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Now this is the smallest town we have stayed at in Australia but it was our favourite so far, we found ourselves the best hostel we have stayed in so far this trip (Cool Bananas Hostel), with its great atmosphere, jungle like gardens and a manager with OCD that couldn’t stop cleaning, it was a great combination. The lounge was amazing with really comfortable sofas and free DVD’s we felt like we were it home....ahhhh! We relaxed straight into it.
The following day we took a free tour around the two towns which took about 10 minutes but the guys that took us told us about a couple of things to do whilst we were visiting one of which is called Scooter Roo bike tours which we booked for that afternoon. We were picked up from the hostel and met all the other others at the office, we were all given a leather jacket, helmet, tattoos and of course our pimped up moped that looked like scooters. There were about 30 of us all together and before we were allowed on the roads we had a test circuit to drive around. I was last so I got to watch everyone go around the circuit which was great fun, one guy nearly fell off and the girl in front of me was all over the circuit until she crashed into a bush screaming - priceless! I managed to pass so off we all went onto the road and as we stopped to all line up I felt a jerk from behind, as I turned it was bush girl behind me, apparently she forgot how to brake....again. It really was great fun as we all spun off down the road looking like Meatloaf, we stopped a few times, once for picture, a second to see some kangaroos hopping about and a third to watch the sunset with a box of potatoe wedges. We were out on the road for about 4 hours and as we rode back it was coming in dark, it looked so funny a huge convoy taking over such a small town. It was on the way back hat I found my horn too, so it was a bit like 'Name that tune’.
When we arrived back to the hostel we both took an extended shower whilst we tried to scrape of the stick on biker tattoos. After all that fun we decided to get a surf lesson the next day which was the cheapest on the coast at $17. We met everyone in the morning outside the surf shop and all walked down to the beach in convoy with our surfboards in hand. We had a total of four hours in the class, the basics on the beach and then putting it into practice in the water. I managed to stand up on the board the first time and what a great feeling that was. I absolutely loved every minute of it, but it really does take great skill and balance. What the class gave us is knowledge of how to do it, the rest is up to us to practice and get it right. We relaxed on the beach the rest of the afternoon aching all over.
The following day we took the body boards down to the beach to mess around in the surf but there was hardly any waves so we ended up lying on the boards bobbing about, it really was a hot day. We took a walk into the bush to cool down and the path lead us up to a lookout, it gave us great views over Agnes Water and 1770 and best of all it was so peaceful so we sat a while on a rock staring down at the people on the beach. Our bus was due that evening to take us to Airlie Beach so we hung around the hostel relaxing. I found out a girl in the hostel is a hairdresser so I asked her if she would cut my hair she agreed for $10 so I was a very happy girl, as people saw what she was doing everyone decided they all wanted a hair cut so she spent the rest of the afternoon cutting hair.
10pm and the Greyhound pulls up just as the thunderstorm rolls...great!