I was [email protected]#king freezing when I woke up at about 5. It was so cold. I ended up getting a spare blanket and put the heater on! It felt like my feet had frostbite. It was nice to finally get up at 6:45 to have a hot shower and warm my feet up. It was time for another day on the sandy island! Has breakfast and boarded the bus, due to bad tides and winds we headed to our furthest point for the day, and would then work our way back to King Fisher Resort. That meant about an hour of Hayden waffling on. I like the facts, but he just goes on and on! After the roller coast we arrived at a viewing platform overlooking the coast, it was good except it was a bit overcast. The wild waves crashing around. Within 5 minutes of leaving the viewing place we were driving at 80km along the sand. This beach is called 75 mile beach, even though its actually 76.8 miles. Our first stop was for the small aircraft that offered scenic tours over Fraser island and the area! I took one look at the plane and didn't really fancy it... The people that didn't fly stayed onboard the bus and we would meet the others in 15 minutes. As we drove away, I could see the aircraft was close on our tail as it took off from the sand and up over the coaches roof. We had a 20 minute drive ahead of us to meet them. Except it was a little longer as we stopped to view the dead humpback whale. Yes.. A dead one. It had been chased up onto the sandy beach a week ago by sharks. They tried to rescue it, but they don't last long when on the sand. The locals then hauled it up on to the grass bank to allow it to decompose, and for the dingos to feast on it. The humpback whale was only a year old, but was still massive. It was all swollen and it stomach had started to come out of its mouth. It was gross. Hayden offered to open the coach door, but said it stunk.. The door stayed closed!
We meet the guys from the aircraft, a German guy looked really pale, and was really scared apparently. Ha ha! We were now at the pinnacles colour sands. Took a few pictures and moved on, it wasn't that impressive. We then had a 30 minute drive to the Champagne rock pools. Before we arrived we had to rescue another tour bus that had god stuck in the sand! Took some photos and the driver seemed to get a little pissed off. The pools were filled with the bubbling seawater from the waves that hits them. The water was freezing, so sadly I didn't go in, but I guess it's a little like a natural jacuzzi! Except it was freezing cold. The champagne pools was the furthest north we were travelling, so we turned around and started to head back in the direction we had come from. Had lunch today we had our own individual salads with chicken and wraps! Indian head was the next stop, a view point 65 meters above sea level, named by captain Cook. Some amazing views. It was only a 10 minute walk to the top but well worth it. I could see sea eagles circle above me.
We returned to the bus and finally no more commentary! Hayden played music until we arrived at the Maheno ship wreck. It has been on the beach of Fraser Island for 76 years! It was really interesting to hear this history of this ship. I'm not just saying that either. It was built in 1905 in scotland, and purchased by a New Zealand company. It was once a luxury ship that transported people back and forward from New Zealand to the States, it was so nice it didn't even cater for economy passenger. In the war it was turned into a hospital ship going back and forward to England. Amazing. In 1935 it was sold to Japan who wanted the boat for scrap metal. But when towing the large boat the towline snapped in bad weather and the Maheno got stuck on the 75 mile beach at Fraser Island. It was so amazing, took some pictures before moving onto Eli Creek. This was just a viewing areas where we had the opportunity to walk up the creek and take pictures. We retuned to our first view point to have tea, coffee and cookies. The view was much clearer now so managed to get some good photos. (Lots of photos today!)
Once we arrived back at the King Fisher Resort we had loads of free time on our hands. A group of us headed down to the beach to watch the sunset! In the distance we could see dolphins jumping up from the water. It was an amazing sight. We then walked to the main resort complex. Used the pool and hot tub! Nice. Before going back to the dingo bar for dinner, pizza and pasta! Italian night!
We then said goodbye to the guys staying for the 3 day tour and retuned to the boat that would take us back to mainland, and our hostel. I didn't get back to the wool shed until about 10 o'clock. Sorted my stuff out, it wasn't long before I was fast asleep.