We are going to start this entry with an apology- to our families. We are deeply sorry for any embarrassment we may be about to cause you but sometimes 'it' happens and a lot of 'it' has happened in the last 3 days. I am writing this having just lost any scrap of dignity that I arrived there with. It was character building to the extreme haha. We survived yet another Greyhound bus ride from Brisbane but it was only a short one (5 hours). The hostel jeep met us and brought us back to the hostel- how clever our pink van was eh haha. So once we were checked in and (free) drink in hand, we went to the tv room and met the other 24 reprobates (sorry guys haha) who we were going to be spending the next 3 days with. There was a talk and a dvd, it was like being back in work but as a delegate haha. So the meeting gave us hints and tips on what not to do as Fraser and how not to lose our $1000 bond (deposit). There were 3 (bright pink) jeeps all heading over together and we made the decision to all stick together because we figured it would be safer....and far more fun :o). We had a few drinks in the bar of the hostel and planned the food for the trip. I think there was more concern about how much goon and sambucca were being taken than what was going to be eaten though and that became very clear on the morning of the first breakfast. I have also realised that Heather has spent waaaaay too much time with me, as she now has the ability to ask even more useless questions than I do...So the guy giving us the advice said 'so its roughly 7 kilometres from here to there' and H cleverly pipes up "so how far is that in miles then" The whole room was in creases and for once I am happy to report that I could laugh along with them.
Our pink jeep only had 8 people as opposed to 9 but I think we all partied enough for the missing person. The first day was nearly a disaster before we had even made it to the island. We were in the middle of the convoy and following Seans directions, as their car was first. We ended up taking a wrong turn and ending up in the completely wrong place. One of our wheels then started to come off the jeep and so we had to call for help. This meant we missed the first barge heading over to the island. We realised quite early on (it was about 9.45 at this point) that we were going to be missing some of the fun and so decided to have some of our own. We cracked open the vb and started some teambuilding activities of our own. The main one was keeping our bums on our seats without being thrown off them and managing to drink our drinks at the same time. A few beers in and we decided we needed to use the islands facilities, although we were all trying to hold off on using them until the last possible minute. We had been informed the previous evening that the toilet facilities were few and far between and because of this we were being provided with the ultimate tool in Fraser Island technology- a shovel. My mum knows how fussy I am about public toilets and I'm telling you now there isn't a toilet that was more public than these ones. We were driving through the forest and the bumps were ridiculous so we bit the bullet and took one for the team. Using the forest was probably the least of my worries at this point, although I guess I was still a bit green to it all with it only being a few hours in. Heather and I have been friends for pretty much all of my life but our friendship has reached new extremes in the last few days. We were told that dingos do attack but they mainly go for children...and men are usually ok because they stand up when they go to the toilet. Women however don't and so were told that every time we went to the toilet, we had to take somebody with us to spot us so that dingos didn't get any funny ideas.
We made it to the other jeeps and chilled out on the beach. Had a bit of a drive, slapped the goon and cracked on with the vb. The first night was carnage but I'm going to be editing the photo/vid evidence. I don't know what time I made it to bed but I sat on the beach and watched the sunrise before I wandered to our tent which was pretty incredible. So on day 2 we visited Indian Head which has a very beautiful view of the ocean from the top. There was a fairly steep walk but it was worth the effort. Like so many other places that we have visited, Indian Head is stunning and can't be done justice in photographs you really would need to see it for yourself. Once we had seen Indian Head a few of us decided to walk along to the champagne pools. The weather has been beautiful and it was a nice walk. It hasn't been as hot as in Fiji but the sun can be deceiving and it's still really easy to catch the sun. The champagne pools are a stretch of water, overlooked by a lot of rocks. The water comes crashing over and makes it look like champagne. Again the walk was well worth the effort but I think the view at Indian Head was better. It was entertaining watching the boys getting smashed around by the waves. There is some good footage which will be going onto facebook anyways.
We headed back south along Fraser and stopped off at Eli Creek which is where we were camping for the evening. The creek is freshwater and we were told that it was safe to drink. The guys in the group were all feeling a little bit delicate at this point because we'd all been up since about 6.30 am and the goon had been slapped from about 7.30. The evenings partying was pretty much the same as the first night, although there were people from other tour groups and a couple on the same site. We invited them all over for a drink and apologised in advance for our behaviour- well it was the polite thing to do after all. I don't think that the couple were prepared for what was going on and H has since told me that somebody from our group decided to use the facilities right outside our jeep which is where the couple were eating dinner- nice eh. Fraser Island is a beautiful place to visit and I don't think anybody should do the East Coast without making sure that this is on the list of things to do. The group that you travel with play a big part in it of course and we were lucky to have 26 likeminded people in 1 group.
When H and I began to plan this world tour, I was clear on 2 places in Fraser Island that I wanted to see; The Mahoa shipwreck and Lake Mckenzie. I wasn't disappointed by either. Lake Mckenzie is completely clear and is set in the middle of forestry. It is a pretty bumpy ride to get there but once we got there we were amazed by it. I think it is definitely on a par with the beaches that we saw at Fiji, although I'm not sure that everybody else would agree. Like Eli Creek, Lake Mckenzie is freshwater and it really does make all the difference to swim in. I would advise anybody who is going there to spend a good half day there at least because none of us wanted to come out of the water. As serene as the lake is, with 26 fun loving youngsters like ourselves there was no way that we were going to be sun worshipping. We were all straight in the lake and some decided to practise their back flipping, which was pretty good to be fair. To be fair, it was complete carnage but we're on our jolly holidays and so it's ok haha.
We had an injury whilst we were on Fraser- one of the girls drove their jeep over Seans leg whilst he was helping to push them out of the sand after they'd got stuck. He was joking that his calf looked pregnant but it looked really bad, the tyre marks were imprinted on the back of his leg. He did go to the hospital last night though so will be able to update you on how he's doing at some point. We got back to the main island full of high spirits and some full of goon. We were raring to go for another night, so- after spending 3 days in sand and complaining about how many places it worked itself into, we bought another box of goon and headed straight to the beach haha. I think my body had decided enough was enough for me as I ended up being really ill and crashing out on the sand (ah well these things happen I guess).
I would give Fraser Island a 10/10 - the people we went with were wicked and there are some amazing places to see. I'm writing this from Airlie Beach as we are just about to head off on our Whitsundays tour. We have met up with Antonio (remember him from Fiji) and we're all on the same boat. 3 of the guys from our Fraser tour who were in our jeep are going to be with us too, so it should be a good few days. This one had been written pretty quickly but will edit it when we get back in a few days.
So with goon, vodka and jergermeister ready to roll- I'll say goodbye and speak to you all soon.
Lots of love
x x x