Nat and Beck Go Large!
We arrived in Hervey Bay on Friday morning after another huge overnight journey from Mackay. Believe it or not, it was really sunny! We decided that we shouldn't just go to bed like we usually do and that we'd go to the beach and have a constructive tanning day. We mainly minced around the town for a bit to get our bearings (being just one main street this took us about 6 and a half minutes!) and then decided we'd book a little sailing trip for the following day to try to make up for the Airlie Beach fiasco. On our first night we shared a room with 2 really nice German girls, they informed us that their Fraser Island trip had been a bit of a disaster but not to worry because they were sure ours would be much better - err thanks! We had dinner in the hostel - an all you can eat Mexican..... mmmmmm fajitas! The next morning we were up at the crack of dawn (well 8am really) to meet the person who was taking us out on the boat. When we got to reception though she told us it was a bit choppy and we might not have the best time, she said that as we were the only ones booked on we could choose to postpone it for the day to see if the weather was a bit better. We decided that we would, and spent another day mainly mincing around the town and the beach. That night we met another really nice girl called Hellen who we shared our room with and a couple from Kent called Amy and Andrew who were doing the same Fraser Island trip as us. There was another weird bloke in the room that night, he was foreign but talked to himself in English and refused point blank to acknowledge our existence. Also he wore the teeny tiniest pair of undies for bed and had obviously been sunbathing in a slight larger yet still teeny tiny pair of shorts. We were silently cracking up as he was climbing into his top bunk to go to bed! We were up really early again to go sailing and were really glad that we'd put it back a day because the weather on Sunday was beautiful. The boat tour we did was run by a family, when we arrived there we were the only ones to do the trip and had free reign of the boat. There was the couple who run the tours, their two kids, and the blokes mum and brother. Firstly they took us out to this big sand bank it the middle of the sea called Pelican Island, funnily enough there were loads of Pelicans, but it was mainly just like a little round beach in the middle of a vast expanse of water. We got off the boat and had a swim then had to try and swim back to the boat which was a bit strenuous due to strong currents. Then they put out a net at the back of the boat and you mainly just jump of the back of the boat and hang on while they drag you through the sea. They gave us loads of fresh fruit, coffee and muffins and then took us to a small coral reef. Becky went snorkeling with the bloke and fed some fish. A giant turtle popped out from under some coral and swam directly beneath her - yay! She also managed to acquire some very interesting tan lines! We were back at the hostel by about 1.30pm and spent most of the rest of the day preparing for our Fraser Island Trip the next day. We had to attend a meeting in the afternoon to go over certain things like dingo safety (apparently if you meet an aggressive dingo you should fold your arms across your chest and slowly back away without running - yeah right!) and be put in our groups. We were in a group with 10 other people - an English bloke called Chris who was our age, two 20 year old Swedish girls Johanna and Nina, and six 18/19 year old boys Pete, Ollie, Leo, Conner, Phil and Stu. Natalie and I were thinking about not driving but as it turned out there were only three of us eligible to drive so we thought we'd have a go. We had to go shopping for our supplies which was a bit of a mission in itself, we ended up with a ton of meat, bread and goon and not much else. Happy days! We went to bed early that night as we had to be up at 5am to sort our stuff out before going to the island. Lots of love Beck and Nat xxx