World's largest sand island
Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
159Trip End May 27, 2008
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Saturday we woke up early, stuffed our faces with free pancakes then had to sit through a good couple of hours of briefing regarding driving the 4x4s. I quickly lost interest in driving! After faffing about packing the camping gear, food and all our gear on the roof we were off and got over the the island via a car ferry. We drove to Lake Mackenzie which was a gorgeous blue lake, fringed by pale soft sand. Everyone said the water was freezing so I decided to stay on the sand and sunbathe in my bikini ....until the guys decided to throw me in that is
I cooked us all scrambled egg for breakfast and after a late start we decided to stay put with our campsite and drive up the coast to visit Indian Head and Waddy Point to look for sharks and whales. I did manage to get an OK pic of the whales but they were pretty far away. We came across some rock pools with some cool fish in so I got in with my goggles and did a bit of free diving - recognised a few fish as being gobies and hunbug damsels but they were all pretty cool. Saw loads of crabs, eagles and a pelican but then we had to dash as the tide was coming in and the sun was falling. We did manage to find time to grab a shower at another campsite on the way back though which was probably a bad idea as we were then driving in dodgy conditions and within minutes everything was coated in sand again anyway
That night I cooked asian chicken stur fry which took ages since the amount of food was for 10 people but it was worth it in the end as hot food is a godsend on a cold night and the lads seemed to really enjoy it too, especially as they hadn't cooked it I guess! I did make them wash up though, don't worry!
Monday we managed to get packed up reasonably early and went to head off but immediately faced a big problem - flat battery. Although we'd been careful to run the engine now and then the night before while we had the music and lights going, we forgot to do it when we had music on during breakfast. For some reason the 4x4 company don't give you jump leads as another group was parked next to us, however, would you believe that the very next minute a tow truck drove by on the beach and the boys managed to flag him down and he jump started the truck - world record for breakdown recovery time! How about that! We quickly headed up to Eli Creek which was pretty but then had to dash towards the ferry area to make sure we got there on time. Turned out that we were quite early so we made ourselves a great spread for lunch and chilled out until it was time to head back.
Back at Rainbow beach we had the joyous task of unpaclking the truck, washing everything up and cleaning the truck of sand (that wasn't mentioned in the tour information!). Our truck passed the 'no damage check' and we had a quiet night in at the hostel as we were all shattered from camping.
Today Alan and his mates set off in their car up North and Claire, myself and Emma from our Fraser group decided to get the bus to Agnes Water at lunchtime