Arrived at Hervey Bay monday evening from Kroombit and it was an early night, ready for my next adventure.... Fraser Island.
Up at 6.45am for our briefing and to be put into the groups for the vehicles. There was eleven of us in ours. We sorted the drinks order and the food shopping then headed to the 4WD place to pack up our vehicles with tents etc. We then left for the barge to take us across to Fraser Island. The crossing took 30 mins and then it was time for off road driving.... Basically all the roads are sand and the main part of the driving is along the 75 mile beach. The entrance to our camp was about three quarters up the beach, as we took the turning into the camp we encountered just how easy it was to get bogged down in the soft sand, it took us about 15 minutes to dig ourselves out and try again. We finally made it into the camp and it was time to unload the tents and set up. A well earned beer was in order to.... Once we got the tents up we made lunch. After lunch we took a walk down to the beach that we had just driven along. This beach was also the landing strip for aircrafts as well!!!!
For evening dinner we did a good old BBQ and cracked open a few more beers and kept an eye out for dingos. The following morning we got up had breakfast then it was on the road (beach) again. heading north of the island to Indian Head and Champagne Pools. We left at lunch time back to the camp otherwise we wouldn't have got back because the tide would have been in. After lunch we took a drive to Lake Allom to see some small turtles, we fed them bread (which we weren't supposed to do but they were obviously used to it because they came swarming round) and then some of the guys were picking them out the water so we could see them. Back to the camp again for our last night, we cooked pasta for dinner and the drinks were flowing (well not many for me as I was driving the next morning).
Our final day and it was my day to drive....It was a bit nerve racking at first but you just had to relax and think that you wouldn't get stuck!!!! Our first stop of the morning was to see the pinnacles. They were a formation of rocks made from sand and you could see all the different coloured sands that were on the Island. Our second stop was the Maheno Ship wreck. From there we drove to the main town on the island, Eurong, were I swapped driving with one of the other guys and it was off to Lake McKenzie for some swimming. It started raining so wasn't much fun there. It was then time to head off to the Barge to get back to the mainland.
Arrived back at Hervey Bay exhausted and with sand everywhere (if I see another beach it will be too soon!!!!). A couple of days rest and then back on the bus down to Brisbane