07.08.2010 - 16.10.2010 21 °C
First of all I am very happy to congratulate my big sis on having her first little baby.... Little Ella!! she is very cute, and I am proud to be her uncle!
So hello again... its been almost a 2 months since I let you guys know what I am up to but im sure Ma, Al and maybe Ol have kept you up to date with what my plans are, and what ive been doing.
So when I last left you we were in Sydney, which was awesome fun and we actually ended up staying there for 10 days rather than the 3 that we had planned as we never got round to booking our bus up north, eventually we booked the bus and headed to our first stop of Byron bay. Another overnight bus which was luxury compared to the ones we had faced in Asia, but still sleeping on a bus is never the most desirable place, but once we arrived in Byron it was worth it.
Even though it was meant to be coming to the end of winter, the weather was awesome and it was nice to be wearing shorts and sunnies again, after the chill and rain that we faced in Sydney. So byron was another very nice beach and chilled out place, with some pretty awesome sunsets, and dolphins and whales spotting just of the coast aswell it was pretty cool, we were there as the whales where breaching so there was alot of action and splashes in the water. we spent 3 nights in Byron, and after headed up to Surfers Paradise.
Surfers wasnt what we expected, as we kind of thought it would be an area for surfers!! However it is a massive city highrised area, and Main Beach, is definitely not for surfers, however it is still a pretty cool area, very hip, almost the LA of Australia I guess, theres definitely a lot of money around, with fancy cars, impressive houses and yachts in the harbour areas. Even though it was a more expensive area, we were still able to get up to some mischief travelling style with some cheap nightly excursions orgainsed by the hostels, although Goosey didnt seem to have much staying power as the nights went on...... and ended up waking with a wetter bed than he fell asleep in. Surfers was cool, and we also met up again with a girl me met in asia (Leah) who lives near the area, and she and her family were kind enough to have us over for dinner one evening, which was ace as a good feed always goes down well!!
After Surfers we headed to Brisbane, whcih was onyl a short 2 hour journey, but befre we left and all the way there and for the first day we were in Bris, we experienced the full force of Queensland storms, they were very impressive, but didnt make us too happy. So we did the usual, and wondered the city for the first day in the rain, and then the rest of the time we were there the weather was pretty banging, so we chilled out in some of the nice parks, and generaslly enjoyed ourselves. Brisbane is a cool place, very new buildings like alot of Oz, but even the CBD was very chillaxed and theres some wicked museums and galleries, which sit on the river that winds throught he city.
Anyway from Brisbane, we headed to Hervey Bay, to do the Fraser Island trip which goose and I both agreed was the highlight of the Oz trip, It was four days with some awesome people we met from Bristol, who really were nuts, and fraser island was a wicked place, beautiful place differnet from anythin id seen before, it has massive sandunes falling into freshwater lakes, with a rainforest backing, it was wicked. then other lakes which are so clear, with white sand beds, they were wicked and id love to go back. Then also rivers or mangroves that are so clean that you can drink from them as the water has taken 100 years or more to pass through the rock. And to top that off, the wildlife is also wicked, we had man eating dingoes wondering our camps, and man eating great whites swimming the sea, and whales dolhpins mating, and massive sting and manta rays cruising the cliff shores. Aaaaand on top off that when, when we got back from the sights, we had a lovely tent to sleep in and a Big bonfire to sit sing dance and drink the night away next to, and to top that off there were some more lovely people who joined us from another camp !!!
After Fraser everything got very rushed as during the stop in Hervey we had decided to move on to New Zealand early, as money was running short for both of us, so we headed all the way up to Cairns, where we slept in the airport again flew back down to Sydney where we met some of the Wallabies, who were heading toof to play the Saffas in Prettoria.
Anyway after a good nights sleep in cairns and a flight to sydney we made it to Auckland, and took a flight to Chrsitchurch to catch up with Gooseys and now my, mate James!! Who had a funfilled night ready for us as soon as we arrived in Christchurch at 9pm, as he helps manage a bar/club in town. We spent 2 weeks staying with James and his student housemates, which was really good fun, and it was cool to see how students in NZ are the same as students in UK. New Zealand is a beautiful conurty and it would be brilliant to spend more time there. We headed into the Port hills for a day, which were very similar to the lake district but more dramatic, and well.... just cooler, talking about cooler, it was freezing in NZ after 30-40 degrees in Bali, to 20 in OZ to 0-10 in NZ it was freezing!! Not my thing. We headed into the mountains aswell just to make us chill even more, and it was the end of their skiing season so there was still plenty of snow on the peaks which was pretty impressive, I think goosey can see himself going out to do a ski season there already.
Well then, talking of Goosey I am sad to say I have lost the little blighter, and he is now back with you guys in the UK, although he did almost miss his flight from Christchurch. we had a wicked time travelling together and now I do miss him a little bit as he's left me to carry on my journey, as i have headed back to Oz to work. I stayed in the gold coast for a round a month and had a sales job for a week which I hated so i have now headed back down to NSW and will start work in sydney sometime this week working as a labourer on construction sites.
The Summer here is coming and I cant wait. Hope all you guys back home are all well, and i will try an write again soon, will put some phots on as well.
Mush love and for the first time From just me, Chris xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx