04.09.2010 - 07.09.2010 21 °C
Sorry for the delay in updates - but we're been super duper busy the past few days!
So we left off when we were leaving Bli Bli, we went to Noosa to the beach and main shopping street for an hour or so, was hard to find parking because of a jazz festival that was on and we had to get driving to make it to Hervey Bay before dark (it gets dark pretty quickly here). Kinda wish we coulda spent more time there - but that's been the same everywhere we've been - it's a pretty quick trip for the size of the country, so I'll just have to come back again soon!
Next stop after Noosa was Rainbow Beach. It was pretty far away, and in the middle of nowhere, but definitely worth a stop (although we kinda wish now we had gone to see the whales, boo!). The main attraction here is the coloured cliffs on the beach, and the waves were crazy, it was a good stop to break up the drive to Hervey Bay. We didn't arrive in Hervey until dusk, but the hostel was really nice. Instead of being one big building it's lots of small huts. Along with the warm evening and all the noisy wildlife (I think it was crickets and frogs) it really felt like we were out of the cities, which is a good thing.
We left super early the next morning for Fraser Island, we had a few beers with our roommates the night before so luckily we managed to get up on time! Had to get the bus for a ferry at about 8am - the SLOWEST ferry in the world over to Fraser Island...and unfortunately this is when the weather started to let us down!
Fraser Island is all sand (except 3 points of rock) and there's no roads - so we were driven everywhere in a 4WD bus down the extremely bumpy, sandy clearings in the trees, definitely the most fun bus I've ever been on! Day 1 on the Island took us to Basin Lake, a huge, perfectly circular lake sitting on top of the sand, with weird red carnivorous flowers all around (they eat flies, not humans though!) which was pretty cool to see. Then we went off to Lake Birrabeen to try and get in some swimming before the clouds completely blocked out the sun. Now this lake was amazing, I've never seen such clear water, and such white sand ever - and because the lake was a bit more acidic than the last there was no algae or other gross things growing in it, it was perfect.
After some lunch, we had a walk through some of the rainforest on the island, and that's even more impressive when you know all these palms, trees and plants are growing in sand. We finished off the day with some dinner, then a lot of drinking, and a lot of Flip Cup (drinking game - I'm an expert now so I challenge you all to a game when we get back!). We also go some pretty heavy rain that night, eek!
So Day 2 - this was beach day, we drove across the island and onto the beach (still in the 4WD bus) and drove along the beach all day, which is pretty cool. I'll try and tell you about the day quickly, we did a lot!
We saw Dingoes on the beach (Fraser Island is famous for it's Dingoes, apparently they're pretty much all pure breed which is rare as in other places they breed with domestic dogs), took a flight over the island on a tiny little 6 seater plane (if you know me, you'll know I'm not a fan of flying, so this was an achievement, and totally worth it for the amazing views!) and climbed up Indian Head point, and as the water is so clear we saw sharks, stingrays, a shoal of fish and 2 humpback whles in the water right at the bottom of the cliffs. We went to the Champagne Pools (so called as when the waves crash over into the rock pools all the foamy white surf gets stuck and it's like natural bubbles), saw the Maheno shipwreck (made from Scottish steel!) that's been there now for 75 years on the beach, and walked along in the water down Eli creek. How's that for a lot in a day?!
The weather was a bit rubbish, we seemed to have brought some drizzly rain from Scotland so we didn't do a lot of swimming but still had an amazing time, so it didn't really matter, and the other guys on our tour were really nice and we had loads of fun (especially Flip cup!).
We spent the night in Hervey Bay again that night, and left super early for the longest drive ever to Airlie Beach, so we'll tell you more about that soon, but I can tell you that we did finally arrive in Airlie Beach, and we're there now - keep your fingers crossed for some better weather over the next few days!