Friday, March 24, 2006

Surfing Byron Bay, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Surfer's Paradise

The cyclone appears to have headed back off into the ocean now. We're booked to head out of Airlie Beach in 2 days to go on a cruisy catamaran and things are shaping up well. We have spent about 3 days in Brisbane (ummm...Brisbane is not near as cool as Sydney). Visited the XXXX brewery and did some sightseeing around town. We also went to see Koalas, Kangaroos, Emus, and Wallabys at a park. Then we went out to a fancy dinner and ate kangaroos, emus, and wallabys. We also had crocodile which was rather chewy and wombat for dinner. Wombat tasted okay.

We also spent some time in Surfer's Paradise. That place is not so good, although it does have the worlds largest residential tower, it was just kinda a tourist town with a not good vibe. Byron Bay, however, is absolutely wonderful. We spent some time there and came back after we found out abuot the cyclone and got ourselves a killer room at the Aquarius backpackers. Yesterday Brent and I even took some surf lessons. Today we're going to head out into the water and not sure if we'll rent surfboards, boogie, or just mess around. Tomorrow is travel all day to get to Airlie Beach. We've gone to see a few movies at their wonderful local theater that has these loungy sofas with zebra faux fur upholstery.

While we're happy it looks like we'll be able to head out to see the Reef, etc. it looks like we'll miss Cairns which is a bit of a bummer because they had a really cool looking gondola ride through the rainforest. Its the right tradeoff though and the time in Byron has been really great. Good conversations and interesting weather patterns as the hurricane battled with a high pressure system inland (just kept switching between rain and sun, all the time for the past couple days).

Ta ta....

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

I hope you took pictures! The great barrier reef, if that is the reef you are refering to is one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.