So we only went to Fraser Island for one day...
But my god did they manage to pack a lot into it! We went via Hervey Bay - it's pretty much the closest area to the island, which incidentally, is massive - some 70 miles long. As Helen's family were leaving the country on Tuesday we really had to get a move on and pack as much in as possible, which is why we only went to Fraser for the day - so it was more of a taster for us as we intend to travel back later in the year on our way back down the East Coast from Cairns - so watch this space!
On the day we took the ferry over then met up with our driver, Steve. As we only went for the day we didn't take a 4X4 over there (Fraser Island is made up of 100% sand based roads), we took a package based bus tour - but then even the bus had huge wheels - it's built for the desert!
The driver took us through the rain forest and down to the main beach, cleverly called "70 Mile Beach". That's a name straight of the Aussie book of original names. Once down there we took a scenic flight around the Island! It was only $60 for a 20 minute flight - bargain! The flight was a bit bumpy at times, but we still managed to hang on and take some photos!
After the flight we checked out Eli creek, which we walked through - check the pics! We then drove across the beach to the main resort on the island where we took lunch: a buffet with curry and fish! Crazy mix of food but it was all good - we enjoyed it none the less.
From there the driver took us on a walk of the rainforest, showing us whee the white settlers kicked out all the Aboriginals so they could begin logging. It seems to be a similar story all over Australia - if it's not logging, then it's water, or ore, or just because they want to get rid of them.
The driver then took us to an amazing fresh water area called Lake Birrabeen, where we swam in the afternoon. It's strange, because we are so used to swimming in salt water! this fresh water lake was like swimming in Evian! The bus driver told us that the sand on the lake bed had great silica properties and we should clean our hair with it, so we did... Do you think he had the last laugh on that one - seeing 30 people caking sand in their hair? He said it would take 5 years off our age! Does that mean that Gareth will only look 9 years old now??? Eeek!??
We can report that we both still get ID'd regularly, but Helen argues that it's only because she is with Gareth! Grr!!
Lots of love from Gareth and Helen x x x