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Adelaide - Melbourne - Perth

semi-overcast 28 °C

I had found some people who would take me along the Great Ocean Road. Thomas had been travelling all over Australia with other backpackers, and they were staying with his sister, Nyssa, in Adelaide, so I stayed with them. While I was there we went to the West Indies vs Australia cricket match, which Australia won.
Thomas, Kati, Cyril and I drove along the Great Ocean Road. We saw the big lobster at Kingston, the blue lake at Mount Gambier, then spent the night at Port Nelson lighthouse. The weather turned bad as we crossed the border into Victoria. We went to the cheese factory and had free samples of cheese, then to The Bay of Martyrs, The Bay of Islands, The Grotto, Lock and Gorge, London Bridge and The Arch. By the time we got to The Twelve Apostles it was so foggy we couldn't see them! So we drove strait through to Melbourne.
In Melbourne I stayed with a Christian family from Sri Lanka for 3 weeks. Maurice and Dileeni had 3 children - Abigail, Shemara and Denal. They also had another student from India renting a room from them called Shweta. In Melbourne I did a few self-guided walks around the city and saw most of the main sites. I went on the Neighbours tour, saw Ramsey Street, some of the set and met Dr Karl Kennedy. I went into the kids school a few times and to their church. I felt very out of place in Melbourne - a backpacker in a very fashion conscious city, so I decided I would move on to Perth to find a job.
Spencer, who used to be the pastor at the family church in Dorchester, had moved out to Perth a couple of years ago. He put me in touch with a couple of girls, Naomi and Ami, who were looking for a flat mate. In Perth I got very involved in church life, with 4 services a week I spent a lot of time there and met a lot of people. I helped Lauren set up for a new Christians meeting most weeks with Bec, Nadia, Nicole and others. The church had a punk band, Global, who played 2 services each week. There was a camp which they played at that I went on. I went to Scarborogh beach one day, but it was very windy and the sand hurt a lot, so I didn't go back! One day there was a massive hail storm and a lot of cars got smashed up. The water was pouring in through our closed windows and doors, and electricity was out in most of the city. I went to the fremantle street arts festival with Nat and Marry-Anne, which I loved. One performer showed us how to get out of a strait Jacket, and another did a backflip off a ladder through a flaming hoop. Shardae and Lauren took me to the Swan Valley, a wine region just out of Perth. We went to the chocolate factory and had heaps of free chocolate. I went to Rottnest Island where I met some people who asked me to join then cycling around the Island. It hurt a lot, but the scenery was beautiful and we saw lots of Quokkas - large animals that look like rats, but are actually very friendly.
I was in Perth for 7 weeks and met some great people. I couldn't find a job and felt very homesick, so decided to finish off travelling Australia and then go home.

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Wildlife

Kangaroo Island

sunny 30 °C

During my time on kangaroo Island there were 6 other volunteers; Adelaide, Sibylle, Caroline, Cyril, Tommy and Sandra. Each stayed between 2 and 4 weeks and arrived on different days. We stayed in the volunteers lodge at Hanson Bay, which had a kitchen, bathroom, DVD-player and no bunk-beds! Each morning we gave food and water to the birds, watered the trees, fed the chickens and collected any eggs from them. We then drove around the sanctuary's fence checking for holes in and under the fence. The way the fence was made allowed any animal to leave the sanctuary, but kept predictors out.

After the morning jobs we did something different everyday, including cleaning the cabins the guests were staying in, planting trees, raking leaves off the koala walk, counting koalas (there were about 25 on the property), talking to guests about the animals and filling the dams with plants. One time we spent the day making a vegetable garden. We started with wild bush, but after heaps of raking, digging and moving rocks around we had our garden. Unfortunately the soil was too dry to hold any water, but hopefully by the winter the volunteers will be able to plant some veg. In the evenings we fed the birds and chickens again, then put food out for the kangaroos. There had been some heatwaves which had killed the grass so the kangaroos had very little food unless we fed them. We then would feed Amy, the tame kangaroo, then assist on the evening koala walks.

As well as all the hard work we often went on trips. We went to Hanson Bay beach a lot when it was too hot to work. We also went to the remarkable rocks, saw seals, sea lions and pelicans and went to a bird show. My favourite trip was to Pauls Place, a petting zoo filled with Ozzie animals all wanting food. Here an alpaca spat at me!

