Australian Everglades

Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
Trip End May 31, 2014

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

We stopped in the delightful waterside town of Noosa.

On Thursday at 7:30am we left for a 2 night camping adventure. Amenities were very basic - a drop toilet and water. By the grace of god we did actually survive:
  • Jelly fish
  • Crocodiles
  • Severe sun
  • Insects
  • Leaches
  • Dingos  
  • Bull sharks (in the river)

There were 11 on the expedition, a German couple, a Swedish couple, two 18 year old girls from Switzerland, an Irish lass and lads from Holland and Canada plus M and me. We were taken in a motor boat for 40 minutes up a creek and abandoned with 5 Canadian canoes and some rudimentary maps. To be fair we were provided with plenty of drinking water, portable gas cookers and tents with not enough tent pegs. 

The Great Sandy National Park deserves its name. It is great (as in BIG) and sandy. It is an area of HUGE sand dunes formed over many thousands of years by the prevailing and strong South Easterly winds. We were on the Noosa river by a lake Cooloola. The highlight of day 2 was supposed to be a walk up to Cooloola Sandpatch, but when we got there the walk was closed due to a the high fire risk. It was just as well as we were all knackered after the 2 hour paddle in the searing heat. We ate the lunch that we had brought with us, sheltered in the toilet whilst a sudden torrent of rain passed by and then paddled back to the campsite.
Cooloola Sandpatch looked quite impressive in the photographs, but it is so remote that it doesn't even have a Wikipedia entry.
Having said all that, this has actually been a highlight of our time in Queensland. It was tranquil and the river was delightful to swim in despite the threat of Bull Sharks. We saw some great (as in BIG) lizards and toads. Nice bunch of people too! The craick was good.

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Sue on

Life back in england is going to seem so boring. Swimming with potenional sharks, waittill i tell jasmine!

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