East Coast trip continued…
We woke up from a surprisingly good sleep on our first night on Fraser Island even if I did sleep on a rock and wake up to realise Taylor and Dries had sleeping mats under their sides of the tent…my fault for asking for the middle. First stop was at Indian head where we climbed up the rocks to a view point where we spotted whales, manta rays and dolphins too. It was a stunning view and amazing to see the 75 mile beach we have been travelling on from a height. It was then onto Cathedral beach where we had lunch out the back of our cars enjoying being right by the sea and also with the company of a snake (luckily it wasn’t alive). After lunch we headed to Champagne pools which are two rock pools that when its high tide the crashing of the waves creates a champagne effect. Unfortunately we went at low tide so we didnt see the true effect but we had so much fun splashing and messing around in the waters along with many schools of fish too!
Craig our leader had told us about a small leisure flight you can take which takes off from the beach and is voted the second best flight in Australia. So after this we headed over to ‘runway’ where the planes were and booked our flights and next thing we knew we were off. The flights fitted 5 of us and had such a nice interior so nice that the pilot brushed the sand off our feet upon entering. I was such a little excited child during take off it was so incredible to take off alongside the crashing
waves and then see our little shadow on the sea get smaller and smaller.The flight did a circular route along the shore then inland where the pilot pointed out various landmarks including the butterfly lake and the different lakes for females and males from the aboriginal traditions. It was only 15 minute long but was so worth the $55, definitely recommend this to anyone planning on going to Fraser Island.
High on energy we then headed to Eli Creek which is a freshwater steam where we walked up the boardwalk to the top and filled up our water tanks then walked down the beautiful creek (or in my case swam and then crawled). We all also took this opportunity to wash ourselves in the freshwater as the showers at camp weren’t the best. Later on we left the creek and it was my turn to drive so a few of the girls swapped in the car to see the best driver in action (jokes). On the way home we stopped via Maheno shipwreck which was a cruise liner like the titanic that ran aground before the Second World War and was then used as bomb practice. It was really cool to see and wasn’t very touristy as the
rest of the destinations so it made the whole tour a lot more relaxed and had that natural feeling. Then it was back to camp for a steak dinner (amen) then after toasting marshmallows like true campers we headed down to the beach armed with our dingo sticks which were provided at the gates of the camp. The beach was beautiful at night and we were able to see so many stars which made up for not seeing the blood moon (turns out it doesn’t happen on the other side of the world). Then it was a night full of drinks and story telling in camp before we hit the hay ready for our 5am wake up call.
Today was our last day on Fraser Island so we got up early to make the most of it which was so worthwhile when after ten minutes into our journey we spotted a pod of whales breaching and playing right along the shore which was breathtaking to see. This morning we went to Lake Garawongera which is a natural teetree lake so we all submerged ourselves into the water hoping it would heal our peeling skin and dry hair. It was super relaxing and felt so lovely on your skin even if it did have a slight resemblance to urine.
After a few hours here enjoying the lake and lots of people snoring away we packed up and got in our cars for the last time as it was time to drive the long way back along 75 mile beach. After soaking up the last bit of scenery we got the barge back to main land spotting our last dolphin and then were shown a sinking hole on main land that had happened a few days ago. It was a massive hole in the beach that had just plummeted and taken caravans and trees with it, was incredible to see. Back to the hostel Dingos Resort to get ready for our afterparty of the tour where we had live music and free cocktails which coupled for a great night. It was a great way to end an amazing tour of Fraser Island!
Today we were heading to Noosa and only being a couple of hours bus journey away we were travelling in the morning. So we packed up and checked out where I asked for the last time if my Go Pro that went missing before the trip had been handed in and there was no luck so I rung the police to make a report for the claim. After a short journey we arrived in Noosa and soon arrived at our hostel Nomads where we played cards until check in time. Unfortunately there was a slight mess up with our bookings where each voucher we had for multiple people had gone through as just one person per voucher leaving myself with no bed. The staff here weren’t quite as joyful as the Nomads in Airlie Beach but it was sorted out and I got a bed in the boys dorm. Soon after we headed to the main beach and with a storm brewing and sunbathing not being so tempting Erica and I looked at each other and just ran straight into the sea and dived through all the waves. A few of the boys got the free hire bodyboards from the hostel so we all had a go and had so much fun, Dries well and truly dunked me through all the waves (got your mention Dries ;)).
