|When we left Byron Bay, the nice lady at the hostel said that the weather in Brisbane would be much better than in BB because they were having a drought. Well I don't think anyone had told Brisbane this fact, because when we arrived, it was lashing it down. Nice. Just what we needed after a bus journey, feeling grouchy and in need of a shower. After a trek to the YHA, we checked in, showered, ate and went to bed. The next morning we decided to visit Australia Zoo, the home of Steve Urwin, the Crocodile Hunter. Despite the massive let down of the battery running out in the camera, we managed to enjoy a day at the zoo, seeing kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, tigers, cheetahs, elephants and lots more. We also saw Harriet the tortoise, who at 185 was (I think) one of the oldest in existence. But unfortunately, 2 days after we saw her, she died. :-( . Nothing to do with us!
Anyway, back to Brisbane for another night of rain and then hopped on a bus the following day to Hervey Bay. There's only so many soakings one backpack can endure.
Luckily we arrived in Hervey Bay to a beautiful sunset and the promise of better weather. We booked a 3 days, 2 nights trip to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, on what's called a self drive trip. Julie and I had previously seen such trips advertised and thought that they would not be available to us as we can't drive. But luckily that wasn't the case and so the morning after, we embarked on a camping trip to Fraser. We had 9 people in our group, 6 Irish, 2 English and a Belgian. Thankfully, we all got on well and spent the time seeing the sights of Fraser such as Indian Head, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and Lake Wabby. A great time was had by all, despite the worry of dingoes circling the camp at night and the humiliation of having to dig a hole to go to the loo. An equipped campsite was apparently too much of a luxury. But despite the sand in strange places and the bumping of heads on the roof of the van whilst going over the many holes and sand banks along the way, we returned to Hervey Bay safe and sound and ready for a night out. We decided to celebrate Julie's birthday a few hours early and had a great night in the hostel bar and then on to Morroco's to watch Australia lose to Italy.
Today has been spent recovering, sunbathing and packing and we head off to our next stop, Agnes Water and 1770, in a few hours.
Watch this space!
Locations Visited: Brisbane, Beerwah, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Hervey Bay
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