Meeting Team Denmark

Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
Trip End Sep 11, 2006

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

So, had a highly uncomfortable overnight journey by bus to Hervey Bay on Monday (24th) night.

Arrived at the crack of dawn Tues (25th) morning and went straight to bed where I stayed till midday. Liz and I then met up with another of Liz's mates from uni, Big Rach who was staying in the same hostel. Having booked our 3 day / 2 night self drive 4x4 'safari' to Fraser Island for the following day, we had a meeting at 4pm to tell us all about it and then I went with a couple of guys from our group to spend our shopping allowance for the trip. Seemed like we were in a good group, but we didn't really go out that night, instead Liz and I cooked dinner in that night with Rach and sat around chatting.

Up at 5:45am Weds (26th) morning to load up the jeeps and have a safety briefing and then our group of 10 were off with 2 other jeeps. Our group consisted of 5 Danish guys, a German and an English couple. All were really nice, though the English couple were starting to grate by the end of it - she had him right my the short and curlies, let me tell you! But, I had a really good time. Fraser Island is supposed to be the largest sand island in the world and the only place where a rainforest is supported by sand alone. The first day we went on a walk through the rainforest to Basin Lake where we all went for a dip. Then back to the jeep to make our way to the most beautiful lake I have ever seen - Lake McKensie. Crystal clear fresh water lapping white sand. It was clearer than a swimming pool - you could drink the water. Beautiful. That night we camped off the beach and all had fun drinking and then anxiously going off with the shovel to dig a pit to pee into so as not to attract any dingoes.

Thurs (27th) awaoke at 6am!! to find that dingoes had been to our camp, though not for our group - another group hadn't buried their left over food deep enough and now it was scattered everywhere. Drove north to see a 70 year old shipwreck - the Maheno - supposedly the largest boat of it's time when it was built in 1905 (sunk in 1935). I found this quite fascinating - although there was no information on it, you could make out all kinds of things and I was suprised a lot of the wood was still intack. Continued north past the pinnacles (just different coloured sands) and on to Indian Head. Got bogged in the sand about 4 times as our jeep didn't have L4, but eventually managed to get through. Walking up to the top of Indian Head - a high rocky outcrop ( which therefore squashes the Ozzie claim that Fraser is the largest sand island in my mind, but who am I to say?!) from which you can sometimes spot whales, dolphins and sharks. We saw some sharks but the whale season had just come to an end. Headed north again to 'Champange Pools' which were just a couple of dirty rock pools - wouldn't recommend it and then turned back round and headed to our campsite for the night. Very happy to have a shower that evening and everyone had a great night drinking round the campfire. I have memory failure for a large part of the evening, but was told I was sitting following an ant with my torchlight for well over 10 minutes utterly transfixed and totally happy. So a good night then.

Got up dead early Fri too in order to see two lakes on the way back to the ferry - Lake Wabby and Lake McKensie again. I wasn't too impressed with the former, which looked to me like a large pond (it was green with catfish in it). Nay mind, a large sandune to one side of the lake provided me with great entertainment as people would run/roll/tumble down into the water. Absolutely wiped out by the time we got back to our hostel last night and so Liz and I went to bed early.

Today (Sat 29th) we're just lazing around waiting to head south tomorrow to Noosa to try a spot of surfing. I don't rate my chances of staying on the board and I am a tad concerned about the sharks, but we'll have to wait and see...

Hope all's well back home and everyone's having fun. Sorry these last few entries haven't been particularly amusing but I've had to catch up. Take care and I promise to email individually soon. xxx
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