Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island

Trip Start Apr 24, 2006
Trip End Apr 20, 2007

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

From Airlie Beach I travelled further down the coast to Town of 1770 along with Katie, Liberty and Lisa. After an interesting overnight 9 hour bus journey we arrived at our destination and our groovy hostel called Cool Bananas. Town of 1770 is a picturesque seaside village that all the backpackers rave about it so I had to check it out! It was the second landing site of Lieutenant James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour in May 1770.

There were lots of outdoor activities to do and we did a great scooter tour so we got to check out the area. I also did a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island which is a few hours off the coast. Its a coral cay and has a large reef with an amazing lagoon, brilliant for snorkeling. I took the plunge yet again and was amazed at the variety and colours of fish. The island is a national park and from October to April thousands of birds nest on the island. So I'm kinda glad I missed that...

After a brief stint in Hervey Bay to catch my breath I headed onto Rainbow Beach, one of the main points for doing trips to Fraser Island, which is the largest sand island in the world. Its about 120 kilometers long and between 5 and 25 kilometers wide with dozens of lakes, rainforest and huge sandblows all over the island. Its also well known for having 230 species of birds and home to Australia's purest dingos. Nice...

Its a beautiful place, with long white beaches (which you can't swim in because of the sharks - eek!), coloured sand cliffs and over 100 freshwater lakes, including Lake Mackenzie, which is one of the highlights. The other highlights were Lake Wabby with its steep sand dunes and Indian Head, to the north of the island, where we saw some whales and turtles.

There are no sealed roads on Fraser Island so 4 wheel drives are the only way to get around and even then it was be quite tricky to drive over the sand. Especially when theres a high tide coming in very quickly, which happened to us. We managed to pull up to the side onto the dunes and stay there for the night but one of the other groups weren't so lucky and they almost lost their jeep when the tide came up around them - fecker! Fortunately some local MacGyver types managed to pull them out of the sea just in the nick of time. Phew... I quite enjoyed the camping and the gang I went with were fab.
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