Today I was going to leave Sydney with Renee, Daniel and Ruben to head towards the east coast. I felt really bad because I had the feeling I hadn't really seen Sydney yet. So, about 10 minutes before leaving I told tghe others I was staying in Sydney and meet them up by bus later on. I waved them goodbye, checked in to another hostel and walked towards centre to arrange my stuff.
As I was walking there I was suddenly starting to feel lonely. I felt sorry about my decision because I would be coming back to Sydney anyway. And that was when Renee called. They hadn't even left Sydney yet! So I then decided to join them and off we went.
At around 17.30h we arrived in Nelson Bay, a cute little town by the sea. We put up our tents in the dark and started BBQ-ing. We then still had a wine by the ocean, sooo beautiful about 1 minute walking from our tent (we took some pictures of that too) and went to bed on time.
This morning we got woken up by some weird sounds. It sounded like bats so at first I didn't dare to get out of my tent. When I had collected all my courage and went out, I saw that they weren't bats but parrots!! It was soo cool! (photos).
We then went back to Newcastle because we hadn't seen it and put up our tents in Stockton. There we had a BBQ again and met some locals who invited us on a trip on their boat the next day. We asked them where we could go out and they told us about a club. Turned out to be the bowling club... We moved on towards the next pubfeeling a little bit disappointed and arrived at the Gladdys (Gladstones' hotel). As we entered it we suddenly discovered a familiar face, and another one... About half of our group was there!!! It was like a reunion it was really cosy. Then some locals there invited our group to their place where they served punch and has a karaoke machine. So all night long we were singing and dancing there.
This time we got woken by some weird bird that seemed to laugh at us. We were still quite hung-over so it was kind of a weird feeling to see a black bird wathing you and making some sort of laughing noise. Anyway we spent half day at the beach and at around 2pm we went on our boat trip. It turned out to be a speed boat. it really was loads of fun.
After going to bed on time we woke up early and headed towards the next town: Port Macquarie. But first to Hunter valley. I wanted to go there so badly because I had never done the wine-tasting before and neither had Renee so we both felt that Hunter valley was the place to go. The wine tasting was interesting, we even tasted a 125 years old red wine!
After that we had to more "coffee stops" at Kuara and Kew and arrived in PM at around 6pm. We found a really nice hostel here. The owner met us in front of the door and showed us our room. He invited us to the BBQ so we went outside and met some other backpackers there. At around 10pm the owner had another pick-up (had to pick up some guests from the station) and took us with him to the disco. And there...surprise surprise, we met the others again!! Renee, Daniel and Ruben went home early so I went on to the next disco with the others forgetting that I didn't have the key... So when I came home I couldn't enter the hostel anymore. After some desperate knocking on the window and screaming "hello!!" I climbed in through the window, who cares??
Anyway, I am still enjoying myself and feeling better than ever! Big hug to all of you,