Noosa to Surfers Paradise
The weather took a serious turn when we arrived in Noosa, it rained for 3 days! Steve Irwin’s famous Australia Zoo the reason for our trip here. They have a cool crocodile and bird show that draws huge crowds. The crocodiles were a favourite of the late Steve Irwin and reminders of his work for conservation are throughout. Their new Africa exhibition was disappointing, probably due to the fact that it wasn’t finished but there is not much to see there. Their tiger temple was interesting and informative. The handlers have great relationships with these furry animals as they have been raised by them since they were cubs. It makes them look quite tame!
Celebrated Fiona’s birthday on our last day in Noosa with a trip to a spa for the morning where we indulged in thermal baths, spas and steam room. A real treat for our weary backpacker bodies!!!
Caught up with friends in Brisbane and there certianly isn’t a shortage of nightlife here – the casino still buzzing at 5am when we found ourselves there on Thursday morning! Caught up with my 5th brother here (aka Patrick Coen) who kindly put us up for a few nights. Randomly bumped into a large proportion of our Fraser Island tour gang here also so that made for a great laugh!
From Brisbane we moved onto Surfer’s Paradise, apparently not in the literal sense with much better surf elsewhere along the coast. It’s more of a shoppers paradise with the added benefit of beautiful sandy beaches and nearby theme parks but better to avail of these if you have a few days to spend there as the multipass is pretty much the same price as the day pass! The hostel here is the first with a christmas tree and lights and it is a very chilled place to spend your time here. A very homely feeling.