Australia Part 1
Trip Start Aug 21, 2007
25Trip End Jun 2008
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We started our time here in Sydney, where we stayed for three nights in a real cool area called Glebe- it's an area just out of the downtown across the harbour, and it has lots of cool shops and great restaurants (best Thai food EVER!)
In Brisbane, we picked up our campervan, and drove north about 4 hours to Hervey Bay. For some reason the Aussies pronounce it "Harvey Bay," and couldn't quite understand why pronounced it "Her" instead of "Har"?! I thought the spelling would tip them off, but I guess not. Anyway, Hervey Bay is supposedly the whale-watching capital of the world, so we went whale watching. We did see whales, but not exactly up close and not very many. Still a cool experience, just not as good as advertised....
From Hervey bay, we went on the ferry to Frasier Island, the world's largest sand island, which somehow hosts a massive rainforest and beautiful lakes as well. There was a beautiful stream as well, and the 4x4ing on the beach in a huge bus was great as well. As you can see from the pics, the lakes are a beautiful baby blue colour, and the water is amazingly clear, while the sand is pure white
Next, we went to Tin Can Bay, where we were able to hand-feed dolphins who come into the lagoon every morning for a visit and food! They were so beautiful, but we weren't allowed to pet them or hug them, which one wants to do when that close to a dolphin. From Tin Can Bay, we went to Maroochydoore, where we met up with Chris and Amber Baxter, who are from Lloyd as well! We went to the Steve Irwin Australia Zoo, which was decent but maybe not quite as good as you would expect, just merely a typical zoo. Still, it was nice to see some people from back home, and we ended up meeting up that night, getting some beer and a "box" of wine, and drinking way too much on the beach! It was an awesome time and we all had lots of fun, but Bonnie and I weren't exactly feeling well in the morning, especially Bonnie. The next day was a long one, but as usual McDonald's (or Macca's as Aussies call it) can cure any hangover!
Now, we are in Surfer's Paradise/Gold Coast, an area with huge beaches and more amusement parks than imaginable. We went to Wet N' Wild yesterday, which was the best waterpark I've ever been to, and I love my waterparks
Well, a quick update but its hard to stay inside on a computer when its so warm outside! Heard Lloydminster got a bit of snow yesterday! It's so hot here that I would gladly dive headfirst into the snow, if only for a few minutes. That would be enough.....
Hope all is well in Canada, New Zealand, Holland, etc, wherever you are while reading this. We miss you all, and have you in our thoughts. We appreciate the comments on the blog, or Facebook, email, whatever, so keep in touch.....