Next it was Airlie Beach to book ourselves on the boat POWERPLAY, it looked sleek in the pictures and had a jacuzzi, we were sold!
We got on the boat and waited in line to be shown to our cabins, that was until we got down to the last 6 and we were told where we were sat the lounge/kitchen was our bedroom! we were promised it would be transformed at night, and to be fair it wasn't that bad, the tables slid down to make the basis of the bed.
We had heard rumours that we were going on a party boat, these rumours were dispelled when we were told wake up was 6.30am, however we came to appciate it at the end as it meant we could do so much in the day, and its not every day you get ot eat breakfast while watching the sun rise or be snorkling the great barrier reef by 7.30am.
Snorklin, diving, watching a film on sharks was all on the agenda whilst all the time eating like kings. The highlight was visiting Whitehaven beach, the sand 98% silica meant it was very fine and also the 2nd best beach in the world so we were told. NASA before it being a protected area used the sand due to it being so fine for glass in spaceships. Team Xtreme took a somewhat disputed victory in the beach olympics, all of us on the winning team, watching the videos on the boat later Eddy may have been spotted cheatin, but the decision could then not be changed!
The crew were up for a good laugh and we had a good group of people, we got back onto dry land all enjoying the trip. Some of the sunrise and sunsets were amazing, aswell as how clear the sky was at night.
A night on dry land and it was off to Hervey bay, our gateway to Fraser Island.
as with most trips it was another early start, 645am meet where we met the group and decided on alcohol and food. A short trip took us o the 4x4 place for our safety video and scare stories, justified as there had been a fatal acident 2 weeks prvious when a driver had rolled the car.
After a ferry we started the bumpy journey around the island. 1st stop Lake Mcenzie, only 96% sand! but still very impressive, the fresh water lake as clear and refreshing as your likely to find. It was then on to camp along the beach before darkness fell and the tide came in.
We set up camp and went to cook, it was then we found the people sent to buy the food hadnt fully stuck to the set menu that had been suggested no pasta or rice and 40 sausages for the 2nd night and not much else. They cooked us a tastey but interesting mix on mince, sweet chilli sauce, onions, mushrooms, potatoes and baked beans. Us 3 took control the 2nd night to produce i felt gourmet food with what we had left!
The rest of the trip was spent exploring the island in the 4x4 and retiring to the beach at night goon in hand, some (bob) not leaving until most of it was gone.
Eddy also managed to get us a volley ball but at the expensive of his flp flops!
Back on the mainland we had a qucik turn around, a few drinks with new friends including a guy called Toppy, from Korea and provided us with most of the laughs on the trip. It was then off to bed as out bus to Noosa left at 5.50 am!
Noosa was a nice place by the sea. It was also where was all got infected by the surfing bug (thankfully not swine flu). we booked an intro lesson, bobby took to it quite well however kept quiet when the instructor asked if anyone had surfed before. Me and Ed were a little slower picking it up but were standing by the end!
we also took a costal walk which interestingly went straight through a nudist beach, old naked men were not our thing so we picked up the pace and carried on the walk.
It was then on to brisbane