The managers of the sanctuary were Natalie and James, and they had one employee, Emily. They had 2 kelpie dogs, Archie and Monty, and a tame kangaroo, Amy. Natalie had raised a koala, Lala, who she released back into the wild. Lala sometimes came to visit. One weekend Natalie and James went on holiday, so the previous managers, Bruce and Leslie, came back to help.

I was here for four weeks, and has been the best time I've had in Australia :)

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East Coast part 2 + Christmas and New Years

Desert - Jungle

sunny 32 °C

So I’m in Eromanga, the town furthest from the sea, with 80 people and no bus out. Most days I worked a few hours in the café and the bar and some days I cleaned the motel rooms. Every Saturday the pub had an all-you-can-eat BBQ, and every Sunday the motel had a BBQ too. We had pizza on Thursday nights, but every other night Leona made delicious home made meals for all the staff and some guests. One Saturday there was a family fun day where a clown came to teach circus skills, so I had a go at stilt walking, plate spinning, juggling (which he said was graceful) and devil sticks, which I really enjoyed. One morning I went trucking with Keith, who delivers food. Explorers tried to walk from south Australia to north Australia and separated on the way. One group buried food under a tree for the other group to find and put a sign on the tree saying ‘Dig’, so Crazy and Sheralee took me to see this tree; it was about a 3-hour drive away. In the evening there was an event put on by the Eromanga School called the Christmas Tree. The children did a play with animals and dancing, and then there was a buffet and Santa came to give the children presents, the only Christmassy thing about the evening! There was a swimming pool at the motel that I sometimes went in, but because of the dust storms it was almost always dirty, and when it was finally cleaned there was another dust storm. When a dust storm happened at night, everyone was woken up by the fire alarms going off. A few of the locals are sheep shearers, so I went to a sheep shearing shed one afternoon. Leona’s grandson, Rhys, had his birthday party by the pool, with a BBQ. I went with some of Leona’s family – Lane, Drew, Bekki, Rhys and Georga, and Floyd the dog - for a drive and to see some pigs and catch some yabbies (crayfish), which we cooked and ate. I worked in the morning on the day I left, and then Kimberley drove me to Quilpie (1 hour), where I met some of Leona’s family to say goodbye. I took the bus to Charleville (2 hours), and then caught the train to Brisbane (17 hours!). From Brisbane I caught the bus to Bundaberg (7 hours) and met Michaela, Kenny, Sara and everyone from the hostel in Bundaberg. I also met a Superman’s body double from Smallville and his girlfriend, and she, Sara and I went shopping. It was ladies’ night and Crofty’s birthday, so we went out to the pub. Everyone in Bundaberg is there for fruit picking, so they get up at 4am to go to work and come back covered in mud in the late afternoon.

I left to go to the town called 1770. In 1770 I went in a stunt plane, which flew for about 20 minutes performing stunts, including zero gravity. The pilot let me fly for some of it, and then I landed the plane on a beach. He did a stunt that only he can do, and so less then 100 people have ever flown this stunt.

I took an overnight bus to Townsville, where the ferry leaves to go to Magnetic Island. I stayed at Koalas YHA in some lovely huts surrounded by rainforest plants. I went for a walk and saw 2 wild koalas and a possum. In the kitchen there were possums running round looking for food, hiding in the bins and talking to people who were eating outside. The next morning I went to the wildlife presentation at the YHA. I held birds, lizards, a crocodile, a snake and a koala! Koalas aren’t as cuddly as they look; Tomsk (my cat) gives much better koala hugs! I went for a swim in the pool and lay in the hammock underneath the tropical trees – paradise.

I went to Airlie Beach, from where the boats leave to do the Whitsunday Islands. My boat was Powerplay. There were 18 people, + 4 crew. Everyone had come in pairs except Reena, Melanie and myself, so we spent the 3 days together, also making friends with the host, Beau and another lady called Antya. The catamaran had a hot tub and was fairly large, so we did a lot of sunbathing too. We went to Blue Pearl and I scuba dived for the first time – this is where the Red Hot Chilli Peppers learned to scuba dive! It’s an amazing experience, and so different to anything else I’ve ever done. I didn’t take in much of the coral because I was getting used to the diving and breathing through my mouth. We went to Whitehaven Bay where the sand is pure white. In Mantaray Bay I snorkelled and saw George – a giant Napoleon Maori Wrasse as well as lots of coral. We watched the sunset over the islands. I went scuba diving a second time in soft coral, where turtles like to live, but unfortunately we didn’t see any turtles. We went back to Airlie Beach and I spent the day at the lagoon with Reena and Melanie. Some of us met up at the pub in the evening, but most people had already caught their bus to the next place.

