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Published: December 20th 2010
Hope you are all well.
Our latest adventure to report included doing a 3 night bush camp/ canoe trip in Noosa. When we arrived it looked a little more basic than we expected!! But also very nice with a camp fire going!
Our first night was spent in one of the permanent dorm tents in hammock style beds, surrounded by the odd creepy crawly and occasional massive Spider!! So as you can imagine sleeping wasn't the easiest! On our second day we were given our instructions and crash course in canoeing before we set out along with 10 other travellers and NO GUIDE for our 16km (10 miles) canoe trip down the Noosa river!!!
Lets just say it was tough going but we made it and it was nice to know the next days canoe trip would only be 8km!
Whilst canoeing we saw a snake slithering into the water off an overhanging tree, making us even more determined not to ever capsize!! We also saw a massive lizzard along the waters edge but were told there would be no crocodiles (relief) but maybe a few small sharks and stingrays!! We also knew the group a day ahead
of us from camp had capsized the day before but you will be pleased to know that we made it safely and were lucky the weather was good with calm waters.
When we returned to camp a massive thunderstorm started, the loudest thunder we have ever heard and the lightning was like strobe lights. The electricity got cut off and so we were sat around candles to be able to see! Camp was suddenly even more basic!
On the third day, aching slightly, we had a much shorter canoe trip to a beach the other way down the river. Here we saw wild kangaroos and spent a few hours resting on the beach!
We both enjoyed the experience but it was lovely to get back to some civilisation and real beds!
From Noosa we got a bus down to Brisbane, where we have been staying with a friend and have really enjoyed not being in a dorm, having some lovely meals prepared for us and being able to do a load of washing!! Thanks Tamsin and Duane.
Yesterday we visited the Australia Zoo, where we had a really good day seeing crocodile shows, feeding kangaroos and elephants and
seeing loads of great animals.
Today we will be making our way to Byron Bay for a bit of beach and relaxation time before getting a night bus on the 23rd to Sydney.
It is feeling very strange being so close to Christmas and being so far away from home. It does not feel very festive here and we even saw a poster of Father Christmas the other day, wearing his hat and board shorts, carrying a surfboard and holding a bottle of suncream!! It was very funny!
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and New Year!! We are missing you all lots and missing out on the snow back in Dorset, but we can't complain about the lovely weather we are getting here!
Lots of love to you all, Abigail and Simon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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