I decided it is time I updated peeps on my Western Oz experience, I know I kept people well updated on my East Coast Travels, and being in Perth for 8 months now I thought maybe I would blog about it. My time here seems to have flown and it feels like I have been here forever yet at the same time, no time at all. Time seems to get faster and faster going by with a blink of the eye. As 8 months is a long time to blog and my memory couldn’t tell you everything day to day! I thought I would highlight you on my favourite times here in Perth. 1. Margaret River- this is a must for anyone who takes a trip this side of the world, it is beautiful, great for fishing, wine drinking and more wine drinking. It is a famous wine region with lots of the winery’s and breweries, they are all set against amazing backdrops, Steve and I did it mid summer so it was boiling but at least that made u feel u really deserved your nice cold beer. Steve and I camped, we had a lovely small tent that meant we didn’t sweat at all …..not! Steve loved the fishing and I just loved meandering from one watering hole to the next, not a care in the world. 2. Christmas- now this was a weird time of year, mainly due to the insane sun! It was so hot, I really sweated, my body was a bit taken aback by the new places it found to perspire. Steve and I found we had to limit ourselves to a hour of sunshine a day so we didn’t get sunstroke and become sun induced zombies, literally a few hours of 40 degree heat makes me sleep for days. I enjoyed Christmas because we spent it with steves aunt and uncle and they took us to their friends house where in good tradition me and Steve ate and ate,I actually was sick that night, but that was post chocolate game and my sheer determination to win! I tried oysters and I hate them. It was lovely to experience Xmas In oz and go to the beach and body board instead of listen to the queen and eat a entire tin of quality street, even though I love doing that! 3. New year- Steve and I spent this in Kings park overlooking Perth city, mainly it was amazing due to the fireworks and the skyline at night, Perth always looks so pretty from Kings park. We spent it with Steve’s aunt and uncle again and their friends, it was nice to be social, even though the government had strict drinking times, start from 6pm only otherwise people were fined! 4. Fremantle bike ride- bit of a small event, me and Heather my traveling east coast buddy did this 18km bike ride. She came over to visit and we rented bikes for a day for something to do. So we cycled from Perth city to Fremantle and it was lovely, apart from Heather slowly falling apart mid route due to leg, back. nose head pain ( little broken Hev). We made it to Fremantle in one piece, passing the ocean on the way and it was stunning, Fremantle is one of my favourite places in Perth. 5. Kings park running- sad but true, the ozzie’s love a bit of early morning running, cycling, swimming, and salsa moves on the beach. I couldn’t make it up at 5am in the morning but me and my running friend would go running in kings park and down to the Bell tower on the esplanade, a nice 8k run and the views are beautiful and are every time I go! 6. Swan Valley- Swan valley is a mini Margaret river, vineyards and a chocolate factory, no place can go wrong with both those things. It is not far from Perth so a great day trip, especially since most things to get too are quite far away! I have been there several times, once with Steve and our flatmates where I lost miserably at mini golf 😦 and another on a wine tour with my friend Heather and it was great fun, wine, sun and chocolate, mmm heaven is a place on Earth! 7. Jet skiing and dolphins- By far one of the best perks of being in oz is Steves uncle’s jet ski! We ventured a few times out onto the Perth river, speeding into the water with the city spread out before us. One particularly memorable time we spotted dolphins! We were so excited, we drove slowly to them and they swam beside our jet ski, amazing! We were lucky as a few times we have been walking down by the river Steve has spotted Dolphins and we have got very close. 8. Rottnest Island- I did Rottnest Island with my cousin and only recently. Rottnest is a small pricey little ferry ride across from Fremantle harbour. The island Rottnest is named after rats as it is a island of rats apparently! They do have these huge quokka animals which look like a breed between a rat and a rabbit, basically it just looks like a morbidly obese rat, I managed to see two on my cycle round. The bike ride was 24 km, it was the hilliest bike ride of my life, Colleen was past caring about scenery half way through, she kept praying for no more hills but no such luck mwhahaha. We did this bike ride in winter, I can’t imagine the heat in summer, surely you would just die on the way round! The views on Rottnest are amazing and I am sure the snorkelling is too, it was only 19 degrees so by Perth’s standards it was far to cold to get in the water! 