Published: February 6th 2006February 4th 2006
On the road
That was our road
Well Hervey bay... what can I say. A very quiet rather boring town but I managed to have the most fun there and not many people do find fun things to do there but I did! For almost 8 days! Actually I wasnt supposed to stay for that long but something went wrong with my Fraser Island booking and I had to go Sunday rather than friday. The boys left on friday as planned and I stayed behind waiting for my trip to set off. So I pretty much just hung around and made some new and old friends. Met one guy who was in my room in Brisbane, Steve and his travel buddy a french man. Then Ross from Byron Bay was there as well so really I wasnt that much alone! I love travelling like this, you bump into people all the time and there is most likely a friendly face somewhere along the way. I met a lovely girl from Holland, Renske who I just hit it off with and we ended up in the same jeep on Fraser Island! It was great. We had the briefing about fraser island the day before we left in the Koala
On the Ferry this is Alex and Andy
bar, and it was sooo long! All about how and what to do in certain situations (i.e being dingo safe! haha). The insurance part took forever as well and we all got a chance to have a chat and get to know each other. I had four Swedish guys, one english guy, four english girls and me and Rennie in the group. It was a fantasic group and Alex who I travelled with through Asia for a bit was also doing it the same day so we thought it would be fun if we set up camp together the two cars in the evening! On the trip was also this guy, Andy who is travelling with Alex and who ended up in my dorm room in Noosa and I met him without Alex the first time and we got talking only to find out we had done pretty much the same thing through Asia and met the exactlly same people... So weird but he is lovely and was in the other jeep, so we were like one big happy family...! So after our briefing and checking absolutely EVERYTHING we were bringing (boring!) it was time to set off the next
This lake is stunning but we had a cloudy day so you cant see how blue it really is. This is us, on the first day
morning. I was so excited to go and really wanted to have an awsome time and had waited so long to go! We had dinner together and did the food and drink shopping and were roaring to go in the morning but not so keen on the 5.30 am wake up call! I jumped (literally) out of bed the next morning... was so excited and couldnt wait to get going. Now for those of you that dont know what Fraser Island is all about it is the world's largest sand island and it is so unique because it has rainforests, creeks and some of the worlds most beautiful lakes. What you do usually and what I did was join a group in a four wheel drive jeep and be given a map and just drive around the different attractions and just do what you want and then set up camp for the nights you are there. One must be aware though because there are dingos, snakes and spiders that can be really dangerous and you are pretty much stranded on this island!Oh and there are no roads, just sand tracks you drive in. But in all honesty it is all
Me at Sunset on Fraser!
How gorgeous is this sunset!! Wish you were here!
good fun! We had a bit of an issue who was going to drive first because the Swedish guys didnt want to start driving as they were not used to driving on the wrong side of the road and nobody was that keen on being to first in case something went wrong but in the end Chris the english man galantly offered to drive onto the ferry and the first part of the island. Off we went the four of us Koala jeeps and you could spot them a mile off. The ferry ride went well and it was really strange weather, cloudy but then when the sun came it was unbearably hot! The trip was just magical and we saw so much,did the rainforest walks, swam in the luscious LAke MAkenzie and floated down the AMAZING eli Creek... I must say the best part was just driving around, fooling around with everyone in the jeep and having such good belly laughs... those ones the give you a stomach ache! haha! The pitching of the tents went well... surprisingly and as we were on the worlds largest sand island you can imagine I had sand everywhere in the end, in
This is me in a very windy and rainy, infront of the Maheno wreck
the sleeping bag, clothes, hair... even food! What an amazing expereince though! We walked one day up to Indian head and saw dolphins and manta rays but not so many tiger sharks unfortunatley! Camping with the other jeeps was such a blast as well the last night we all had a big party and nearly drained the battery from one of the jeeps cause we were playing music so loud and long... ooppss! It was great driving on sand and there were no roads and just zooming down the beach was so cool! We had such a great group and I miss everyone terribly already and cant wait to show you all my photos when I get back. These are just a few... This has been the best in Australia for me so far! Wish you were all here!
All my love and thinking of you! Enjoy the pictures... this was just so special to me! xx
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