Russia, England, Germany, France, Singapore, Ireland, Israel, USA, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand. What do these places have in common ? The answer is that these are the places that people on my bus trip to Fraser Island are from. And amazingly, everyone get's on with everyone else really well. We will be on the island for two days.
One of the first things I learn is that this island has a beach that is 75 miles long. I assumed this was a small place. A boat takes us from Hervey bay to the island in about half an hour. Today we are taken to two of the lakes and given time to relax and swim. The most famous of the lakes is Lake Mackenzie. The water is very clean and clear.
We are then taken to a beach and again given time to relax and swim. The water is an amazing turquoise colour and very clean. Here's a picture of me about to dive in.
Okay, I'm not about to dive in just at this moment, but you can see the water behind me and the fine sand. Fraser island had an Aboriginal name meaning 'paradise.' It's certianly pretty and much more.
Our guide (or Ranger as they call themselves) is a guy named Bob. He's originally from New Zealand but has settled in Australia with his Australian wife. He has many stories to tell us and some of them take a while to tell, as he does tend to carry on a bit, but you can't fault his enthusiasm. He's also our driver. Our vehicle is a cross between a big truck and a coach. Some of the tracks we drive along are very bumpy and sometimes steep too. As passengers we find ourselves being thrown up out of our seats from time to time. Another option on these to trips is to self-drive, i.e. to join a group of say ten others and have the freedom to drive anywhere around Fraser island in a 4x4 jeep type vehicle, where you wish to, within limits. You can camp out in the open and cook your own food. While on the trip I'm on, takes you to a dormitory to sleep, we have warm showers and nice warm food to eat in the evening. Both types of trip have their pros and cons.
In the evening we meet up at the main resort hut of Kingfisher bay to have our evening meal, drinks at the bar, play pool and socialise. I wish I was back home, it's really tough out here.