Well we left Byron Bay and headed to Surfers Paradise just for the day, which was pretty cool. From there we went to Moreton Island for 2 days. It was absolutely gorgeous!! I took a 1 1/2 hour ferry out to the island and when we got there it was like nothing I had seen. There are no raoeds on the island. Everyone just drives 4x4's around in the sand! There are only 60 full time residents that live there, so much of the island is untouched.
The day I got there the weather was really kicking up so the ocean was crazy! Even the guy that lives there said he had not seen it that rough in a long time. That meant that going out swimming in it was crazy. Where we all went swimming the waves were only about 4 feet high, but along other parts of the shore the waves were 25-30 feet! This was on the first day there. We also went to Blue Lagoon that day which is a fresh water lagoon on the island. It was freezing!!
The second day there we got up and everyone went hiking up to the highest sand dune in the world, Mt. Tempest. I couldn't hike it, however, because my knee was killing me from having overused it the day before. It was all swollen and painful. After that we went to The Desert (at least that's what they call it) to about 80 foot sand dunes and went sand bording. This is where we laid down on pieces of wood (like ply wood) and went flying down face first. We were told we were sliding downhill at about 60km/hour...which is frggin fast! I am still finding sand on me all these days later! From there we just hung out on the beach until it was time to catch the ferry back to the mainland. Oh, one cool thing though, on the beach there were hundreds of starfish! Like tons and tons of them. I took pictures, so I'll post them as soon as I get a chance.
That night we spent in Tannum Sands and early the next morning set out for the Australia Zoo. The zoo was the highlight of the trip so far. First, I got to pet kangaroos....they were just hopping all over and you could walk up and pet them. It was wonderful!! Then, I went and got to hold a koala. You read that right...I got to hold a koala. I have pictures for proof!!! It was the most cuddliest, amazing thing ever! My heart melted! Then. just to make the day a little better, I got to meet Terri Irwin and baby Bob (Steve Irwin "The Crocodile Hunter" wife and son). She was super sweet and let me get a a picture with her. It was really cool! They were filming something and said no pictures, but she stopped what she was doing and came over for a photo :-)
Not much could top the koala holding/kangaroo petting experience...in truth, I would have happily ended my trip right there and went back to Byron Bay and hung out til the end of August! LOL! I have moved on though and am currently sitting in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. It is really beautiful! Tomorrow I am going out on a cruise around the Whitsunday's. It is all day with free food and booze and snorkeling. They are picking us up at 7:10am tomorrow and we don't return until after 6pm tomorrow night. I am totally stoked!
I guess that is all I have for now. I'm having a good time, though miss everyone back home. I know it's a day late (though I did call yesterday to say it), but happy birthday Reid and Rachel!!!