Kat and Em's Travels
Thursday 30th November Got up after only a few hours sleep as we had to get the bus down to Byron. Coincidently our Irish drinking pals were on the same bus. Luckily we weren't in the same hostel, haha! There's a change of time zones on the East Coast which was a bit weird considering you're normally on a plane when the time changes. Somehow that seems more reasonable! Anyway we got to our hostel but we couldn't check in cos there was noone there so we went for a pie with the 10 dollars I found on the floor. Walked round Byron for a bit, it's a really cool hippy place, lots of dreads about, i love it! Also got some new books, we've been getting through them quite quickly. Finally got into our room which was a 12 bed dorm - biggest yet! And our room mates included 2 old men, yuck! Had a 3 hour nap and went out for food, all you can eat buffet my favourite! Kat went to chat to Paul who had been lurking around outside our hostel like a psycho killer. Then we went to bed again. Yes it was another eventful day! Friday 1st December Thought we'd be active today and headed on a walk up to Cape Byron Lighthouse which is the most easterly point of Australia. It was a bit of a trek but beautiful views. There were lots of bays and greenery and watched lots of people surfing. Had a little picnic next to the lighthouse and sunbathed for a bit, then we spotted Pete, Bryan and Marcus. Had an ice cream (which was one of the top 10 in Australia apparently!) and then walked back down the hill through the rainforest which Marcus had described as 'treacherous terrain.' This made us a bit worried but obviously we have done a lot more in Australia than he has! Met Paul and Steve who were busy sunning themselves on the beach amongst the schoolies. Some of them did a sky dive that morning. I beat Marcus at chess, I am still so chuffed about that. First Frank, now Marcus, I wonder who will be next! I think he was a bit gutted as he refused to shake my hand after and came up with a bunch of excuses like 'the tide was coming in.' That evening we went to Cheeky Monkeys (on my friend Becci's recommendation) and it was definitely worth it for the $5 chicken roast! Paul joined us and treated us to a jug of beer (even though he doesn't drink) and cheesecake. Ahhh bless. Thanks Paul! We sat in the same booth drinking all night as the whole place was overrun with schoolies yet again. Where are the backpackers! The other lads joined us and it got a bit messy when the tequilla came out. Went for another pie where supposedly I was talking to the pies. Went to bed about 7am! The boys left the following day. Saturday 2nd December Got up late, ate, did nothing. Pretty much how the whole day went. Nothing much else to add! Sunday 3rd December Nimbin trip! Got picked up by a rainbow coloured bus. Headed to a waterhole with a waterfall for a dip. Weather wasn't up to much but I went underneath the waterfall and then the guy convinced me to jump in. First off the small one which wasn't too bad. Then the big one. I think I was more scared of climbing up the rocks in just my bikini (which came off when I jumped in). I managed to summon up the courage to jump off the big one, it looked a lot bigger from the top. And I got a round of applause, hopefully because I'd been so scared. Not because my bikini top came off. Stayed in Nimbin for about an hour. It's famous in Australia for it's weed smoking hippy community. It's not legal there but it might as well be, everyone was smoking in the street. Old women were wondering around selling cookies, so we got some. Next drove through the hinterland region of Channon. It was really pretty and green, like England, it was even cloudy! Stopped off for some macademia nuts as they come from that region, then at the pub to get some beers and drove to the BBQ. That was the trip. Got back and it rained. And it poured. For ages. Had another nap then went to see Vikki and Hayley as they had an apartment in Byron for the week with 2 mates. We were so jealous, it had everything, even an oven! Hardly any hostels have ovens! Watched Ice Age 2, yes they even had a DVD player. * Please note the term 'Irish' above refers to Northern Irish. We apologise for any offence taken.