I went to Cairns and had a couple of catch-up and sleeping days. I went to the lagoon in Cairns and sunbathed, then watched some bands playing in the hostel in the evening. It was very humid and rained in the evenings, the start of the wet season. I got the Jungle Tours bus to Cape Tribulation, stopping at a couple of lookouts and at The Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary on the way. We took a cruise up the Daintree River to look for crocodiles and saw 2. We went swimming in a river in the rainforest in the rain! In the evening I went on a guided night walk in the rainforest and saw rainforest dragons, fireflies, glowing mushrooms, stick insects, leaf insects, frogs, spiders, birds and many plants.

The next day I went Jungle Surfing, which was loads of fun. They put giant zip-wires high up in the rainforest, and you fly through the canopy, stopping on 5 different trees. The speed varies to allow photos to be taken on some wires, and adrenaline rushes on other wires. I went for a walk along the beach and saw loads of tiny crabs, scuttling away as they heard me coming. The tour bus took me back to Cairns.

The next day I went on a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Atherton Table Lands. It was strange being up so high with nothing in front of you; usually there is the glass of the plane. We stopped for breakfast, and then a coach took us to Kuranda. I took the sky rail 7km down to Cairns, stopping at Barron Falls. There were some beautiful views. I went to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park, where I watched a video of the history of aboriginals and how the English took over their land – it was not easy to watch. There was a play/film/dance of some of the aboriginal dreamtime stories, including why the cassowary lives in the rainforest and how their culture believes everything and everyone fits into 2 categories, wet or dry. In the next theatre, they danced and sang aboriginal music, and showed how to light a fire with aboriginal tools. They then showed us how to play a didgeridoo, prepare some forest fruit and then gave us the chance to throw a boomerang and a spear. The boomerang went well, the spear didn’t! In the hostel in Cairns, I met a girl called Sammy who is at Sheffield Uni (where I’m going in September) and who has just done a term abroad in Australia.

I flew from Cairns to Sydney. From Sydney I caught the train to Parramatta, where the Hillsong bus picks up. Due to it being Christmas time the Hillsong services had changed times, so I and 5 other people, including a couple from New York, Michelle and Isaac and a lady from Melbourne, missed going to a service. Instead, we went to the Hillsong Christmas Spectacular – Cinderella - a comedy aimed at children, but still a good show.

The next day I took the train to Gilgandra, where Christine, my 3rd cousin met me with her daughter Ashlee. I spent Christmas with family here, staying with June, my Dad’s second cousin, and her husband Jim. They also had their daughter Christine staying with them and her children, Briony and Ashlee, and husband Murray. We had most of the celebrations at Jim and June’s other daughter, Merilyn’s house, with her husband Greg, and children Ayrton, Caitlynn and Harrison. They also had Jim and June’s son, Robert, staying with them, and his wife, Kylie and children, Lucy and Declan, so it was a large family Christmas! I’ve never had a large one before, so I enjoyed it a lot. We went to a couple of services, quite different to English services, and sang the first carols I had heard this year. Christmas lunch was BBQ steak, then prawns and cold meat for Christmas dinner. There was a Dr Who Christmas special, but it was the UK’s Easter special!

The weather was like the usual English weather around Christmas time – cold and wet! Usually the river has no water in it, but after the rain it was flowing fast. There were floods around in houses and on the road, so we thought we may not be able to leave Gilgandra on time. We went to some local waterfalls, which were bigger than usual because of the rain, and very pretty.

Christine and Murray took me back to Newcastle where they live, and from there I caught the train to Turramurra, Sydney, to stay with my Uncle’s friends, Noel and Barbara. On New Years Eve, I took the RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) course in Sydney and passed – the easiest test I’ve ever done, easier than driving theory! Then I went to Bondi and met Noel and Barbara’s granddaughter, Josie, her fiancé Matt, roommate Mel and friend Adam. We all watched the 9.00 Sydney fireworks from their road, but couldn’t see very well, so tried to get onto the roof, but couldn’t. We walked for ages down a long road, until Mel saw some security guards who were standing outside a garden-type thing. She asked if we could go in and the security guards said we didn’t look like we would cause trouble so we could. There were about 15 others in there waiting to watch the fireworks. So we had a perfect view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, with no crowds, to watch the midnight fireworks.

