Hannah's Great Adventure
G'day from the Gold Coast. After a rather extended stay in Sydney, due to falling into the black hole which is Kanga House - I swear it has a magnetic pull on backpackers. I was one of the lucky ones; Abby is still there amongst the Bedbugs and Pommes. So I've lost my buddy! Abs was 'running on fumes' so had no choice but to work. I am just making full use of HSBC's generosity. From Sydney I caught a 'Grey Hound' up to Byron Bay, a bus journey would not be complete without the token drunk and lost Japanese student. Byron Bay was beautiful despite the RAIN. I shared the guest house with a group of rather sexy Swedish Surfers (sorry Rob), enjoyed the pool and hired a bike to explore the coast. From Byron Bay I headed inland to spend a few days with my Grandma's cousin and her Husband on their cattle farm in the north of New South Wales. I had such a wonderful time! The road through the farm goes up hills, down valleys, through creeks, across bridges, past dams, over cattle grid's .... It was great! Life on the farm was bliss; anytime after 4 was 'beer o'clock' - Wendy's home brew! During dinner, their very own 'free range' Red Pol vealer, I was educated on Australian wines, and when it was time for bed, I had the comfiest double bed all to myself. What more could a girl want? I even helped (well probably hindered) David 'mustering' the cattle on horseback - I've been walking like John Wayne ever since. I became rather attached to one of their cows, 'streaky Bacon' - see the photo. Wendy and David have 5 dogs and I thought our house was hectic! Tom looks just like Jess so reminded me of home, although he is very well behaved! They all had their own roles on the farm which was fascinating to watch. Wendy and David dropped me in Brisbane. It took a while to adjust to hostel life having sampled the comforts of home - including a cup of tea in bed every morning - Oh yes! I shared a room with 5 smelly boys - and the hostel reminded me of a dodgy 18-30's holiday camp. Now I'm in Noosa and the sun is shining! Hope your all well, xxx Ps. You can leave me a message, you know !?!?!