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Sep 6, 2006 - Hervey Bay & Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

We stopped off in Hervey Bay for the sole purpose of heading off to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. As we'd done a number of trips with groups we thought it might be fun to do this one on our own and hire a 4WD to get us around to see the sights on the island. We tried to do it cheaply at the suggestion of the lady at our hostel and booked a vehicle which would usually be shared through a new company as apparently everyone who had booked before had ended up having the vehicle to themselves. It was not to be for us,...

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Jul 25, 2006 - Brisbane to Hervey Bay

Back on the bus, this time to Hervey Bay. Our first stop on the way was Noosa, another surfie stop. This place is small but commercial, the kind of place that Australian families bring their kids for vacations. If you enjoy expensive shops and hotels and the beach then stop here. We then got back on the bus and drove to Rainbow beach. This is a nowhere town that was used in the past for sand mining. I am not sure why we stopped here and in Noosa but being a passenger I just get off the bus for breaks when I am told. Some people decide to...

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Jul 7, 2006 - Hervey Bay

Time to leave Noosa Heads and check out Hervey Bay, a drive of about 1h 45m north. It was a very pretty drive, it kind of reminded us of BC south of Valemount, minus the mountains. Boy, the roads are skinny here, even the highways, with hardly any shoulder. We took the Bruce Highway, which was fairly busy, only one lane in each direction. Rob is more used to driving on the wrong side than Karen is to being a passenger on the driver's side. Hervey Bay (the locals call it "Harvey" Bay) is reputed to be the whale-watching capital of the world,...

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Jul 3, 2006 - I'm a backpacker...get me out of here!!!

Hey all...thanks once again for all your messages. Really great to hear from all of you - sorry your trip has ended Ems and Ed :-( but at least you have all the great memories :-). Look forward to meeting up for drinks and good old geeky slide shows!!! Leo, sounds like you're having a great time too - thanks v much for your message and keep on having fun. Collier you are going to LOVE NZ everyone we have met here has and raves about some Tarunga(???) Crossing?!?! Mum and Dad (Em's) you will LOVE koalas!!! Glad to see you will enjoy joining...

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Dingo Diaries

Jun 9, 2006 - Hervey Bay (Frasier Island)

Still raining? That would be the most important question of the day during our trip to the biggest sand island in the world, Frasier Island. We've come to explore the giant sandbar of Frasier via 4X4, and luckily, our group of happy-go-lucky campers weren't too put off by the horrible weather Australia was experiencing. There were 9 of us in all: 1 Irish, 2 Spanish (yeah, we got to practice), and 4 Brits. We set off to explore this diverse island for 3 days and 2 nights. We are still amazed we made it back in one piece, especially since the...

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May 27, 2006 - Brisbane - Hervey Bay

Bus left Brisbane at 7.30am. We had a new driver called Ali. We drove an hour out of the city to the Glass House Mountains, where we walked up a hill to a really good viewing platform called Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, which is also used as a fire watch tower as you can see for miles. We then stopped for breakfast at a cafe just up the road. We then carried on to Noosa, a very nice coastal town where we sat on the beach for a bit. After 45min in Noosa we were joined by some new passengers on the bus and carried on to Rainbow Beach. Once...

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May 21, 2006 - Away we go!

The alarm goes at 5:45 and we're on the road by 6:15 - that's pretty good considering we have to unhook power and do all the little campervan things. The sun is just peeking above the horizon and it's a bit overcast. We travel along the coast a bit and stop in Rockhampton for coffee. This is major beef country and they are clearly very proud of it. We spot at least 4 huge bull statues as we pass through. Then we head inland and, as has been the case down this portion of the east coast, there isn't much to see. There's a sign advertising hay...

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May 10, 2006 - Hervey Bay (Fraser island) with a stop over in Rockhampton

We ended up driving for most of the day, well the boys drove Sophie and i chatted to everyone and ate cherrios!!!!was really good fun in the camper van, the boys had an ipod and an itrip so we could actually listen to good music! There was alot of bad singing going on!! We ended up stopping off in Rockhampton because it was such a long way to drive in one go! The boys dropped us off at our hostel and they went to check into their campsite! The great thing about Rockhampton is that it is the steak capital of Oz!!Yes we had to go out for a...

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Apr 29, 2006 - Burrem Heads

KM:3000 * We had set our sites on Woodgate, just north of Hervey Bay, which was apprarently a beautiful camping area on the beach, but the internet told us the national park was closed until mid May for painting- spewin'. What was worse, was that we found out later it was actually open. * Instead we spent a couple of days in the fishing town of Burrem Heads, but unfortunately arrived there on labour day long w/e with the masses. We set up camp next door to people who are from Gunnedah (near farm where Jo grew up) & discover we know many of...

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Brown's Oz Trek

Apr 23, 2006 - Hervey Bay & Fraser Island

It was time to hit the road again and this time we had hired another car, (it actually worked out cheaper than going by public transport which seemed crazy but there you go!), and this time we were heading north again to Hervey Bay and to visit Fraser Island, (the world's largest sand island). Hervey Bay was gorgeous....a nice sleepy beach town with lovely beaches and great cafes and we were staying at the nicest place we have stayed so far which was 4 star yet cheaper than the price of some of the hostels which we didn't quite understand!...

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Mar 23, 2006 - Brisbane and Fraser Island

Welcome back! This entry is about my journey to Brisbane and Harvey Bay, the access point to Fraser Island. After my stay in Byron Bay, where I learned to surf for real - which was infinitely awesome, I jumped back onto the Oz Bus to go to Brisbane. I don't know if you remember it but back in late October when I was in Bay of Islands in New Zealand, I met "the Aussie Chick" Bonnie Ross and she invited me to stay with her when I came to Brisbane.. So there you have it, I held my word, we met up and I stayed three nights with Bonnie, and...

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Mar 1, 2006 - Fraser Island

On leaving Surfer's Vicki and I caught a bus to Hervey Bay in order to start the next part of our little adventure. We had joined up on a tour of Fraser Island and the Whitsundays, and on arriving at Hervey Bay we were promptly put into groups. There were eleven of us in total - 4 Welsh lads, 2 very uppity girls from London (who were in T.V don't you know!) Sally, another, normal, English girl and a couple from Holland. Vicki and I made up the numbers. Our group was given a large top heavy 4x4, some tents and enough food and drink to keep...

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