Well, i have moved down from Airlie Beach where we did the Whitsundays. It is about an 18 hour drive from Airlie to Harvey Bay, so on route we stop off at Kroombit, a cattle station. Now, i like to think i have been to a few farms in my time, i mean the parents took me places where we could see lambs, cows, goats, etc, etc. I wouldn't call myself a complete city dweller, but DEAR LORD, after Kroombit i could not wiat to taste the sweet nectar of polution, see the rising tower blocks, and sit in more traffic than the eye can see. Ok, so maybe i'm exagerating a little, but when you are 35Kms from the nearest town, with a group of "farmers" that look like extras from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, you'd understand my love of all things urban! Now the Kroombit workers are essentially the deep south American with an Australian accent. They have about as much humour as a teaspoon, but they can cook a good meal. We had a slab of meat for dinner that probably had a face in the morning!
So after a few beers, a bit of rodeo bull action (check the video) it was off to bed! However, because we stayed in sheds (they still had the barn doors on, i mean really!!!) that had a tin roof, and it was raining, it sounded like the Australian army was taking pot shots at our dorms all night long. Put it this way, the coach journey down to Harvey Bay was basically a big sleep. We left Kroombit about 10am, after getting up at 6am to do some clay pigeon shooting (i hit 2 out of 10 - rubbish), some goat herding, and some goat branding!! To be fair, you don't really need to smell goat dung at 7am, but it was all an "experience"!!
So, Harvey Bay is retirement city for the Aussies. The Blue rinse brigade is in full effect here! We get to our hostel, get showered, find the nearest Irish pub and...well you know the rest by now. Up the next day for Fraser Island. This is basically a huge sand islad that has beautiful lakes on it. 120km long and 20kms wide, it is awesome fun. Check the photos for the scennery but to be honest it is just beautiful everywhere you look.
First night on fraser was very cold, but with a few drinking games played it soon warmed up. Dinner was burned meat and cold potatoes, so the next morning we were all happy to be on our way. Lake McKenzie was brilliant, crystal clear water and a lush beach. Chilled there before heading to Indian Point. This was like being on top of the world. Set up camp about 5ish, had dinner and sat with some loacals till 2am. There was 5 of them that were having a boys weekend fishing, and they were great guys. All 40 somethings, they knew how to drink. The banter was great, and we kept up the pace drinking GOON! This is basically boxed wine that has 0% grapes in it - so it's cheap, nasty and does the job!!!
Up the next day for Lake Wabbi - running down sand dunes and diving in lakes. What more could you want! I had to do the driving and it was painful. Goon hits you where it hurts, and it was like driving a washing machine over speed bumps, but we got through it with zero casulties, which was the main thing.
Got back to the mainland about 5ish, cleaned out the van, got a shower, found the irish pub and went to bed at 9pm, very tired and in need of sleep. But Fraser was just incredible.
So now i'm going down to Rainbow Beach, will hopefully do a skydive tomorrow and then it's Noosa and Brisbane.
So here it is, Oz, Fender, Loving it.......DONE