Happy Birthday Daniela!
I slept really well last night snuggled in our little tent with Daniela and Lisa! We were the first ones up this morning (even though we were the last ones to go to bed - hardcore!), and we tidied up the camp, which had got a bit wrecked by the dingos, and then made scrambled eggs for everyone. It's Daniela's birthday today, so we blew up some balloons for her and tied them to the jeep. When everyone else was awake we all took the tents down, loaded everything and Andrew drove to Indian Head. It was a bit scary as the tide was coming in, so we had to drive quite fast and it was really bumpy!
Indian Head is almost at the top of the island, and from there you can see dophins and turtles sometimes - but we didn't see any! We walked along the beach and up the cliff edge to Champagne Pools, which are natural pools formed by a cluster of rocks. The waves come over the edge of them so that the water trickles down like champagne, hence the name! We stayed there for a while, and then walked back to meet James, Andrew, Declan and Sinead, who hadn't come with us.
By that time it was about midday which meant that the tide was starting to turn and we could drive back along the beach. It was my turn to drive the jeep, and I found it really relaxing driving right next to the sea, although I was really aware that I had ten other passengers! Slightly different to my little Ford Ka! We had to turn off the beach after a while so we stopped at the little township there. To get to it I had to drive through dry sand and up a steep hill, and the jeep kept veering from one side to the other, which scared me quite a bit! We got there safely thank god, had lunch and bought some more ice for the food and drink coolers. Daniela drove next, to the Maheno Wreck, an impressive wooden ship that was wrecked on the Fraser coast about 80 years ago. We then went to a fresh water stream with a strong current called Eli Creek, and floated all the way down it on our backs. It was freezing, but we got used to it after a while!
From there Mike drove to a site on the beach called Cornwells, where we camped for the night. Declan cooked stir fry for us all for dinner, and then we gave Daniela her presents and cards. We gave her a bag and some money, and then a birthday hat, blower and banner to wear all night, along with her tiara! We had bought sparklers too so we all lit them and she blew out the candles on her cake - a doughnut, which was all we could buy on the island! It started to rain after that, so one of the other groups parked parallel to us and the boys spent a good half hour (bless!) attaching ground sheets between the two jeeps for us to sit under. The rest of the evening was spent drinking more goon and playing games with the other group, and Daniela had a couple of birthday treats!