We checked into our hostel in Rainbow Beach and I instantly started chatting to the happiest person I have ever met. Hanna was a Japanese girl and I couldn't believe the sheer joy she was emitting. It cheered me up after the bus jounery. Another girl came in our room from Germany she was called Julia. We had a good chat before we went to the talk we needed to attend before we went to Faser Island.
We heard the whole health and saftey talk and then got put into groups of 11. I would be travelling with these people in the 4x4 around Faser Island. In my group there was Al, Julia(the girl I had been chatting to in my room), 4 french guys who where nice enough but didn't really get involved with the partying, a German girl who was pretty cool, an immature little s*** of an English girl, an American called Mike Scalla (more about this guy later), and another German girl who must have been taking some sort of drugs as she was hyper for the whole time we where on Faser.
The next morning we woke up early, most people in the group where pretty lazy so me and Al did most of the work (believe it or not), and sorted the group out to do other jobs if we where busy. Marc (one of the french guys) drove the first stretch of the jounery. We drove to a beach where we waited for the ferry. There was a dead stingray on the beach and Al told me about the conversation he had with Mike Scalla about it. Mike was making stupid things up like it's the 5th most posionus thing in the world, and the reason it doesn't have a sting now is because it shoots it off when it dies. After Mike when to talk bulls*** somewhere else and Australian guy said that it's not actually that posionus and he chopped the sting off so nobody got hurt.
We boarded the ferry and was told that we might see some dolphins riding the bow wave (or whatever it was called). I was pretty disapointed that we didn't but was later told I was looking on the wrong side. Doh!
I should probably tell you about Faser Island. It's the biggest sand Island in the world. It has the only 100% diggo's on there, and thats about all I know.
Our first stop was Lake Mckensy. It's an absolutely stunning lake. The water is crystal clear and as Faser is a sand island, it has an awesome beach. As we approached Mike said "it was probably formed by a meteor" he got a few laughs if nothing else. The lake apparently has lots of teatree in it so it's like having a spa if you in for 20mins and it's so pure you can drink from it. I have never tasted water so good. I drank loads but stopped after I wee'd in it. Not so pure now!
I drove the rest of the day to where we was camping. We got stuck a few times whilst Marc was driving because it was high tide and he had to drive in the soft sand, it was alot easier for me. I really enjoyed driving down the tracks from Lake Mckensy and then chilled out when I drove down the beach.
I spent most of the night with Julia. We lay on our backs looking at the stars and drinking beer. The stars where amazing! I told Julia I had only ever seen one shooting star and she assured me that I would see some that night. I was doubtful but I saw 3 by the end of it. Julia is such a nice girl and we clicked straight away. She is coming to England next year to see a friend so hopefully I will see her again.
The next morning we got up at the crack of dawn (about half 5 i think). We got up so early so we could get to Indian head in the morning as this is the best place to see Wales and dolphins. On the way we stopped at the Wreck of the Moheno. It's a pretty impressive ship wreck and we go to get really close as it was low tide. The pictures are really good in the light from the sunrise.
Indian head is a clif, at one point it stretch out and you can walk down it. There was probably about a 40 meter drop either side and the part that stretched out was only about 2 meters wide. So one slip whilst you are climbing over the rocks could end in a world of pain or end this world of pain (this what I did there?). We got a quick glimpse of a Whale but nothing much.
Next stop was the champange pools. It was a 30min walk from Indian head. Our group split up as some people where worried about the 4x4. The champange pools wasn't a pool that you sit in whilst you got served free champagne by scatally clad women as both you and I expected. It was actually a couple of rock pools , the big waves would crash into the rocks at the side of them and fill the pool with tiny bubbles from the waves. It was pretty cool but the water was too cold for my liking so I didn't stay for too long.
We had dinner near the car at Indian head. Whilst eating a guy told us there was a Whale jumping out to see. It was pretty far away so it must have been a huge Whale, it's amazing how they can jump out of the water when they are so big and slow. I think it was getting attacked by sharks.
That night 4 of the groups camped together. There was 44 people altogether and the majority where Irish. There where alot of drinking games and alot of drunken behaviour. It was all good fun apart from having to move the tent in the middle of the night to make way for a naked wrestling ring. Needless to say Al was in the middle of all this.
The next day we went to Lake Mckensay again as the wether was better and drove back to the hostel. Whilst on Faser Mike Scalla had invited everybody to watch his gig that he had at the hostel that night. I was actually looking forward to it despite how annoying Mike could be. I spoke to Julia how I couldn't picture Mike as a musican. A 6th sense must have kicked in as Mike Scalla was awful. I mean really awful. People where holding there ears. I managed to watched it all but vowed never to do it again.
The next day we celebrated Al's birthday but rainbow beach is only a small place so it was a very small celebration by our standards. We also booked a sailing trip around the Whitsunday islands, so our next stop was Airlie Beach.