The Fraser Coast

15 Oct

We eventually left 1770 and headed to Hervey Bay. We found a lovely van park with the nicest owners. The stretch of water between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island is a famous nursery for whales so we headed out on a obligitory whale watching cruise the next day. It was far better than we had expected. The mother whales are busy teaching their young how to survive, so we saw heaps of calves breaching, tail slapping and waving their fins around. They came nice and close and we even heard them singing via an underwater microphone.

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We were both really looking forward to Fraser Island and were meeting Miff’s Dad Phil there. When you have high expectations of a place you can be let down. Fraser island was no let down! It is so beautiful. We rolled off the car ferry onto firm well maintained tracks, but that lasted about 300 metres. The inland tracks were incredibly soft and a real challenge. We got bogged a few times but thankfully Phil had some Max Trax which got us unstuck quickly. The hardest part was finding them in the sand afterwards!

 

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 The tough drive in and out of the famous Lake McKenzie is definitely worth it. It is a beautiful freshwater (perched) lake in the middle of the island and we had a great morning lazing about, diving for the sinking thingo and building sand castles.

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We then went on to Central Station via 6 k’s of seriously soft sand. Central station is an old logging station with a small crystal clear creek running through it. It is actually difficult to see the water in the shallow creek because it is that clear.

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Driving on the beach is a lot easier, if you keep your eyes out for the planes taking off and landing. This one seriously skimmed Pahs car! plane landin

We cruised up to the Pinnacles (coloured sand cliffs) then stopped at the wreck of the Maheno and searched for crabs (before seeing the sign that said stay 3 metres away). The wreck is such a beautiful sight with its rusting hull sinking into the white sands.

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We then spent a couple of hours cruising down Eli creek on boogie boards
before Darren started to panic about the high tide and spoilt the fun. As it was we just made it around Yidney Rocks through 6 inches of water in between the sets.DSC07761

 

We left Archie and Rosie with Phil and Julie for a couple of hours and went for a fish. We caught a few Tailor and some Dart but were more excited when we saw a big male dingo cruise along the beach toward us. He sniffed our gear and kept walking. He went straight to the bucket of the guy fishing beside us, pulled out a big Tailor and ran off with it.

We hit the beach again for sunset drinks and promised the kids they would see a dingo. We saw one sniffing around a dead turtle so they were happy.DSC07782

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Phil and Julie left us on the fourth day but we were determined to keep fishing if we could because it was so beautiful on the beach. Archie and Rosie played in puddles on the beach with the poor fish we caught, while we fished.  Talk about living a dream! We caught a few more Tailor and more Dart before Rosie said she wanted to go home. Fair enough too it was dinner time. We also attempted to catch worms. Lets just say Beach worms 100 – Stephens Nil.DSC07792

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On Sunday, to prevent the kids from missing their Pah, we decided to make them do a 5 km walk to Lake Wabby. It didn’t bode well when Rosie whinged from the start but she was soon distracted and we all agreed it was worth it when we reached Fraser’s deepest lake. We ran down the dune and crashed into the water then sat quietly as the catfish swam around us.

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We were all very sad to leave Fraser. It is an amazing island and we barely scratched the surface. Can’t wait to go back there someday. Eurong Resort was a perfect base to explore from. It may be 20 years old but it had everything we needed including beds that were perfect for bouncing on, and a buffet breakfast which included at least 3 plates of bacon for Arch each day.

We are now enjoying a few days in Rainbow beach before heading to Noosa to meet Miff’s Mum and celebrate Rosie’s birthday.

 

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9 Responses to “The Fraser Coast”

  1. Matt October 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    Sensational. Dad said it was fantastic to be back there. Brings back some great memories.

  2. Melanie Louth October 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    Aaaah… I’m remembering all the wonderful places we enjoyed their on my year 10 camp back 18 years ago!! Such a wonderful and beautiful place. I can’t wait to visit with the kids one day. Enjoy your special time celebrating ‘the three year old”!!! xxx

  3. Karen Lissa October 16, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Wow..you guys are having an amazing time. What a wonderful account you have of your journey that you can keep forever. Your blog has given me ideas for when we do this in a few years time. So much beauty in this country. 🙂

  4. Lissa Bingham October 16, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Love the photo of the kids holding hands walking along the beach, did you set that up!? Haha I’ve just been overseas to a island of the coast of West Timor, had a great time but SERIOUSLY our country is just as beautiful, and you have certainly showed us that!! Hope you continue to enjoy your time down the east coast

  5. Sarah October 16, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    Hey Miff – great work! love reading your updates. Would love to see you when you get near Brisbane. You are very welcome to park the van in our yard and utilise the beds and facilities if you’d like! We are in north Brisbane in Alderley, not far from TPCH. I’ll inbox you on FB with my mobile number if you don’t still have it. No worries if you have other plans tho but would be lovely to see you for a vino or two if poss.
    Sarah

  6. aussietnt October 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    All looks pretty awesome…whales, sand and happy kids. Glad you’re having such a great time!

  7. Mike Mason October 19, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Awesome – it reminds us of our Fraser Trip (definitely one of the highlights of Australia if you ask us).

    Keep enjoying yourselves and exploring our wonderful country.

  8. elle0206 October 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Great pictures guys and I loved hearing about Fraser, brought back good memories of our trip around 15 years ago, blimmey!Have fun in Noosa, wish we were there with you. Ellie

    Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:04:19 +0000 To: elleant@hotmail.com

  9. Jenny October 25, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Wow – you sure are living the dream! Fish on tap, and up close and personal to whales! Fantastic! Happy Birthday Rosie!

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