9. Coral Bay- I managed to get Steve to take me to Coral Bay, although we only had a couple of days in which to do it due to work, life limitations on our time, dammit. We drove 15hrs, bit slow on the way up due to torrential rain but we eventually arrived in Coral Bay. Driving up through miles upon miles of flat land, red rock, endless acres of outback, makes me realise how empty and massive Australia is, really makes you hope it is worth the drive too! When we arrived we headed straight for a beer and a cider, we sat and looked out across Coral Bay. It was not till the next morning when we got to the beach, the sun shining brightly and sea glistening the awesomeness of Coral Bay hit us. It is literally a cove of paradise, the place where u think it is reasonable to jack in the day job and work as a hippie behind a bar. Spending your days just staring into the vast ocean of blue, watching humpback whales and the sun rise and set everyday. Steve and I decided to do a quad bike tour which included stopping to watch the sunset. We biked around sand dunes and over hills with the most amazing views I have ever seen. I swear every time I head to a new place in Oz and see another beach and an amazing view I say this is my fav, but this one above the coast of Coral Bay was absolutely stunning! In the distance humpback whales were seen, photographs couldn’t even do the view justice. I could have had another two hours of riding, I was mentally closing my eyes (maybe not safe on a quad bike! ) and trying to imprint the views on my memory forever, and just In case I get old timers disease Steve took plenty of pictures. I would of stayed longer, everything in Coral Bay is expensive but definitely worth every kilometre we drove and penny we spent, even my near death death experience on the quad bike was well worth it. 10. Lancelin- Steve and I took a trip up to Lancelin with Heather and Louise. It was 2 hours north of Perth city. We took our body boards ready to sandboard it down death defying dunes, confidence and excitement at the ready we headed off. Lancelins main attraction is sand dunes, when we got there we managed about half hour of sandboarding and then had enough, they weren’t big and daring enough for us brave brave people!! Ha, it was good fun though and at the top of the sand dunes you can see out across to the bay, yet again another lovely view, to drink in and appreciate that nature is a wonderful thing and we mere humans are a speck on the earth of awesomeness. After we sand boarded we headed to the beach which was so very pretty, beautiful waters and jetty which people were fishing off. Not much to do apart from the sandboarding, so great for kids who would do it again and again without getting bored. Heathers friend Louise was rubbish at sandboarding she went at the slowest speed in the world and screamed like she was hurtling at 100 miles hour, I raced Steve as my competitive nature was eager for a stroll around, me and Heather bet him twice mwhahahha! 11. Cotteslow Beach- My favourite beach in Perth, everyday it looks like something straight off a postcard. There are a few bars and cafes in Cotteslow, not much else but the view, the sun, sea and sand is enough. In summer it is great because then I am brave enough to get in the water. Cotteslow doesn’t quite get waves like places such as Scarborough, so it is perfect for families and few waves means you can have a nice swim, I always make sure i’m not he furthest out, just incase a shark gets hungry! 12. Perth bars and restaurants – coming from London Perth is quite small but it has varied bars and restaurants to go to, I have my few faves which I’ll share with you here. Wolf Lane: this has the feel of something you would find in Shoreditch, they do pricey but nicey cocktails (everywhere is pricey though) and on Saturday nights there is a guy who sings and he is really good, if your lucky and get here early you can lounge on a vintage chair, the type you would find in your grandmas living room, listen to tunes and get drunk 🙂 The Mechanics: this is in Northbridge, more dubious, arty side of town, reviews say they do good burgers but I just went for the cocktails and it was good fun. The Stables: My fave bar by far, cocktails are worth the price tag and it is a great atmosphere, it gets very busy though and queues can be massive, unless your me and the bouncer lets you in straight away! The Lucky Shag: Mainly great as it is on the esplanade looking out on the Swan river, great for summer and Sunday drinks, drinks are not to pricey, cocktails are quite nice and food is good too. Hula Bula Bar- I like this bar as it feels like your not in Perth and it is very intimate! Very pricey drinks but they are very alcoholic! Not much of a dance floor but enough for me to get my groove on. The Shed: This is in Northbridge, I ended up there on two