After hearing the announcement that the beach was closing due to the storm we headed in and watched it brew then explored the shops eyeing up all the ice-creams. Then back to the hostel to shower and we all went out for dinner at an asian restaurant which was bring your own alcohol so we all had ciders. I asked for some extra spice on my mild massaman curry which I later regretted with my eyes streaming and having to ask for some coconut cream rice, but hey ho it was still delicious! It was then out for our first night out in Noosa at the bar attached to our hostel.
From the recommendation from the lovely Peter Pans today we went out and bought inflatable rubber rings from the reject shop for $2 then headed to a beach in a cove to the lazy river! Here there are no rules so we were able to enjoy ciders and it also meant there were so many adorable dogs and there was even a labrador puppy learning how to swim! It was so much fun tubing along with the current over and over again and we even got to admire some amazing kite surfing too. Later on we headed back through town and treated ourselves to a triple scoop icecream after much deliberation of flavours and it was insane! In the evening we went to peter pans as on Thursday nights they host a drinks night where they supply alcohol and they do prize draws and give aways for travel vouchers and bus tickets etc and we also got VIP free food in the club after!
Today was one of my favourite days of the whole trip. Lots of fellow travellers had mentioned the National Park in Noosa is a must see so this morning we headed to the information centre to plan a route for a walk through them and we chose a 2-3 hours coastal walk around viewpoints ending in Sunshine beach. Half an hour into the walk we had seen an array of lizards, a koala above us, a turtle, lots of whales splashing around and then to top it off a massive pod of dolphins!! We couldn’t believe it! The park was stunning to walk through with lots of secluded beach coves along the way, we even had to walk through a nudist beach keeping our eyes tactically forward! The view at the top of the hill overlooking the 15km of Sunshine beach at the end was just incredible! We then got a bus back to the hostel as it was so hot and people were getting dehydrated.
This afternoon following from the advice of Peter Pans we were going to hire a pontoon (small boat) that fitted the 12 of us and also had a BBQ onboard and then drive around the rivers. So on the way back India and I went to get the snags (sausages) and BBQ food whilst the boys got the alcohol for the boat and the rest confirmed the booking for the pontoon. Whilst arriving back at the hostel I had a nice surprise seeing Katie one of my friends from home! We were doing a similar route and kept missing each other in each place so it was lovely to finally see her. It was then quickly off to the marina to get our boat and after a two minute demo of driving we were off armed with our fishing rods, bait, ice coolers of ciders and BBQ food!!
The river was so beautiful and had so many posh houses alongside, Richard Branson owns one of the islands which is $38,000 to stay on per night! After about ten minutes we managed to nose dive the boat even after being warned so we had the table swaying and thongs (flip flops) being rescued but it was hilarious and we lived to tell the tale. We then continued up river where I took the wheel and was loving life, this was definitely one of those ‘my life is good’ moments. Later on we anchored up on the side of the river with noone around to be seen and got the BBQ going. Matthi kindly decided to throw me in the water but it was actually so warm that it was so nice.
Everyone started jumping off the boat with the boys doing backflips and Erica and I enjoying tubing around with a cider in hand…before the boys bombarded us. Sophie was doing so well with the fishing and managed to catch a few including one massive catfish which Matthi decided to throw right at me in my rubber ring, safe to say I screamed. I annoyingly managed to knock my dodgy knee getting back on the boat though which resulted in an extremely swollen knee but the ice from the ciders were the saviour. After a couple hours of chilling we headed back to the Marina to watch the most beautiful sunset. I was so thirsty from the walk that I drank the cider like it was apple juice leaving me insisting that I could walk into town with Dries even though I clearly couldn’t walk. We then went out for dinner where in my ‘tipsy’ moment I decided to just point at anything on the menu to order and ended up with some strange platter but it was actually incredible…good work vics! It was then out for a night out at a club in town and Katie joined us too which was lovely! It was such a chilled day which was so lovely as so far everything was booked tours and trips so it was nice just planning it ourselves.
