Blogs from Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island March 8th 2014

Some people say Surfers Paradise is a suburb from Brisbane. So it didn't take much time to get to Brisbane. We made a photo stop at kangaroos point. I saw another lizard and over the way is a Mormon temple out marble. Below kangaroos point you can climb up a steep face. We made a sightseeing tour with our bus through Brisbane but we could not see too much because the bus ceiling blocked the view or the interesting thing was at the other site of the bus. At the end we stopped at Newstead Park to see the sausages tree. Our lunch break was at a Matilda rest house. Some animals were arround a pond. Next stop Maryborough a small town with a very old and big tree. Maryborough is the birth town of the ... read more
Lake Mackenzie
Lake Mackenzie
Dingo grid

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island February 21st 2014

Fraser Island is considered to be the largest sand island of the world and became a Unesco world heritage in 1991. Thursday Morning, 8am we are boarding the ferry at River Heads to Fraser Island. A sign tells us not to swim on the west side beaches of the island because crocodiles have been spotted there... The ferry takes us along the southern coast of Queensland and we arrive on the island about 45 minutes later. A park ranger welcomes us and gives us an introduction to the island and it's wildlife, specifically the Dingo's, one of the unique attraction here. We are participating on a guided bush walk before we spend some time at the beach while watching the sunset. On Friday morning we are joining a day tour visiting some of the main highlights ... read more
On the ferry
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island January 14th 2014

28 avril 2011 : Après le petit déjeuner, nous partons vers 11h00 direction Fraser Island. Nous nous arrêtons à Maryborough pour manger un poulet-frites et un dessert. A 16h00, nous arrivons à Uragan au Kondari motel. En fin d'après-midi, nous nous promenons au milieu des oiseaux puis nous dînons dans un restaurant sur l'esplanade de Hervey Bay.... read more
FRASER ISLAND
FRASER ISLAND
FRASER ISLAND

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island January 14th 2014

29 avril 2011 : Nous partons sur l'île, avec Le bus 4X4 du "Fraser Explorer Tour". Cette île, la plus grande île de sable du monde (environ 1 840 km2 pour 120 kms de long sur 24 kms de large) possède des forêts tropicales, d'eucalyptus, de mangrove et des marécages. Départ de l'hôtel à 7h45. Traversée du bras de mer en ferry-boat. Alternance de beaucoup de pluie et d'un peu de soleil pour cette matinée. Repas du midi en self-service, compris dans le programme de l'excursion, à Eurong Beach Resort, toujours sous la pluie. Nous visitons le lac Mackenzie, lors d'une courte éclaircie, puis nous rentrons à l'hôtel à 18h00. Nous regardons le mariage princier à la télévision... read more
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FRASER ISLAND
FRASER ISLAND

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island December 19th 2013

Fraser Island After a good night’s sleep in the streets of Airlie Beach, we went shopping and hit for the road. We had quite some road to cover, so apart from stopping for a lookout point, we were more or less driving the whole day. We passed Mackay and Rockhampton fairly quickly, and stopped for the night at a very nice riverside rest area. Cooked in the dark and ate in the car before turning in. Still having quite some kilometers to cover, we started early in the morning, hitting the road in the direction of Bundaberg. Knowing that the German couple would be waiting for us in Rainbow Beach, the gateway to Fraser Island, left us little time to explore our surroundings, however, time for a guided tour at Bundaberg Rum Distillery had to be ... read more
Thirst
The Sand dune of Lake Wabby

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island October 20th 2013

Woke up early and caught the bus with Adam and Amy to Hervey Bay as they are going a day early so are not on the same Fraser trip. There wasn't much to do in Hervey Bay so we sat by the pool while I waited for my Fraser trip meeting and briefing. At the meeting I didn't find out that much it was all a bit vague and rushed! Also no one really chatted to me so I wasn't sure on the groups and who I would be with. Adam and Amy had tried to introduce me to two couples they had met on the bush camp so that I could be in their car group etc but they didn't really make an effort with me and I felt a little like a third wheel ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island September 24th 2013

Got to Rainbow Beach at about 12. Checked into the hostel. The room looked like a Thai jail. 10 beds in a dark dank room. Awful. Had a safety briefing ready for leaving to the island in the morning. We had to watch a dvd about driving in sand and then one for being 'dingo safe'. The dvd told us to cross our arms across our chests and back away from dingoes. What a load of rubbish.. The guides said don't do that as covering your nipples won't protect you from a dingo! Was also below a couple in my bed again. Terrible nights sleep. Had to get up at 6am to be ready to leave at half 7. All these early mornings are killing me! Got into our groups. I could tell that my group ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island July 25th 2013

I flew out of Alice Springs; destination Brisbane. I'd booked a cheap flight and fully expected a no-frills budget airline. You can imagine my excitement and glee when I boarded a Quantas flight, complete with in-flight entertainment and lunch included. Result! I watched a movie, tucked into a sandwich and stared with wonder out of the window at the red desert landscape below. I've never seen anything like that before. I touched down in Brisbane and managed to find my way into the city pretty easily, and it took just 45 minutes. I lugged all my heavy bags to the nicest hostel I've ever stayed in. It has a rooftop pool, great views over the city and, best of all, I had a single bed and not a bunk bed! So unusual for hostels and I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island July 4th 2013

It was the first night bus we had taken since South America but it wasn't quite up to South American standards as two hours into the journey the bus broke down. I decided to just get on with it and as I can sleep anywhere curled up in a ball along the two seats and fell to sleep. We arrived at our destination Agnes Water two hours later than planned with Q in tow. We hadn't booked a hostel previously but got approached by three when stepping off the bus so Jon tried to do some haggling to get us the cheapest price. Maybe they had made an agreement together before but they were having none of it so decided to go with Cool Bananas hostel due to it being closer to the 'city' and the ... read more
Goof twins goofing around on the way to Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island June 6th 2013

Up early again yesterday Wednesday to leave about an hour before high tide, to give us plenty of water under the keel and also so the currents could flush us out when we reached the mouth of the river into The Sandy Straight again. I had talked to Brett previously at the marina about the markers not matching the chart and he said quite a few had been washed away with the flood in January and probably wouldn't trust them as he wasn't sure if they had been put back in the right places yet. Fortunately I remembered that the chart plotter leaves a track of where the boat has been so we were able to follow this, from our trip up the river, with confidence. Bit of grey day with scattered showers but the plan ... read more
fun in the hot tub
Family shot at the viewpoint
Getting into the dingy near the resort




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