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Final Days in Australia

Byron Bay and then over to the West

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Byron Bay on the Gold Coast is a pretty chilled out place with lots of people doing nothing and doing it rather slowly as well, the hostel was a friendly place with it's own swimming pool which made relaxing in the sun especially popular.

Byron bay is home to the furthest point east in the whole of Australia and also to a historical Lighthouse which sits on top of the cliffs keeping an eye on the waters below, after an hour's walk up to it I managed to get to the top and get some impressive pictures of the views.

Upon Leaving the Gold Coast I took not one but two flights to get to Perth all the way over on the West Coast.

The first thing that hits you about Perth is that for a city it is so clean and tidy, with the roads and path's being almost devoid of litter and other general untidyness.

It is a lot more fresher here instead of being humid on the east but the Sun is still very powerful but I sense the full power of the Australian summer still hasn't kicked in yet.

With my limited time I toured the city taking in as many of the sights as possible, Kings Park is a small place situated high above the main city and hosts some more impressive views over everything.

Slighty out of the city about 30 minutes from Perth is the laid back town of Freemantle, which was home to one of Western Australia's maximum security prisons until they closed it in 1991 and turned it into a Historical Museum

I had been recommended an a few occasions to visit and found the whole place very fascinating, as it only closed about 15 years ago there were some many stories and things that happend at the Prison which I could relate to and spent about 3 hours touring the facility and learning lots of interesting stuff.

With my time here in Australia almost over the next port of call is a brief stopover in Singapore for a few days before my onward flight home back to Blighty just in time for Christmas.

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1770 & the Sunshine Coast

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The town of 1770 was cool and so chilled out, apparently it's the only town in the world with a number as a name but i'm not sure thats entirely acurate.

The Cool Banana's Hostel in town had a great vibe to it and spent the evenings chatting to people out under the stars with a huge fire close by.

Also one of the main reasons to visit the town is to try some of the dirt cheap activities in the area, I got together with some other from the hostel and joined as a big group for fun at the beach on a beginners surfing lesson.

After learning the basics and several hours of attempting to stand up and not fall off (wipeout) when the big waves came crashing forward I can proudly say that I'm not a great surfer yet and much more practice is needed.

Jumped on the Greyhound bus early monday morning and spent the rest of the day travelling back south along the coast to the posh and expensive resort town of Noosa Heads on the sunshine coast.

This is where all the Australian rich and famous have their holiday homes and come the retire in luxury.

It has a wonderfully small national park right next to the town and spent one day walking many km's along the coast and through the bush with Iguana's and other strange animals all in the undergrowth.

As I head further south now back to Brisbane and Byron Bay before catching a flight in a couple of days across to the west coast city of Perth, apparently the most remote city on the planet.

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Beyond Sydney and further up the East coast

Woolgoolga, Brisbane, and Hervey Bay

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Hi all

It's been a fairly calm couple of weeks after leaving Sydney but getting the chance to see a lot of rural Australia, and how things are like over here.

I arranged to meet up with Alan, a friend I met on the Mexican Tour who lives in a small town called Woolgoolga which is located between Sydney and Brisbane.

Managed to meet up and he kindly offered to let me stay as long as I wanted.

I got the chance to drive his 4x4 Jeep for a couple of days as we saw all the sights and met up with a lot of locals which was great for me to meet such nice Australian people - I even had a go in helping to fix a computer or two which was the least I could do.

5 days later I caught an early bus and made my way into Brisbane for a couple of nights stay in the outskirts of the city which although is nice was not as interesting as Sydney.

My next move was a visit to Hervey Bay which is again further north and home to the famous Frazer Island just offshore which is the worlds biggest Sand Island!

A day tour got me a Ferry ride to and from the Island, a tour around in a 4x4 with a guide to some of the main spots on the island (the Maheno shipwreck anyone...) a plane ride over the island to witness the beauty and just how huge it actually is, and many a dip into the natural pools and spa's that are dotted all over the place - Excellent!!!

Now planning my next moves as I write this, off to a town called 1770 tomorrow which is apparently a hidden gem of a village that is rapidly gaining popularity and my not be so hidden for much longer, before moving southwards back to Brisbane with a stop or two along to way.

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The start of Australia

Melbourne to Sydney

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Hi All

Flew from Christchurch into Melbourne and arrived just before the extremely popular Melbourne Cup Horse Race, the whole city takes the day off and watches the different races throughout the day.

Melbourne was a great city to stay in and get used to the Australian summer, visited several sights in the city and together with others in the hostel visited a couple of local bars in the evenings.

To my next destination and as the long distance between the cities is managed to book myself a cheap flight to Sydney, once here I checked myself into the friendly Blue Parrot hostel located close to the quirky and fun filled district of Kings Cross.

The summer is beginning to kick in and the temperature is already hot and sunny, so far have visited and walked along the huge Sydney Harbour bridge which towers across the skyline, the Famous Opera house which is surprisingly smaller than I thought it would be but still very impressive, the well known and popular Bondi Beach with it's blue sea and white sand and the metropolitan and busy city centre reminds me alot of London.

There are a few more places still to see here so I will be staying here in Sydney for a couple more days before travelling up the east coast to the popular town of Coffs Harbour which is a place built off the back of it's important Banana growing industry and is home to Australia's Big Banana - A Building in the shape of (you guessed it) a Banana!!!.

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