Snakes and Ladder
Trip Start Aug 15, 2003
35Trip End Aug 14, 2004
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Since arriving in Australia we have had a fantastic time. We seem to be so booked up doing nothing we have not got time to do anything.
For example, we seem to be having difficulties after reading our books by the pool, going for walks along beautiful white sandy beaches and taking surf lessons, to squeeze in a third round of golf a week and go sailing and fishing. Just not on.
Some things we have managed to do our equally stressful. We got invited by Roisin and Wayne, cousins of the Healy family, to North Stradbroke Island
I am not one for zoos. But we were convinced that Seaworld was good and not really like a zoo. (We also had a voucher for half price, which kind of helped convince me). It was good, but not very different from a zoo to be honest. Instead of Elephants, giraffes and big cats, you have probably guessed from the name that most of the residents of this place live in the water. Turtles, fancy coloured fish of all shapes and sizes, sea lions and the two star attractions, sharks and dolphins. Fortunately they were not all in the same pool. The dolphin show, (yep show! Like they are performing monkeys, which is actually worse as they are treated much less humanely), is put on twice a day and they swim around doing all the kinds of tricks you expect dolphins to do. Dives, twists and twirls
To break up the monotony of looking at the water every day we decided upon a stroll through the hills that we can see from the back of Sandra and Garry's house. The Lamington National Park is like everything in this country. Massive! It just seems to spread for miles and miles. Nothing seems to be "just down the road". We saw a road sign pointing north to Cairns the other day, and mere 1717 kilometers away!!! Not something you would want to do on a day trip.
Anyhow we spent a lovely day walking, trying to spot one of the 8 most deadly animals or insects that Oz claims to have. We managed a couple which is always reassuring that they still have a few. At one point a snake, a tiny 6-foot long or so, got a little pissed off when Linda tried to step on his back. I mean what was wrong with him. He sat up hissed, Linda jumped and screamed, and then the both parted company, not likely to want to speak to each other again.
We also climbed to the top of a tree. Thankfully some intelligent people have decided to strap a ladder or two to the sides of them, and up we climbed
Garry and Sandra have a great enthusiasm once the weekend arrives. They are always keen to pack the car up and get out and about. One such weekend we headed South to Byron Bay and on to Nimbin. Probably two towns that are recognizable to those who have visited this fine country. Let me explain. Bryon Bay grew up in the 50's and 60's when our parents thought flowers were cool and being a hippy would last forever. (And all the trimmings that come with that lifestyle.) Ever since it has been a Mecca for those travelling Oz searching for a beautiful beach and a wave or two, surrounded by many other chilled out travellers, man! It is a great little town a well worth a visit.
Nimbin is an hour or so up into the hills behind and for those who have never been, it is a must see. Without a doubt, it is the strangest town I have every walked into. Even Coober Pedy where the entire local population lives underground is not a strange. It is essentially a town that sets its own boundaries and laws. The locals walk around either selling or buying dope. They sell clothing called Bringabong, instead of Billabong. And even the dogs stroll around the place in slow motion like they have been smoking all day.
Off to Darwin next week to wrestle crocs and roos now that we have tamed the ocean.