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Australia-Travelogue  |  Travel time: September 2005 - July 2006  |  by marc and nora L.

Australia - Down under: Hervey Bay - Fraser Island

Next stop on our tour of the East Coast was Hervey Bay. Nothing much here but it is the starting point for any trip to Fraser Island. We took a 2 day 1 night trip to this the largest sand island in the world! This was really fun even though we didn't get off to the best start. After crossing from the mainland over to the island itself we were loaded onto our monster 4-wheel drive bus with 46 other people. Soon after setting off we saw the drived from the tour in front running back towards our bus. His bus had run out of fuel about a km down the track (by the way there are no 'true' roads here as the like I said before the island is 100% sand so the roads are well....sand!). So as he went to fetch the only 'spare' bus we drove on. As we passed the unfortunate passengers of the ill-fated bus we took great pleasure in giving then big smug smiles and waves.....Karma is an evil thing! A few kms later and well in the deep sand tracks which cut through the rain forrests we heard a loud "Oh Sh*t" come from the driver as our bus struggled to climb a hill. "Ok guys" he shouted...."can all of the blokes get out and push please?". We all laughed at his obvious atempt at humour before we realised that he was actually serious...we had also ran out of fuel. Like I said...Karma = Evil! So out we got and about 20 of us were there pushing this massive bus back down a deep sandy track. You can imagine the smiles on the faces of the recently rescued passengers of the other bus as they passed us....B$@#*&DS! No fuel = walking so off we went down the sandy track for 3km where we went on a really nice walk through the rain forrest whilst Paddy the driver went in search of fuel.

us girls in the coach and guys pushing it!

us girls in the coach and guys pushing it!

Eventually he returned with a minimum of fuel which he hoped would get us to the one and only fuel pump on the island. Lucky for us we made it! So the reason for both busses running out of fuel....check this out....is that every full moon the tide is high enough to allow dodgy pikey stinking theiving fishermen up the creek which runs by the shed in which the busses are parked. They then break in to the shed and syphon every last drop of fuel from all vehicles and tanks before merrily cruising off into the night! Of the Luck of Marc & Nora brings us to the island on the only day of the month when this little 'ritual' has taken place. We soon laughed off this little set back and enjoyed the rest of our trip which included crusing up and down the officially named 'Great Sandy Highway' otherwise known as 70 mile beach on the East coast of Fraser Island. We did all of the tourist stops on the island which included loads of swimming in crystal clear creeks and lakes....really nice.

Indian Head - view over beach and dunes in background

Indian Head - view over beach and dunes in background

Indian Head

Indian Head

Swinging through the rainforest on Fraser Island

Swinging through the rainforest on Fraser Island

70 Mile beach and our 4WD coach

70 Mile beach and our 4WD coach

sand blows on the way to lake wabby

sand blows on the way to lake wabby

if you get lost...

if you get lost...

Lake wabby from above 
(the sand dunes into the lake are so steep that some guys used their body boards to board down...)

Lake wabby from above
(the sand dunes into the lake are so steep that some guys used their body boards to board down...)

jelly fish on beach - not a deadly one (because it is dead!)

jelly fish on beach - not a deadly one (because it is dead!)

Moheno Wreck on Beach

Moheno Wreck on Beach

Sand everywhere

Sand everywhere

ICE COLD (and we mean ice cold!--> 14`C)
refreshment at Eli Creek. Water so clear and bottom all sand! What can be better if air temperature is 36`C?

ICE COLD (and we mean ice cold!--> 14`C)
refreshment at Eli Creek. Water so clear and bottom all sand! What can be better if air temperature is 36`C?

Nora at Eli Creek

Nora at Eli Creek

© marc and nora L., 2005
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Description:
Hello - 5 more days!!! On the 12th of September we are setting off! Our plan is to travel round the world for a period of 10 months. 1st stop: Thailand (1 month) and cambodia 2nd stop: Via Singapore (overland) to Australia where we plan to stay for approximately 4-5 months. 3rd stop: New Zealand (2 months) (north and south island) 4th stop: South America (approx. 3 months) (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and if time and money allows we might visit costa rica)
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Start of journey: Sep 12, 2005
Duration: 11 months
End of journey: Jul 31, 2006
Travelled countries: world-wide
United Kingdom
Thailand
Malaysia
Cambodia
Singapore
Australia
Australia & Pacific
New Zealand
South America
Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
Peru
Ecuador
Canada
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marc and nora L. is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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