At the end of part 1 I left you with pictures of sandboarding because that was really good fun!
That happened part way through our only full day at the Port Stephens hostel. The hostel looked like this:
It reminded me of my time doing Camp America because of having to walk through forest to get to bathrooms or social areas!
So that afternoon after the sandboarding we climbed a big hill in order to get this view over Port Stephens...
Here's a picture of the group at the top of the hill.
And as the sun was setting and we stared out to sea, amazingly we saw a family of whales. My powerful compact canon's zoom did a reasonable job to trying to capture what we saw!
The next day, following on the nature watching we went on a very successful, but extremely cold, dolphin cruise!
Look at all those dolphins in the wild, much nicer than swimming with captive ones in the Caribbean I think.
Dolphin watching was followed by fresh fish and chips :)
And then a long journey back to Sydney.
The final day of activities was yesterday, Saturday. We met for a walk from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach which was good fun and involved some interesting stop offs like this hole in the rock.
And then the view of famous Bondi beach.
And that night we joined a party bus for a night out in Sydney. We caught the end of the Darling Harbour fireworks, never imagined so many people could be squeezed into a bus and got painted tribal style!
And now it's Sunday. I'm doing laundry and looking for places to live and jobs at apply for! The extreme fun is over but I'm still happy to be finding a life in Sydney and have new friends to go out for dinner and exploring with.
As I'm sure you can tell I highly recommend starting your adventure in Australia with Ultimate Oz!