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Cat's Australian Adventure

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Diary Entries

Monday, 04 December 2006

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia

Went swimming and ate lots..........

Sunday, 03 December 2006

Location: Fraser Island, Australia

Another early start this morning for my trip to Fraser Island.

Got to go round the Island in a 4x4 for a very good reason, it is all roads made from sand. We even had to drive on the longest sand highway, which made me feel very travel sick.

First stop was Eli Creek, which is a natural water creek running from the centre of the island to the beach. We had lots of fun walking along the creek and getting our feet wet. After that it was onto the coloured sands, which is a cliff made up of sand from lots of different colours. Our last stop before lunch was the Maheno shipwreck, which is that famous shot you get on travel brochures of the island.

After lunch we then went on to Lake McKenzie, where I went for a swim. It was great fun and I meet lots of people from the hostel here. On the way back to the boat to get off the island we saw a Death Adder (very poisenous) and a Dingo (from very far away).

Back to the hostel for a quick shower and then had a few beers. Again didn't get back till around 3:00am, so another late night for me.

Saturday, 02 December 2006

Location: Hervey Bay, Australia

Arrived first thing this morning at Hervey Bay and was very tired due to lack of sleep.

I was greeted at the Hostel reception by Arthur and orphaned duck. As I had a few hours before my room was ready I put on my bikini and took the duck for his first swom in the nearby pond. It was such a lovely way to pass the morning and I think I would like a duck as a pet now.

Friday, 01 December 2006

Location: Airlie Beach - Rockhampton, Australia

Got on a bus and went to Rockhampton. That should of been my diary entry, but things aren't always that simple.

We broke down in the middle of no where, by the side of no thing. It was two hours before a new bus could be sent to us, so we had to sit in tehe luggage bays under the couch to keep cool as it was so hot. I was so glad to have a bed that I didn't really notice how little there was to Rockhampton and how boring the noisey the people in my dorm were being.

Thursday, 30 November 2006

Location: Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Was up early this morning for my trip to the Whitsunday Islands.

Our first stop was Whithaven Beach, which is a huge beach made purely of white sand. It was stunning and I just sat there the whole time running the fine sand through my fingers.

A quick buffet lunch on the boat and we were off to Hook Island. Here we went on a semi submersable around the reef, but it just isn't the same if you've been snorkelling so I was feeling a little disappointed.

We then went to one of the resorts where I got to see a Guanna (big lizard) and a bright blue Starfish.

My day ended back at the hostel with a goodbye pizza with Stu who was getting on a bus that evening for Cairns.

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia

Had a bit of a lie in this morning, I think I deserve it after the little sleep I had the night before. Belinda is leaving to go on a boat trip for a few days this evening so we decided to hang round the pool. We were soon joined by her mate Josh and an Essex boy called Stu. It wasn't long before we all decided that we needed a drink. So a quick change later and we were all out on our way to the bars.

Had a really good night, after a while Belinda and Josh had to leave us for boats and buses that they had to catch. So Stu and I stayed out late enjoying a few drinks and generally getting slowly but well and trully drunk.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia

Was up at 2:30 this morning to catch my bus into Airlie Beach, for some reason I thought it would be a good idea. Had to walk to the couch station with my torch and every animal noise made me jump. I have never been so glad to see a couch in my life.

Got to Airlie beach early afternoon and settled into my room for the day where I meet a very nice German girl called Belinda. We got talking and she introduced me to all her mates there, who very kindly made dinner and let me have some. One of them was a chef so it was nice to have some decent food for a change.

We all had a nice night talking and getting to know some of the people in the hostel. Not many of us went out for drinks though as the Schoolies (kids on their school hols getting drunk and being noisey), who can get a bit over excited on the booze.

Monday, 27 November 2006

Location: Cardwell, Australia

Went for a few walks around the local area. There isn't mush to see, but it is nice to stretch my legs. It is sooooo hot and humid here so you can only really go walking during the mornings and late afternoons.

In the evening meet up with the fruit pickers and went fishing on the local pier. We got to see a turtle coming up for air right along side us. I also got to touch a hammer head shark that some one had caught earlier on. We also were there when some one braught in a sea snake, which was funny as there was yet another friendly Aussie guy ready to tell us all about the dangers that lurk in the local area. We didn't catch any thing, but it was nice to watch the sun go down and just chill.

Sunday, 26 November 2006

Location: Cairns - Cardwell, Australia

Hopped on the bus this morning to go to Cardwell, not for any other reason that it's on the way to Airlie Beach and I didn't fancy a full day of travelling.

There isn't very much there, but I am sharing rooms with a lovely German girl called Uta.

Everyone who stays here is only here for the fruit picking, so in the evening it got a lot busier and I got to talk to all the poor souls having to get up at five every morning to pick fruit.

Saturday, 25 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

Had a much better day today.

Firstly went to Cairns museum, which isn't much more than a few small rooms full of bits left behind from the pass. It was interesting though to learn about the early settlers and just to see how they tried to keep as British as possible even in the harshest of conditions. A guide also came round and showed me lots of bits, which was nice as he was an excitable Aussie type that loves talking about all the dangers that you can encounter.

I spent the afternoon in the lagoon swimming, but couldn't spend too long there as I found every one was only there to look good and be seen. I think that this must just be a beach thing.

Friday, 24 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

Didn't really do much today. Just a bit of window shopping and getting stuff like bus tickets sorted.

Was a bit full of people here just getting drunk and making noise, so gave me a chance to meet a few people. Found that most people here just want to keep tp themselves.

Thursday, 23 November 2006

Location: Cape Tribulation, Australia

My last morning in Cape Tribulation, so went for one last walk in the rain forest. This time there were no big birds or spiders to jump out at me, but instead a huge Wild Boar. It was making such a noise at me that I had to very calmly turn around and finish my walk a little early than wanted.

Back on the bus to Cairns, where my jolly bus driver was telling about all the dangers in the Northern part of Australia. Basically if your not be bitten or stung by the Crocs, Spiders, Snakes, Large Birds or any thing else that lives or breaths in that area, there is a great chance of being drown in the floods or blown away by the Cyclones. It almost made me glad to be out of there and back to the safety of a city.

Wednesday, 22 November 2006

Location: Cape Tribulation, Australia

Spent today going for walks.

My first walk was in the jungle. On the way a Cassawary jumped in front of me and gave me the fright of my life. They are very large land birds as this one was almost as tall as me. They are the only creatures in the jungle to eat some thing that is called a Cassawary plum as it is poisenous to all other animals.

I then took a walk to Cow Bay, which is the closest beach. It was a very choppy day, so I had a face full of wind. You can't going swimming here as there are Stingers and Salt Water Crocs. So just enjoyed the peace staring out to sea.

Tuesday, 21 November 2006

Location: Cape Tribulation, Australia

Everyone left me today and it was very sad. After going on one more walk before they got on the bus they were gone.

Decided to spend the day chilling so spend the day on my verander reading. It was nice to be able to do things when I wanted, but I do miss them all.

Monday, 20 November 2006

Location: Cape Tribulation, Australia

Took a bus to Cape Tribulation, which is just North of Cairns. The place we are staying is in the middle of a rain forest.

We went for a walk and got to see some lovely little turtles. We also went for a night walk where we saw Floyd Forest Dragons and enough Hunt Spiders to scare any one.

It was very dark at night, you couldn't see the nose on the end of your face and that is not exageration.

Sunday, 19 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

A day white water rafting on the Tully river and it was another great day packed with fun.

We got to go down the river and great speed, be bumped into huge rocks, swallow mouth fulls of water, all in the anem of fun.

Had a great time and have a few pics to show you when I get back and you can all laugh at me screaming.

Saturday, 18 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

Went on a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef today. The trip out there was horride as the weather was so choppy.

The first reef that we stopped at we got to see a Dogfish and it was huge. Soon bacame really tired so came off the water to have some lunch.

At the second reef I was able to go out a lot further and saw some huge clams as big as me. The fish were also amazing and the colours were fantastic. Had to go in early as I kept on getting water in my snorkel. When I came off the water some one noticed blood on my knees, I had some how cut myself. The thought of Jaws kept on going through my head and I was unable to go back in the water after that.

Friday, 17 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

We went for a walk round town today to take a look at the shops. On the way back went for a walk along the water front and got to see Pelicans and Spoon Bills.

In the evening we had a BBQ on the water front, where we saw huge Fruit bats with a wing span as big as my arms when in flight.

Thursday, 16 November 2006

Location: Cairns, Australia

Left Alice Springs early in the morning and yes I was hung over.

Travelled all day to Cairns and didn't get there till late.

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Location: Kings Canyon, Australia

Another early start and another walk. This time round King Canyon, which is as much as 100 feet in some places.

Half way round we got to swim in a lagoon, which was very dark but I toughed it out and managed to swim round a few times. We also got to look over the edge of the canyon from 100 feet up, we had to crawl on our bellies though as some one had fallen off the top not that long a go.

We then did some off roading, which was great fun and we saw camels in the wild.

Back at Alice Srings, quick shower and then out to meet every one from the tour for a meal and drinks.

Sean and I stayed out very late and didn't get home until after 3:00 am, but the girls of the group managed to show the boys (including an Oz and and Irish) how drinking is really done.

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Location: Red Centre, Australia

We had a very early start this morning, before 5am........, but got to wake up to that wonderful skyline so there were not many complaints.

Went to watch the sun rise over the Kata Tjuta or The Olgas, which is just down the road from Uluru. We then went off for a walk around the site, called the Valley of the Winds. Another very hot day though and another long walk around 7km. Was well worth it though as our Guide Luke gave us some interesting facts along the way and some of the sites were breath taking.

We were then taken to the Uluru - Kata Tjuta cultural centre to learn a little about the local Aboriginal people. Most of their laws and legends are secret though, as they can only be passed down from tribal elders to other tribal men.

We had our first BBQ for lunch on the cultural site, which was cooked by Luke our guide.

Finally we drove to King Canyon for our last night under the stars in the bush. Our campsite was miles from any one elses and the toilet didn't have a door so you had to hum while in there. We all slept round the campfire again in our Swagbags.

Monday, 13 November 2006

Location: Australia

Was picked up very early this morning for our outback adventure.

Our first stop was a camel farm where we got to see and stroke the camels. We also saw some kangeroos there, but it was only a short stop and we were soon on our way again to the Red Centre.

We finally made it to Uluru (Ayers Rock) and it is big. We walked round the whole of the rock, which took a good part of the afternoon and we were all very tired afterwards. I decided not ot climb Uluru as the local people ask you not too as it is one of their sacried sites. We then were taken to the nearest town, which has a campsite. From here we got to watch the sun go down and the colours of Uluru change, this included lots of champagne and the tour group were a little merry by this point.

We then got to sleep under the stars in a Swag bag, which is basically a ground sheet sewn round a mattress. This meant that you just had to open your eyes to watch the stars and it is some thing that I will never forget.

Sunday, 12 November 2006

Location: Alice Springs, Australia

Off to ALice Springs by plane.

Got there and it is hot!!!!

Spent the day getting to know the area, all seven streets.

Off for an early night as we are off into the bush tomorrow camping and I'm sure I will have lots of tales to tell you.

Saturday, 11 November 2006

Location: Collaray, Australia

Spen my first morning on the beach and remembered my I packed a bikini. The beach was sandy and sunny, every thing you expected. Had a paddle in the sea and just chilled out.

Was just a day to kick back, read books, go for walk and let all worries disappear.

Friday, 10 November 2006

Location: Pittwater - Manly, Australia

Had a beautiful start in Pittwater with a paddle round the mangroves and beach. It was a bit choppy, but sunny. Then it was back on the ferry to get the car, thankfully the walk was downhill this time.

Off to Manly for the afternoon. Went to beach to spend some time there, but the wind got so bad we had to go to Manly Cove which was inclosed a bit more. Had pizza on the beach watching the sun go down and felt like we were on some Aussie Soap.

Thursday, 09 November 2006

Location: Pittwater, Australia

Had an early start today so we could get one last look at the mounbtains before we moved onto Pittwater for the night. Had a long drive to the taxi, which was a boat as this is the only way to access the part of the headland that we are staying on. After a long walk up a very large hill we finally made it to the youth hostel and was greeted by some Wallabys. It was an mazing sight to see all these creatures eating below the rooms. Sat in a hammack and watched them for a while. We were given choclate cake ans strawberries by the wardens and it was the perfect afternoon.

Got to see a Frogmouth bird (which is a bit like an owl), Bush Turkey and lots more birds.

Had a walk along the beach and finally got to see some sun, but not for long as it soon went down. Had dinner on the verranda where we were greeted by a Possum, very friendly and let us take photos and fuss over him for hours.

Wednesday, 08 November 2006

Location: Katoomba, Australia

Day two in the blue mountains and the weather was a little better today. Did a six hour walk along the top of Echo point down into the gorge and through the forests below. The first day of good weather and I'm stuck under a load of trees!!!!

It was worth it though as we got to some some stunning things. Saw some huge red ants, which I avoided. More birds every where making lots of noise including the Australian Magpie, which is like ours but with the black and white a different way round.

After getting to the end we got to go on the train with the steepest incline in the world, which was a fun way to get back up but I would not suggest this if you don't like hieghts. It used to be used by the miners that used to work on the gorge floor to get all the goods to the top.

Final walked round the top for one last look at the views from there to make up for last night and they look more impressive once the mist had cleared and was worth the long walk.

On the walk back to the rooms we went to a very nice chocolate shop and had chocolate ice cream, with no guolt due to the long fat burning walk.

Tuesday, 07 November 2006

Location: Katoomba, Australia

Got up nice and early this morning to make our way to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. These mountains are called blue as there is haze over the mountains that looks blue due to the eucalytus trees.

We stopped off on the way at a place Wentworth where there is a lovely waterfall. We went along a place called Darwin walk, which was really cool for me as he is one of my heros and it felt really great to be walking the same path he did all those years a go. We were also introduced to the local wildlife. We saw some Cockatoo's and Crimson Rosella, all were very noisey.

We then got back in the car and made our way to Katoomba, where we went to a place called Echo point. This is a place with views as far as the eyes can see over the blue mountains, waterfalls and the forests in the gorge below. When we got there it was very foggy though and before long we were covered in fog and unable to see the hand infront of our faces let alone the stunning views.

Made our way back to the rooms and were soaked through so had fish and chips for dinner, but we had Barramundi insted of cod so it was a bit more authentic.

Monday, 06 November 2006

Location: Sydney, Australia

Had a nice walk round Sydney this morning. It's not too much different from back home (even the weather is a bit cold again today) and there are lots of place names that are the same. Went for a trip on the monorail around Sydney and did a little bit of window shopping. There are not that many christmas decorations up, so you wouldn't think that it was just a few months away.

Went to the Aquarium just after lunch and saw some amazing sharks and rays. Some of them did look a bit fierce, but all the ones they had were not deadly ones. It was a really nice place and managed to get a few good pictures. Got to see some lovely turtles and even stroked a starfish.

We did the Bridge walk in the afternoon and it was amazing. I can't believe that we were so high. The views were fantastic and I was glad that we did it even if it was a little cold. It is some thing that I would suggest that every one does. Being able to see the Opera house as the sun goes down and the lights go on was well worth wearing a silly jump suite for.

Afterwards we went for a walk near the bridge and Opera house. The views were amazing from the ground as well. The Opera house was lite by an orange moon and it made me feel really lucky to there at just that moment.

It was then back to the youth hostel for a good nights sleep.

Okay we had a few glasses of wine first, but we all felt that our first full day had gone very well.


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From Pat
coach - it's coach!!!!!!!!!

Trish told me to read this, so blame her........... I will mail properly tomorrow, I am working from home so should have some more time - going home now XXXX
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From Karen
Hiya
Hope you haven't dropped off the planet since we left, and are just having too much fun (or sleep) to be writing on here....
I have added some photos to our site to sort of finish it off, so you might like to check it out again!
Hope things are going well.
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hi catty
C,MON........
Hope your having fun ? cuz its sh#t weather here.
just read about our boozy night in Alice, if you remember Luke and I were on 2 shots to your 1 so i did ok ........ i think.
hope alls well seany xxx
Response: I think the alcohol must of affected your memory and you boys just don't like to admit that you lost to girls. Missing you all loads, but I can safely say not the weather.
From Rianna
ooooooooo seems like sum 1 has has sum fun!!!!!!!
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Hey Cat! Glad you made it out there ok, bet the journey was tiring. I'll be checking back often to see what you've been up to and send you silly things to your regular email. We had a temp in the other day but she was useless - no-one can replace you! Have fun, speak soon xx
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From marie
Hi Cat,
Happy to see all is fine for you. Lucky you !
I got my scan last Thursday. It is ok.
I'll try to send you the pictures on your hotmail address.
Have fun
Love
Marie
Response: I got your scan, thank you so much. Wish I could be there with you and Chloe. I missing you loads, but it is lots of fun here.
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hurry up i am intreged!!!!!
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