The next day we drove Adam back to Newcastle and spent the day in his flat watching Friends. I felt a bit fluey that day. I stayed with Josie again that night. I went back to Turramurra and we went to Palm Beach for the night for a BBQ with Noel and Barbara’s daughter Jane. Palm Beach is where Home and Away is filmed. We went swimming in the sea in a thunderstorm – it was freezing.

I flew to Adelaide where Graham, a relative, picked me up and showed me a lot of places in and around Adelaide where there is Anderson history, including the land where the Andersons first settled in Australia. Adelaide was a really lovely city with a nice feel about it. It reminded me of Bedford. It was nice to see sunshine after having a couple of weeks of rain. I stayed with Graham and Helen, and their dog Lexy, and Graham took me to meet some other relatives and to Victor Harbour and some other coastline.

I took the bus and ferry to Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, where I met by the manager of the wildlife sanctuary, James, his friend, Josh, and 2 other volunteers, Adelaide and Sibylle. We spent the day in Kingscote, then drove to Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, and met Natalie, James' wife. I am Volunteering here for 1 month.

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East Coast part 1

Sydney - Bundaberg & Eromanga

sunny 35 °C

Michaela and I took an overnight Greyhound Bus out of Sydney, arriving in Coffs Harbour early the next morning. Having not slept much on the coach, Michaela slept on the hostel’s sofa for most of the morning. In the afternoon, we walked to Mutton Bird Island, where we waited for about an hour, looking out to sea and eventually saw the splashes of a whale in the distance. On our way back, I turned around and saw 2 dolphins close to the edge of the island, but when we went to look at them, they had gone. We then saw another whale much closer, jumping out of the sea. We could see its white belly and its enormous size. I tried to take photos, but my camera was too slow. On our way off the island, we saw a pelican sitting about 10m away from us.

The next day we arrived in Byron Bay, a place famous for surfing and partying. We walked along the beach to the furthest east place in Australia. The sand squeaks as you walk. By the sea were hundreds of tiny eggs made of jelly. Staying in our dorm were 2 girls from Germany and one from Switzerland who I got chatting to.

The next day we went to Surfers Paradise, where we gave out our C.Vs to find some work. In the evening we paid for an all-you-can-eat BBQ at the hostel, however they only served burgers (which I don't like) in sandwich bread, and the meat was red in the middle. I ate half! We were planning to go out with the hostel, but after taking our washing in we fell asleep fully dressed, exhausted from travelling. The next day we went to the beach which is lovely and very uncrowded compared to Weymouth, although it is still spring. In the evening, we went on a pub-crawl with the hostel, which was a waste of money because we were both too tired to enjoy it. In one of the clubs, I met the girl from Switzerland who was in our hostel in Byron Bay. We went to the beach again the next day, but the weather was cold and cloudy. We had some gorgeous ice cream - I had chocolate and honeycomb, which they mixed pieces of fudge into.

That evening we took the Bus to Brisbane, where we met with Michaela’s brother, Kenny. Something had happened with his bank and he couldn’t take out any money, so having no money he had been sleeping on the beach in Coogee with Sara, who also had no money and was waiting for a refund from the plane company for a cancelled flight. Once Kenny was able to get to his money, he bought a Greyhound ticket to meet us. There didn't seem to be much to do in Brisbane and the hostel prices were high, so we went to Mooloolaba where we had heard there was fruit picking - there wasn't!

Michaela and Kenny had both run out of money, so needed work fast. The beach in Mooloolaba was very nice and there were lots of shops, including the first Starbucks we had seen. We got an interview with Select Marketing in Maroochydore and got a second interview the next day. We would be selling OzStar, a TV package like Sky, but it costs $40 a month for 90 channels + more for packages. We decided not to take the job as all our wages were commission and we didn't think we could sell the package very well. The hostel in Maroochydore was really nice - laid back and friendly. It was a converted house with a back garden and 2 dogs. I really liked it; it felt like a home. The next day we went to Australia Zoo - Steve Irwin’s zoo. We fed kangaroos and I touched a koala, but I wasn't allowed to hold one. There were lots of Australian animals there, including crocodiles, lizards, birds, kookaburras, dingoes and Tasmanian devils.

