Scenic flights and killer flying things

Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
Trip End May 06, 2007

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, February 15, 2007

Drove to Hervey Bay (a relatively boring place but the gateway to Fraser Island) so did a day trip to the biggest sand island in the world at 1840 kmē. Its a world heritage site with rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat
swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has
been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock
that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a
strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Plant life is abundant due to a fungi present in the sand, which releases nutrients that the plants can absorb. Its also home to various birds, reptiles and amphibians as well as a few mammal species- the most famous being the dingo.

We actually took a little flight from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island which was quite scary! A teenie tiny little plane with only the pilot and 3 passengers! It was extremely loud and shakey, wobbling all over the place. Amazing aerial views though and we landed right in the surf on the beach!! Tres cool.

Then attempted to walk to 'Lake Wobby' with the intent of going for a swim as you cant swim in the sea this far north due to box jellyfish (deadly stings) and big sharks (deadly bites) which we actually spotted a few of as shadows in the water from the plane. So the lake definitely sounded a good idea, until we got ambushed....

The beach was deserted, no-one in sight and we were just wandering along (occassionally prodding washed up jellyfish with sticks) until there was this annoying buzzing sound and 2 F***ING great flying things around us. They were HUGE! Really scary cos literally everything in Oz bites/stings/is deadly so survival instinct made us duck them and run away like maniacs and in hindsight it was the funniest thing ever. If anyone coulda seen us they would have wet themselves. They kept chasing after us flying at our heads while we frantically had flailing fits and ran away. Pretty sure I was squeeling too and we started swinging our bags all over the place cursing. Anyway, we managed to eventually escape the deadly man-eating-size-of-a-horse-flying-friends-of-satan and whimpered pathetically into a shop on the resort we fled to. (Turns out they were marsh flies and completely harmless of course, Idiots.) But we did then find a great swimming pool to relax in instead and got a cool 4x4 ride along the beach back to the little plane.
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