drunken nights out and had so much fun. It has a live band and a dance area, when I went last with my cousin there was rock music, we drank and I showed Colleen my best dancing moves! We ended the night with a very funny taxi ride home and me making friends with the toilet basin, quiet nights always turn into the messy ones! The Garden: In Leederville- the Garden is best in summer as it is all outside, so for me The Garden is a great summer haunt, a cold cider and sun on your shoulders, what more do you want? It is a good place to pre drink before you head to Hippie club or the Manor, both dubious places but made better with drink! The Casino- The casino has lots of bars and restaurant, I went there twice and enjoyed myself a lot, not quit a casino like you would find in Las Vegas, minus lots of glitz and glamour and you have Burswood Casino ha. But with good friends and convo it is something different to do, and if you are not Steve and gamble reasonably like me, your go out a little more flush, if you don’t spend it before you get out the door oops! Food wise it is quite pricey in Perth, so we only do it once in a while, we love Grilled as it is a burger place and it is cheap but yummy, they have yummy Gluten free buns. Bella Fonte in Hilary’s boat Harbour, is a pricey excursion but well worth it, Steve always has the chicken parmigiana dish which is twice the size of my head and I went for the risotto every time as it was so yummy! The Breakwater in Hilary’s is nice too, Thursday is good for steak and wine night. The Greenhouse on Hay street is pretty cool, decked out as its name suggests, I ordered fries one lunchtime and they came in a mini shovel! Cute. On Wellington street, nice walking distance from our flat in West Perth is Gordon’s cafe a great place for dinner, I had the beef salad once which was totes amaze. The place is very cool with a nice interior, like a poshed up warehouse, defo worth a gander, gets crazy busy on the weekend. Toast in East Perth is a cafe, I ventured there many times with my friend Chantelle, we went often after our runs as we felt we deserved a good breakkie/ lunch by then. It was on the river which was great as you could sit and get some sun whilst enjoying the view and eating some of the delicious food. Another cafe I enjoyed was Sayers in Leederville, somehow they made mushrooms taste so amazing full of garlicky butteriness, also in Leederville they have Green and co, they sold amazing cake! Slices of heaven on a plate, I don’t recommend the tea there but it attracts a nice crowd of mixed people. Somewhere me and Steve ventured loads was Cicerellos in Fremantle, a fish and chip restaurant in Fremantle Harbour. It has a fantastic view, good value for money and the fish is great, I always order the grilled fish which never disappoints. Two minutes away from Cicerellos is Little Creatures, one of Steves favourite places, it is a brewery and sells Steve’s fav pale ale. The restaurant has a great view over the river and the food is very good too. Little creatures also runs a comedy night at The Loft next door, I went once and it was a good laugh, which was handy as that is what I paid for them to make me do! Laugh god dammit, dance monkey dance. One act was very funny, the headliner I lost track and just kept drinking, I was sure to find him funny after a bottle of wine. There are many more places to sample I am sure and I may have forgot a few, but be prepared to spend, Perth is pricey. On the touristy front, if you want to sample Australia’s vast history, which means find out what happened a few hundred years ago, there is some good tours to do. Australian history is either based on their convict history or aboriginal slaughter. Steve and I did Fremantle person tours, they were good fun, I think the tour guides are worth their money, slightly strange but very informative, they proved a element of entertainment aside from the tour itself. Fremantle and Kings Park have monuments to the World Wars which are worth a gander, especially since they have nice views. Perth’s not quite the historical epicentre so I would probably just stick to visiting all the amazing beaches. One thing you can say about Perth is the weather, it is gorgeous, the sun literally shines everyday, I didn’t need a coat for 9 months, I literally just brought one and that was because I went to Adelaide and it was cold there! Returning I realised how warm Perth is. My time here in Perth has been great, yes it is quieter than London and WA does stand for wait awhile but Perth has much to offer and I’m glad I came, I think though now it is time to plan the next adventure! Time to plan more holidays and get onto the next destination on my list of Life. Thank you for having me Perth and thank you to all the friends I made! I will always remember my ice cream cake Gemma, bbqs on the beach and Chantelle my fitspiration and for some great nights out. Peace out Perth.
