Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach and Fraser!

Trip Start Jan 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Well another week has flown by! I've been to a few places this week...had a very quick stop in Brisbane, was there less than 12 hours, and being a Sunday night nothing was open! But I have to fly back to Brisbane to go to Fiji, so will hopefully see more next time!

On Monday I got the bus to Noosa which was a lovely little place. It was quite similar to Byron bay, but a posher version, more of a family holiday place than backpackers! I spent most of my 3 days there at the beach which was so gorgeous! Both days I stayed there to watch the sunset which was just so cool. On Tuesday morning I went for a walk in the National Park, it was stunning! AND I saw my first Koala!!! Would never of spotted it snoozing in the tree but luckily a lady pointed it out! The photos really don't do these beautiful places justice!! I soooo want you all to come and see them!!

I got the bus to Rainbow Beach around midday on Wednesday. When we arrived I had a quick walk a long the beach before a meeting at the hostel for the Fraser Island trip! We had to watch 2 videos which kept telling us about all the sharks and dingos, so we were all thinking that there was a strong chance we'd get eaten alive, but we all managed to come back in one piece! We were split into our groups and given a rough shopping list of what to buy for the 3 days. In our shopping trolley there ended up being... 10 loaves of bread, 40 sausages, 2kg of mince, lots of pasta, 4 mahussive cans of baked beans, 96 slices of cheese, 42 eggs and a lot of beer and goon! We ended the trip with only a loaf of bread left over, so it turned out we did pretty well with the quantities!! We had wednesday night in the hostel and then set off for Fraser early thursday morning after having packed up the car! Everyone in the group got along really well so the 3 days were sooo much fun!

On our first day we stopped off at two lakes, The first, Lake Boomajin was cool, but nothing compared with the second, Lake Birrabeen! Clear blue fresh water, white sand, cloudless sky!!! It was amazing! No one wanted to leave, but it gets dark quite early so we had to be set up before sundown. On the first night we stayed at a camp site, the other group parked opposite us which was cool. After setting up our tents we had a BBQ which was delicious! By 6pm everything was done so we sat chatting and drinking so by 8pm it felt like it should have been midnight! During the night it unfortuntely rained so we had nice wet tents to put down in the morning! We drove to Lake McKenzie on day two. It was probably just as beautiful as Birrabeen, but much busier. We chilled out there until lunch time and then drove to Eurong, the 'town' of Fraser Island.  We had to wait a little while for the tide to go down before we could drive on the beach to set up camp. Luckily both groups managed to get all the tents up before it absolutely poured it down!! Everyone go soaked, we were in the middle of cooking, so that was quickly abondoned for a while! The heavy rain only lasted about an hour so after that we cooked dinner and then the guys made a bonfire!!! So we all sat round that cooking marshmellows!! (We found out the day after that you're not actually allowed to have bonfires (even though the sand was black so it had clearly been done quite recently before us as well!) and if we'd of got caught a $16,500 fine would have been coming our way!!!! eeekkkk!!)  The next morning we got up to watch the sunrise which was so pretty!! The plan was to go back to bed, but we decided there was actually no point so packed up and drove a long the beach to Lake Wabby which was a 30 minute walk from the car. It was amazing! Never seen anything like it!

We had to catch the ferry back to rainbow at midday and then had to take the car back and clean everything up! It's a good job the trip was no longer than 3 days as the car was sooooooo disgusting!! It smelt gross (as did all of us!) and there was sand, rubbish, food and wet clothes everywhere!! We'd been given a big talk from a guy at the car hire place before we left that if anything was damaged we'd be fined (repeated about 100 times) so having not been able to open the back door since the first day and the roof rack nearly falling off we were pretty sure we'd be in for a fine...but luckily it was all ok!! The guy opened the back door straight away (all ten of us had been squeezing out of the small door!) and the roof rack wasn't mentioned!!

Last night we went to a hostel down the road where a lady who was staying in our dorm was singing and a guy was playing the guitar. It was wicked. I also met some people I'd been travelling with last week so it was really cool to see them! I arrived in the town of 1770 today (also called Agnes Waters). It seems like a really nice, chilled out place. Hoping to go on a Scooteroo tour (driving round on motorbikes!) tomorrow which I'm really excited about!! Think I'm going to stay here until Tuesday, time is flying, got less than 3 weeks left to get up to Cairns so can't hang around places for too long!!

Hope you're all well and things are good at home! Missing you all a lot!!! Loads of love xxxxxxxxxx
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margeandfarge on

We need beaches like these in Croxley!
Well don't seem to have commented for a while. I love the beaches and yes would love to be there with you.
It's Bank Holiday weekend here and the sun is shining!!
Sitting in the garden and Paul is just about to make bacon butties!Tom Martin is going travelling today to Sri lanka and Tanzania so we had a farewell party for him on Friday.
Paul passed his driving test on Friday so now you will all be fighting over the car!!!The polo lives to fight another day!
Not much else exciting has happened this week. speak to you soon. LOVE YOU xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

avrilwhite on

Sorry for the lack of comments lately!!
Hi Anna - Sorry for the lack of comments for the past couple of weeks - work has been pretty hectic and evenings and weekends have been spent decorating so I haven't been on the computer for ages!! I haven't checked any of my other emails but had to look at your blog to see how you are getting on!! Your travels are beginning to sound more like the usual gap year antics - getting wet, smelly cars, long journeys, rain and meeting new folk!!! Wonderful!!And don't say your photos don't do it justice - they are amazing!! You like sunrises and sunsets don't you?!!! But they are all so stunning! Sounnds like you are really enjoying Australia and you seem to be coping fantastically with travelling on your own and meeting lots of new people-I am so impressed!! Oh I almost forgot thank you soooo much for my postcard - it was lovely to hear from you and it now has pride of place above my desk with all my photos and the little guardian angel that I didn't give you before you left but is waiting on your return!!
Take care and enjoy your next few weeks in Oz!!!!

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