Published: July 28th 2012July 28th 2012
It has been a struggle to find wifi but we have had luck hanging out at Hungry Jack locations!
I am writing these blogs as a catch up from our final days here in Oz. we left Airlie Beach last Monday to begin two long driving days.
A comment on the Aussie highways ..... They are very well signed and unless we were in the cities we hardly ever got lost! We did managed to hit every work crew on the Bruce Highway- I guess they do road work in winter like we do in summer. It made our five hour travel days easily six hours long and somewhat frustrating! The amount of road kill was amazing and I did worry at times how a kangaroo coulsD take out our little rental car so quickly. There were also many memorials from past accidents that were unsettling. In the end we put on 2400 km on our second rental car ( 800 km) on the first! Steve will have to remember to drive on the right side of the road when we get home.
We did a pitstop in Yeppon and did a quick beach walk before the sun went down.
We were up early to continue the drive into Hervey Bay. In case you were wondering, we found all the road crews as well in this stretch!
We checked into Whale Cove apartments. It is a great fourstar set up - well stocked two bedroom apartment with walkout patio to a pool and hot tub. We spoile d ourselves with two more booked excursionS.
We went whale watching with a crew from Freedom charters - if you ever go I highly recommend this crew! We were on beautiful boat that held forty (much better and closer to the water than a boat that hold 150). We were spoiled with homemade scones and profiteroles at tea and had an amazing lunch. We saw five whales not bad for the second day of whale watchingseason. We had the most fun and amazing experiences with two year old humpback whales that played with us for over a hourtwo different times! In the height of the season you can see up to 150 whales in the bay (probably September). I could go whale watching every week and never get bored!
On Thursday we rented a hummer with a driver for an up close and personal tour of Fraser Island (look this up such a cool place) it is made 98% of sand and where can you drive 80 km an hour on a beach? And yes there are speed signs on the beach! roscoe, our driver, told us tons of info about the island and the aboriginal stories, brought us picnic lunch and all sorts of treats (champagne and strawberries forafternoon tea)
Wewalked in a rainforest for 45 minutes and as we came back to the hummer our run in with a dingo ( never mind the carpet python that was supposed to be in hibernation!). The dingo was actually snoozing and when roscoe clapped and shouted she got up and moved along. So it seemed pretty tame. I couldn't believe tht on the next day a camper was severely injured by a dingo attack I think the gods must have been watching us.