Well it’s been a few days since my last update, internet availability has been sparse to say the least. Most of the hostels we have stayed at during the past few nights only had 1 PC which was permanently occupied and because it was Easter, any internet cafe’s I found were closed.
At the moment we are very nearly in Sydney, staying with a friend called Andre in a northern suburb called Dee Why. Tomorrow we’ll head into the city proper, although we’re not sure where we are going to be staying yet as most of the hostels seem to be booked up (Andre has offered to put us up for the week anyway bless him).
On Saturday we went to Dreamworld, which is Australia’s equivalent to Alton Towers, only it’s a bit tamer. There’s only one main roller-coaster called "Cyclone" and it’s pretty lame to be honest. We’ve probably been spoiled a bit, having been out to Florida and Magic Mountain in LA where they have some pretty serious ‘coasters.
Sunday we left Vince’s place in Robina on the Gold Coast and drove down to Lennox Head, which is just south of Byron Bay (click here for route). We went for a walk along 7 mile beach and around the headland. It’s pretty stunning scenery but there wasn’t a lot going on so we headed up to Byron Bay for the evening.
Yesterday (Monday) we drove from Lennox Head to Port Macquarie (click here for route). This was our half-way stop on the way to Sydney and took about 6 hours. It’s a quiet retirement town and again we went for a walk along the sea-front where there are hundreds of painted rocks containing various messages. I knew it was only a matter of time before I found one with a Union Jack painted on it! We carried on walking past "Town Beach" and up to Flagstaff Hill, which is where flags used to be raised to warn oncoming ships of treacherous coastal conditions (there have been many shipwrecks here).
The evening was spent in a bunk bed! I haven’t slept in a bunk bed since I was a kid. Climbing up that ladder was a bit humiliating as there was a mirror on the wall and all I could think of when I saw my reflection was "Hmmm, hippopotamus climbing a ladder, must go on a diet when I get back!".
This morning we popped into the Koala hospital. They had information on some of the diseases they pick up and the two most common seem to be Chlamydia and urinary tract infections. I was wondering why they suffered from so much Chlamydia (which also causes conjuncitivitis and other problems) until I stumbled upon an information board that stated that male Koala’s are not monogamous and will try and mate with as many females as they can during the breeding season. No wonder Chlamydia is so rife! (And oh to be a male Koala!)
Next stop was the lighthouse which is pictured in the Lonely Planet guide, so I wanted my own pic. From here there is a great view down the east coast looking past Lighthouse Beach. We saw dolphins swimming past and I could have stayed there all day just soaking up the view but we had to start our drive down to Sydney.
Finally we left Port Macquarie behind and started the drive down to Dee Why, just north of Sydney, (click here for route) which is where we are right now.