It was finally time to do what I had been looking forward to the most on my Australia trip which was surfing. I had picked the Spot X surfcamp by Mojosurf as my base as they are one of the biggest surf camps in Australia with a capacity of around 350 surfers. I had heard only good things about it and it absolutely lived up to my expectations.
The accommodation is basic where you either sleep in big Indian style tipis, classic Australian swags or some nicely done container apartments, all right on the beach. There are daily activities going on for the guests like kangaroo golf, kayaking and ocean rafting and it was always a good atmosphere with tanning on the camp grounds, volleyball on the beach and food and drinks in the common areas.
Arriving there on a late Saturday afternoon there were already lots of people playing games with their “goon” in the camp “sweat box”, the camps noise isolating party room. It was a great way of getting to know the people at the camp, who woke us up for surfing at seven am for surfing the next morning.
The waves around the camp were not very big, but really clean and predictable, which was great for the learners and good for me to play a bit around in. Tomorrow I will be heading up to Byron Bay to try the waves up there as well.
Just a few kilometers away from the Spot X surf camp there was a town called Red Rock, which had a nice little river that we paddled down with kayaks. Along the way we paddled past some giant pelicans and some armies of soldier crabs.
Towards the end of the river we reached our camp for the night with a couple of tipis and a bonfire. With full moon in the skies and some fish and potatoes on the grill we had a good time. Having surfed and been kayaking that day we were all pretty worn out and ended up going to bed quite early to be fully rested for surfing the next day.
Driving from Sydney we got a chance to stop by Cessnock in the Hunter Valley to do some wine tasting. The McGuian winery pulled out around ten different wines for us to taste, which made the rest of the drive up to Barrington Tops more fun.
As soon as we arrived the Twistops Retreat in Barrington Top we were asked to put on wetsuits and get ready to go tubing in the river. There were some rapids that managed to tilt a couple of us, but most of it was just a chilled ride down the river in the sun.
When we got back the chef had prepared dinner for us right in time for sunset and a rugbymatch on TV. The rest of the evening was spent playing pool, dart and table tennis with a couple of beers.
The Twistops lodge was far off the beaten track, with absolutely no phobebseevice, and it was great to have an evening to just sit back and relax out in the nature where plenty of wild kangaroos were jumping around. Tomorrow we will be early up to do some surfing.
Arriving Sydney at 5am in the morning I had many hours to kill before even being able to check into my hostel, so I grabbed my longboard to explore the city. A twenty kilometer ride later I had done the whole bike route called the Foreshore Loop, going through quite different suburban areas of Sydney; the harbour front with the opera house, Balmain with its small houses and cafes, the industrial area of Rozelle and downtown Sydney. A trip that comes highly recommended!
Traveling on my own it was good to stay in a hostel having free dinner and activities in the evenings (WakeUp) to gather its guests. After some free goon people got to know each other and we ended up going out to the nearby student pub Sidebar and a three story club called Ivy that even had a pool on top where guests were swimming around with their drinks.
On Wednesdays the hostel have a free walking tour going from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach that I went on, which was great to get an overview of the beaches. Although it being winter here in August it was 20 degrees in the air and quite tempting to jump into the ocean for a swim. Going up 3000 kilometer to Cairns the next days it will also just get hotter and hotter!