Gosh it's been a long time since we wrote.
From Sydney we had a loooooong night bus journey to byron bay where we chilled out and walked up the cape. Then the next day we got the bus up to brisbane, a 3 hour journey that felt like a piece of piss in comparison to the 12 hour one.
Brisbane is a really cool city, one of those place you could imagine living - it has a really nice atmosphere. On our first full day there we walked round the city and did a bit of shopping (cuddly kangaroo and wombat - oh yes!) and we went over to the south bank and looked round the Queensland art gallery which was really interesting. Then the next day we went to the lone pine koala sanctuary - oh my god koalas are quite possibly the cutest thing ever. (i know i often claim to not like animals but koalas are an exception, and kangaroos, and wombats,) they were sitting all curled up in their trees and we got to pet one and i decided it was necessary to have my picture taken with one. unfortunately the koala looks better than i do in the picture but never mind! There were also wombats but they were just sleeping so they were a bit rubbish, and some crocodiles but ditto. The kangaroos were great though, they'd go bouncing across the field - boing boing boing. it were great!
The day after we got our bus up to hervey bay where we stayed in a really nice little hostel which had tiny dorms with only us in and an adjoining sitting and kitchen area, it was like having our own little apartment! It was good as well cos it allowed us to get a good nights sleep since we had to be up at 5.45 the next morning! EEEWW. we had to go the this place beaches where we me the rest of our group and bought food and drink and got given safety tours before they unleashed us in our 4 x 4s onto fraser island. The island is amazing, its absolutely huge - 120km long, the beach on the east side is called 75 mile beach for reasons which i hope are obvious. despite being made almost entirely of sand it still manges to support an really wide ranging ecosystem including rainforest and scrubs. So we went bouncing along tracks and then down the beach which was really smooth in comparison, the waves are huge and you can't go into the water cos its australias main tiger shark breeding ground but we sunbathed on the beach for a bit while some people walked up to a lake. I was lying there quite happily on the sand and then i looked up and there was a dingo looking right at me. SHIIIIIIT, everyone was going "keep still" ' stay calm" and i did my best but since the dingo was having a good sniff at my bag it was quite hard, it even tried to nick off with the bag which had our directions and my phone in but luckily it dropped it! Then it sniffed round zoe's bag a bit and she did a bit better job than me at keeping calm but i could still see hint of fear in her eyes. Eventually it wandered off and being the brave ladies we are we went to hide in the jeep! After that the tide was coming in and we had to get up the beach to our camping ground so we raced off up the beach trying to avoid rocks and drop offs, and getting stuck and just managed to make it in time.
Our campsite was quite luxury really, it had showers and toilets and a covered seating area and so we had barbeque with our group and sat and chatted but eventually i had to give up because it was just so damn cold. i was sleeping in clothes, pyjamas and my hoody and i was just about warm enough but still! Our next day on fraser we looked at some of the sights, the headlands where we thought we could see whales swimming offshore but it was hard to tell, and a lake where there were turtles but that was a bit rubbish cos there was hardly anywhere to sit and it was a very bumpy half hour journey up there.
At night i walked down in the campsite to a clear area and the stars were amazing, i've never seen the milky way so perfectly clear. on our last day due to missing a turning we ended up driving for 2 and a half very bumpy hours to get to lake mckenzie which i think is what's on the picture, its absolutely stunning, white sand, crystal clear water. what you can't see on the picture is that the water is icy cold at this time of year. i stayed in there for about 2 minutes!
After that we headed back and wonderful though it was i'm pretty glad we're back in civilisation as is zoe - she's not the biggest camping fan. We stayed back at our nice hostel and tonight we're getting another night bus to airlie beach where hopefully it will be even warmer and we'll see a bit of the whitsundays
we'll try and update photos soon
xxx alex and zoe