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Published: March 24th 2010
Day 110: Wednesday, March 17th, 2010.
Surfers Paradise to Coff's Harbor
(Surf Village), Australia.
Per the Contiki Brochure, "This morning, we visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll get up close to Australia’s amazing native animals. Cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and see wombats, emus, crocodiles, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and colourful birds. You can feel good about doing this too, as our visits to this not-for-profit organisation go towards the sanctuary’s animal hospital and help over 4000 injured animals every
year. Next up: gorgeous Byron Bay. With a laid-back lifestyle, cute little shops, organic food, alternative therapies and around 30km of pretty beaches, it’s a must see. Byron Bay is also known for its incredible marine life. Head out to Cape Byron, Australia’s most easterly point and see dolphins and humpback whales if you’re lucky, then grab some lunch back in town and maybe take a swim at the beach. Later we arrive in Coffs
Harbour, home to surf beaches, fishing and banana plantations. This is a chance for a real Aussie experience - we’re staying at a Surf Camp. Our cabins are right on the beach, so soak up the surf vibes and relax by the open fire under
the stars tonight."
On our way to Coff's Harbor, we stop at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
and I got to hold a koala named Abby! They are so cute- I want one. Had a picture taken with her but they couldn't give me a digital copy, so that's why I took a picture of a picture. Don't use that to judge my photography skills. We only had a couple of hours there and I only had time to see the koala's and the kangaroo's. For lunch we stopped at Byron Bay
and then we go to Coff's harbor and our Mojo Surf Camp
. Accommodations were less than pleasing in my uppity book, but at least they were clean. We ate dinner there, did a quick walk on the beach then settled around a campfire and chatted for a bit. One of the surfer guys did a fire twirling demonstration and later on Charlie borrowed a guitar and sang a few songs. Like being in the Wild West (or so I'm guessing.)
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