Air Fraser

Trip Start Dec 28, 2010
Trip End Apr 01, 2011

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The Friendy Hostel

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So we got on a new train called The Sunlander down to Hervey Bay. Now although we couldn't upgrade to business class, there was a buffet car and a club car! So we got some munchies, sat down and had a few wines and then went to sleep. We decided not to pay the extra $60 to get a sleeper, budget constraints, but the seats were comfortable enough and we had our vital pieces of travelling equipment....the eye mask and ear plugs....and our sleeping aids from those amazing Thai pharmacies!!

We got to our hostel, again a 3 person dorm with shared bathroom, but it was alright and within our 15 a night budget! The hostel had free bikes to hire, so we decided to take a little trip. Unfortunately for me the only mans bike left was one made for giants!!!! We decided to take a trip to the supermarket, and I was a little less prepared than the girls as did not take my rucksack, and my journey back was treacherous – I had a shopping bag on each handlebar, on a bike where I couldn't reach the floor!! It was worth it though, as we had filled Shell's bag with Goon!

Goon is the Aussie drink for travellers and paupers – a 4 litre box of wine for only $10. I cooked us a Risotto for tea, and then got leathered on shit wine whilst watching Miss Congeniality!!

We booked our trip for Fraser Island, and again was shocked at the price! We had been used to cheap Asian tours at about 20 a pop, over here each bloody trip is about 100 quid.

Fraser Island

Some interesting trivia for you all - Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island, is over 123 kilometres long, and was first sighed by Captain Cook in 1770!!

We got over to the island by barge, and got into a huge 4 wheel drive bus. The island didn't have proper roads, and I don't think I have ever been on such a bumpy ride. It was actually really cool at points, proper off-roading. The main highway on the island is the beach, where not only trucks/4wds drive but planes land on it too!!

Our driver was a hilarious little Aussie Bushman, who gave us loads of information about the island, and his life, but told us in comical little songs and poems he'd made up!

1st Stop Central Station

This was where all the logging used to take place on the islands before it became a world heritage site. We had a little walk through part of the rainforrest here which was pretty. 

2nd Stop Lake McKenzie

This is a massive lake right in the centre of the island. It's surrounded by that sub-tropical rainforest, and the lake is full of rainwater, so it was crystal clear. It was bizarre to find a lake with perfect sandy beaches all around it, bizzare but very beautiful.

3rd Stop Eli Creek

This was a little river (creek) from the island straight onto the beach. We walked along the board-walk to the view point, and then I decided to walk down the creek itself. There were no crocodiles on Fraser, just hundreds of deadly snakes and spiders. The girls went back along the board-walk, and luckily for Chris I saw another massive spider, this one was more scary as it had one of those big round bodies like a Black Widow, but was much bigger. I was glad a walked down it though, as the views were lovely.

4th Stop Coloured Sands

These were huge sand formations that had been coloured by oxides, with something like 70 different shades of colours, mostly reds and yellows.

5th Stop Maheno Shipwreck

A luxury cruise ship that was built in 1905 was washed up ashore, it had also been used as a hospital ship in World War 1 and was caught in a cyclone whilst being towed for scrap in the 30's. Oh and we also got our first sighting of wild dingos here. We had been warned about them at the start of the trip, if one approaches you then you mustn't look away or run, as they only respond to authority. So you much stand up straight and make lots of noise and be aggressive towards them.....or they'll attack you!!! Only a couple of years ago an 11 year old kid had been killed by one – scary stuff hey!

Well the best bit of my Fraser Island day was my trip on a little plane! The plane landed on the beach right in front of us, and offered us a trip round the island and to meet the bus at the bottom where we get the boat back to the mainland. It was amazing, we took off from the beach and was in the air within seconds. I could see our little bus driving down the beach where we'd just taken off. The views were fantastic, I saw lake McKenzie, Lake Waddy, the rainforest, and the view of the beach and Pacific was amazing.

Another great sight over, and time for an early night in prepartion for a full days travel to Byron Bay!
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