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Aug 17, 2004 - Noosa to Hervey Bay.

We used every moment we could in the apartment as we are unlikely to have accommodation that nice again during our time in Australia. It was a fairly plain drive to Hervey Bay where we are staying at the Kookaburra backpackers resort in a dorm, a bump back down to earth! Hervey Bay is the Australian equivalent of Greymouth. There is no real centre and therefore no real charm, the towns main existence is to cater for Fraser Island and the fact that whales pass through every August, and the town itself does nothing to want you to spend any...

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Jul 16, 2004 - Fraser Island

Fraser Island Sure enough, we swapped the hire car for a far superior one - the Toyota Landcruiser, the Taleban's vehicle of choice. Equipped with two tents, four sleeping bags and a gas stove that makes your average London kitchen look small we set off on the ferry to Fraser Island. It's the world's biggest sand island and supports rainforests and over 200 freshwater lakes. The Aussies seem to think it has more sand than the Sahara, but we were a little sceptical. We ragged our vehicle up the white, sandy beaches with the sea on our right...

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Jun 23, 2004 - Tired and sandy...(We forgot to send out the updates before we left for sailing)

So we've just returned from what proved to be a three-day safari on the world's largest sand island. Fraser island lays just off of the Queensland coast, several hundred kilometers north of Brisbane. We arrived in Hervey Bay, the main access point to FI, on Sunday afternoon, where we had to meet for a 2pm orientation for our trip. We got to the area a bit early and hit up a flea market, we figured we'd mingle with the locals a bit and see what they're all about. It proved to be a worthwhile stop for Pat, who dropped some cash on a wooden cd...

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Mar 16, 2004 - Fraser Island

Fraser Island was brilliant !! We got a barge Monday morning over to Moon Point (sadly no-one waiting for us baring their buttocks) and headed in our 4WD truck with the rest of our group to Yidney Scrub Rainforest for a hike. We then had a gorgeous buffet lunch at the Fraser Island Happy Valley Retreat (where we were due to spend the night) and drove up the coast on 75 mile beach (not just a beach but also a highway and a runway) to Indian Head. Indian Head is one of the three volanic outcrops on the island from where it is great to spot...

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Feb 5, 2004 - Koalas/Noosa Heads/Fraser Island

Got up shortly after 5:00 and headed off to the Koala sanctuary. Queensland, Australia is the only place in the world where you are allowed (legally) to hold a Koala so we all got our pictures taken (coming soon to a computer near you). Back on the bus to Noosa Heads where we had a couple hours for lunch. Reminded me of La Jolla or Laguna Beach in that they are small, expensive, and beautiful communities. Lunch was good, right off the beach, and then back on the bus to the ferry for Fraser Island. Something I take for granted, having...

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