Hey everybody! So lots of exciting things have happened since our last entry, we spent about a week in Byron Bay and only fell more in love with the place, our hostel was some crazy hippy commune with tents and teepees, etc and the people were lovely, after the surfing our time was mainly spent by the beach or the pool, and we took a trip to a place called Nimbin which was a bizzare experience to say the least! We went on a tour called "Jim's tour" which took us up into the hills to this crazy hippy town, the best thing is that we had a sound track the whole way of psycodelic hippy tunes from the 70's, pink floyd and the like! and on the way back we stopped off at a mad old hippies house where he fed us wierd fruits and talked about philosophy (he was a massive richard dawkins fan!) very wierd place but fun to see!
So we left Byron and carried on up to Surfers Paradise, the 2 places couldn't be more different so it was a bit of a shock to the system. Bascially leaving the laidback hippy lifestyle for highrise buildings and party town! Surfers is a very hectic place, strange as well as it is not in any way a surfers paradise, the waves are nearly non existent! We were told in Byron that they wanted to do the same thing there, build loads of appartment blocks but the hippies protested and so kept the place relatively undeveloped, so instead the developers went further north and took over sufers, it was much like florida i thought. 2 days there consisted of going to one of the many theme parks (was fun but not worth the $60 we paid!) and just looking round shops (not spending anything though!), also there were alot of irish pubs to drink in where you could actually buy a pint! Australia has a glass called a schooner which is just over half a pint so when you see a pint glass its a bit of a shock, you think "i'll never ba able to drink all that!".
Anyway next was Noosa, had a lovely national park and nice beaches, also only a free bus ride away from Australia Zoo! We hugged a koala which was a major highlight of the trip so far, they are so sweeeeeeeet! I'm going to wizz through now because i realise there is too much to say and i'm rambling! From Noosa to Hervey Bay which was our base for Fraser Island. This trip was just amazing, its exactly what you imagine when you think of travelling and seeing amazing places, it was just idylic. We got a 4 wheel drive between 10 people (you meet your group the day before) we had an irish couple, a korean couple and 4 guys from Chilli and were really lucky because they were all a lot of fun. We got to drive which was scary but amazing too, we got the best shift which was an hour and a bit down the beach at sunrise, just unbelievable! We saw beautiful lakes, champagne pools, floated down a stream, saw whales and dolhins and got stuck in the sand a lot! pictures hopefully will be up soon! So then our amazing month of holiday came to an end and now we are in the arse end of nowhere in a place called Bundaberg, it is truly a s***hole! But the main attraction is Farm work, for money and for our second Visa! (don't worry we don't have to do the second year straight away, we can use it again any time before we're 30!). There is a lot of exploitation by farmers but luckily we are staying in the best hostel and managed to blag ourselves the best job the first day we arrived! News spread pretty quick round the hostel and people were not happy! luckily they are not ones to hold grudges and we've made some awesome friends already, everyone's in it together so you make friends quickly. Our job consists of planting teak trees when they are little babies! its tedious but a lot better than picking tomatoes all day!(rachel would have died!) and apparently once you are in this job you've pretty much got it for the whole time so its nice to have a routine. So thats it for the next 4/5 weeks, hope your all good back in old blighty, sorry if i rambled, photos will be up soon if the darned computers EVER work! lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx