The East Coast: Brisbane

And finally, we were starting to get into the tropics.We set up our home for the next few days at a little campsite just outside of the town of Byron Bay, excited to have access to showers and a kitchen.

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Upon exploring the site we found some of our fellow visitors to be a bit shy.

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The weather was a bit questionable, cool and threatening rain. Not my preferred swimming weather, but great for wandering the town and beach.

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Byron Bay is everything you could want in a surf town. It is probably for the best that we didn’t stay more than a few days, or that the weather and a brutal head cold didn’t let me experience it to the fullest.

Otherwise I expect I would still be there, working at a little cafe and trying to be the ultimate beach bum.


We reluctantly left Byron as the weather was starting to turn around, to our dismay. Next up was a night spent in Brisbane, in a real bed, and another new state!

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After spending two days enviously watching surfers do their thing, we had to try it for ourselves. A pit stop at Surfer’s Paradise was necessary.

The water was a bit intense for first-time lessons, all of the classes for younger children had been cancelled for the day for safety. At least the water wasn’t flat.

I spent a lot of time doing this:

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Eventually I did get up, a few times. I can see why people devote their life to this sport, the feeling is pretty magical. This will not be my last surfing adventure.

Just a few hours in the water left us exhausted and hungrier than I have ever felt, and so wandering the strip had to wait until we found food.

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Feeling better after the best sleep we’d had so far, it was another big day of driving ahead. With a stop at Australia Zoo of course. I had been watching Zoo Diaries since I was a kid, there was no way we were passing this place by.

We had missed Terri’s show by about an hour, unfortunately. But there was still plenty to look at. I do love a good zoo.

There were American Alligators, which I absolutely did not think got that big.

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And momma koalas.

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And their baby bears too.

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An odd couple.

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The paths were scattered with these fat little guys.

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The cranes were quite shy.

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And the world’s biggest house cat out for his daily constitutional. This guy was doing what he want, where he wanted. Including flopping down in the middle of a busy path and staring us down.

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This little guy was not shy at all. It went absolutely nuts, calling at us for a solid three minutes. I thought we broke it. And then the other kookaburras in the enclosure and even the wild ones within earshot joined in for a while as well. Kookaburra chaos.

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Lastly, I was surprised to see a Komodo Dragon just hanging out, looking like a dinosaur.

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I was even more surprised that something so willing to eat people was only being stopped by a sheet of glass.

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The rest of the day was a big long drive north tho Hervery Bay. There was a big ol’ sand island with our name on it.

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2 Comment

  1. You should stay on the Sunshine Coast longer if you can. Around Maroochydore and Mooloolaba are amazing. It’s my home town and a stunning place often left off by travellers heading north

  2. Miriam says: Reply

    Absolutely loving your photos. Looks like you’re having a ball.

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