Saturday, 24 February 2007

The East Coast

We decided the best way to travel up the east coast would be to buy a hop-on hop-off bus ticket that allowed us to hop-on and then hop-off, whenever we liked. We think this was a wise decision as it was cheaper than car hire and it saves us from driving. Due to the bus route, bus timetable and the amount of activities we want to get through, we have had to plan the next three weeks of our trip with intense military precision. This blog entry is currently being updated in the 0.27hrs of today's scheduled communications time.

The Big Prawn- One of many big things attached to cafes and petrol stations across Australia. We have also seen the Big Rockin Horse and the Big Lobster but not sure if we'll get to see the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, etc...
Our first stop on the the east coast was Byron Bay. The little town and most of it's residents were extremely laid back. It was a welcome change of pace after Sydney and after spending a little while browsing the trendy surf shops and taking in the stunning beach, we quickly fell in love with the place.

We arrived in the morning and quickly made for the beach. While Pamela sunbathed I went off and played beach soccer with a group of guys from the hostel. I scored one goal, got sunburn on my forehead and almost collapsed from exhaustion. It was great.

The next morning we took a 5Km stroll to a lighthouse and view point called Captain Cook's Lookout. The walk was hard going, up hill and in the blistering heat, but it was well worth it as the view was spectacular.

Later that afternoon I met up with Blackdog Surf school for my first ever surf lesson!

Check out my sweet moves dude. Gnarly!

We really loved Byron and would have stayed longer if we had had more time. Next stop was Surfers Paradise for one night. We squeezed in some beach time, a little shopping and we discovered the delight that is an Aussie Burger! Think of a McDonald's quarter pounder with bacon, egg and beetroot! Ripper!
Relaxing at the hostel
From Surfers it was up to Brisbane. Brisbane was quite a surprise, as we had assumed it wouldn't be anywhere as nice as Sydney or Melbourne. Most people we spoke to hadn't been very complimentary about the place but we really liked it. The city is built on a river and kind of reminded us of Glasgow a little bit. That was until we found the gorgeous man made beach and lagoon! After swimming in the water with the skyscrapers in the background we enjoyed fish and chips in the South Bank Gardens. before we got to used to City life it was back to the bus!

After Brisbane we continued up the coast to a lovely place called Noosa- very green with amazing restauraunts and houses. Noosa is a lot classier than touristy Surfers. The beach was excellent and the water was perfect for swimming in- Pamela even caught her first wave on a body board.

We went kayaking on the river where Pamela as ever observed the twenty's plenty speed limit!

We had already bought tickets for Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's zoo) and planned to go last Sunday but we failed to book a seat on the courtesy bus. Public transport on a Sunday would have involved about 6 hrs of bus and train journeys so we decided to hire a car instead. We managed to acquire three more passengers from the hostel and were able to split the cost.

The Zoo was great. They have a very hands on approach, encouraging you to touch animals and get up close to some amazing creatures. All the staff kept quoting Steve irwin saying "At Australia Zoo you get close to the animals, you grow to love them, then you want to help protect them." Not sure if we were moved to love any of the animals but Pamela was fond of the little Koalas.

Some of the people who shared a car with us

Seeing this tiger climb a tree reduced our possible tiger escape routes to zero!

A tasmanian devil

We left Noosa on Monday the 26th and arrived at Hervey Bay for a two night stop over. Hervey Bay is where most Fraser island tours leave from and we head out on Wednesday. The town isn't up to much and it has a lot of large industrial units dotted around, but we haven't checked out the beach yet which is supposed to be lovely. The Fraser Island trip is a self drive, 4x wheel sand safari camping trip and we find out tonight who we are travelling with. Here's hoping we get a friendly bunch!


The Ramages said...

Hi Ryan and Pamela
I posted something on the last update but it didn't seem to work. Sorry about that. It's great keeping up to date with all your adventures. Byron Bay looks wonderful, wishing we were there. The photo's and the commentaries are fantastic. We think about you often. Take good care of each other. Love you and miss you.
The Ramages

Neil Martin said...

Hey guys, Byron Bay looks even more amazing than i imagined, it somewhere ive always wanted to go! Just thought i'd let you know i'm jealous and that Iceland was amazing. We can swap pictures when you get back.

Keep having a great time.

All the best

Gwen and Norman said...

HI Pam and Ryan

It is wonderful reading about your travels, and seeing the photo's, they are amazing!Ryan we were so impressed with your surfing skills.You have visited places that most can only dream about ,one of them being the Australia Zoo.What fun you are having and memories you are creating. Keep Safe. Love you both and praying for you

Mum & Dad Ferrie said...

Hi Ryan and Pamela
Once again pictures are awesome,and are making us all really jealous.
Dad is heading up to Southerland tomorrow to work,(its an hour or so further up than Inverness,)he can practise surfing while there and you can both show off at St. Andrews when you come home.
We are thrilled that you are having this wonderfull experience but miss you lots. Mum and Dad Ferrie

danny ferrie said...

looks mega guys ,only one question one of your pics youve wrote and i quote'these are the people we shared a car with' big was this car?????????????? seriously though what an experience take it all in and embrace these different people and cultures most of us will never experience ,bye for now,uncle D xx

The Gunns said...
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The Gunns said...

hi Pammie and Ryan,
WOW!!!.... fantastic both look fab and really ARE enjoying yourself....great to see Lesley and the bump and Howard...bring back some sunshine with you :0)

Stay safe and know that we are all praying and missing you both......

Love you both
Lorraine and Alan and gang of kids and opps....Molly too woof woof

Rufioooooooo said...

HEY HEY HEY!!! Not posted in a while so thought id say hey. All your photos look absolutely amazin! I love the fact we can share this all with you. Looks like you are havin an awesome time! Keep the photos comin!

Love u both loads! miss u!

Ruthy xxxxx

Lindsay-May said...

The pictures are amazing and it looks like yous are having such an awesome time. Wish I was there. Pamela i think you should get a koala, that one was so cute. Missing yous at church and the footie! :D love yous xxxx

Liam & Jacqueline said...
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Liam & Jacqueline said...

'Sup G's,

The pictures are flippin amazing. Although I have to say the the views you looked out over at Byron Bay surely can't compare to the large steel fence and public footpath that I gaze out at as I sit here at my council desk in sunny Livingston (every day!!) or the beauty that is set out before me as I head home, take the off ramp from the M8 into Motherwell and wonder at the landscape that is Carfin and Ravenscraig!!

Seriously though guys it's amazing to see you both living this adventure. Everyone is talking about it and I think you've given people the bug to do the same. It's amazing how many people I've spoken to who are all now wanting to travel.

Anyhoo guys stay safe and for goodness sake, stay away from those stingrays!

Lim & Jacqueline.

Mum & Dad Ferrie said...

Hi Ryan & Pamela

You have met Harold Bishop AND seen Jacobs Creek! I am so envious I am going to have to repent. You are absolutely my heros. I love the idea of what you are doing and I know you will never regret this. Have a great time and keep safe.

Lots of love and stuff
Sheena (Cardow)

Mutchies said...

Hi Ryan & Pamela
Keep trying to send you a message. Don't know what I am dong wrong. Trying from my dads computer. Ever hopeful.
Your pictures are amazing especially the beach ones and the fabulous surfer. You both look as if you are having a ball and will I am sure you will have lots to say when you get home. I'm sure you will meet plenty interesting people on your travels. Talk about you often, good things of course. Take care and God Bless The Mutchies