Callie's Australian Study Abroad - Spring 2005 University of the Sunshine Coast travel blog

Wangoolba Creek

Walking from Champagne Pools

Indian Head

Butterfly Lake

Here we are with the pilot

Amber and I in Lake McKenzie

stuck 4WD

These last few days have definitely been eventful. My first two days of my internship went very well. I am starting to get adjusted and I am already getting used to the horrid uniform. Thursday I worked at the reception desk and Friday I worked at the touch tank. Both days I went to a lot of the little shows and met many of the employees. I've even been kissed by a seal already. All of the people I will be working with are so kind. I can tell that this internship is going to be very beneficial to both UnderWater World and I. My supervisor, Tina Holmes, has already told me that one of the main things I will be doing is working with her to create evaluations that will be used during job performance appraisals in May. She has also arranged for me to work in the marketing office for two days during my internship. Both of my days ended up being eight plus hours, so you could imagine how exhausted I was by the time I made it home.

As soon as I walked in the door from work on Friday my phone was ringing. My buds had a plate of food ready for me and I was told to change quickly because we were going to a movie. A crew of us jumped in the car and headed to the nicest and most expensive movie theater I've ever been to in my life. We watched Hitch, or something like that. It was a great movie. On the way home from the movie Julian's car overheated and we ended up walking home and left the car on the side of the road for the night. I don't think it's anything major though, I'm pretty sure it was just a hose that was shot.

We had to be at the bus stop at 5:30 the next morning to head to Fraser Island for the night. I had no idea what was in store for me. This trip was by far one of the best times I have ever had. No picture will ever capture the beauty of this island. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island. There were about fifty of us international students who ended up going on this trip. The island is reached by ferry and we rode in 4WD coach busses for two days, staying at Eurong Beach Resort for the night. On a side note, four wheel drive vehicles are required on the island. The highlights of my weekend included visiting Lake McKenzie and getting a plane ride over the island. We were on the go both days and saw a lot of other stuff including Indian Head, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Coloured Sands, and the list goes on. Most of the weekend we took the bus along the beach overlooking the Coral Sea.

As I said earlier, Lake McKenzie was one of the best parts of the trip. It is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. The beach is nearly pure silica which is good for cleaning jewelry and exfoliating your skin. Our tour guide told us that we would leave the lake feeling like a million bucks and that is no lie. The water is so pure that my hair and skin was actually conditioned in the water! I wish each and every one of you could experience this lake because words can not describe how perfect my two hours on that lake was.

Today, our second day of our trip also had some high points. Right away we were able to take a plane ride and see what the island was all about. There was so much vegetation on the island and we even went over the water. It was my first time in a little plane like that. I had so much fun that I'm even going to look into getting a pilots license! The other highlight of my day was stopping at Eli Creek. This water was also extremely clear and we were able to float down it and see Eel. I even had one brush up against me while I was posing for a picture!

Our bus got stuck a couple of times. Most of the time we were able to back up and get a better start, making it though; however, on the way back to the ferry we weren't so fortunate and we had to get pulled out. Believe it or not, each 4WD bus weighs about 15 ton when it is full! It was pretty thrilling. Never in my life did I think that a bus like that was used in the sand like that.

All in all the weekend went very well. I've decided that I MUST go back. Now that I'm familiar with what the island is all about I'd like to go back with a smaller group so we can do our own thing and take our time. I guess fishing there is amazing. Our tour guide, Kim, told us that it is literally impossible to get skunked while fishing there. As you could imagine I would really like to try fishing there, but I don't know what I'd do without my father there to take my fish off my line for me! I'll have to try to sucker one of the Aussies here into bringing me out in a boat for a day.

Just so you guys know, I do have an answering machine now. If for some reason you get a bug in your ear to give me a call all you need to dial is 011 61 7 5456 0554.

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