Adam and Katie's great adventure 2017 travel blog

Turtle feeding

Lunch at the Bay

Cycling the beautiful bay

Lake McKenzie

Rainforest creek

Our 4x4 and the 'road'

Shipwreck

Sunset on the way back from Fraser Island


Our next stop, Hervey Bay was a long 11 hour overnight train journey from Airlie Beach. Things didn't start well when we got to the station to find that the lady who booked our tickets had put July instead of June so we were essentially one month early for our train! Fortunately, as with most people in Oz, the guard at the train station was really helpful and managed to find us a couple of spare seats on the train which was lucky considering it is school holidays at the moment

Needless to say the night didn't well quickly as we had a screaming child helping us stay awake most the night.

When we did arrive at Hervey Bay at 5am, we were however surprisingly awake. Checked into our hostel, we decided to make use of the free bikes which the hostel offered. We decided to cycle the 14km esplanade. On the way we visited the marina, pier and the reef aquarium. The last one being particularly memorable we we were able to feed the turtles and saw sharks and lots of tropical reef fish. We also had an amazing lunch here whilst looking out over the bay.

We then cycled all the way back to our hostel. In the evening we met a lovely German couple who were staying at the same hostel. In typical German hospitality, they gave us lots of warm clothes as we mentioned we were going south and then onto New Zealand. This has however made of job of packing our backpacks much harder and we have somehow accumulated 2kg each of 'stuff' on our journey so far despite finishing numerous bottles which we brought from the UK!

The next day we booked onto a tour of Fraser Island which is the largest sand island in the world. We started our journey on a 4x4 bus and visited Lake McKenzie. The water in the lake comes solely from rain water so you could technically drink it and the sands around the shore where a similar whiteness to the Whitsunday Islands. We then headed to the rainforest where our guide proceeded to tell us all about the numerous venemous snakes and snipers we might encounter. Being avid nature lovers this naturally put us on edge! The rainforest was beautiful and had a creek running through it. It is known as the silent creek because there are no rocks on the island for the water to make noise against.

We then had an excellent buffet lunch by the beach and then headed on the main 'road' which was actually a beach to visit the shipwrecked SS Maheno. The wreck has been lying on the beach for the last 82 years and was fascinating to visit. We ended our trip with a visit to a creek which you could float down.

In the evening we had a couple of beers with our German friends again.



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