06.03.2016 - 13.03.2016 28 °C
Landing in Sydney after a journey of epic proportions and on little but no sleep we picked up our hire car and headed for our first Australian stop of Port Macquarie. Although just a place to rest for the night the hostel was very welcoming and given more time we would have stayed longer.
By morning however we were back on the road and heading for Byron Bay although we did find time to visit Port Macquarie lighthouse where we even spotted a pod of dolphins as the passed by.
Port Macquarie Lighthouse
The tiny black looking blobs in the water are a pod of dolphins
The giant shrimp on route to Byron Bay (we also passed the big banana but this was my favourite big thing)
Arriving in Byron early that afternoon our lodgings were at the Byron Bay Resort with a room upgrade curtesy of Mr Jamie McBrien (Thank you Jizzy McB).
Stained glass window in the door to our room - all the rooms had a different window
The ?Kookaburra that spent an entire evening glaring at Sarah on our balcony until she hid from it with a Dirty Granny cider
We spent our days here relaxing at the Resort, doing a little shopping, and treating ourselves to ice cream and fish and chips (thank you Kate & Chris) down by the sea front.
A trip to Byron would however not have been complete without a surfing lesson (thank you Rachael, Phil & Nick) which I took to like a pro, although the photographs to prove this will have to be uploaded once we get back to the UK. Our time in Byron fished like it had started with a trip this time to Byron’s own lighthouse before we headed off up the coast towards the Gold Coast and Surfer’s Paradise.
Despite the name Surfer’s Paradise is an impressive city with high-rise buildings stretching along the coast with our own apartment for our stay being on the fourth floor overlooking both the pool and the beach.
View from a table at our favourite bar/restaurant Longboard's (massive burgers) that was at the base of the tallest building in Surfer's overlooking their pool
Whilst here we took a trip to the largest theme/water park ‘DreamWorld/WaterWorld’ in Australia (thanks to Owen, Zowie, Dave & Paula) where we seemed to have picked the perfect day as the parks were so quiet we got to walk onto the rides all morning and splashing down waterslides and water-coasters all afternoon.
We also continued the ongoing mini-golf competition between Sarah and I at PuttPutt Mermaid Beach (thank you Helen & Aaron) with us spending a whole afternoon and evening completing all three courses (jungle, fun and waterways) resulting in a narrow victory for me!
They had a Minion hole Claire!
Add to this some great restaurants and some shopping, and what was a fantastic time in Surfer’s Paradise drew to a close.
Leaving Surfer’s Paradise we headed north towards Brisbane via the world famous Australia Zoo, home of the Crocoseum and of course the crocodile hunter, the late Steve Irwin (thank you Bob & Beryl). We both had an amazing day and I particularly like the wombats.
Arriving later that day in Brisbane we had time to walk into town to a great little sushi place, where you can forget the conveyor belt where you order your food via your table top screen. One of our orders was a salmon sushi roulette. This is 6 pieces of salmon sushi, one of which has a mouth burningly hot amount of wasabi hidden under the salmon. Sarah on the first pick of the game managed to pick the wasabi piece and ended up with tears down her face within seconds (I laughed).
That’s it for this entry but there is much more to come on our trip along Australia’s east coast.