I left Brisbane at half 6 on Monday 2nd November. On the road again. I travelled through the glass house mountains a beautiful mountain range that is sacred to Aboriginals. It was not so fun climbing a mountain at 8am (dad- are you impressed?!) but the veiw was certainly worth it from the top. The story goes that there is a dad, pregnant wife, twin daughters and a tall lanky son who got turned into mountains ( you will see from the photos).
From here we travelled on to Noosa were I was to stay for two nights. I met up with Welsh Ryan and his friend who lives in Moololaba now. Noosa is a beautiful place although very geared for welathy people/ retired couples/ young families. So an unusual stop off for backpackers- but the hostels were there as per usual if a little outside the town.
The next day I went for a walk in Noosa National park. It was beautiful and I stopped at an amazing untouched beach called tea tree bay. It was Melbourne Cup day- a horse race that is massive all over Australia, and there were many celebrations on in Noosa for this. It was funny watching all the people who were dressed up as though they were going to the races even though they were in Noosa! Later we went to the surf club and then the rolling rock. It was a good night but the next day it was back on the bus.
On Oz experience there are a few compulsory overnight stops and one of those is rainbow beach. This is because a lot of people go to Fraser island from here- however I was going from Hervey bay. I arrived in rainbow just before dusk. The way there was really picturesque- driving through wooded forest for hours- but i slept most of the way. I was not going to be in rainbow for long- the bus out was at half 7 the next morning, but i walked down to the beach- where the sand is meant to glow the colours of the rainbow. I found the whole experience very strange- I was creeped out by the place, there are 2 hostels there and one row of shops- it was pretty much deserted. It was the first time I have felt scared and quickly got back to the hostel before it got dark.
The next morning after a free pancake breakfast I had to run to make the oz ex bus as it was just pulling out. Major sigh of relief as i could not have spent another minute in rainbow beach! More wooded forest on the way to hervey bay- and i saw wild horses!
I arrived in Hervey bay early thursday morning but would not get the ferry to fraser island until the saturday. Another 2 days of doing nothing but sunbathing by the pool. Hard to believe it is mid november back home and everyone is probably freezing! Hervey bay is very spread out and not really a holiday town but the beaches hostel i stayed in was like a little resort in its own right.
I was worried that I would be on my own for the next 2 days- but as I walked along to my room who was sitting outside but Hannah Rawls- my hilarious english friend from oz intro. I couldnt believe it! Was so good to see her- and I soon learned that everywhere you go you will bump into people.- I had already seen the same couple in every town so far since coogee. Hannah was leaving the next day, so I spent the next evening with a girl from Derry- I was learning I am never on my own, unless I want to be. On Saturday morning I was due to leave for Fraser Island- This is where the proper adventures begin!!