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Surfing and Sydney

Cordelia here 🙂 Byron bay was hippie and alternative with falafel everywhere! Lots of dreadlocks and buskers and bare feet. We spent half a day surfing here and it turned out to be one of our more challenging experiences! Hardest part was simply getting out past the huge waves before gracefully sliding onto your board, waiting for the wave, paddling hard, chanting ‘hands-knees-front foot-back foot-stand!’ Easy. Until you fall off and crash into another surfer, your board or the sand on the bottom, or instead get washed up onto shore like a beached whale! I was determined and wouldn’t give up, despite only standing for roughly 0.4 seconds in the whole 3 hours. Kels managed to get some casual one on one tuition from the surfer dude who was determined to get her to stand up – which she did…for about 0.8 seconds! All in all a very fun, exhausting afternoon and we were aching and bruised for days afterwards!  

 
Then onwards to Sydney! First glimpse of the opera house and harbour bridge on the bus was surreal and very exciting. So far we are loving the city and have done a walking tour and spent the evening on the 47th floor of a building in a revolving bar! Today we visited the Blue Mountains which were spectacular, and got to cuddle more koalas and feed more wallabies. More exploring tomorrow. 
 
Very sad that we have less than a week left in Aus, not enough time to do all we want to do but we feel very lucky that we are here, and Melbourne is calling! 
 
Love to everyone xx 

Fraser Island

The past 3 days we have been on Fraser Island just off the east coast. It was an amazing experience and a definite highlight. Fraser is the largest sand island in the world and the vegetation literally grows out of the sand. There are only a handful of roads and we drove around in 4-wheel drive coaches on the sand tracks and beaches. It was a very bumpy ride as the sand was so soft, and there were definitely some screams from us when the bus tipped and rolled around! 

 
We saw so many feats of nature including Eli Creek which was a crystal clear creek that you could literally float along. And Lake Wabby which was a lake at the bottom of huge vast sand dunes, so we could run down the dunes right in to the water! We got to go paddle boarding again too but not quite so successfully this time as the water was pretty rough. Another amazing place where we swam was called Champagne Pools – where waves crash over rocks creating foam that looks like champagne! 
 
The wildlife was incredible – we saw wild dingos, mantarays, a pod of dolphins, sea turtles and a tiger shark. Then we went on a spontaneous scenic flight in a tiny little plane that took off from the beach, from the air we spotted 3 humpback whales and could see their entire bodies under the surface of the water! The flight was a bit scary (for Cordelia) as the plane kept squeaking and wobbling, but overall an amazing experience.
 
Although we were staying in our first ‘resort’ (backpacker dorms but the use of a jacuzzi and fluffy towels..!) we weren’t safe from the perils of Australia… One evening Cordelia went to retrieve something from her bag and a cockroach crawled out ahhh. It took us 45 minutes with Dee supporting from the safety of the bed while Kels bravely killed it with a flip flop wrapped in a tissue. All in all a very stressful experience and a learning curve – who knew that cockroaches can fly (or at least jump)?! 
 
Off to Brisbane again tomorrow, then Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne yehaah!