So guys its our my last Greyhound bus journey with my little Heather 😦 Although sitting ten hours on a coach is not a highlight! My next journey will be like 6 hours to Perth on A plane, (but at least my lovely bf will greet me the other end!) The sheer size of Australia constantly amazes me! Just so u can not panic on my behalf and my mum can rest easily, I retrieved my wallet, I was so happy, my face hurt!
Got here to Cairns on Thursday night, we stayed in Tropic days for one night, it was late so we didn’t get up to much. Friday we came to Tropic Days sister hostel Traveller’s Oasis. So now guys its 5th Dec and it’s my last night in Cairns, I waved Heather off to the airport earlier on, as she heads to Sydney to start work tomorrow! Our time here in Cairns has been really enjoyable, a lovely end to a amazing trip of 2.490km of Australian Eastern Coast! We snorkelled in the Great Barrier Reef here in Cairns, which was by far one of the best experiences of Cairns and the whole trip. Cairns is quite small like most places we have been! We sunbathed by the lagoon, and ate at The Green Ant a very good Mexican around the corner from our hostel, and even visited Gilligans which seems like some sort of institution! We enjoyed just relaxing, especially since it is so HOT here, it’s 32 most days and I literally need to sit in the pool at all times! We even went out for cocktails at Salt house on the marina and had steak for lunch on the marina one day. All in all Cairns rounded off a amazing trip, I am glad I came with such a close friend as its made everything ten times better, we laughed a lot, sometimes for only reasons we knew and people looked upon us weirdly, we also made so many friends on the way! It has just gone so quickly! It makes me want to start planning my next adventure, but for now ill start looking for jobs and relax in Perth with my fabulous bf. Hope u all enjoyed my blog and it made u green with envy mwah ha, only joking, maybe your think, that looks like a nice place to go.
Arlie Beach and the Whitsunday’s- It is 8.35pm and Heather and I are waiting for the Greyhound bus to Airlie Beach, it is a whooping 13 hr coach journey! We stayed in Hervey Bay last night and spent the day walking around. It appears Hervey Bay has absolutely nothing to do! Heather and I walked about 8 miles and came across a hair salon and one cafe, although there is a lot of parks and playgrounds just with no one in! It’s a bit like a
aftermath of a necular scare. So we just came to the conclusion that Hervey bay must be like Eastbourne, gods waiting room, full of the retired and the old. Or maybe as we did see some ridiculous sized houses it is the holidays homes of Australia’s richest. We walked along the beach, the tide was very far out and all the jellyfish were washed up on the shore, it wasn’t as nice as some of the other beaches we seen so I didn’t take a photo. Although Hervey Bay is zombie town, the plus was our hostel, flashpackers, by far the nicest hostel yet, it had a cinema room, a great shower and there were two pillows, yes that’s right people, my ruler of luxury is now measured in pillow quantity and plug socket availability, and what really makes a hostel experience super special is free breakfast, although no one ever offers anything but muesli and toast, so being gluten free I don’t have it, but it’s the thought that counts. Ok guys so we reached Airlie Beach, we had a slight set back, that I left my wallet on the bus, so clever me, thinking I had done so well not to lose anything! I should not think these things to tempt fate! Got to our hostel which is surrounded by road works, not great I remained positive. My first mission was hike to a bank to get me some money as I left it all on the bus, I had to walk 4km in the shearing heat in jellies, so not practical shoes. Uphill then downhill to reach the bank, I was so happy it was so near! (insert sarcasm). Fortunately the women let me withdraw money or I would I’d had to resorted to bank robbery, desperate times= criminal activity, standard. Then I hiked it back over the hill. It actually had some pretty views but the sweat falling in my face was distracting me! When I got to the bottom and met Heather, she found my beet root face amusing! I wanted to cry. Combined with the 8 mile walk in Hervey Bay in my unpractical shoes ( coz my trainers are at at the bottom of my case and that’s to much effort to retrieve them) my feet are actually bleeding. I have five plasters on my feet, if my feet weren’t attractive before, there’s no hope for them now! Apart from my joyful walk me and Heather went and did our usual of checking out the supermarket and then went to lay by the Lagoon which was very nice, we get bored pretty quickly sunbathing so we went for a walk! But I promise u this was more of a meander around the marina with all the spanky boats. Today is our last day as we head to our last stop Cairns tomorrow, just a 10 hour coach journey! We did a boat tour on The Big Fury today, a little boat company that took us to Whitehaven beach (part of the Whitsunday islands) then to the reef to snorkel, the