Hervey Bay and north......

Trip Start Jan 24, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, March 25, 2013

We were lucky and our hire car was upgraded at brisbane airport and so we have an almost new Mitsubishi......quite a change from the old camper! We had a good run up to Hervey Bay even though it rained just before we arrived. We had a quiet day on tuesday, catching up with a few domestic jobs and looking round the area, as we had our last 2 pre arranged trips to look forward to. We were a bit worried as a cyclone was forecast, but we did make it to both Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the WORLD) and Lady Elliott Island - the southernmost point of the great barrier reef and a coral cay. Fantastic - Fraser was bit wet especially in the afternoon but I walked down Eli creek and swam in lake Mackenzie so it it didn't stop our enjoyment. Lady Elliott was fab - the 35 minutes on the plane each way was wonderful - great views and we were the only passengers on the way back! We went snorkelling from the shore and from a glass bottomed boat and saw turtles, a small shark and lots of fish - only one small shower just after we arrived and then sunny all day!

We then moved up the coast to Yeppoon on the tropic of capricorn, and we have great apartment with a sea view, just across the road from a lovely sandy beach - it has everything and more than we could want - except wifi, which is a real pain as it means we can't update the blog or FaceTime Ivan's mum, so you will be reading this a bit later than hoped. It's very sunny here and so we are spending time relaxing for a couple of days and cooking for a change!
We've seen lots of really colourful butterfly's and birds around the area, which is very lush and green and we went up to a wildlife sanctuary today to see some of the australian animals "up close" - kookaburra, kola bears, dingos, crocodiles, emu, snakes, kangaroos, and lots of reptiles. The rare wombat was too shy to be seen! We even visited a "singing" ship statue....facinating tubes that make up the "lines" to the sails play tunes in the wind!

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Jane Hirst on

Hi guys

I've just had a mammoth read of the blog and it sounds as if you're having an incredible time. Your daily writings are so interesting and it's lovely to hear the excitement in your words. I'm glad you're having lots of fun. Missing you, but can't wait for the catch up when you get back. xxx

Rachel & Lauren on

Looks fab & much warmer than here !!!! xx

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