Hervey Bay and Fraser Island

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Apr 02, 2009

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Hervey Bay Motel, Urangan

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Monday, January 12, 2009

We  left Bundaberg and headed for the Fraser Coast, where the sands are white and seas are azure.  Well - maybe not quite that but near enough!  We were looking for somewhere to stay for a week to visit Fraser Island and let Steven have some time on the beach.  We visited a number of resorts along the coast and seemed to go past all of them, dismissing them as unsuitable for one reason or another.  Hervey Bay - because it was the first place we arrived; River Heads - fantastically peaceful and D had a superb piece of fish there but nowhere to stay; Maryborough - just a river estuary; Tin Can Beach - just sand flats and finally Rainbow Beach - not a calm sea and nowhere to stay.  It was getting late so we headed down to the unfortunately named town of Gympie!

Overnight Yvonne threw a tantrum and so the next day we made the two hour journey back up to Hervey Bay and booked into a little motel at Urangan.  Steven and Yvonne have been down to the beach on several occasions swimming, building sandcastles and writing numbers on the beach.  Yvonne's highlights was seeing a lifeguard wearing one of the hats as worn by Paul Hogan's buddy in the Paul Hogan show for anyone old enough to remember that programme!  Lots of relaxing in the motel room has been taking place (and drinking of the Bundy rum liqueur) together with the much wanted use of free internet via a LAN cable (so much easier than wireless). 

We booked on to a day trip to Fraser Island and were picked up outside our motel at 8am in the morning and took the ferry across to the island.  Most of the day was spent travelling around the island in a four wheel drive minibus listening to a commentary made by Henning (danish name), who was german by birth but now an australian and had been for the last twelve years, who had a very dry sense of humour.  If you are a Simpsons fan, his accent was like that of Rainer Wolfcastle with an aussie lilt!

We visited some of the sights of the island which only accessible by sand tracks, hence the 4wd minibus, and had lunch which Henning made for us - fish, steak or veggie lasagne with aussie beer and red wine.  D tried roo meat and decided it was a bit of a cross between venison and beef with a livery taste!  There are no built roads on the island but, as Henning pointed out, the beach was the best 16 lane autobahn there was.  The normal road traffic laws apply to the island and there can be police with speed cameras on the beach!

We left the island on the last ferry back at 5pm and as we were sailing away everybody spotted a dingo running along the beach.  As Henning had pointed out, there was wildlife on the island but no guarantees that you would see it as the dingoes and kangaroos didn't line up on the beach as the ferry arrives for tourist photographs.  Obviously no one had told this dingo that he didn't need to turn up!
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