Noosa, Maroochydore and 'Crikey' Australia Zoo!

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December 7th 2011
Published: December 7th 2011
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After Rainbow, we headed to Noosa to stay at the YHA. We were met by a mini-bus to take us to our hostel which was a lovely old (for Australia) building. It reminded me of a butlins or pontins with a big wooden house and rooms along a corridor; we had a nice double room and shared bathroom. Our first day was spent doing shopping and a lot of washing from Fraser Island! and that evening we had a welcome meeting at the hostel, explaining what we could do. We only had one more day, so chose to do the National Park Coastal Walk the next morning, followed by an afternoon on the beach. We slept well that night, although I woke up not feeling great. However, we went on our walk and it was stunning. We passed some little bays and coves and headed towards a lookout point. Just before we reached the lookout, on the path in front of us was a HUGE monitor lizard! We managed to film it and take some photos before it waddled of into the undergrowth. When we reached the lookout, Anton saw a pod of dolpins; it was amazing to see! We were really glad we went on the walk and on the way back, we stopped at a little beach called Tee Tree Bay for a lovely swim. We spent the afternoon on Noosa Beach and had a look down Hastings Street (which is full of rich people and lovely shops - I could only window shop :-( ) We had a quiet evening as, by now, my throat was sore and the lymph under my chin was coming up!

The next day we headed to Maroochydore and spent 2days watching DVD's in our room as I was feeling quite poorly. Our room was tiny but was classed a a superior room because it had a tv and fridge. We just about had enough space to walk around the room! Luckily, I perked up on the third day and we were able to go to Australia Zoo! We were lucky as it was Robert Irwin's 8th Birthday, so they did a special show for him and broght out a birthday cake. His mum, Terri, and sister, Bindi were there too and were really animated (a bit like when you go to America). There were lots of tributes to Steve and they had glass cabinets full of things people had sent when he died; it was quite sad. We had a lovely day up until lunch time and whilst we were eating lunch, the heavens opened!! We stayed under cover for a while after lunch and had our photo taken holding a koala (surprisingly heavy!!) The rain eased off for us to see a bit more of the park but then it really tipped it down and we got absolutley soaked going to see the tigers and elephants! I did bring my raincoat but it didn't stop my shorts getting soaked through! Anton didn't take his raincoat and you could have wrung his clothes out!! As we were leaving the zoo, we were given a piece of Robert's birthday cake which was really lovely and tasted great!

On our way home, we had a phonecall from a friend of Anton's called Vickie, who he went to Uni with and was now living near Maroochydore with her husband and children. She invited us for dinner and offered to pick us up from the zoo bus and take us back to her house. We stopped by our hostel to grab some dry clothes and Vickie said we could have a shower back at her house. We had a lovely evening with her and her family - husband Andrew, Ashton 4 and Oliver 2. We ate Indian, which they kindly paid for and she and Anton had a good reminisce about old times. The littliest boy, Oliver, didn't want to go to bed and ended up bringing his pillow into the lounge and said he would go to sleep on the sofa (that didn't quite happen!) Vickie dropped us back to our hostel and we packed up ready for our trip to Pamona to stay with Anton's mum's cousin, Beatrice.

Lots of Love xxxxxx

Special kisses to Thomas, Lauren, Erin, George, Niah, Evie, Matilda, Isaac and little Jonnie xxxxxxxxx

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