Cyclone 'Oswald' Hits Town!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2012
47Trip End Aug 02, 2013
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Brisbane next. Australia's 3rd largest city and we liked it. It had really been hit hard by the cyclone though - the river had burst its banks and caused a bit of havoc there but they were on the mend when we were there. They have a mini beach slap bang in the middle of the city, which was interesting. However, Brisbane's Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was where the crowd was heading!
We were supposed to be watching a short presentation on our new furry friends, but the whole of the right side of the audience was transfixed on a massive 2ft long lizard that was roaming round. These things were all over the park, so probably weren't dangerous, but when the woman shouts "don't worry, it's only a water dragon, it is just having a nosey".....she didn't put me at ease because 1) the thing was MASSIVE and 2) BECAUSE IT'S CALLED A DRAGON!! Normal people are scared of dragons!! As it goes, nobody was harmed! Kala, of course, was listening to the presentation and learnt that Koalas are not bears as most people call them, they are in fact marsupials. Pregnancy only lasts around 35 days and out comes a tiny baby about the size of a 50p! The baby somehow manages to get itself to its mother's pouch and latches on to a teat where it stays for around 7 months!
A bird of prey show and a bit of kangaroo feeding topped off a very enjoyable, childlike day for us!! (One of the kangaroos looked like he'd been on the dumbells...!! He had huge forearms and pecs and everything....Kangaroos don't need pecs!! I wasn't feedin him!!) Back to our hostel and the air con isn't great over here so Kala is making us sleep under flamin AIRWOLF-type fans! I'm freezing cold at night!!
A bad day followed as I left my (recently topped-up!) phone on the bus AND only got 5 instead of 6 nuggets from McDonalds and it was too far to walk back!
Next up was Rainbow Beach, just 2ish hours along the coast. Famed for their 'rainbow coloured' sand dune cliffs that back onto the beach. Again, this place was hit pretty bad but the clean up operation was well underway and we could see a real difference in just one day. The highlight here was the sunset walk to Carlo Sandblow. After going through a wooded track, suddenly it opens up and there was an almost desert-like massive sand dune seemingly plonked on top of a forest!! Very weird, but a beltin lookout point for a beautiful sunset. We saw a bit of skilled hang gliding before being pleasantly surprised at the quality of some photos of us taken by an over-the-top Aussie bloke!
We're sleeping in dorms a lot more over here because it's a lot cheaper than having your own room and they can be frustrating at times! We were in with an American chick and a tall French chap the other night and they were on a bender this particular night!! So after we were in bed at 10.00 sharp coz we're geeks, this night was not gonna be good! Yank gets in at 2ish.....SMASHED!! Gets in bed. Leaves door open because they've only got one key. Door constantly creeks like mad and wakes me up! Lanky gets in even 'SMASHEDER'!!! Tries to wake Yank. Can't. Lanky goes somewhere else. Leaves door open too!! It creeks again for AGES!!! Aaaargh!! Lanky has no key, so I can't lock him out, so I stop the door from creeking by leaving a bag infront of it. Lanky comes back 25 mins later. Closes door. Starts texting.....loudly!! Falls asleep.....loudly!! Door clicks open! KINN EEELLLLLLLL!! LEARN TO CLOSE THE DOOR YOU CLOWN!!! I'll get up AGAIN shall I......?!!! Now I'm wide awake. Not good. I need my sleep! Then in our next hostel at a place called Airlie Beach some PUNK nicked our Weetabix even though it was bagged and tagged!!!! Kala was furious!! Whoever did it does obviously not know how much she loves her food!!