Friday, May 27th
Two days ago we started our Fraser island tour from Rainbow beach. Fraser Island is the largest sand in the world (there is said to be more sand over there than in the Sahara) and you can only drive there with a 4wd car. That's why Renee and I had to book a tour which we haddone over in Brisbane.
We were a little bit scared to go, kind of afraid that we mgiht end up in a group like in NOosa again and were already thinking of cancelling the tour, but we couldn't and of course we didn't want to waste the money so we decided to go after all.
Tuesday, May 24th
We left on tuesday and after having a long briefing and had to pack the landcruser we could finalle leave. We ended up in a group of 11 people; Mark and Duncan (irish), Pierre, Orrellion and Jessica (french), Ben and Becky (english), Henrik (danish) and Petra (german). This group was quite nide and it was so much better than the canoeing.
We first had to get to the island by barge, and from there we could jump in the carand drive off. It was really bumpy all the time and it took some time before we got used to it, especially as there were only to banks opposite eachother, so you were sitting with 8 people in the back and youcouldn't look in the front but only to the side, but once we got used to it is was great fun!
We first drove to Lake Wobby, from theere we had to walk about 45 minutes from the beach to the lake. It was quite hot and w had to walk over soft sand allthe time, we really felt as if we were walking in the desert. But once we made it it was amazing. A really pure and clean lake with lots of catfish swimming in it. From there we went to Eli Creek which is a creek where you can let yourself float from a certain point of the creek all the way back to the car. I didn't do it myself because it was too cold but it was funny to watch some of the guys get in and float off. After that ut was time ot set up our tents, we set them up by the beach and were done just before it was dark (5:30pm). Then unfortunately the other guys started todrink straight away. Renee and I didn't feel like drinking because we wanted to be fit in the morning, but we were so hungry. The others didn't want to cook yet though because theyplanned on having a long night, when we finally did cook there wasn't enough. Anyway that was really annoying so we went to bed early and were looking forward to leaving again.
Wednesday May 25th
Today we got up early to visit the "Champagne pool" and climb the mountain in Indian head because it is said that on a clear day youcan see the sharks and turtles there,...we didn't. Anyway we left there without a breakfast because the others wanted to wait more, which of course pissed Renee and me of again. The mountain and the view from there were really beautiful though. The sun was above the sea and the sunrays were like stagelights shining on the sea, it was beautiful. After the ,mountain we walked over the beach to the champagne pools, they are naturally formed pools with only rocks dividing them from the ocean. The waves from the ocean first go over the rocks and then land in the pools where it looks really white and bubbly; just like champagne. That was funny, but after thatwe were starving so we went back to our car to have brunch (baked beans and spaghetti on toast.... quite awful...). After that we drove to the Maheno shipwreck which are the leftovers of a japanese ship that once stranded there. It was basically just metal, whatI found quite cool to see though were the shiny shells that grew on them, like pearls. After that we went to Lake Mckenzie which is a really beautiful lake over there. The sand is supposed to be good for you when youscrub it on your skin and leave it in your har which is whatwe did.... and it's true!
About half an hour later it was time to set up our tents again,on the beach, this time we joined with 2 other cars so we were 33 people there. Agan the drinking started and the food wasn't enough again. But as we were sitting there eating there was an australian guy (who was campnig a few meters further on) telling us to come and take a look a the moon. No one went except for Renee and me, and it was amaaazing. The moon was really large and it was red!! Too bad the photos didn't work out too well but I will utthem on here anyway.
After that we started a conversation with the guy named JAson and his friend Ben. He was telling us somany interesting things. So later on in the evening there was a hug cricle of about 31 people sitting there and playing drinking games and about 2 metres further there was Renee and me with Jason and Ben learning a lot about Australia, the aboriginees and nature. That was the greatest night I have had in the last couple of weeks!! We ended up smoking a joint from (bush marihuana) and just chilling there laughing a lot. That night I slept really good...
Thursday, May 26th
When we woke up, we were a littl depressed because we had to go with the others again and they were going to Elicreek where we didn't want to go because we had already been there. So we were sitting in front of our tent when Jason and Ben came byand asked us if we wanted to go with them, we ddn't hesitate for a second, packed our stuff and went with them.
We ended up getting a private tour of the island. We first filled our water bottles atthe creek, the water was delicous. And then went to Central station which is a beautiful rainforest. We saw plants from the dinosaur time that were 320 million years old, quite stunning. We then went on to Lake Birrabee, an insider tip, it was as great as Lake Mckenzie but a lot more quiet, at a certain point we were the only people there. Than it was time to go so we went rally driving to the barge where Jason showed us his snake, a carpet python, really cool. And then over the beach back to the hostel.
At night Jason was playing (guitar) n our hostel and after that he came to join us and we were still there for a long time. In the end it was just Rob the skydive instructor, Bana the aboriginal guy, Jason and me sitting at a table just a few metres away from the drinking games again. It was really interesting, Bana said I had a warm aura, and told me that he was a medicine man in his tribe. At a certain point I was giving a backrub to Rob and Bana came behind me and gave me a backrub and that was amazing, a feeling went from my shoulders straight on to my hands and I felt soooo relaxed. Last night I slept great and this morning I got up at 7am without hangover feeling totally fit. Now I am going to go have a coffee and see what the others are doing.
I wish you a great day later on, lots of hugs,