Well its been a while with no blogs - but havent really done anything blog-worthy (well until this weekend)!
I have been quietly working away volunteering at the zoo 4 days a week and still loving it. Last week I had LPG put into my jeep and so stocked up on camping gear and at the weekend decided to head up into the Great Sandy national park for a weekend of camping and 4WD.
I went with a friend from the UK who has moved over here and we took off Fri about 2.30 (with the plan to reach Harrys hut camp site by about 5.30. The drive to the national park was only about 1.30 hrs and in my guide book it said another 1.15 to harrys hut. Well that would have been perfect had it not been for the worst set of instructions ever printed. Couple this with the fact that the park authorities seem to have issues with putting clear sign posts out - you will understand that it was pretty easy to get lost!
After about 2hours of driving up and down the same dirt track we decided we were well and truely lost. With only cows ambling along the road to ask for help decisions needed to be made fast. Thus it was decided that when we finally worked out which road we were on - that we would head for an easier to find camp site called Poverty Point. Actually this was a really goods idea. Located on the shore of a quiet bay this was a dream location. We arrived late so had to set up in the dark - but act was quite easy to do! Jamie did the tent and fire - and I took care of dinner. Then an early night - though before crashing out I decided to go for a short walk to find a convenient tree and nearly stepped on a 2 m snake. Couldnt believe how relaxed it was - didnt attack or even move out of my way. Just checked me out. Well I did the same and have since decided that this was a carpet python. Have a look on my facebook - I put a video of it there (couldnt take pics!)
The next day we had a brief pit stop in Rainbow beech before taking an extreme off road track down to Tewah Beech. One route we took a walking track to Poona lake and on the way saw some great lizards (skinks and goannas). We stopped there for lunch and actually got invaded by a Goanna that obv wanted our lunch! Was a surreal experience chasing off a tiny 2ft Goanna but those suckers have razor sharp teeth. After lunch we hit the beech and drove up to double head point. After exhausting all the possible jokes about the name we climbed up to have a look. It is on a cliptop with panorama views of 2 coastlines. It is such a perfect point they even built a lighthouse there in 1883!
After this we headed down the beach and set up camp early at about 3pm - then played some american football and Jamie practised his kite surfing. Another camp fire and a lot of Boubon before crashing out.
Next morning we headed back up the freshwater track to rainbow beach and had a good old fashioned fry up (just the trick to vanquish my hangover) then headed back home.
Now to understand what happend next is to really understand me! We are driving back on the main highway around the back of the park when we come to a road. Jamie helpfully points out that if we took this road we would go right past Harrys Hut (our original destination for the first night). Never one to let anything go I make the rash descsion to go down and find the dam place to see just where we went wrong. So we head off down the bumpiest track on the planet and after about 8km take a corner and have a swamp wallaby run out infront of the jeep. Ofcourse I slam the breaks and veer to the left and crash into the ditch on the side. The wallaby was fine - and thanks to having a kick arse car so are we (and the car) Yey! Back on the road we find Harrys hut (absolutely no where near where we were looking) took a few pics to porve we act found the place - then headed back to civilisation!
Have flexed my camping muscles a little I decided to get out a lot more. This weekend thinking about heading to Bribie island!
We shall see........