This morning we had to check out of the hostel at 8.15am. We had to put our luggage in storage as we are doing the 3 day 4x4 self drive Fraser Island trip today. We went to the meeting place in the bar where we met the rest of our group. We have been split into two groups of 11 people and we have been told to stay together for the entire 3 days on Fraser Island. In our group we have 2 Swedish girls called Josefine and Cecila, 2 girls from Denmark called Julie and Sabrina, 1 guy from the Netherlands called Gus and 4 guys from Bristol called Craig, Spencer, Mike and Rich. Plus Gina and I of course. We have 9 people that can drive in our group but the other group only have 2 people that can drive. We were shown which 4x4 vehicle was ours and then had to check that we had all our camping gear and food that was provided to us. Once we had gone through the checklist and we had everything we had to load all the things on the roof of the 4x4 vehicle and then tie down a green covering over the top of everything to keep it dry. Then we were ready to leave all 22 of us. Craig drove first and we drove in convoy with the other group to the 4x4 Safari place. Here we were given our itinerary for the 3 days which we had to follow and a map of Fraser Island. Then we had a safety briefing and told again how to drive the 4x4 vehicles properly on the island. 5 months ago a group had been on Fraser Island and had a bad accident as they had been driving the 4x4 vehicles recklessly. A few people died and others seriously injured. So safety is our main priority on this trip. They checked over the vehicles one last time and then we were allowed to head off. We drove to the barge and got on it. It took about 10 minutes to go across from Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island on the barge. We drove off and had to go inland down a gravel road. Then we joined the beach again. We drove along the beach for miles. It was so beautiful. Fraser Island is out of this world. It's so spectacular and amazing. We stopped off the beach at Eurong for a break. Then Spencer drove and we carried on along the beach and went to Ellie Creek for lunch. We saw loads of dingoes roaming around the island. You have to make sure that you don't leave food lying around. People were swimming in the creek. You can't swim in the sea due to jelly fish but swimming in creeks and lakes is fine. While we were at Ellie Creek we saw Andrew who was on the Kiwi Experience in New Zealand walking around. It was great to see him again. He is on a guided tour trip for 2 days. At 2.30pm we set off again along the beach. Julie was driving this time. We went to see the Shipwreak that was on the beach and then drove up to Indian Head. We stopped here and walked up to a look out area and took photos. The views are amazing. We are not allowed to drive past Indian Head so we had to go back the way we came. I got the chance to drive this time. It was really good to experience driving a 4x4 vehicle especially on the beach. We had to stop briefly as the other group lost some of their cutlery off the roof of their 4x4 vehicle. We drove inland to get water and then drove to the camping area along the beach. It was around 5.30pm when we got there. We found a spot to camp and then put all four tents up. We cooked dinner which was chicken stirfry and then all sat together with the other group playing drinking games and getting drunk on goon. It was a great night camping on the beach. What a great start to our Fraser Island trip.