Hello New Zealand!
20.01.2010 35 °C
We explored the wider area around Brisbane quite well during our stay with Marc and Jayne. We did a drive up to Tamborine Mountain which gave us great views and did some walking through rain forest whilst we were up there.
On the Saturday Marc and Jayne took us for a lovely breakfast before driving us along the Gold Coast to some of their favourite beaches. We all had a swim before lunch and then headed off to a lookout point called Greenmount, which was very pretty. On the way back we stopped off at Surfer’s Paradise for an ice cream and to watch the world go by – oh and to see the meter maids who get paid to top up people’s expired meters whilst wearing little gold bikinis, apparently they have been doing this since the 60s, they had plenty of admirers!!
Sunday was Wellington Point, here we waited until the tide went out a bit and then walked across a sand bar for about 30 minutes all the way to a little island in the burning sun. It has been seriously hot in this part of the world, 30 degrees before 10am most days and reaching high 30s every day.
As we were heading back to the car I spotted 3 huge pelicans swimming near a jetty where a man was gutting his fish and chucking the remains. We watched them for ages and took loads of photos of course.
The next day was Victoria Point where we got a ferry to Coochiemudlo Island, we walked around a good part of it (it is not very big!) and spent ages watching the rainbow lorikeets flying around and showing off in the trees. That night we drove up Mount Coot-tha to see the lights of Brisbane city. It was pretty impressive and very busy up there, there were tourists everywhere!
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to Sydney, we drove to a half way point, Nambucca Heads, where we arrived at about 4pm giving us plenty of time to go and explore the area. We drove to a nearby beach, Shelly Beach, and went for a long walk – saving an octopus along the way that had been beached. We watched him for a while after putting him back in the water and after his initial disorientation we watched him swim off happily. The beaches there are lovely, with white sand, rock pools and cliffs. For a far as we could see in each direction we could see no more than 30 people!
Today we have done the final leg back to Sydney. We stopped briefly as I spotted some kangaroos on a golf course near the road and wanted to get some photos, they let me get quite close before we watched them bound away! One of them had a little joey in it’s pouch, half hanging out!
As we were driving along I commented on some smoke that I could see, presuming it was a factory ahead, then a while later a fire car shot by us with it’s siren going, and as we turned the bend we realised it was a bush fire. It was in the early stages and being carefully monitored by the fire brigade but we did see flames on several of the trees. I guess with the heat they have been having it was only a matter of time unfortunately.
We arrived back at David and Susan’s early evening and now need to sort our backpacks out ready for an early start tomorrow for our flight to Auckland! The travels are over and now it’s time to re-enter the real world again!!!!
Oz has been great and we need to say a big thank you to all those who gave us a place to stay (David, Susan, Nancy, Marc & Jayne) and entertained us.
We are hoping to find a 2 bedroom place in NZ so we can repay the favour if you decide to head our way.
We will be keeping the blog going in NZ but it may not be as frequently (‘hooray’, we hear you cheer!) so ‘til next time