trip even included lunch and then doughnuts and cookies at the end, it was 99 dollars, I thought it was great value for money as your basically out all day, and the driver and commentator were lovely!. Whitehaven beach is amazing, it is the nicest beach I have ever scene, the sand is beautiful and soft and the sea is so clear and sparkly! There are 78 beaches in the Whitsunday’s and only 7 that are inhabitable, one of them we passed was Haven beach, a luxury resort that cost $600-$3000 a night! James Cook named it the Whitsunday’s in 1770 when he passed through but it was actually a Monday as he didn’t take in the time difference! Silly billy. Anyway it was amazing, I went snorkelling but the visibility wasn’t amazing so hopefully cairns will be amaze balls and I can adorn another stinger suit for snorkelling as they are well fit!
Hey family and friends, I am now back on the greyhound bus, post Fraser Island fun heading to Hervey Bay! Fraser Island was fantastic, Heather and I, despite Dingos and dirt had great time. We headed to Rainbow Beach, where we picked up our 4wd for the tour. When we arrived we had to have a briefing and then we were put into our groups that we would be in on the Island and who we would be sharing a 4 wheel drive with. I think we were very lucky and ended up in a really good group, three northern lads, they were friends from uni, Robin who was the youngest from Germany, Marie (Irish) and Lisa (welsh). All of us got on really well. Those who wanted got the chance to drive the 4WD, which was amazing, Fraser Island is massive so u could drive @ 90mph! Safety first of course! We were camped on the Island for three days which is reached by ferry from Rainbow Beach. It’s the largest sand island in the world! The first day we headed to Lake Mackenzie, it was hot and the water was lovely too, all the groups laid on the beach. I got attacked by the biggest flies in the world! I totally forgot about spiders, the flies are really what did my head in, they are everywhere, they have no shame, they sit on u and prance around on all your food! That day we also saw a ship wreck, I am sure there was a completely interesting story about pirates and lost treasure but I forgot, it was a pretty impressive ship wreck though. After our scenic and bumpy ride, we headed to camp, that night I drank Goon. Goon basically is the cheapest wine, 4.4L for 12 dollars! you know when u see the sheer quantity and the ridiculously low price that its got Hangover, plus vomiting and thoughts of doom written all over it! Heather and I only had 2 glasses and we were drunk! Marie and I got the iPod out and were busting shapes on the floor at 8.30pm, I think we scared the Dingos off at least. I felt rotten the next morning, everyone was feeling a tad sorry for themselves, especially when we were told we were walking up to Indian head, hangover + cliff, not sure the tour guide was thinking this one few. It was quite a steep climb to Indian head, looking back now as I sit and write about it, it was beautiful, but at the time, Goon was obscuring my judgement and throwing myself head first into the water seemed a better idea then hiking down the cliff again. But we all made it, hooray, then we went to a creek. We went to the top and swam down, you could collect fresh water from it to drink, which was good as our water seemed to deplete so quickly, I was in a constant state of thirst. We also went to Champagne pools which was a small beach where the sea came in splashing over the rocks creating a pooling effect, I fell over a lot as the water came crashing over, elegant as always! I think I have all this in the right order, then that night Heather and I went to sleep early as we were abit tired! I keeping waking up at 5am, annoying.Com. The next day we headed to Wabby Creek which was a forty minute trek to get to first of all, our group were the slowest in walking up there as we were so tired from dehydration and goon, plus we stopped at possibly the most disgusting toilets in the world which I insisted everyone have a sniff off (what nightmares are made off). Wabby creek was lovely, it was a shame to be heading home after that, but I was feeling pretty grimy as the camp showers were rank, Heather and I had never been so excited to shower and wash our clothes than ever before! That night back at Dingos our hostel on Rainbow Beach, we immersed ourselves in hostel games, which involved me sitting on a stool with shaving foam on my head, as people threw cheesy puffs at me! All in the name of fun! Heather has the cheesy puff photos, I look fetching. It was a fun night. Fraser Island was amazing, I just wish my egg was there to make it perfect! />
