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Jul 18, 2005 - Hervey Bay-Whale watching...or not

We have just returned from a whale watching trip, here in the world's number one whale watching area to report: no whales seen. Fortunately our tickets were 'guaranteed' which means that we can come back another day FOC. We did however see a good few dolphis-some of which 'hitched a ride' for a little while so that was cool. We will endeavour to head back out again tomorrow with hopefully better luck. The skipper said it was the first day for 5 years he hadn't seen them....bummer!

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Jul 14, 2005 - Hervey Bay

Hi! We've just arrived in Hervey Bay at our Backpackers, and we went quite a different way to get here. At one point we ended up in Maryborough, which Lynda and Andrew (Helen's parents) may remember is where we previously got lost in. We were driving down the road from Rainbow Beach coming into Maryborough when we both said at the same time "I've been here before!". So there - it wasn't a back road at all, but the main road to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach! (All 100km of it!) We're also staying in a completely different part of Harvey bay!...

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Jun 24, 2005 - Noosa is cool

The town of Noosa is located at the most Northern point of the stretch of the coast known as the Gold Coast. Noosa is uniquely situated at the mouth of the Noosa river and is not far downstream from a large freshwater lake. So you can do some freshwater fishing in the morning and surf in the afternoon. Needless to say Noosa is a very popular vacation destination. It is clean, laid-back, beautiful, and welcoming. It's multiple waterfront districts offer excellent shopping and rocking night life, or you can opt for a quiet dinner at one of...

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Jun 21, 2005 - Moving onto Surfers Paradise

I started the day well by realising I had lost my wallet with everything in it; I had only just stupidly put my emergency credit card in there instead of being stashed. Stupid girl! So with the worlds biggest hangover I tried to re-trace my steps from the previous night, I had had it in the taxi as I paid my share out of it. Luckily for me, I had dropped it in the taxi, there is only one taxi firm in Byron Bay so Issy (on of the Israeli guys from the hostel) took me to get it from there. I'm a lucky girl! This however did remind me not to...

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Jun 11, 2005 - Hervey Bay

I wish i could have stayed in 1770 a bit longer but I already booked a 4x4 on Fraser Island so i had to leave to go down to Hervey Bay this morning. I had to bribe the bus driver to let me on as i had left it too late to reserve a seat on a Saturday. Ill make sure I book my Greyhounds 24 hours in advance from now on! Hervey Bay is damn spread out and its difficult to tell where the town centre is. Very nice though and its really sunny so hopefully well have good weather for the next few days. Im getting a dirty great 4x4 with 10 other...

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Jun 6, 2005 - Noosa, AUSTRALIA

Noosa Our first stop north of Brisbane was a small seaside resort called Noosa, where we rested for a couple of nights to get some sun and attempt to surf. However, unfortunately the weather was not on our side, and we had some torrential rain and it was cloudy most of the time. When the sun did come out it was very beautiful and we made the most of the free walking tracks nearby (National Park) and went off in search of wild Koalas. We did not manage to see any unfortunately, but had some great views of some secluded bays and watched the...

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May 25, 2005 - Fraser Island

Hey guys, back in Rainbow Beach now after 2 nights 'roughin it' on Fraser Isand. The Island was definitely made of sand but not quite as big as I'd been told, still had a 75 mile strip of beach road though. It was a pretty cool trip, 11 of us set off in a 4WD with all the provisions we'd need for 3 days and 2 nights. The group was pretty good and we had fun although a pretty mixed bunch, 5 Isralies, 2 Dutch, 1 English, 1 German Swiss, a Lewis Lass and a Shetlander! I quite enjoyed my first time driving through sand! A bit like snow I suppose.

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May 23, 2005 - Travel to Hervey Bay

We caught the overnight bus from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay at 10pm last night. We arrived in Hervey Bay about 11:30 am. The entire journey was exhausting because although you can sleep on the bus, the driver obviously has to keep stopping for his breaks which wakes you up. On the plus side, we saved the cost of one night's accomodation - we are turning into backpackers now!! Arriving in Hervey Bay we decided to stay at the Kookaburra's Hostel which is a fair distance from most of the main action in Hervey Bay although it is close to the...

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May 21, 2005 - Byron Bay to Harvey Bay, Australia

Our 8 o'clock coach took us to for 3 hours up the coast up until Brisbane. Here we changed coaches and headed straight for Harvey Bay. This journey took pretty much the entire day. Someone from our hostel picked us up and took us to the YHA hostel. They're friendly here and the rooms are fine. I'm looking forward to tomorrow and what lays in front of us on Fraser Island, and i only a few hours ago realised that tomorrow is also my birthday. I suppose you lose track of the little things when you're away!

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Apr 30, 2005 - naar Hervey Bay

"Laat" opgestaan, na de "late" avond van 22:30...... Thuis ben ik dan net op dreef .... Gaan we wel of niet. Wel of niet naar Fraser Island, het grootste zandstrand van de wereld? Van Tineke hoeft het niet zo, te toeristisch, maar als ik er langs kom en er niet heen ga, heb ik daar thuis geheid spijt van. Dus we besluiten dat we het maar wel moeten doen, uiteindelijk had ik er in de route al rekening mee gehouden. We rijden naar Hervey Bay, de uitvalsbasis voor Fraser. Onderweg doen we inkopen in Maryborough, want de Aussies hebben weer...

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Mar 1, 2005 - Maryborough

Cycled Friday, Saturday and Sunday averaged 90km a day and then 60km a day on Monday and Tuesday. Staying at the Central Hostel/Pub. Will cycle again on Thursday. Sunday was the hardest day so far in terms of the amount of hills that I had to climb. A comparison would be to cycle from Penryn Quay to our house 25 times in a day with the weather at 32C. I was shattered, and had to go on a 1/2 mile to get some water as I had ran out. Camped out in the bush for the period since leaving Rockhampton, the evenings are getting a little cooler which...

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Feb 9, 2005 - Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach

We left Brisbane on Tuesday and drove up to Rainbow Beach. Only about 1000 people live in the town and it's basically there as a jumping off point to Fraser Island so there wasn't much to see. On Wednesday we did a day trip to Fraser Island and although it wasn't really long enough it was an excellent day. We left early in the morning to catch the tiny ferry across a small but quite choppy straight to the island, from the ferry we saw dolphins swimming in the channel - very cool. When we arrived on the island it was high tide so we had to...

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