Thursday 12th April
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Well Jeff had certainly learnt his lesson from the previous day and woke Tamara and myself up at a ridiculously early time so that we could watch the sunrise.Â It was so worth it.Â We were standing on a deserted white, untouched beach with the sun rising over the sea creating beautiful reflections over the water.Â It was incredible.Â It is times like these that I feel lucky to be alive and be privileged to witness the amazing work of Mother Nature.Â Yes, I am getting quite emotional?
Once we had got the rest of the stragglers up we went on a mission to Lake Wabby.Â Unfortunately we did not sufficiently plan our time and we had a forty minute walk just to get to the lake and then we literally only had three minutes there.Â The people who had got there before me were running down the massive sand dune that is on one side of the lake and then diving into the water.Â When we got back to the car I decided that I would regret it if I didn?t have a little drive of Sandy.Â However in the short time that we had been away I had forgotten how to drive so I was sitting the driver?s seat questioning Jeff which was the clutch and the brake.Â Some joker behind me then piped up ?do you even know how to drive?!? to which I replied ?no, I still only have a provisional licence.?.Â At this point the English boys went absolutely mental and told me to get out of the car straightaway.Â It was absolutely hilarious how scared they were.Â I did tell them the truth eventually and then when I pulled off they actually complimented me on my driving!Â That is a feat from a boy..
Driving on the sand is a bit like driving on the snow and it is quite bizarre.Â Really good fun though even if I was absolutely terrified having the lives of 10 people in my hands. We made the ferry just in time and then it took us a good two hours to unload the car, clean all the cutlery and empty all the sand.Â It was a wicked experience though and I can now say I have spent three days camping on the biggest sand island in the world!Â It was amazing scenery and I met some awesome people.Â Lake Mackenzie is paradise and Lake Wabby was equally as gorgeous.Â It was so cool that dingoes roamed around free and that we actually experienced wildlife up close.Â I loved the whole time we had there.Â It made such a nice change to do some camping as well.Â Claire White I miss d of e and your rubbish tent?
When we got back from dropping the car off I walked into reception and said hello to the backpackers that had just got off the bus.Â However when one of them replied I did a double take and then spent five minutes jumping up and down screaming my head off and scaring everyone around me because it was Chris from the Pink House who had come up the coast to surprise us!Â It was so unbelievably good to see him.Â He had even brought me a present, which was a signed postcard from Susan Kennedy because he had gone down to Melbourne and been on the Neighbours tour.Â I was sooooo jealous. Once he had settled in we went on the free walk of Rainbow Beach with Forest.Â He took us up an absolute massive sand dune, which is slowly engulfing the rainforest.Â By the time we had climbed half way up it we were standing next to the top of the trees that had already been smothered by the sand.Â When we reached the summit it was absolutely crazy as it was if we were standing in the middle of the desert.Â The whole thing was absolutely huge.Â Forest educated us in the different sand colours of the rock of Rainbow Beach and explained that the sand dune was moving by one metre every single year!Â Even as we sat down to dinner that night our footprints would already be buried by the moving sand.Â We watched some people sandboarding and then Tami was offered a go to roll down the dune in a rubber ring, which she chickened out of!Â The sun set was one of the best I have ever seen.Â It was all the colours of the rainbow and lit up the whole sky.Â The sun sets over here are over in a matter of minutes ? it is so strange.Â It is like someone has pressed a button and then the sun has gone.Â
We went to the pub for some non alcoholic beverages then spent the evening eating and hanging out with our Fraser Island group and Chris.Â VERY GOOD DAY!Â I love travelling!