Arrive Agnes quite late staying at 1770 Beachside Inn it’s a cute one with nice outside area and Ajay the manager is cool and really helpful. As its Saturday he says there is a live band on at the local so head to that. Sharing a room with a guy from Adelaide called Johnny Ruffo and a liverpool guy called Craig who I end up hanging out with going to the Tavern as it’s his birthday too. Really cool guy and totally on my wave length with travelling, music so a good laugh.
The Tavern is fun and very lively staying open til about 1am, so not too crazy.
The next morning up early to go surfing hiring a board for just $10 and beach is only 10minute walk. The beach is quite nice and very quiet with noone surfing or laying on it where the walk takes me. There is a busier section further up, but I try the quiet area furst for surfing without much success. The waves are pretty big and too strong for me to get out deep enough to get a decent surf and end up thrown about a little like being in a washing machine. Craig and a guy Brett meet me at the beach and handlg there for a few hours. I manage to find a better section of the beach where can at least get on the board, it’s just not a very long surf. Overall a good day.
Head back to go on the hostels Kangaroo tour and sunset walk. And funnily I bump into Amsterdam Frank who is also at my hostel as back from a castaway tour. Although at first I don’t recognise him at first as totally didn’t expect him to be there, which was quite amusing. He is also on the kangaroo trip, so good to know someone else.
We go to the the orphanage, which is for those who’s mums have been killed so lot’s of baby one and ones who have been there for years and now have babies themselves as a few are carrying joeys. Even some huge joeys and at first they are out eating then you see the mum and it looks more like a balloon or water pouch, which haven’t seen before. They are all super friendly and we give them sweet potatoe to eat so they come up straight to your hand close enough to even get a selfie so get a couple of cool ones! There is a a section where they put the smallest joeys to bed so are made to look like pouches, which is very cute. There is a sick one there covered in warts and the guy was saying never seen that bad before the poor little guy. The man who runs it tells us all about the kangaroo and how there is a plan for the Australian government to make them all extinct due to a contract with china to supply more beef so they need the land, so very sad.
After the roos we head back to pick up a few ciders and for the sunset walk for a small $5 – bargain. It’s a fun group for the walk and a cool girl called Tessa from reading who joins in, Craig and Brett from my dorm and Amsterdam Frank. We go in the van to Joseph Banks Conservation Park where we only have a short walk to get to a beautiful view of a beach so it’s nice photo spot with us all. After we head to the main part of the walk another part in the conservation area where you get the sunset. It’s very rocky, but we find a nice spot where we even see a few wild dolphins and a turtle. The sunset is gorgeous and the first one really had on east coast all enjoying a few ciders.
After the sunset we head back and just have chilled night drinking with the sunset group in the hostel as it’s so relaxed sitting outside. We decide to take the speaker (although it died after 5 mins as wasn’t charged annoyingly) and few drinks to the beach when the hostel curfew kicks in at 10pm. Overall a really cool night as the stars are super bright and nice listening to the waves as we all chat away about odd topics like women’s counsels and rights – all quite amusing.
13-14th February 2016