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Off to the more quiet place of Ballina, home of the 'Big Prawn'. No seriously it's hillariously huge on top of a restaurant place (check the photos). Ballina is a small coastal fishing town which has retained it's 'aussiness' as not alot of people stop here. Our hostel was part motel and was run by a really nice couple who have done alot of travelling themselves and it was really well run. The hostel itself was pretty dead, although we did meet a french guy, an old german man with a moustache and two american flght attendants which were awesome (we find we make more friends in the smaller places as its more intimate). On our first day we explored the town and get our bearings. It's pretty much just one long high street with all the shops and take aways on a bit like Stevenage old town but not as scummy. We weren't up for much that day so we popped into the cinema and watched 2012 which was okay, although the KFC was actually....amazing. Day two we walked along the River to the beach for a spot of dolphin watching. Spotted some near enough straight away and we sat in the sun watching the pod do their thing. After they dissapeared we walked back to a few shops and headed back to the hostel for some goon and cards (we do that alot). Third day was alot of fun as we had a 'pool day' and had the pool to ourselves for some extreme ball playing action! (lol). And once more in the evening we had a few to drink and played some poker with the guys we met (yes i won again!). As we did all there was to do in such a small town we decided to move on to our next destination the next day: Yamba!

Posted by Ryan2040 19:50 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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