Hey guys saying hi from Byron Bay, it was only a 12 hr coach journey! We travelled through wee outback towns and beautiful scenery and ended up on the coastal town of Byron. Byron is actually quite a small town but people seem to love it here, my boyfriend is a big fan and people who head here for a few days end up staying months. Apart from my initial thought that it’s really small, I think byron bay is lovely, the beach is massive, it goes in further than the wee eye can see. Heather and I yet again put our walking shoes on, as u know how much we love walking, and we went up towards the Lighthouse in Byron bay, along this walk is a bit if land and rocks that protrude out and this is the most Easternly point in Australia. So naturally I clambered or skillfully navigated, I like to think, and perched myself for a pic on the rocks, feeling very much like Chris Columbus, I swear I would of been a fantastic explorer. When we reached the lighthouse, after eating skittles and chocolate, we decided we deserved ice cream, naturally. The ice cream was scrummy, I had mars bar flavour and Belgium chocolate. After our walk back down and stripping off due to perspiration we decided it was time for beach bumming, we went and laid on Byron beach again, like we did the previous day! We scoured the beach for a non windy section where the wind wouldn’t whip us with sand. We found a great spot at the far right end of the beach, the view and the sea is beautiful! We went out for dinner last night as it was our treat day and ate at St Elmos a Spanish tapas place in the edge of Lawson road next to our hostel, it was very nice, in the pricey end but definitely worth It! Tonight we are waiting to venture out, its is raining buckets, thunder and lightening so trying to wait it out! In the end the thunder and rain didn’t cease last night so wild as we are, we headed out anyway, cheeky monkies which we went to the previous night wasn’t really our bag as we couldn’t afford to drink the required amount that staying there would of required! they had the same track on loop and after the fifteenth dance track, not drunk, it’s time to call it a night, one can only do so much bobbing to dance tunes and ‘I walked 10 thousand miles.’ We did have fun, made a few friends, saw Tim who was at our hostel in Blue mountains. Danced on tables and I fell off , naturally! So anyway baring in mind Cheeky Monkies was a bit dubious, we indulged and headed to the Balcony for cocktails that cost enough to feed a African child for year. We planned to only stay for one but then the waiter brought over champagne that some guys at the bar brought us and we ended up having a whole night out curtsy of these gentlemen, it was all platonic, so we meet them again today at the Beach hotel which is a very cool bar for a drink, then headed to Balcony again for a coffee martini, which is as horrible as it sounds! But I drank it of course! We left them after the Balcony and had ice cream and now we are in bed looking forward to the next part of our trip to Surfers paradise!
So It our last night in Port Stephens, I am sitting in my bed in my cabin thinking of the torturous coach journey to Byron Bay tomorrow, 10 hours! So Port Stehens has hardly been rock and roll, the most rock and roll thing we did was finish of the massive tub of ice cream till the point we felt sick. We cycled, we watched DVDs, we repacked our luggage, hold on I hear you say, your having way to much fun! To be honest we have enjoyed the piece and quiet, it’s like a lovely country retreat, the hostel is great, the owner gave me free eggs this morning and Heather and I a lift to Nelsons bay. The furthest we went so far is to the Anna Bay shops on the bicycles so this was a adventure. We decided as it was cloudy and rainy (and I burnt my back yesterday) to go dolphin watching. The dolphin watching itself was really great, one day I need to swim with them. There was lots of Japanese on the boat so we literally had to elbow people out the way to get a good spot, they had their cameras out oohing and arghing (loudly) running frantically from one side off the boat to the other to get good shots, one point they were taking photos of the seagulls! I think if I showed them a crusty toenail they would of oohed and photographed it. Anyway it was really good, only 23 dollars, after me and Hev were going to get ice cream, but the rain kinda made us rethink, so we went for mud cake and hot chocolate. I brought some expensive sunglasses, then we headed back for the bus, while waiting for the bus, Heather pointed out all my grey hairs, so now I feel just super about heading to party with a million 18 yr olds in Byron bay! When we got back to the hostel a party of ten had booked in, they were English too, bonus as the French lot aren’t that sociable, it’s like trying to draw blood from a stone. Anyway they were very nice, all on a tour together so they commenced drinking games whilst heather and I sat down to watch Notting hill, rock and roll, I told you! No joke I actually love that film., it gives me such a warm fuzzy glow! The group did kindly offer us to join in their game of ‘ have u ever’ but when some guy said ‘ have u ever had a std’ it was downhill from there, no way I want twelve strangers knowing what I would blush even telling my doctor! Then they fancied skinny dipping because if u haven’t done it you haven’t lived! At this point I thought bed time! not really bothered about looking boring, I was just happy from the warm glow of Hugh grant and Julia Roberts!
