5.13pm - Burn Baby Burn
Trip Start Feb 09, 2009
19Trip End Mar 25, 2009
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So long time readers of this blog might be surprised that I've not mentioned a certain recurring problem I have yet. That's because it's been raining most of the time since I arrived in Australia. But no worries, because yesterday the sun finally came out, and naturally, I leapt with gay abandon at the opportunity to sunburn.
Yes, it's my old trouble, and I now have not just a stylish necklace mark à la NZ, but also a groovy strap mark across my chest from my bag. A few years ago, I was in Cannes, and went to the local market early Sunday
Coffs Harbour was nice enough, but quite quiet. I spent a bit of time on the beach, which was nice enough (when I wasn't getting third degree burns, that is), and went to see the Pet Porpoise Pool, which was... weird, actually. I
Other than struggling with conflicting emotions about animal welfare, I spent my time in Coffs Harbour eating Turkish Delight ice cream from this gorgeous little ice cream parlour on the jetty and hanging out with my various roommates, all of whom were lovely to a man. Or woman. Katerina, the multilingual German, was good fun, and incredibly kind when I got sunburn, pressing homeopathic remedies and aloe vera on me, and rubbing aqueous cream on my back. I went with Hazel, the 31 year old from Brighton, and her friend/ex/travelling partner Steve to the nearby pub to have a few beers and watch a local band, who were pretty good. And I had some great chat with Leanne, the Welsh ex-Air Force girl, on the subject of weird jobs and dream jobs. There were half a dozen others that came through our room over my time there, but they were the ones I'll remember best.
So today I woke up bright and early and headed for Byron Bay, the backpacker's destination spot (the other one being Surfers Paradise). Had no idea where I was going, because every bloody hostel, including the funky-sounding Arts Factory, where I really wanted to stay, is filled to capacity. So I drove around looking for motels again, only this time, I was much more successful, and managed to find a vacancy almost straight away. Go me. On the way, I was planning on going to the Big Banana (it's powerful big), which I did, but I didn't go into the actual theme park thing that has sprung up around said banana because of my sunburn. Tobogganing, as much as it sounds awesome, and as much as I was ready to believe Martyn's confirmation of the awesome, would not have been quite so awesome on a sore back. Considering even wearing anything with straps right now is painful, tobogganing would pretty much blow.
Tomorrow, I will man up, apply more aqueous cream (mmm, aqueousy), and have a wander up to Cape Byron and the lighthouse, I think. As much as I ouch, I also want to make the most of my time here. Byron Bay has some truly excellent views and a lovely beach, so should be good stuff.
Where I stayed
Bay Beach Motel