We arrived at Hervey Bay YHA on Friday, greeted with sweets, buns and juice, which was very welcome- the same as anything which is free when your travelling. The YHA was really nice but we have been unable to take any pictures as Nadine's camera has broken. We stayed in a 6 bed log cabin which had its own bathroom and Laura felt like she was in Neighours as it had the double doors. The common room had big leather mobern chairs , a pool table, computers, games and a bistro. Outside there was a pool and spa with Tennis and Basketball courts, although we didn't go outside much during our stay there because of the rain! This very lush hostel was all good and well but it was in the middle of nowhere! It took 20 minutes to get to the nearest shop which funnerly enough was called Woolworths.
Friday night was a quiet one and we were in bed by 9pm- most be all that canoeing catching up with us.
On Saturday we got a lift on the free bus to the shop to get the camera fixed, the woman agreed to come back and pick us up in 20 minutes time, unfortunatly the shop couldn't fix the camera but a random guy offered to take us to a shop he though might be able to fix it so we jumped in his car and off we went! The shop was miles away, right in the town centre, everything is spread out a lot here so after going to the shop which also couldn't fix the camera, we were stranded in town and didnt know the way back to the hostel, we had missed the bus back and the hostel couldn't get in touch with the driver to pick us up so we had 2 and a half hours to spear before we could get picked up again, we used the time wisely by booking into the hostel that we were staying in, in the next few days and then went to Hoolihans Irish Bar to keep dry of course as it was raining again. We rang the hostel back to make sure we could get picked up as a girl from our hostel had to walk and it took her 2 and a half hours to get back! They told us to get on Koalas ( Another hostels ) free bus to the transit centre then they could pick us up from there, being closer to Beaches hostel we jumped on their bus instead but missed it and had another hour to wait. We finally caught the bus to the transit centre, it was now 3pm and we had set off at 9.50am and had done nothing! All the other buses where there apart from ours, there were 2 other backpackers that had just arrived at Hervey Bay and was also waiting for the bus. We waited and waited but it never turned up. A French guy called Piere offered to take us all in the back of his camper van so finally we got back to our hostel!
Al, I know you tell me not to talk to strangers and especially NOT to get in their cars but this was nessecery, we were stranded and managed to brake the rule twice in one day, ha , how random! Anyway they didn't kill us and we ended up making friends Piere and Pikka ( his girl from Cambodia ) who's name reminds Nadine of Pokamon, the little yellow one! They liked our hostel so decided to stay for the night! We playing killer pool with very twisted rules and the bar man must have liked us as he was giving us jugs of beer at happy hour prices all night and gave us free drinking bottles which we wasn't suppose to get!
We checked in at Beaches hostel yesterday morning and made a friend as soon as we walked in the door. Steve a guy from York recognised our accent and helped Nadine with her bag, branding us with the name " Cod Heads" which he has called ever since. He is travelling with a Scottish guy called Andy who he met along the way. They are sound lads, we spent all day by the pool chatting and went out for dinner with them. They were a really good laugh! After dinner we went for a walk along the beach, we have never seen anything like it but the sand was in perfect tiny balls with random small holes plotted around, dont know what caused that but wish we had a picture. It was bizzare! We also have never seen so many bats here, there are thoursands just hanging around it trees! We made use of the rest of our day by decorating the bar for free jugs of beer, not bad! Something free! The lads have also saved us a small fortune by giving us a Lonely Planet book on New Zealand! Thanks guys!
Sunday was party night, we started off sober but after jugs and jugs of beer and shots we were wrecked! Andy and Steve were supposed to be catching the night bus which didn't happen and with no room to stay in we let them stay in ours! They turned up for a bus the next day that they wasn't booked on and are now on they way to Brisbane but we are all gonna have a night out when we get get home. All these nights out we are arranging with the people we have met from England are gonna cost a small fortune but worth it.
Its now Monday and we are going to meet Rachel off the bus in 20 minutes, cant believe she is here, its so exciting.
Doing Fraiser Island tomorrow, its gonna be wicked, she wont know whats hit her, its a dream world out here! The lads said Frasier Island was the best two days of there whole trip, we are so excited, not too many scooners tonight as we are up at 6am! woooo hooooo!!! Fraiser here we come!!