Hi gang, welcome back - the last week has been as exciting as Spur's current form - so lots to tell in a brief time! Time to kick back, grab that brew and settle in for the latest update as we tick down with just 6 days left of our Aussie adventure!
When we last touched base, we were headed for Brisbane - a nice enough place, but we had set ourself a pace that we had to maintain for the rest of our time here - so a 2 night stop was all we could afford - one of which disapeered up its own bottom in a mess of drunken casino orrientated chaos - josh falling asleep in a burger king and yours truely eventually finding his way to bed by 7.30am after falling asleep at a computer checking footie scores!
The next day we booked our trips to Fraser and Whitsundays, and so checked out the day after that to get on the bus up to Hervey bay. 5 hours in relative comfort, the mood set beautifully by our scottish driver and his pan pipe moods album! Arrival in Hervey was greated by yet another drunken lunatic - me seem to meet many, this one offering to buy our football off of us for $60 - money we could all do with, but part with the football was something Jammo, Josh and myself could not bring ourselves to do!
Checked in for just one night in a room hotter than a camel in the desert, we were up the day after at 6am for our Briefing for Fraser, before heading off to the island itself with our trusty 4x4, with me at the helm. Opps. Still, mine was a fairly uneventful first stint - although the tracks to lake Wabby were the most exciting, the real fun came when we hit the beach at 80k's an hour! Driving down there was very strange, always looking out for planes that may land, as well as the native deputy dingo dog!
A few nights camping on the island provided our accomodation - and despite the warnings of the crazy warden Macca - who had clearly been on the island far too long - we didnt see much of the dangerous wildlife we slept nearby! I conquered my fear of heights again at Indian head, and swam lots in different lakes and pools and creeks - avoiding the vicious and lesser known Josh who was prone to rugby tackling me at times in shallow water.
Lake Mackenzie provided the highlights of day 3 on the island - and we relaxed in the crystal clear water for most of the afternoon before I drove us back again to the mainland - reversing off the barge being the biggest challenge after the off roading! We then had a rare day off - killing time in Hervey bay with a cinema trip and some pool on a circular table before getting the horror show bus to Airlie beach at 9pm - the overnight express not being the friend of the taller man.........
So it was without sleep, or food, that i clambered gamely onto the good ship Condor - a maxi racing boat, whatever that means......! Touring round the Whitsundays was probably the best thing to do with the weather so hot here in Queensland, and we got to see all the sights - including the world famous Whitehaven beach, and some snorkelling out on the reefs! Only shame was that visability was poor due to the reef producing a UV block for itself that lines the water! Damn clever reef.......
When the Condor was able to sail, that was quite something - the ship has won every boat race in the world twice over or something! And it has 3 toilets the size of a hampster wheel. Not that I am bitter, but boats are clearly not made for men of my size and I still have back ache now! Our room wasnt much better, we all had to ram into the tiniest of cabins with no ventilation - mmmmm sweaty men!
The trip was over almost before it began, before we knew it we were back on land and planning our next adventure! Another road trip beckons, and by the time i write again we will have returned to Sydney, celebrated St Patricks day and settled ourselves into the Kiwi way of life in Auckland! Until next time.........