Pink 4WD Madness
Trip Start Jan 06, 2006
67Trip End Feb 27, 2007
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FIVE OFFICIAL MONTHS ON THE ROAD!
Court's flight situation was an absolute terror so I bought an impulsive ticket back to Sydney to help her through it all. After a few days, flights were figured out and she was on her way. Always fun to have to say goodbye twice!
After a day with my favorite Aussies Lauren, Marty, Darren and Christine, I flew right back up to Queensland for some sandy adventures at Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island. Located a bit north of Brisbane, this sandy paradise is famous for its miles of empty beaches, lush untouched forest and its freshwater inland lakes. Primary transpo mode on this wonderland (if I may): 4WD. Though not the most environmentally friendly option, off-road vehicle usage here is highly regulated to minimize impact in this world-heritage area.
Oh! Ultra Random sidenote: Finally found a ping-pong table at my hostel the night before Fraser and held my own...gotta keep the Triolo tradition alive, right?
After getting teamed with an all-star group (2 Germans, 4 Canadians, 2 Irish) we were given a 4WD painted in bright pink
First stop: Wabby Lake. Dune Heaven. Idyllic freshwater lake surrounded by sheer golden dunes. With a bodyboard we attempted any and every way to get ourselves into that lake. Surf, Ski, tandem luge, naked handstand (you wish)...it all resulted in some great belly laughs (not to mention sand in very inappropriate places). Felt like I was a kid again, playing in a big sandbox.
Camping beachside both nights, the sunsets always meant a beach soccer match with the boys. Surreal. Come night, I led some giant food campaigns, including a chicken fajita feed. Meals were large enough to feed armies and the camping element always added to the taste. The other group we were paired with were primarily Irish and could party with the best of 'em. Late nights and, consequently, late mornings.
The rest of the trip included miles of beach driving, unsurpassed views of wildlife, including dingoes, the wild dogs of Fraser. The highlight was the Indian Heads lookout, where we were able to see tiger sharks, manta rays, dolphins, turtles, and the cherry on top....migrating whales
The rest of the island adventure included rusty shipwrecks, freshwater river floating, and an all-too-short visit to Lake MacKenzie, a most picturesque water paradise (Ill let the pictures do the talking). All in all, Fraser is a must-do and I was fortunate to be together with a great group and fantastic weather.
Following the three epic days at Fraser, I hitched a ride with my hilarious Irish buddies south 4 hours to Noosa, bubbly surf town. A bit posh, yet still smallish with plenty of nature eyecandy (beaches, natl park, etc) Here, I connected with another WWoofing host and am currently staying at her very nice home preparing to put it up for sale. She is VERY connected to the environment and all things spiritual. Very good people with great ideas and intriguing conversation.
Future? Gonna hopefully buy a surfboard and work my way down the coast to Byron Bay and for the next few weeks and then fly out of Brisbane to Darwin for a few more weeks in the Northern Territory.
This turned out to be a long one......my regards to the reading challenged (thats why I include pictures, duh!) Hope everyone is doing great...keep in touch. Always great to hear from all of you! Cheers, catch you on the flip-flop!