 28, 2007

The Town of 1770/Agnes Waters is not a usual backpackers stop on the east coast. Bobby and I had heard so many great things about it that we had to check it out. The hostel we stayed in was not at all a hostel! It was grand. 3 people per room, ensuite bathrooms, great facilities, free bike hire and a pool! Great spot and the only downfall was it was about 30 minute walk from town. We made use of their courtesy shuttle though so it wasn't wall bad.

Bobby and I took a free tour on Thursday morning to see what the town had to offer. To my amazment, a football player from McGill was on the tour. Micheal Samman was a running back at McGill who I cheered many a game for. Very cool to run into him in Australia. He was travelling with his girlfriend, Valerie, very sweet girl. Later that day, we met up with them again on the Scooteroo Tour. These things are mini motor cycles that you don't need a special lisence to drive. I never thought in my life I would be in control of something that even remotely looked like a motor cycle but I had a great time! I wanted to go faster and faster but these little things only did about 85km per hour. Very fun. 

Friday was surf day. I finally found the best place to take a lesson and we even had good waves. This is one of the last places on the east coast to surf because after 1770, the great barrier reef blocks the good waves. Milroy was our teacher and he was a piece of work. Showed up late because he was enjoying the waves a little too much and then didn't really get into the water with us except to catch a few waves himself. Nevertheless, there isn't too much to be said except practice! So I was out there for as much as I could and had a great time. I even rode one wave properly and it wasn't white wash. It was brilliant. Hopefully I will get another chance before I go! That evening we did a sushi night which was awesome! Lena joined up with us (from Noosa) as well as Bobby's friend Woutar from Holland. Very yummy!

Saturday I was up super super early to take party in the Hostel's float in the 1770 Day paradge. Never give up a chance to get dressed up! It was fun and I got to lead some camp songs because there was no stereo on board the float. Awesome! Lena and I went to the festival and caught some live music before rocking back to the hostel for some dinner and drinks. Back to the festival and we met back up with Bobby and Woutar. There was live music going all night. I met a guy from Canada named Matt. He was a true blue Canadian and we rocked the mosh pit like we were born to do it. Now, I'm not a headbanger but these people just didn't know what they were doing. Canada showed them up.

Sunday I had to check out of the beautiful hostel but I had the day to chill as my bus wasn't until midnight. Sunday was awesome with some time by the pool, some time on the beach and even a free introductory scuba lesson in the hostel pool. I got to meet some more people that evening, Jeff and Dennis from Holland and I thought them how to play Euchre! Yeah! It was tons of fun followed by the moon in the spoon and Kings. I was happy to get on the bus for a snooze and rock into Airlie Beach the next morning.
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