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Oct 17, 2005 - Hervey Bay

I finally left Bundaberg, after staying a week longer than I planned to. I'm a bit heartbroken, I'm getting a bit sick of saying goodbye to everyone, knowing that I will never meet the vast majority of them again. But then there's always more good people around the next corner... Hervey bay is not really exciting, it serves mainly as a retirement village and as the gate to Fraser Island, so nobody stays here for long. I'm going to Fraser tomorrow with 7 other people which I haven't met yet. We're going on a three day self drive safari, no...

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Sandra Downunder

Oct 16, 2005 - Fraser Island

7.30 start again on Sunday as we had a long day of driving ahead of us. Did 3-hour stints each, with a few chapters of Harry Potter for entertainment. Stopped at a lake for lunch but apart from that the day was spent driving. Arrived at Hervey Bay at about 5.30 - Susie & I rang Geoff & Sandra while Pete went for a look around. He came back 10 minutes later and said we could get on a 4WD self-drive tour to Fraser Island tomorrow but had to go to a briefing at 6, so we had to cut short our phone call and rush off to it. I must admit I wasn't...

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Oct 4, 2005 - Hervey Bay

Yeppoon to Hervey Bay - 457 KM This was our longest driving day. Again it was characterized by dry grass savannahs. Lots of burnt areas on each side of the road. Aussies are obviously careless with their butts. Early in the day everyone made the obligatory stop at the Tropic of Capricorn Visitors Center (dividing line between tropics and temporate zone). Lunch break was at a cafe reported to have great pies and crab sandwidges. Well, pies over here don't mean "apple". The pies were meat pies. Very good by those who ate them, but Sally...

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Oct 2, 2005 - Fraser Island : sous les touristes, la plage

Pour visiter Fraser Island, cette grande ile de sable en face de Hervey Bay, j'ai choisi l'option "self-guided" : je me suis jointe a un groupe pour louer un 4x4 et se balader dans l'ile pendant trois jours, en autonomes. Bilan de ces trois jours : du positif et du negatif. Le negatif, c'est que le groupe etait essentiellement constitue d'Irlandais qui ne pensaient qu'a finir la journee au plus vite pour pouvoir boire leurs bieres... C'est d'ailleurs un peu le profil type du backpacker dans le Queensland : un anglo-saxon de 22 ans qui vient...

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Sep 28, 2005 - Hervey Bay, je me specialise en cetaces

Allez, je me decide a quitter Noosa (apres tout, je pourrai faire du surf ailleurs), et je vais jusqu'a Hervey Bay, un peu plus au Nord. Et cette fois, je vais a la rencontre des baleines ! Non, je ne vais pas nager avec elles, quand meme... On reste a bord du bateau, mais on va quand meme tres tres pres. C'est l'epoque ou elles sont a Hervey Bay, ou elles profitent de la chaleur de l'eau pour faire naitre leurs bebes avant de repartir vers l'Antarctique (a moins que, comme nous, elles ne se disent : en septembre, a Hervey Bay, il y a...

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Sep 24, 2005 - Hervey Bay

As we make our way up north, it is getting hotter and hotter!!!! And we are getting browner and browner (apart from Jo's legs!!!) From Hervey Bay we went on a 3 day self drive tour around fraser island. We were put into groups of 10, given a 4WD, camping gear and food, then sent on our way!! Luckily the people we were placed with, were from the UK, who had lots of survival training and camping skills, which came in useful (yet slightly irritating at times!!!). We couldnt swim in the sea, due to a high population of sharks, however was able...

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Sep 13, 2005 - Fraser Island frollicks

Road trips with Emma and Ceri are far superior to german road trips due to lots more singing and babbling which does make these huge journeys better. 1st stop was Rockhampton nice place but a total ghost town apart from the boy racers that suddenly took over screeching up and down thowing eggs at cars and the sparse people shuffling about. my van took a hit on the side which was a nice addition along with the replenished dead fly collection. I probably would have moved the van but the starter motor decided to jam and would'nt start till the...

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JIMS ON HIS JOLLIES

Aug 17, 2005 - Fraser Island

What a fabulous place to enjoy a couple of days touring on the tour bus. Unfortunately 'Tortoise' had to stay at the campsite on the mainland this time, due to him not having 4 wheel drive, although we did try, well almost, I reckon he would've made it, but they said no, a tearful goodbye saw us board our 4WD bus and on the ferry we went. For those of you who don't know Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, therefore all roads being sand and hence requiring a 4WD vehicle to get around and even with these people still get...

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Upshalls on Tour

Aug 5, 2005 - Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island

Whilst I had time to kill in Brisbane I planned and booked the rest of my trip up the east coast. Such organisation is far from my trademark, however, I felt that it was entirely necessary on this occasion to ensure that I'd fit in everything I wanted to. The two major targets were spending three days on Fraser Island and another three days sailing in the Whitsunday Islands. Booking this in bulk made the trips surprisingly affordable. Rainbow Beach is just a village but it's a good gateway to Fraser Island. Fraser is the largest sand...

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Jul 28, 2005 - Fraser Island

Fraser Island is this massive Natural Heritage site that is completely made of sand and covered in rain forest. It's huge! Its also covered with Dingos. The have ridiculous fines for interacting with the Dingos like $5000 if a Dingo attacks you! Can you believe that? And something like $3000 if you are caught feeding the Dingo. We arrived on Fraser Island at night so there wasn't much to see in terms of wild life, but they have a bar on the Isand that was pretty good. They have theme nights and that nights theme was Pajama Party. I didn't...

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Jul 20, 2005 - Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world and the best way to see it is by 4 wheel drive (4WD). We hired a beast of a car and, together with 8 others from our hostel, we set out on the ferry. People crammed in the back and equipment loaded on the roof, it was going to be a bumpy ride. As soon as we drove off the ferry we engaged 4WD and the fun began. There were no roads on the island, just incredibly bumpy, sandy tracks through the forest and a beach the length of the island. As one of the 2 drivers, Greg really enjoyed testing...

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Jul 20, 2005 - Fraser Island

Three days and two nights spent on the largest sand island in the world. The weather was changeable, but the scenery spectacular when the sun did shine. Our trip was guided and we were driven around the island on the beaches at low tides (no roads here, only tracks across and beaches around the island) in a 4x4 bus with the biggest intercooled turbo you've ever heard sing! Saw many lakes, rainforest, wildlife and drunk a lot of red wine playing drinking games to while the nights away. 'Sandboarding' on a body board down sand dunes into...

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