We arrived in Byron Bay in the mid afternoon so once we picked up a map we were off again. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and as we headed towards the lighthouse all you could see we’re people heading for the beach. We got to the lighthouse (which FYI is Australia’s most easternly point) and took a few photos. Sometimes you can see dolphins and whales from there but we weren’t that lucky. When we were heading back I had to reverse out of a parking space on a narrow road on a hill in our monster of a van. It wouldn’t have been so bad but this girl wanted my space so had parked right up next to me leaving no room. After a lot of back and forth I managed to get out and was very proud of myself.
We looked around all the little shops and had some ice cream to cool down. It was glorious! I had snickers ice cream and then a scoop of raspberry and white chocolate. It was so nice!
We sat on the beach watching the sunset and then headed for Mexican food. The waiter and waitress were all a bit weird and spacey but the food was pretty good!
We got to our campsite and it was like something out of a horror film. Creepy trees, random lakes, weird people… Of course this was only because it was night and a forest. In the morning it was nice! We stayed up and played UNO and met a guy from Brisbane who accused us of cheating him before crashing back in the van.
We drove to Currumbin where we saw crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos, lots of different birds and other things. It was a lovely park. I actually learned a lot about crocodiles!
After that we went to see Kezia’s old school and house.
Then we went to Sizzler! My garlic mushrooms were amazing.
We tried to set a lantern off on the beach but it was too windy so we sat watching the waves. Once back at the campsite we played pool till they kicked us out. It was our last night at surfers and we all slept like the dead.
We got tickets to go to Dreamworld which is Australia’s largest theme park. It was so cool! In terms of size it has nothing on the theme parks in Orlando but the rides were the scariest I’ve ever been on. I’m not usually scared of rides but these actually had me nervous.
After Dream World we went out to Sushi Train and took Kezia to her first sushi restaurant. On the way home we went on a random road trip to Robina to buy Alex an iPhone. She wanted to join the club so we found a store open late and got her in.
Once we got back to the caravan park it started to tip down so we played games before heading to bed.
Sydney had been bright but cold over the last week zoned were used to how deceiving a bright sunny day could be. Stepping out of the van we were surprised to find not only sunshine but warmth too. Boiling hot sun rays all around and not a cloud in sight. It was glorious! We picked up a few essentials and then headed over to Sea World.
We saw the shows and the animals and it was really good! I would say the Orlando one is better but it was still great. After that we walked and explored Surfers Paradise, checking out the night markets and the different shops. We had dinner at this restaurant Kezia used to go to as a child but next to our table was a large family with about a million kids who all had those stupid bird whistle toys. They used them all throughout dinner. We were all livid. The sound is so annoying and you’re in a restaurant! Show some decorum! The weird/horrible thing then was they followed us all around surfers. We would think we had lost them and then bam! Tweet tweet tweet stupid bird sounds.
Back at the camp ground I managed to slice my finger open on a coke can. Surprisingly painful! I’m fine I have a plaster on it and all that. Now, time for sleep. I’m almost positive I will hear those stupid whistles in my dreams!
Everything that could have went wrong went wrong today. We were on an extremely tight schedule so that we could drive the 950km to Surfers Paradise in one day. Our landlord showed up late, there was traffic and we left a lot of crucial things in the apartment. All of that was forgotten however when I was driving across the Sydney Harbour bridge in a bright lime green camper van!
The drive was long but Kezia and I took it in shifts. Unfortunately, due to the time of year it got dark about six which meant we completed the majority of the trip at night so couldn’t see the sights.
There are a lot of truck drivers along that route who are awful! We would stick to the speed limit and they wouldn’t like it so would drive right up behind us or drive with their full beams on. One truck nearly ran us off the road trying to get onto the overtaking lane before it even started.
Google maps told us a shortcut which took us through what we think was a winery region. Never again! Forests, narrow dark roads, fog! It was like something out of a horror film. In all fairness we were safe there were houses but it was a rural area so it just looked creepy.
We eventually got to Surfers Paradise to our campground and parked up for the night. We’d been driving for twelve hours and needed some rest. Day one completed!
Today was the day! I finally climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge! It was amazing. We almost missed our slot as we were on the way to the bridge when our train broke down ‘indefinitely’. On the website they had made it clear that they don’t do anything for latecomers so we were a little frantic. Thankfully they understood our situation and let us switch to a later time.
They don’t let you take cameras up there so I only have the photos they took but I can assure you it was really good. We had a good time and the weather was nice as it wasn’t too hot. I’m so glad I did it! Even if the jumpsuits they made us wear looked awful.
The ghetto hair salon is OPEN. We are lucky enough to live with two hairdressers so when we told Alex we wanted our hair coloured she was happy to oblige. Kezia and I are both rocking new hair styles! Black and pink for Kezia and brown and purple for me. Woop woop!