Dingo stole my goonbag...

Trip Start Jun 17, 2010
Trip End Jun 12, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

After a crappy overnight bus journey for me with yet another chest infection, I don't think the other passengers appreciated me coughing all night! Jane slept like a log!  We finally arrive at Hervey Bay at 7.40 and get to our hostel shortly after, time for a little nap and then we spent the day sunning on the beach, also enjoying the fact of no stingers in the water here (big yay for me, after my near death experience (slight exaggeration) ) it was bloody hot, and hoped this would last for our Fraser Island trip.  Jane insists on trying the local fish and chips - yum and I buy some overpriced pills to help me enjoy Fraser a bit more! - ha ha written down - this sounds very dodgy! I mean pills to help my chest!

We get picked up the next morning at 8.00 for our ferry over to Fraser Island - this takes about 40 mins, and it was a sunny trip over.  Fraser island is the largest sand island in the world - it is around 120km in length and around 15km wide, the attraction is beautiful freshwater lakes, the only rainforest to grow in sand in the world, and of course to see some dingos!  This is my second trip to Fraser, but some of the things we are doing this trip I missed out on last time, so I'm really looking forward to it.
We get straight in our 4x4 - no self driving this time, its a tour, so we have our guide that drives around the island - and we hit the sand (hardly any roads on Fraser, its all sand!) We discover 2 girls Sarah and Belinda from our boat were on the same tour! reunion!
 We drive straight to Lake McKenzie in the blazing sunshine, with everyone bouncing around in their seats! I loved this lake before, so cant wait to take another dip - what you get is almost pure white sand (about 95% silica) so not bad! pretty white! and turquoise water - we all jump into the lake and laze around enjoying the sun.  The sand is supposed to be really good for your skin - so we rub it in everywhere - I even try it out on my hair - Jane took a pic and thought I looked a bit like an Aborigine!  The water really conditions your hair as well, so it was like going for a spa treatment! - the lake is fed by a water table under the island and rain water, there are no inlets or outlets - which brings me back to 2 and half years ago at this lake when I saw a guy being sick in the lake...... hmmmm!! We get some good pics here and have a swim and a sun bathe.  We then have a lovely buffet lunch and head off to Basin lake which we could not swim in, but was nice to see it.  We then went on a rainforest walk and saw a few more trees Jane used to take the piss out of me for taking pics of trees in New Zealand - and here she is saying "wow look at that tree" <snap snap> ha ha.  This was the end of day one, we drive back to our resort and stay in log cabins with 5 rooms in each cabin, and me and Jane share with 2 other girls, Charlotte from France and Lisa from Scotland.  We have an ok dinner and a few beers at the bar, and we were ready for bed - however the rest of the cabin was not and carried on partying very loud in the common room, one of the girls was sick in our shower! Kids cant handle the drink these days! but the music kept blaring to the annoyance of the other girls - I'm half deaf, had ear plugs in - so I had no worries!
We get up to a cooked brekkie - yum, not had one of these for a while! and we set off at 8.00 - We got to Hammer stone Sand blow lookout point.  This is a massive dune like formation which is constantly moving, it engulfs the rainforest and moves inland, about a meter per year.  We drive along more bumpy sand roads and then drive along the beach until we reach the Maheno shipwreck - what an amazing sight this was - right on the shore line, this old shell of a cruise liner sits being crashed upon by waves - it was shipwrecked in 1935 after an out of season cyclone hit and washed it up - this was something I missed out on last time, and I'm so glad I came back to see this - it was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We continue up the highway (it's a listed highway - speed limits and fines apply!) to the Piccacles which are massive rock like sand formations of varying colors of sand, apparently around 70 - but I could only see about 4 or 5 different colors! We move on to the champagne pools which are saltwater rock pools - the only safe saltwater swimming - the rest of the coast is filled with sharks and dangerous rips!  The pools were cool with the waves crashing over creating a bubbling effect in the pools, it did drizzle a little bit here, so we soon moved on.
 The rain cloud that was hanging over our heads decides to drop on our heads - right as we take a trek up to Indian Head to have a look at the Island from up high.  We get absolutely soaked to the skin - ah well! The views were OK, the rain cloud covered most of it, but we saw giant sand dunes and out to see, we spot a little turtle down below and we have a ground photo of us all drenched.  It would have been a great spot had it been sunny.  We go back down the beach and the sun pops out - we spot Jane's fist Dingo - the whole bus explodes with excitement!  It is basically a wild dog, that only inhabit Fraser Island - they can be aggressive, but are usually quite placid -he was wondering around the beach, looking for food.  We then come across a dead shark on the beach, which was pretty cool, so we all take pics of that! - then we reach Eli Creek which is a pretty little crystal clear waterway which we waded down admiring the trees as we walked down it, it was a little paradise.  We make our way back to our resort and get stuck in the sand - no trip to Fraser is complete without this happening at least once... we have another go at getting up the soft sand hill, with no luck, so we all jump out and Stevie G tries again (nickname we gave him, actually his name was Gerrad) and manages to get up the hill!  More good food tonight - and randomly we spend the night talking about our local nutters and murderers comparing them to the Aussie nutters! We slept soundly that night! - well apart from the kids outside partying! 
Another early start and we drive to lake Wabby which is a lake surrounded by rainforest and a sand blow and it will eventually be filled in by sand.  It is an emerald green lake and is a beautiful spot.  We trek 20 mins through the rainforest in the rain again and jump into the lake and spend about an hour here, with much annoyance from these really big flies that like to bite you.  We walk a different way back to the beach was about 2.4 km so took a bit longer, and the new flip flops that I brought had started rubbing, it was an uncomfortable journey back!  We lunch again and have a big buffet, as well as a choc cake from the bakery and we go off to lake Birrabeen, which is a similar kind of lake to McKenzie - but I prefer McKenzie and the sun is out shining so we have a sand fight in the water - throwing all this wet sand around! - here me and Jane get a bit burnt, which is a bit random considering we didn't see the sun much today, mostly rain!  On the way back we see another dingo on the beach.  It was soon time to get the ferry back to Hervey bay - and our Fraser adventure was over.  One night in a hostel before going to Noosa Heads in the morning to visit Australia zoo!!! Jane is particularly excited - she is gonna hold a koala!!
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