A whistle-stop tour of Hervey Bay & Fraser Island

Trip Start Nov 09, 2012
Trip End Mar 04, 2013

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Fraser Island

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Greyhound journey from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay was loooong. 
The bus driver was an hour late picking us (at 8pm instead of 7)
up and was frankly, a knob. He insisted on labelling the
millions of bags of luggage, lost his glasses and made everyone
moody... To be fair, it was probably the thought of spending the
next 12.5 hours on the bus that got most people moody. The journey
wasn't as bad as we expected it to be, with 2 comfort stops during
the night and arrival into Hervey Bay at 07.30 yesterday (Tuesday).
I saw some spectacular stars as we passed through the countryside and
even saw a shooting star. The big down side was that it is
impossible to get comfy on the seats, therefore impossible to sleep
for more than half hour at a time.

On arrival at our hotel we had breakfast and went to the pool for some
sunbathing, swimming and chilling. Unfortunately the weather had
other ideas and it was very cool and breezy. Debs had a quick dip, I
went as far as my bum – and that was it – back to the room to get
changed and go out into town for some exploring. We had a slight
delay after falling asleep – but managed it into town for dinner. The
esplanade was lovely, with lots of sea and a long pier – but the
town itself was similar to other sea side towns, lots of houses, a
few restaurants and a few bars. We didn't enjoy our walk home very
much through the dark and scary streets of Hervey Bay – and are
currently waiting for our room service to be ready at the hotel :-)

Today we went on our day trip to Fraser Island – the reason that we're in
Hervey Bay. We got picked up around 07:30 and went to River Heads bay
to catch the ferry over to the island. Our lovely but sarcastic tour
guide Jon took us first on a short rainforest walk, then onto a drive
on 75 mile beach – and this was amazing, we were on a 4 WD 52
seater bus, racing down the breach beside the sea, watching the waves
crashing into shore – quite remarkable. We stopped along the beach
at an old ship wreck, saw some coloured sand rock called 'The
Pinnacles' and then stopped at Eli Creek – a river fed by spring
water that has worked its way through the sand and into a river
system (the sand acts like a sponge with rain water, and the pressure
of the sea squeezes this sand and causes it to flow out through

We then went for lunch at Euronga Resort before going to Lake McKenzie
for a dip in the acidic water. We splashed around here for a while
before heading back to the ferry to come home. Fraser Island, being
the biggest sand island in the world, doesn't have conventional
roads, and we were bounced around like lottery balls as Jon sped
through the sand roads to avoid getting stuck (two 40 seater buses
got stuck yesterday). The bumpy ride was one of the highlights of
the day :-)

The weather here is windy and a bit chilly, and the town is quite quiet
as we are out of whale watching season – and between July –
November, whales can be seen all around the bay. It's a million
miles away from the 40 degrees of Alice Springs or the 35 plus 80%
humidity of Darwin! 

Tomorrow morning we catch a 9am Greyhound bus to Brisbane, arriving at 1.30pm,
and are staying in a 5* Hilton hotel for Deb's birthday on Friday and
we're staying here for 6 days, and have lots of fun planned,
including Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's), Koala sanctuary, rainforest
walks, cycling, river cruises, trips to Moreton Bay and Stadebrook
Island – lots to keep us entertained :-)

We are both loving our trip and are having the time of our lives - Australia is amazing and it's going too quickly. It'll soon be xmas and new year - and then it'll be time for New Zealand - and that means, nearly time to come home - the thought is worse than horrendous - we wanna stay!

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