Gold Coast - Fraser Island

Trip Start Jan 06, 2009
Trip End Nov 24, 2009

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Thursday, July 2, 2009


After giving our home a good wash, we headed to Mt. Tamborine to see friends – Bill and Barbara who I originally met when they were staying at Escondido RV Resort. We spent a night with them in their beautiful home on top of the mountain with awesome views of the Gold Coast. They showed us the local sights and spectactular scenery including the Tamborine rainforest skywalk and cantilever.

We left the Gold Coast hinterland and checked out the small towns of Maleny, Landsborough and Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast. We stopped at a couple of strawberry farms in Beerwah to see if they needed any extra strawberry pickers, but they had ample pickers at that stage and suggested we try again in a couple more weeks. While in Beerwah we visited the Australian Zoo and got to see lots of crocodiles, snakes and more. The layout of the zoo and the landscaping was top class. All the exhibits especially the snakes were very well done. We thought the entrance fee was a little high but overall, we had a great day at the Australia zoo.

Next stop was Maroochydore and Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, beautiful sunny days and right on the beach. At Tin Can Bay we were able to hand feed some dolphins in the wild. Apparently the dolphins come in every morning at 8am to be fed – it was a real highlight for us.

We drove through Eumundi village which has a 'years gone by' feeling about it, where big old fig trees line the main street. Everyone is so friendly and they have all the time in the world to stop and chat with you. We walked the Eumundi markets on Saturday in the rain - where is the sunshine when you need it?

On to Maryborough, Burrum Heads and Hervey Bay, another slice of beautiful coastland and beaches. We had a couple more days rain here but nothing too bad. We walked along the esplanades, piers and just hung out for a while. One night we picked up some freshly caught prawns and scallops from the pier and Wayne made a great garlic dish with them.

Headed to World Heritage listed Fraser Island on a 45 minute barge ride from River Heads. We could not take our van over as it is 4WD only on the island. We hopped onto our 4WD Bus tour with 23 other people and our guide Steve. Fraser Island is still relatively unspoilt with its fresh water lakes and creeks and miles of sandy white beaches. As this is a completely sand island it was very surprising to see the lush rainforest thriving in this environment. The island has over 350 species of birds, kangaroos, possums, echidnas and Eastern Australia's purest dingoes. Lake McKenzie was our highlight on the trip with sparkling clear blue water and white sand. We did go for a swim but it was a little cool. We also visited Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, The Cathedrals (colored sand), the “Maheno” Wreck, Indian Head, and Champagne Pools. We spent two days on the island before heading back to Hervey Bay.

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stryper2 on

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Hi Wayne - Great pics (again) and detailed description of your latest adventure. Feeding the dolphins had to be really cool. Amazing. You look well and the sites you visit and share are incredible. Meanwhile, I am slugging away at it trying to do half as good a job as you did here. My blood pressure is down to 10,000/500 today so that's good. We did 4,300 calls in June. Whew! The gang misses you and I continue to appreciate everything you did for me Wayne. Thank you. Guess I better get back on the phones....but I wish you and Wendy the very best. Safe Travels! Rod Waller

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