Seventeen-Seventy, Surfing and Scooteroo

Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
Trip End Sep 07, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Sunday, July 11, 2010

After the fun and frolicking in Airlie Beach we arrived in the tiny town of Agnes Water (just above Bundaberg on the map), home to the even smaller settlement of 1770 - named after, you guessed it, good old Captain Cook. We settled in and took a look around the town - which consisted of literally about 5 shops and a weird campervan made out of wood, in which a old hippy couple lived. With the sun still shining on we hit up Agnes Water beach, strolling on the sand and taking a(nother) powernap, after the night bus robbed us of yet more sleep. The following morning James enrolled himself to a surf lesson, while Jen decided that sunning herself on the beach was as much exertion as she needed. James spent a good deal of time learning how to stand up on the sand, and then a lot of time learning how to fall over in the water. Although he did triumph a number of times, standing up and 'surfing' the waves of Agnes Water Beach. The afternoon was spent 'Scooteroo-ing' around 1770 on choppers with a group of about 30 others. When we signed up for it we wern't quite sure what we had got ourselves into. But we had an awesome time zipping around the countryside on our bikes, spotting kangeroos and wallabies, and taking in the sunset at one of the only points on the east coast where the sun sets over the ocean. Our brief, but fun-packed stay in 1770 was over the next morning when we headed further down the coast to Rainbow Beach, where we would start our much anticipated trip to Fraser Island.

We rocked up to Rainbow beach and settled into 'Dingos' before getting some more beach action. We returned to Dingos for our orientation meeting for our 4WD Fraser Island camping trip. We got into our group of 8 which was made up of 2 Scousers, a guy from Leeds and 3 Dutch girls. We ventured to the supermarket with our group to stock up on essentials (beer, goon and crisps) before heading back the our hostel for a barbeque and happy hour before an early night.

6am - the alarm goes off and our whole roomed races to the bathroom, little did we know that Jen had set her alarm 15 earlier and was already enjoying a shower. Good. Eventually we all got ready and met our new group member - a Toyota Landcruiser. We all pitched in loading the car up and got an expert guide on how to drive the beast of a landcruiser from Merv - the tour guide. We set off with James at the wheel for the first stretch of driving, as we headed over to Tin Can Bay Inlet, where we caught the ferry over to Fraser Island. As soon as we got over to Fraser the driving became a hell of a lot more fun, and way more bumpy for the rest of the group stuck in the back. Eventually we made it to the stretch of beach where we would set up our camp. Lots of tent poles, pegs and girls standing about looking clueless, the scouts amongst the group had managed to forge an impressive camp, complete with all-weather conservatory (tarpaulin on couple of branches). We spent the rest of the afternoon up at Lake McKenzie, an awesome freshwater lake. We headed back to camp where we cooked up an impressive feast of steak and salad, before hitting the beers and the goon, watching the stars and promptly passing out in our tent.

The sweltering heat inside the tent woke us up the next morning along with the smell of stale sick, after an anonymous member of the group decided to chunder into a tent. Good. After a breakfast of scrambled eggs we headed off to Eli Creek, and soon after took in more stunnign sights around the island - shipwrecks, lakes and dead mantra rays on the beach. We spent lunch up at Indian Heads - taking in views of Fraser and spotting dolphins and whales off the coast. We headed back to camp to cook up another storm, and head over to another camp for a massive Fraser Party, good times.

The weather for the whole trip had been awesome, bright blue skies and a tan-tastic sun. On our final morning we made our way to Lake Wabby for a quick dip before heading back to rainbow beach. In all, Fraser was totally amazing, we spent a great couple of days with some awesome people.

Back at Dingos we headed to the supermarket with the rest of our group and stocked up for a barbeque on the beach. Although the weather wasn't quite as good as on Fraser, we made the most of it, and were treated to an impromptu acoustic session by some locals.

The next day we had been booked onto a free 'dolphin cruise' as part of our Fraser/Whitsundays package - not so much of a cruise, as a boat to a small beach were wild dolphins came to be fed. It was quite cool to see some wild dolphins, but all in all it was a little bit too commercial and forced - are dolphins wild if they come to get fed by humans every day - I think not. Nevertheless, it got us out of bed, and we had just enough time to catch a few more rays before catching the bus to Noosa.
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