Hey peeps we are traveling back from the blue mountains, back on Sydney’s finest train (dubious) to central station. The Blue Mountains was beautiful, Heather and I did the walk yesterday basically a near death experience. We decided to do the Prince Henry cliff walk starting from scenic world, now if u ever go to the blue mountains the signs stating how long the walk is not true, I think they just had a good guess! We did the first walk, which stated like 2 hours, apparently I later discovered those signs are for the old and disabled, I suppose we don’t want to make them Feel bad than they already do! The second walk to Leura we were more confident in, we did make several chocolate and bench stops. ….. Vital! By the time we reached the top of Leura cascades we were tired! I swear my feet were bleeding, Heather and I had become mute, talking required effort which was clearly being needed elsewhere. As non hard core walkers, strolling around Battersea park is basically a hike, we decided it’d be best for us, mainly our souls to head back to the hostel. I swear the walk back was longer, it felt it, then the hill in town (steep incline honest) we nearly past out at the top, but no fear people, we made it back to the Hostel, close shave, no cpr skills needed, fortunately as I had no energy to save anyone’s life. We never enjoyed sitting down so much in our whole life. So Blue Mountains, tick, done, Kaboosh. Most people I reckon could just go view it from several lookout points on the clifftop and then be done as despite it being beautiful, there’s only so many angles u can look at the same rock! Anyway when we got back to hostel we had dinner, I ate my weight in chocolate and sweets, then we decided to join in a social time, (you can’t eat the chocolate then leave). there’s no technology allowed between 6 and 10, so after abandoning snap and the puzzle the next best option was actually to talk to people! Despite our initial reservations about ‘social Time’ we did meet some nice people and have fun, Tim was 18 and from Holland, the most English sounding Dutch person ever! Then a dude from South Africa, he taught me (I tried) to juggle, he was like crocodile Dundee, he picked up every instrument and could play! Tammy and Elizabeth from America, some guy from Berlin and a kiwi couple. See I socialised loads, maybe that’s my quota for the month, good job tomorrow’s a beach day I need it! So on our way to Port Stephens as I mentioned, the next hostel has a lot to match, it’s actually a pet sanctuary, trip advisor says there’s lots of spiders. Heather might not sleep for the entire stay! So we reached Port Stephens, it seemed like we drove through the middle nowhere, lots of fields and trees. When we got to our hostel it appeared to be shrouded in foliage. Our first greeting was From a baby joey! It’s actually a pet sanctuary here and the owners heal animals then put them back in the wild. Our room is a cabin, only issue is there’s no lock for the door, last night Heather barricaded us in with her belts, just in case there’s any chance serial killers or the baby Joey fancied a snuggle! So on our second day here in Port Stephens we headed to the beach, literally a two minute walk. One Mile Beach. obviously we needed to relax from all this hard work! The beach was lovely, nice and quiet, literally laid down for a few hours, we were going to head to Samurai beach, u can see it from One Mile Beach but we were to lazy to move. That’s pretty much my day, tomorrow we’re being more active, heading to Nelsons bay to dolphin watch. href=”https://barnical.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/20121113-191212.jpg”>