16.11.2009 - 19.11.2009 32 °C
Hey Everyone! Sorry for the delay in updating the blog, we've been very busy seeing lots of sights!
So on 16th Nov, we headed south to a place called Murwillumbah, a very green mountainous place, further inland from the coast, to a quiet little hostel overlooking a river. The town was very quaint and old fashioned and quite quiet, pretty off the beaten track, but it was nice to get away from all the tourists for a while. The hostel was pretty dead to begin with, apart from one or 2 backpackers and the manager, Tassie, a little old guy who was very welcoming. The hostel is very 'nature friendly', with lots of information about local wildlife and vegetation. There were rather large wild 'waterdragons' that Tassie always fed and let freely roam inside the hostel, which occassionally gave us a fright when they scarpered past the doorway or came running around a corner towards us. On the first day, we decided to explore the town and all the little shops in the area. That evening, Tassie gave us some free Ice cream and we played board games and cards (there wasnt much nightlife). As the evening drew in and the sun set, we began to notice these weird large beetles start climbing up the windows and hearing them smack into the doors. Apparently, they are called Christmas beetles (only come out at xmas) and if its been a hot day, they all come out apparently.Literally thousands of them were flying around, hitting the window, the doors, lights, crawling through gaps and flying into our faces. By the end of the night, we were battling to keep them out of our dorm room, because they were so bloody noisy!!!
The hostel we were at offered free canoe hire if you stayed for more than 3 nights, so the next day we took advantage, and canoed all the way up the river and through a little creek leading on from the river. It was very beautiful and peaceful, with nothing but the sound of water and various squawking birds/insects/reptiles. And then, just when we were relaxing, cruising down the creek, and taking in the atmosphere, we drifted around a corner, and we almost had a heart attack, there were at about 10 cows standing literally on the edge of the riverbank, just staring at us.......staring...and chewing. God, it was so creepy! Mum, you were right about the evilness of cows!
That night, we had a similar night, free ice cream, board games and fighting off those massie beetles. The next day, we decided it would be a very good idea to climb the largest mountain in Murwillumbah - Mt. Warning, (as you do). Tassie also offered a free lift and 'guided tour' when you stayed 3 nights, so he drove us to the bottom of the mountain and gave us as promised (which was a self recorded guided tour spoken by Tassie on an old tape recorder, bless him!) Well, the climb was, as expected, exhausting. The climb took us 1 hour 40 mins (of nothing but steps!!) and the way down took about the same length of time, but it was worth it for the sense of achievement. Unfortunately, it was extremely foggy that day, so we couldnt see much of anything when we got to the top. However, it was all worth while for the experience, and we were very lucky to see a rare glimpse of a Lyrebird during the climb too.
On our last night, we were pretty exhausted and aching from all our climbing. A couple of German guys had just checked into the hostel, who were the first guests we'd seen in a couple of days. We got chatting to them, and that evening we all played a few games of cards, had more free ice cream, and a few glasses of 'Goon', before checking out the next day. But what a brilliant few days we had! We're so glad we didnt miss this place!!