After Carolina and Jan had picked me up at the Brisbane Transit Centre we took
a Greyhound bus up to Hervey Bay, Australias second most boring city. The first
one is Brisbane, if we can trust our travel guide. The Greyhounds are a relatively
inexpensive way to travel in Australia. They have got links to all the important
places and you can meet a lot of backpackers and share experiences. Our bus had
a sign on the door, that tould us it is a 5 star coach - maybe 5 years ago. The
underfloor heating roasted my feet and the aircondition froze my head. The movie
they showed was a film version of a very boring tearjerker. The one grandma sitting
in the second bank was the only one to enjoy this.
The Cessna was 30 years old and only had space for 4 people. The car we got on
the istland was a Holden Jackaroo, with a 3.5 litre engine. Enough power for two
Not only is Fraser the biggest sand-island in the world but also the only one
that has a rainforest. Carolina prefers not to drive, but Jan and I really had
a lot of fun. The first destination was lake Wabby, one of approximately 120 fresh
water lakes. It took us more than one hour of driving on the beach and through
The water is fishy but marvellously refreshing. Jan tried to build a sandcastel,
We had booked our hostel in Brisbane and a Dutch guy picked us up at
the coachterminal in H-Bay and drove us to the backpackers. But hardly
after checking in he showed us his real face. What a stupid asshole. Fortunately
we could find a way to go to Fraser Island the next day, so we only had
to stay for one night in this place. That wasn´t really easy, cause
the Aussies had their Easter vacation and everybody wanted to go to Fraser.
But a very plesant lady at one of the travel agents adviced us to fly
to the island and rent a 4WD there. So only 30 minutes later we were at
the airport, put all the stuff we needed in one backpack (only 6 kg each
person) and departed to Fraser.
After these exciting hours we got hungry and went back to the car for lunch. I
tried to hunt a lizard but it was too fast for me.
Satiated we headed over to our next exciting adventure, lake McKenzie. This one
is famous for it´s white beaches and it´s glassy water. Unfortunately
it rained all the time and we had to find a propper campingrround at the beach.
||We had two tents, enough space for three people. But one tarp was missing.
So we had to sleep on an area of only 1 * 1.8 meters. It was a very warm
night - inside the tent. We used the next mornig to visit the Aquarium,
a natural pool at the beach, Indian Head, a famous viewpoint at which we
found an old wreck.
When we came back to Eurong our plane was already waitng at the beach. On the
flight home we saw a rainbow and agreed it was a very good idea to visit this
- old wreck on Fraser Island -
one click to Byron Bay...