One of the best days of my life…
9th February 2018
Up early to catch the bus to the zoo, we eagerly anticipated the day ahead. I am normally a little apprehensive about going to the zoo, especially those outside of the UK as I fear the treatment of animals is not as regulated. Australia zoo however is the legacy of the crocodile hunter Steve Irwin. The zoo span’s 100 acres and has an animal hospital just next door that helps thousands of animals a year.
Here are just a few pictures from our day at the zoo:
One thing that really stands out at the zoo, is how happy the animals are. You can tell the keepers really care for the animals and that they have a really special bond. There is a ‘Kangaroo park’ that you can walk through and pet the kangaroos. This was a really special moment and I am so lucky to have witnessed a mother caring for her baby joey.
The zoo is so hands on with the animals and offers a whole range of ‘animal encounters’, one of which I was lucky enough to be able to book. It is no secret that giraffes are my favourite animal and when I saw that there was opportunity to feed them I couldn’t miss out. This was honestly one of the best moments of my life. I am so glad I got picture evidence of it so that I can remember this for ever.
Overall, the zoo was a great experience, one I will definitely never forget and I feel extremely lucky.
It was time to get on the greyhound again this time we were off to somewhere new! Gold coast, surfers paradise here we come…
When they greyhound becomes home…
7th & 8th February 2018
After the gruelling 17 hour bus to Airlie we arrived to glorious sunshine and we were ready to chill. We went back to our favourite cafe (Sidewalk Cafe) for breakfast and a smoothie and started to come to terms with the exciting fact that we had left Cairns, this time for good. We were so tired but we still managed to go for a wonder around the shops and decided to go for a lay down bye the sea. We arrived in Airlie in the morning and were leaving that evening so we took the time that we had to chill out and take in some fresh sea air.
As the evening came the sky gave us a beautiful goodbye view and we boarded the Greyhound ready for a long slug of a 17 hour journey.
In between this journey one of the stops was our favourite service stations where the ‘Winking Matilda’ kangaroo mascot from the 1982 Commonwealth games. We have passed through this stop so many times on our travels it was nice to see her again one last time!
Thursday morning was when we finally arrived in Noosa after the 17 hour journey turned into 18!! We were all just absolutely shattered so we checked into the hostel and took a quick chill/nap.
That evening we headed to a place called Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co, which was hands down one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. We had such a lovely evening walking around Noosa Heads and we even bumped into some old friends who had left Cairns just before us. so we had a drink with them and headed to bed.
We wanted to get an early night because we were heading to Australia Zoo the next day! Brace yourselves for the animal pics…