Fraser Island

Trip Start Feb 19, 2006
Trip End Aug 16, 2006

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Once we had spent several hours packing up the 4WD roof and learning how to drive it (there are 2 gear sticks!!) we headed off to Fraser Island. The ferry only takes about 10 mins and goes from near Rainbow Beach.
I'm quite glad I didn't offer to drive the first section as it's quite challenging. Retaining control of the truck on deep, soft sand is really hard, and the first 15 mins was quite scary!! Once the drive had got the hang of it we were away....the main road is the beach, and normal driving rules apply. You have to stay near the sea on the hard sand unless another car is coming, and the driving times are limited by the tides, but otherwise it's cool. Some of the inland tracks are hard. It's like quad biking, but you have 10 people in the back who's safety you have to think about, and the roof is so heavy, that sharp turns could end up in you rolling the truck as it's so top heavy!! We were OK though - only one close call when a German girl had a go and didn't quite have the knack!!

We had 2 nights of camping and you have to make sure you get to the camp ground about an hour before sunset to allow time to put up the tents. They were 3man tents, but not comfy, you are virtually arm in arm with the person next to you!!! luckily we only had 2 guys in our group so it was all ok. My group was quite nice, and luckily slightly calmer than the others, who saw it as some kind of Ibiza-style trip and just wanted to drink constantly. We had 2 Germans, 3 South Koreans, 2 French & 4 English.
One of the high lights was going to Indian Head. It is a rocky headland that you walk up, and from there you can see down into the clear waters. We saw a pod of dolphins, and even some sharks (one of them was huge!!!).

The food was OK, although one night we accidentally started to fry in washing up liquid instead of oil (the bottle was un-marked!!) We didn't eat it though - we realised when it started frothing luckily!!

Altogether a great trip, but glad to be back to the showers and loos (yes the campsites didn't even have these!!!!!!!)
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