The next day Michaela and Kenny went to Bundaberg to do some fruit picking, but I went to Noosa first to do a kayaking trip. The Noosa Everglades have tea-trees growing by the river and this makes the water very reflective - the river of mirrors. I stayed in a log cabin in the middle of a forest, and in my group were the 3 girls I had met in Byron Bay! We went for a walk by a lake, but didn't see any koalas. The night was freezing and I didn't sleep well. We canoed 7km upstream against the wind, which was hard work, but fun. I hadn't done canoeing before and thought it would be a lot harder than it was; it was a great trip to do. In the water swimming around us were stingrays, but the river didn’t have any crocodiles - they had all been killed off years ago. We had a 2 km walk to the beach, where we sunbathed for a few hours and on the way back to the canoes we saw some wild kangaroos who seemed very tame. The trip back was very relaxing and we hardly had to paddle at all, as we were with the current and wind. In the evening, we sat around a camp fire and heard stories of the adventures of 2 girls who had hired a car and driven up the west coast. It sounds a lot better than the east coast as there are very few tourists. Other people were canoeing down the river 17km, but I left to go to Bundaberg.

I got there in the evening and was checked into a 'full' hostel by a very drunk lady. Sara had hitch hiked her way to Bundy to meet Michaela and Kenny by finding lifts from the Gumtree website. While waiting for her refund, the hostel was letting her stay free. It was very laid back and quite run down, but it was nice because there were very few rules, unlike other hostels. Sara, Kenny and Michaela went fruit picking while I showered and washed my clothes for the first time in a while. Michaela and Kenny hated the fruit picking, but needed the money. They had paid for a week in another hostel, but moved to the hostel Sara and I were in after the week. The next day we looked for jobs, but there didn't seem to be any except tomato picking, which was paid by the bucket and so didn't pay much. I made $10, spent $5 on the bus to get there and $5 on drinks when I was there, as it was so hot. They recommend 6 litres a day while tomato picking. We made friends with some people in the hostel, who we did many things with during the 11 days I was there. We went swimming in the local outdoor pool, ate battered chips, went to the beach, went to the rum factory, went to 2 rivers and went to a playground - very different from English playgrounds. Michaela got a job cleaning in the pub for free accommodation.

Michaela and I went to Hervey Bay and met up with Dom and Amelia, who we'd met in Sydney, to go on a 4WD self-drive tour of Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and also has the purest bred dingoes in Australia. We spent the afternoon at Lake McKenzie, a very clear fresh-water lake with a beach. We got stuck behind 2 cars on the way to the campsite and spent about an hour getting the 2 cars in front of us out of the sand and up the hill. A dingo chased our car along the beach and later that evening I saw the shadow of one from our tent. The next day we went to Indian Head where we saw whales, sharks and stingrays, it was very beautiful there. We also walked to Champagne Pools and I drove along the beach. There were 2 very bossy German girls in our group, constantly back seat driving and telling us we couldn’t do things we wanted to do. They ruined the trip a little, but I still had a good time. On the final day, we saw the Pinnacles and the shipwreck, and then went back to Lake McKenzie, but the weather wasn’t so good. We went back to the hostel and had a much-needed shower, having been covered in dust and sand all weekend.

The next day we tried to hitch hike to Bundaberg, but gave up and got the bus. We were job hunting in Bundy when I got a phone call from Travellers At Work offering me a job in Eromanga, so I left at 3.30 the next morning to go to Brisbane, where I was met by Wendy, the secretary of the motel I'm working at, her daughter Belinda, and her dad Robert. We spent the night in a motel in Roma, after driving 6 hours. I had a double bed in a room to myself - luxury! There was a massive cockroach that wouldn’t die when I sprayed it with cockroach killer, but instead turned around and chased me across the room! We drove a couple of hours the next day to Charleville where we had to spend the night because there was water on the road. I met a lady called Mel, her husband Mark, Eromanga’s policeman, and their 2 young sons Isaac and Jacko. They were also stuck in Charleville. The next day was Kenny’s birthday so I tried to phone him, but had no signal and was told I wouldn’t have signal for the whole time I’m in Eromanga! After lunch, we drove 2 hours to Quilpie where we did the final food shop and then another hour / hour and a half to the next town - Eromanga.

