Had another day of surfing in Byron Bay, which was great and this time had a shorter board. This made it easier to get through the waves but harder to stand up, although once stood up it was far better to control. I only surfed in the morning though as needed to keep my wounds dry. The following day was spent going up to Byron Bay lighthouse and the furthest point East of Australia. After walking up there it is was time to leave Byron Bay and head to Brisbane.
Brisbane is like all Australian cities it seems, although supposedly with better weather (didn't see much of the better weather as it rained). Not a lot was spent in Brisbane and instead just relaxed and did my washing, which had become a necessity. From Brisbane it was a shortish journey to Hervey Bay, but did involve waking up at the ridiculous time of 5.30am.
I spent a couple of days not doing much apart from hanging around the beaches of Hervey Bay, but with no swimming as there are sharks around the area. Both nights were interrupted with groups of American 18 years olds of some sort of college trip from the States. They could not handle their drink so both nights there were lots of drunken and emotional Americans!
I had to watch a video before we departed to Fraser Island (the world's biggest sand island as everyone is fond of telling tourists). The video kept going on about the wild dingoes on the island and how not to feed them. Unfortunately this scared 5 Irish girls from going to Fraser Island.
The following day we departed to Fraser Island in our pink 4x4, which was like driving a tank. The island is amazing with white sands and beautiful fresh water lakes, where you can swim. Again noone could swim on the beaches as it was nursery for Tiger sharks. Driving on the island is all on sand tracks and the beach front. It is a weird experience driving 50mph on the beach with people sunbathing at one side. The police there breathlyse nearly everyone. I passed with flying colours!
We camped on the island for 2 nights and experience the best night's sky I have ever seen. There was no light pollution so everything was visible. The only problem with camping is waking up so early once the sun rises. It was good fun and a great laugh, especially the driving and swimming in white sanded fresh water lakes. We returned to the mainland and I had one more night in Hervey Bay. I have just arrived in the Town of 1770 (named in 1770 by Captain Cook). I am hoping I will be able to surf tomorrow as today there is no surf...