Photo by: Craig Lamotte
April 4, 1997
Chilling at the hostel in Bryon Bay. The hostel is across the street from the beach
and a block from d-town. Bryon is a surfer, hippie, tourist town. The beach and the
surfing is killer in this area.
April 5, 1997
Enjoyed Tallow beach in Bryon Bay with some awesome surf. I'm checking with the locals
for some advice on my travel plans. The town of Bryon is a fashionable, groove spot.
However, I feel that many of the people are acting a little too hard at their game. The
city is a very popular stop. However, I enjoy the character of the backroad destinations
in my travels.
April 6, 1997
Departed Bryon Bay in the morning for a beautiful pedal on the beach. I cycled on the
shores of the pacific ocean for some 30 km. It was epic. The surf crashing along side
myself was peaceful as well as powerful. One stretch of the beach became a nudist colony.
The funniest was a 300 pound man fishing in the surf. I wanted to take a photo, but I did
not want to seems audacious. The ride ended outside the town of Surfers Paradise into the
Gold Coast. The Indy Cars were in Surfers Paradise for a race today. Time to set up the
tent in this local park on the ocean. Goodnight
April 7, 1997
BILINGA, GOLD COAST
Tony Webster: Doing my 6 am bike training for the next big tour. Who's this bloke
camping free on the beach nature reserve. Turns out its Tim from the US heading North. We
decide to swap experiences. Never ridden a surf board eh? Soon fixed that. Spent half the
day perfecting the most dignified way to fall off, picking up a light sun burn on the way.
Spent the remainder of the day trying to spot dolphins and whales from Durambah headland
on the New South Wales -Queensland border. Nice little chat with two Japanese tour guides
then back to the Tonys.
April 8, 1997
The Webster's have been cheerful host's. The day was spend working on the Web Page in
the Gold Coast town of Bilinga. The Webster's allowed me access to a phone line and a
comfortable place to relax. The weather was beautiful with sunny skys and a cool breeze.
The Aussies are a society that is open to strangers. If more people would open their minds
and accept others we all could co-exist in peace. The perception of the States is that the
streets are unsafe. The media and Hollywood paint a picture for the world of crime running
rampant in the U.S.A. The impression the world has of The States is similar to the T.V.
program "COPS". This is a sad label with which to be stuck. So beware of how a
label can cause misinformation. Until you have read the book- don't assume its contents.
April 9, 1997
I departed the Webster's in Bilinga in the morning after Tony continues to give some
more advice and route plans. The Webster's are of the rare species of man that are
naturally giving as way of life.. The next cycle trek was up the coast to Surfers Paradise
for viewing. After lunch I began to motor through Brisbane (bisssbin), however the only
route was the motor way. I Powered for 45km along side vehicles doing 100 plus km's.. With
rush hour traffic approaching I sought other means . The local train station 3 blocks away
... yes. Two local youths assisted me into Brisbane for FREE. I Explored the city for 2
hours - nice. Then caught a train north to Beerburrum . This avoids all the city traffic
for five dollars. Now in the dark of night in the middle of East Bum, I find a campsite..
I rememberd they have deadly snakes, spiders, huge lizards, crocodiles ? Well, I found a
cozy rest area.and gazed at the stars for hours then dozed off under the canopy of stars
for the night with no tent. The area has an Aboriginal past and I could sense some vibes
throughout the night.
April 10, 1997
GLASS MOUNTAINS, SUNSHINE COAST
Woke to the spectacular beauty of the Glass Mountains. These mountains are named after
Aboriginals. The belief is that one son cowardly did not help his family in a time of
floods, never spoken to again by his father. The arrangement of the peaks has the father
looking out away from his son. In the afternoon I visited The Queensland Reptile and Fauna
park. The park includes the massive salt water crocodile. This 25 plus foot animal looks
at man as lunch. The salt water crocodiles usually only eat once every six months . Crocs
are so smart that they study patterns of things and plan their attack accordingly. Other
interesting fauna included: tortoise, exotic snakes, lace monitors lizards, even koala.
All these animals have been hurt in some way causing the park to rehabilitate them for
survival. I then cycled to the coastal city of Coolum Beach where I skated on a free
April 11, 1997
I cycled along the Sunshine coast for 20 km to reach the town of Noosa. The coastline
contents have some great stretches of wide, sandy beaches. These are among the world's
finest. The clear blue surf is a perfect temperature for a swim.I made some plans to
explore Fraser Island and the colored sands beach. Fraser Island is the World largest sand
Island. On Sunday I will enjoy a boat trip to have a look. The town of Noosa is a small
friendly holiday destination. I am doing some planning and R and R for my final two weeks
April 12, 1997
I'm Relaxing at the Halse Lodge in Noosa Heads. The weather is great 21 degrees
Celsius(70). The host at the lodge, would like to say hello:
Halse Lodge is the newest Backpackers haven, at Noosa Heads, on the Sunshine Coast.
This unique facility is set on two acres, with surrounding natural bushland. Our
accommodation is only 150 meters from the famous Hasting Street, Nite Life, and the Beach,
with Noosa National Park only a short distance further down the street. Halse Lodge is an
historical building, listed with the National Trust, and soon to be listed as well as the
last original wooden structure in Noosa. This allows Guests to sample a piece of
Australian history during their stay. All this for only $15.00 per person per night.
Noosa is the ideal vantage point to Fraser Island as most of the best attractions on
the Island are towards the southern end. There are quite a few different styles of tours
available from Noosa to Fraser Island. Ranging from day trips, to two night - three day
Safari's, and eco tours through the Everglades, the Famous Eumundi Markets, and Scuba
Diving to name a few. Being a former Backpacker myself, I can help you with information
about what to see and do further up North, if you are going to Airlie Beach or Cairns or
anywhere in between, as long as you are going somewhere in Queensland, or around the Byron
Bay District I can help you. I've been to the Northern Territory as well, so I can help
you with info on there too.
Please remember, we do not keep brochures on any place that a member of staff has not
been on, usually me or Vicki, or one of our cooks. So feel free to use us as the
information bureau. Above all , always check your prices with everything regarding tours,
as almost everyone sells tours so beware!
I wish you happy and safe traveling.
April 13, 1997
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Composed entirely of sand.
Fraser, the island of stunning, contrasting mystic beauty, has its history steeped back to
the Aboriginal Dream Time. Today, it is a subject of controversy and endless source of
amazement to the traveler. Fraser Island owes its existence to the most violent forces of
nature-cyclonic storms, furious winds and lashing gales, set in motion the events which
created the great sandy island.
The landscape is one of densely wooded rain forest, high scrub, thickets of wild
flowers, tangled vines, ferns and palms, the trees are amongst the tallest in the world,
verdant swamps and grasslands, and that all these thrive in sand is one of the island's
great wonders.Wildlife abounds with dingoes, goannas and 250 species of birds. The island
was a spectacular site of nature. How a rain forest and perched lakes can survive in sand
is a wonder in itself. Imagine walking down into a valley hidden by trees to be enchanted
by a vast variety of wildflowers lining the shores of a freshwater lake.
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