3 days seems like such a long time but it seriously flew by whilst on this amazing island!
It was a fairly early start being picked up at half 7. I was pretty worried that the weather was going to be rubbish as it had been for the previous week and thunderstorms had been predicted for this week :-S. Still we got a ferry over to the island and then jumped onto a 4x4 truck that could carry nearly 40 people. Soon enough we were going up and down a road called the rollercoaster. The whole island is made up of sand so all the roads are sand and change in shape all of the time especially if it's rained recently.
First stop was a lake called Basin Lake, in comparison to the rest of the lakes we saw later it's not too great but when you see it first up it's quite impressive. We then went for lunch and had a walk through the rainforest before visiting the infamous Lake McKenzie. We were lucky and the sun came out of the clouds for once and the lake was impressive to say the least. Lush white sandy beaches that led into a crystal clear freshwater lake. We all spent an hour or two swimming/sunbathing before jumping on the bus that took us back to our lodges for dinner, beers and sleep!
Day two, we were on the road by 8am and on our way to the "75 mile beach" which is actually 59 miles long! Apparently the island is almost 75 miles long so that's where they think the name came from.
We stopped halfway along the beach and a few of us decided to pay a bit extra to take a scenic flight over the island. The planes took off and landed on the beach which was a crazy experience in itself. They took us over a large chunk of the island and we saw just how big the "island" actually was!
The next main stop was India Head where we went for a small walk to the top of the head. The views were stunning, you could see for miles down the beach and out to sea.
From the head we saw a pot of dolphins and two turtles, finally I'd seen a turtle in the wild!! Then we went to "Champagne Pools" so named because when the waves crash over the rocks into the pool tiny bubbles are formed - just like champagne! On the drive back from there we stopped in the middle of the beach as the driver had seen something by the sea. We all walked over and there was a turtle just resting on the beach. Before anyone could get a picture he'd seen us and done a runner back into the ocean, we could only have been 5m away from it. Last stop was Eli Creek the largest freshwater creek on the island just spewing huge numbers of gallons a minute out into the ocean. Again we got to go for a swim down the creek and whilst doing so I saw a snake in the water. Neither it nor I hung around long to work out what it was. Although when I told two Aussies they went looking for it. I'm not sure whether this means it could've been dangerous or not!
The third and final day started off with amazing sunshine, and thankfully it stayed with us all day! We were supposed to go to Lake Wabby but our guide said that a trip to Rainbow gorge would be more worth it, how right was he! We walked up a massive sand dune and again the views were stunning, you could simply look over the edge of the rainforest as well as see for miles out to sea. On the walk back we ran down some of the sand dunes - great fun!
Last stop of the tour after lunch was lake Birrabeem. We all reckoned that this lake was better than lake McKenzie. Maybe not quite so photogenic but we pretty much had the lake to ourselves and you could walk right out into the lake without the massive drop off like McKenzie.
All in all, an awesome few days. We were incredibly lucky with the weather considering what we'd had over the previous days. Such a shame to be leaving already...!