I got the coach at 7:45am to go to Australia Zoo. When we arrived at I went to the lockers to put my bag in one of the lockers and thought I'd wait for another of the people from my coach to come along to see if they'd like to share a locker to make it cheaper. A guy who I recognised came along and I asked him if he wanted to share a locker and told him that I promise I wouldn't steal anything from his bag during the day. He introduced himself as Tom and I asked him if he wanted to hang out together. He turned out to be a pilot with the Canadian Airforce and was a really lovely guy. We had a really fun day chatting and hanging out together. He's the first person I've met who is here on a long holiday (4 weeks) as everyone seems to be travelling for months or on a working visa. We went to a couple of live shows, including watching the otters being fed, elephants picking people up by their trunk and standing on two feet and grabbing the hose and putting it in their mouth, and people feeding a crocodile and a woman swimming with a snake.
I've also seen my first kangaroo and koala and they're both really cute! You can buy some kangaroo feed to get up close and personal with them in their enclosure. There were so many and I even saw a joey feeding from its mother. I stroked a koala too whilst it was in a tree and all tehy seem to do is sleep!
It was a fun day because Tom was good company and the zoo is quite different from other ones I have been to as it's focus is about educating people about the animals for conservation. At 3:45pm we headed to the coach station to get our bus and I started chatting to some of the guys there who were from the Netherlands and England. I sat next to Tom on the coach and as he is going to be in Cairns at the same time as me I asked if he was on facebook but as he isn't he gave me his email address instead. I got off the bus after an hour at Noosa and he stayed on.
The two guys from the Netherlands also got on and we got a lift to the YHA hostel called Halse Lodge. It is the poshest hostel i've stayed in so far, but also the most expensive. The receptionist told us that there was a welcome meeting at 6pm so i went to my dorm room to drop my stuff off and started chatting to the girls in there who are from Canada and England. Myself and one of the Canadians headed down to the welcome meeting and grab our free wine. There was about 10 of us and we all stayed and chatted and then a group of us went to the bistro in the hostel to have dinner. We stayed there a couple of hours and then all departed as we were all really tired. They were all really nice.