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Feb 16th – Fraser Island

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Originally uploaded by roupiesontour

The largest sand island in the world looked suspiciously green from Hervey bay side – full of foliage and trees which surely can’t grow on sand – wrong. We had booked a trip for one day as overnight was a bit budget busting. We were picked up from the hostel early but the free breakfast had made us get up anyway – who can resist free Fruit Loops?

Fraser Island was so named after a shipwrecked wife (who lied and had a mental illness) swore she was captured and put into slavery by the Aborigines on the island. The Aborigines claimed to have taken her in, clothed and fed her. Eliza Fraser when rescued kept telling variations on her story to Victorian dinner tables so in the end no-one believed her but the island still has her name. It is all sand and amazingly there is loads of fresh water here – some of which pumps into the ocean to create interesting marine life. I still can’t believe the trees – timber mining was big on the island until the 90’s. Little known fact – the Australian army camouflage pattern was taken from the pattern of the Kauri pine on the island.

Many people hire cars – they must be 4wd due to the sand but we were on a huge tank of a bus which took us all round. The beach (70 mile beach) goes on as far as the eye can see and seeing the shipwreck of a luxury cruise liner perched in the sand was crazy. There one of the purest races of wild dingoes on the island but we didn’t get to see any. We did see pelicans, lace wing lizards, eels and a few fish. The tour took us up to Lake Mackenzie with it’s pure rain water and white silica sand. All the women went in the water as myth has it will take 10 years off you and leave your skin and hair soft. I’d better go in twice then.

Touring the island was fascinating and the guide was really good, despite the country music that we had on the pick up bus. I can’t believe that country is so big over here – something I hadn’t expected of Aussies, to be that sentimental but there you have it! We were so lucky with the weather as it stayed bright all day – it had been raining non stop for a week before we got there. All the fresh air tired us out as we were back in bed by 8.30.

Feb 15th – A Walk On The Wild Side

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Originally uploaded by roupiesontour

Noosa is a very hip place – lots of surfers and tons of backpackers. The sun came out this morning so we decided to talk a walk along one of the famous boardwalks to see the views and were rewarded with a sighting of a wild koala – bold as you please in a tree overlooking the sea and awake – watching us all watching him.Fabulous. The views of the bay are pretty spectacular too but as it was busy we decided to push onto Hervey Bay. We arrived at the YHA Colonial Village thanks to a tip from a couple we met – they do powered sites too. Actually the grounds are pretty fantastic and we were host to loads of birds and came across a possum in the dark. The $5 all you can eat sausage bbq was also great and Josh managed 8 sausages before quitting!

Valentine’s At The Big Pineapple

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Brisbane, Noosa 042 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour How can you describe the Big Pineapple? It’s a 3 storey Perspex building in the shape of a pineapple. Based at the Golden Circle plantation you can go ... [Continue reading this entry]

Home Of The Crocodile Hunter

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Brisbane, Noosa 020 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour Beerwah – what a strange name for a town but this is where Australia zoo lies and was home to Steve Irwin before his untimely death. Little known ... [Continue reading this entry]

Feb 9th – 11th Brisbane

Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Brisbane, Noosa 001 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour We spent a few days in Brisbane just sorting things out. The city is not very exciting but the public transport deserves a mention. The buses have their ... [Continue reading this entry]

Feb 8th – Saving The World 3 Times Over

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Gold Coast 032 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
Time zones can be a real pain. We had decided that we would get ... [Continue reading this entry]

February 7th – I’m A Celebrity

Friday, February 8th, 2008
  View 2 mins from Celebrity propertyOriginally uploaded by roupiesontour
Another glorious day but I am sad we ... [Continue reading this entry]

February 6th – The Sun Always Shines On TV

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Byron Bay 043 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
OMG we wake up to blue skies and the strangest sounding horn. The milk ... [Continue reading this entry]

February 5th – Byron Bay – Anything But Ordinary

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Byron Bay 007 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
Thursday Plantation was the original tea tree plantation. The story of the founders who ... [Continue reading this entry]

February 4th – Broken Head – Here Comes The Rain Again

Friday, February 8th, 2008
Port Stephens 035 Originally uploaded by roupiesontour
Will the rain ever stop? It rained all last night again and on the ... [Continue reading this entry]