I was shown around by Kimberley, the manager of the motel and then worked in the bar in the evening. My jobs will be cleaning the motel and working in the hotel and cafe for $300 a week + accommodation and food. I have no T.V. or radio, although Mel has lent me her DVD player and some DVDs to watch. It's hard to understand the accent, there’s nobody my age in the town, if I want to use the internet I have to use someone else’s computer, it's too hot to do anything, and only dust on the ground so I can’t sunbathe! And to make it worse there’s no bus out so I can’t leave! I went to the pub to watch the Melbourne cup - a horse race lasting 20 seconds that the whole of Australia stops to watch. On my birthday, I went to Quilpie with Mel and Jacko. I was given a bracelet and cake by the people at work and in the evening I was bought some drinks by some of the men staying in the motel. I got chatting to one about his travels around Europe and America. So this is where I am now- stuck in the outback of Eromanga, the furthest town from the sea in Oz, making some money for another 3 weeks, missing people in Bundaberg and back home. Still I would rather be here than in England! As I'm finishing this I can hear thunder and see rain - something the locals will be very pleased about as it hasn't rained here properly for 9 years, making it very dusty, with frequent dust storms - real outback Australia!

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1st week - Sydney

With OzIntro

semi-overcast 15 °C
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I've spent a week in Sydney now and it's been amazing. Everything is so different to England. The flight was fine, I was on a really nice plane with lots of TV and films to watch and music to listen to. We flew into Abu Dhabi which looks like a massive dessert, with large Islands of sand off it with a couple of houses on. It was very hot there. I got to Sydney on monday morning and was met at the airport with the other people in my OzIntro group. That afternoon we went to sydney opera house and the royal botanic gardens. We then got a jet boat around Sydney harbour and got very wet! We found woolworths, which seams to be the main supermarket here.
On Tuesday we had a surf lesson. Its very cold here, about 16 degrees, but it is the first week of spring. The sea is saltier than at home too. In the evening we went to the Gaff, a backpackers club/bar.
On Wednesday we woke up early to orange fog. I went back to sleep and when I woke up again it was gone. We then found out it was a sand storm, and the worst they'd had in 40 years. As we were walking round the city centre doing bank stuff, a couple of people were wearing face masks, but there really didnt seam to be anything different. We went to the equarium in the afternoon and saw alot of fish and sharks. We bought microwave meals and cooked them for dinner. Eating out in Sydney is very expensive.
On Thursday we went to Bondi Beach and then walked the coast path to Kavelli beach, where we had a bbq. The views were amazing. We had a game of volleyball and some people went snorkelling, but didnt see much. In the evening we had a talk about working and travelling in OZ.
On Friday we went with OzExplorer to a place near the blue mountains to see some kangaroos. The tour guide told us we were guarenteed to see some and out of all the times he'd been there had only not been kangaroos once. There were, however, no kangaroos :( We then went onto the blue mountains and walked to see wentworth falls, and then later another walk to see the three sisters, walking down 1000 step and having a dream time story told to us of how the three sisters were formed. To get back to the top we took an old mining train which has been converted into a tourist train. It was almost vertical, with no seatbelts, so I didnt manage to take any photos cos i was trying not to fall!
On saturday me and Micheala decided we would work our way up the east coast next, this is a few hundered dollars cheaper than working our way down, but the weather would be better if we came down. I did some laundery and cooked dinner - pasta with tomatoes and an onion. We went on a pub crawl that evening.
I went to the australia museum on Sunday with Amelia, Dom and Dan. It was the funniest museum I've ever been in. The birds were dropped on their side rather put into life-like positiions. There were stuffed animals in random places, like the kangaroo next to the photocopier. You could see how laid back australians are by the way they just couldnt be bothered! We had a meal up Sydney Tower and had some Kangaroo, but I have a cold so I couldnt really taste it. It was very chewy. The views of Sydney from this revolving restaurant were amazing. Its the tallest building in Sydney.
On monday I walked accross Sydney Harbour Bridge with Dom and Helen. I decided it wasnt worth $200 to climb it, and the views from the pavement were just as good, and I could take photos!
I'm travelling up the east coast for the next couple of months, hopefully getting a job along the way. We leave at 10 tonight on the greyhound buses and our first stop will be coffs harbour.
Hope everythings going well for people back home. I know I havn't gone into much detail here, so ask any questions and i'll answer them as soon as I can.

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