Wow, it's been a while since my last entry if that was in Byron Bay! Well, from there we went to Surfers Paradise and were caught in that massive dust cloud, then Brisbane for a couple of days which was good, but we didn't do much since our hostel was on the outskirts of the city. From Brisbane we went up to Noosa and went on a three night bush camp in the Everglades National Park in Noosa! We canoed up and down the river two days running, then walked to a huge, deserted beach on the first day and swam to a rope swing on the second - so much fun! It was really simple living at the bush camp - we stayed in tents, had a camp fire, everything was made out of salvaged wood, cold showers (then no showers, since the water pipe was accidentally cut!) and a hole in the ground for a toilet! Not to mention the family of bilbies that live behind the fridge! So that was an interesting experience, and from there we went back to Noosa, then Rainbow Beach for a night then Hervey Bay. From there, we were given a 4x4 van and traipsed all over Fraser Island! That involved camping for two nights again, but we had to get to the campsite first! We got up at 6.30, got the 10.15 barge over to the island (which is the largest sand island in the world) and bumped along the sand tracks to Lake McKenzie, then from there to Cornwells campsite the other side of the island. All was going well until the map contradicted the road signs and we took a wrong turning. After hours of driving, we arrived at the campsite as it was getting dark, after accidentally puncturing a tyre in three places and trying to change the wheel with a jack that was too small! Luckily some of the people we held up had a bigger jack, so they managed to change the tyre while we sat around getting hungry. We had to put our tents up and cook dinner in the dark when we finally arrived, which wasn't easy! Then we had visits from dingoes around the campsite both nights! We walked to Lake Wabby on the second day then back to Lake McKenzie on the third day then drove straight back to Hervey Bay. From there we caught a coach to Bundaberg, then to 1770 and Rockhampton, then Airlie Beach where I'm sending this from! This Saturday we're going sailing on a catamaran called the Pride of Airlie round the Whitsunday Islands and I can't wait, it's going to be beautiful! We arrive back in Airlie Beach on Monday, then we'll be travelling north again, going to Townsville, and make our way up to Cairns for the end of October, then fly back to Sydney on the 1st November to look for work and somewhere to stay! It'll be a shame to stop travelling but we've seen so much so far and it's been so much fun that I can't wait til I'm off again next year!
That's about all I've got to report for now. Lots of pictures will be up soon of the places we've visited after Sydney, and hopefully I'll be able to post a new blog before Cairns!