Blog Day 159 Wed 12th October 2011
Today is Dan's birthday, & what better way to be spending your birthday than to be on the largest sand island in the world, 4w driving around beaches, lakes & rainforests. And best of all the sun is shining.
The rest of our group seem to have livened up a little since getting to know each other more last night. We are up at half 7 for a bowl/cup of cornflakes, we make up some sandwiches for lunch & then Dan takes to the wheel.
We whip out the iPod today &Trish is playing DJ. Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer is tearing out of our little IPod speaker and despite Trish's best efforts to get everyone singing along we are the only 2 mugs singing! Oh well we enjoyed it!
Highway to the Dangerzone (from Top Gun) also made a fantastic beach driving tune. Unfortunately Trish didn't know the words to this so Dan is left to belt it out on his own.
It's a pretty chilled out day today as the sun is shining we make the most of sticking to the beaches so that we can enjoy the glorious views of endless sand & water.
We take a visit to Lake Allom first, a natural tea tree lake. Trish decides to give the swim a miss & instead dips her feet in whilst watching baby turtles swim by. After this we head onto Indian head, this is one of the rocks that we mentioned in yesterday's blog. Apparently aboriginal women and children were thrown from this cliff top in a feud between tribes. We climb to the highest point which takes around 15mins & once at the top we have a great view of the ocean and back down 75 mile beach. Below us dolphins are chilling out in the crystal clear waters and on first viewing the sight genuinely takes our breath away (ha-ha also a Top Gun tune). As we are taking in the views Liam and Sean (the Irish lads from the Whitsundays) come trudging up the hill. It's a small world! We grab a few pics with the boys before heading back down to the beach for some lunch.
Next up is some chill out time at the Champagne Pools. These rock pools would usually be full of tiny bubbles as the wave's crash into the surrounding rocks. However today the tide is quite low and rather than Champagne Pools it's more of a lukewarm bath. Still it gives us girls chance to chill & sunbathe while the boys go for a swim & kick about.
We also get to know the people in the other car a little better. The Canadian lads & American chick, they are much livelier than our car, so it's nice to get out & get chatting to them. For the past 3 days the Canadian lads have been playing a typical 'lads on holiday' game. When the word 'mine' is said by any of the boys, the one that said it has to do 10 press ups. The game is on-going so whenever that word is said whether it is in answer to a question of just in general conversation that person has to do the press ups. They seem to get a real kick out of catching each other out and tell us that they have been doing press ups all over the place.
After a couple of hours we all head back to the cars to find that Kev our guide has built a sand body of a woman laying down with her head leaning onto her arms. (It has to be said that the sand lady also has a cracking bum).
After this we head to Eli Creek, the only Freshwater Creek on Fraser Island. The idea here is to walk to the start of the creek via the boardwalk and then lazily float back down to the beach. Floating back is out of the question as the water in freezing, so we all decide to partake in the only water based activity that Trish feels comfortable with……………………….paddling!
We head back to camp around 4ish so that we can get showered & dinner prepared before the other group comes back. Just as we are about to head to the showers, Kevin our guide comes over & on the sly asks Dan if he would like to go down to the beach to do a spot of fishing. Trish comes along too & we spend the evening catching fish & watching the dingoes venture out to find their evening meals. Trish has a go & ends up pulling in what she claims to have been one of the biggest fish any of us had caught so far, but just as she is reeling it in the line breaks & she loses it! So her word against ours….bless her!
We are treated to a gorgeous sunset over the forest & the moon rising over the sea. The moon tonight is full & a blood red colour, just indescribably beautiful. After a good few hours catching fish we head back to camp half expecting everyone to have eaten already. We are taken by surprise however when we walk in & they all start singing happy birthday & present Dan with a homemade cake made of bread & jam sprinkled with cornflakes and chocolate raisins. The crusts had been cut off the bread and arranged on top of the 'cake' to form the number 26. The cake was finished off with an extra-long match in place of a candle. They also have a Barbie on the go. We are completely blown away & touched by this. After some fab food, the beers come out & Dan gets dragged into a couple of rounds of drinking games. Soon enough the cards come out & he is amazing everyone away with some card tricks.
What a fabulous way to spend your birthday!