Hurrying to Hervey

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 22, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Today is going to be a short entry. Partly because I'm writing this blog two days after the event, partly because it as it was relatively uneventful day and also because I'll save some of my writing energy about our tour of Fraser Island.

The day was one of the earlier starts. We skipped breakfast at the hotel and were in the car and out the road by 7:30am. Given our ferry was leaving at 12:20 from Hervey Bay, the journey was estimated to be 3 1/2 hours long and we now had to factor in speed limits, the departure time seemed like a fair bet.

But despite the margin of error ,things turned out to be a close shave. Our first hiccup came in the form of a two car accident 10 minutes after leaving our hotel that led to a good 30 mins of crawling traffic that was against the normal commuter flow. No problem though- we were still doing good time. And so we did - arriving in Hervey Bay (pronounced Harvey) with 40 minutes to spare. There was a slight wrinkle in that the instructions were rather vague and we had to figure out where the boat was going to leave from . So we drove around a bit and got to the passenger ferry with 30 minutes to spare. Only it was the WRONG ferry.... Luckily for us there was a helpful local who got on the phone to ask the resort what location we were meant to be at. It turned out to be 20kms away at Riverhead point..... Mmmnnn 20kms in 30mins? A quick thank-you and we were off. Police radar ? Schumacher eat your heart out - I even managed to navigate a little obstacle by way of a detour around a housing development - we arrived with 10 minutes to spare (timetables are a little lax here ) .

From the pics below, you can see pics of the ferry and the enjoyable on the calm waters.

That said, apart from the people in their 4x4s with their loaded vehicles, we were wondering why we were the only people lugging half our house in suitcases into the boat. It turned out that we should have checked in somewhere a mile back along the road but snuck on the ferry by arriving in a cloud of burning rubber.

And so we arrived on Fraser Island at the Kingfisher Resort. The rooms are the most spacious yet with a living room and (oh yes, oh yes!) a separate room for us and another for the boys. Another great bonus was the offer of the kids going on a 3 hour safari alone - yes alone - with the rangers. Now don't get me wrong, I dearly love my kids but having the opportunity to be without them for a few hours for the first time in a week was a wonderful thing.

They had a great time, hooking up with about 10 other kids and playing rugby on the beach ( we spotted them) and going creature hunting in the woods.

For us, we managed to go walking along the beach, had the most amazing sight of crabs (not sure which type ) in their thousands scuttling across the sand ( see video) and we had a relatively quiet dinner (apart from the sound of other people's kids).

Ah yes, and a lovely starry night sky to finish the evening with.
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Jan i Max on

Veiem que us ho esteu passant molt bé, ara hem estat mirant les fotos del viatge i ens han agradat molt les del cangurs i koales!!!
Que ho disfruteu!!!

Jan, Max, Núria i Pere

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