A random couple of days
30.06.2009 - 03.07.2009 25 °C
Getting on the bus at Rainbow beach to head to Noosa, we bumped into one of our friends we'd met at Mission beach, Cat, who was staying in Noosa and in the same hostel as us. After checking in, all 3 of us decided to explore the area, and we found another botanic garden/nature reserve to wander through. Later that evening, we went down to the bar area and received our free welcome drink and introduction from the hostel and signed up to a pool competition that was going on that night (not that we won anything but it was fun)
The next day, we decided to go to Australia zoo (the zoo founded by Steve Irwin and his family). There was a lot to see, plenty of crocs, and we got to feed the elephants, which was quite an experience. We went to the 11am crocodile show, which was hosted by Steve Irwin's wife Terri, and their kids, and the daughter, who can't have been older than 11, fed this massive 20 stone crocodile bits of meat inches away from it. Very random, but a good show. Steve Irwin used to do that show, so it would have been amazing to have seen him there if he were alive. It was a very nice zoo, probably one of the best i've been to. We got to feed the Kangaroo's as well, which was cool.
That evening, we were pretty knackered so we all chilled at the hostel and played some cards. After a couple of hours, a guy called Paolo/Pablo, (cant remember his name for definite) asked us if he could join. He was this Italian American guy from New York, who knew a lot of card games and tricks. We got on really well with him. We chatted and played cards, and when the hostel bar area closed at 11.30, he invited us back to his hotel room across the street for drinks. Apparently he'd paid $500 for his room, as he arrived at Noosa late in the day and all the hostels were booked, and it was the only place he could find. So we decided to go for it. Next thing, we're in this massive hotel room, with its own living are and kitchen. Paolo/Pablo realised there was no minibar in the hotel room, so decided he was going to take a wander to go and find something. We didnt hold out any hope as Bottle shops close around 9pm here. About 40 minutes later, somewhere near 1am, Paolo/Pablo wanders in to the hotel room, with a massive white sack, full of shorts, beers, mini wine and champagne bottles. It turned out, in his search for alcohol, he had asked a receptionist how he could get more booze, and she had said the only way was to buy a 2nd hotel room with a minibar. The guy must have been loaded. So we stayed up till the small hours drinking and chatting. When we were thinking of heading off (about 3am?) he offered us to stay in the 2nd room he had booked, saying it would be a complete waste of time and money otherwise, and to just go for it. We weighed it up, and decided to take him up on the offer, as there were 3 of us together and we had the only key, so me, Ryan and Cat headed over to our 4 star room for the night. The room was huge, had its own living area and dining space. The bed was big enough for all 3 of us (and Ryan in the middle of 2 girls made him very happy lol!) In the morning, we were delievered a newspaper to the room and everything, very posh! The next day, we went over to Paolo/Pablo's room and thanked him, and headed off. We were due to meet up with him again before we left and buy him a few beers to say thanks, but unfortunately he had to cancel and we didnt see him again.
We all had surf lessons booked up for that day, which was a great way to end our RANDOM time at Noosa. Ryan was really good at it, little surfer dude he is, but i think i only stood up on the board for about 3 seconds before nose diving each time! Cat was pretty good at it too, by the end of it, i was the only one in the group who couldn't stand up, oh well That evening we played scrabble and went to bed very early lol. Next stop, Brisbane!