Today we were going to our last stop of the trip Brisbane so after a short journey we arrived and checked into our rooms at Base. We thought we were booked into one big dorm here but Erica and I were in a separate room but with the rest just with one dorm to themselves we just moved in and bunked up. Dries and Becca both had friends in Brisbane coincidentally both called Sarah so they welcomed us which was lovely and then we headed over to South Bank. Here we walked through the markets then grabbed shakes and chilled by streets beach alongside the river, I had a iced coffee with a scoop of peanut butter ice-cream in and it was insane. I instantly fell in love with Brisbane its such a clean and vibrant city with such a nice feel to it.
After an afternoon of mooching around exploring South Bank we headed back to the hostel and had dinner in the attached bar which was so cheap and super tasty. Then we went out for our last night out together to a bar recommend by the Sarah’s where everyone danced the night away till the early hours, it was the best night to end such an amazing trip. A few of the others made it to a second club but we missed the lock out time of 3am so we went back to catch some extra hours sleep.
Today was our last full day of the holiday which we couldn’t quite believe! We all woke up feeling slightly fragile so I decided to skip breakfast (but don’t worry I was just dehydrated not hungover at all…). Soon after we headed across to the Roma Street Parklands and they were stunning.
They were such beautiful gardens with so many different colours of flowers, architecture and it even had massive lizards just chilling around. We found a large architecture with a waterfall where we all enjoyed the mist cooling us off as it was such a hot day. After a couple of hours exploring the gardens we headed into city where along the way we went to a suitcase sale which is basically a car boot sale but out of your suitcase.
I managed to bag a dress for $5 (like £2.30) so I was chuffed. Then we did some more shopping and exploring whilst indulging a passionfruit froyo which was heaven. Then back to the markets to get some things we had eyed up yesterday followed by some amazing sushi for lunch (and breakfast for me). After chilling in the park we decided to catch the ferry down river which is free as its public transport. So we did the long circular route all the way down which was an amazing way to see the city. It reminded me of London with the river going through, the skyscrapers, landmark bridges and it even has a ferris wheel like the London eye! On the ferry India bumped into a friend from her home uni (Exeter, UK) who is on exchange at Sydney University, such a small world hey!
After watching the sunset on the boat we got our best rags on and went out for dinner at Vapiano’s. Becca and I carried on the tradition of half and half sharing a pasta and pizza dish getting the best of both worlds! It was such a lovely evening reminicisng of the most amazing trip! Back to the hostel to back up our bags and get some sleep before our 4 am taxis much to Erica and my dismay. We had too much energy still so went around poking everyone with a plastic sword Erica had accumulated the night before..we just didn’t want the trip to end! But we soon zonked out and a couple of hours later our alarms went off at 3.30am for our taxis to the airport. My seat was double booked so I had to move to the front row which meant extra leg room for knee (winning) and was probably a good move after every air hostess asking me if i was ‘fit and able’ as my first seat was next to the exit doors! Unfortunately, I had a man behind me who was sneezing every five minutes so I didn’t mange to get much sleep so we all arrived into Adelaide like zombies. After a nap we headed out to the park to cool down by the fountain as today was 34 degrees and was boiling!
In the evening we all had a BBQ to catch up with everyone else’s travels and to all share our tales. Then to watch the bachelorette, yes we’ve moved on from the bachelor now and its even better! It was a great way to end the most incredible trip with the most amazing people (thanks guys!!).
Taylor made a short Go Pro video of the trip which shows it really well so just click on the link and enter the password ‘Adelaide’ to view. CLICK HERE
Today was Labour day in Adelaide so there was no class but back to 9-5 uni days tomorrow and I can’t wait (can you sense the sarcasm?).
Reed in Radelaide