10.01.2006 32 °C
Lisa and I ended up in Hervey Bay about an 8 hour bus ride north of Brisbane two nights ago. We arrived in the evening and checked into our hostel. The next day we were picked up by our tour bus and the tour guide Steve for our 4 wheel drive 2 day bus adventure tour of Hervey Bay. Our group consisted of 24 people mostly our age or older. There was a family, a couple on their honeymoon and a couple of other couples, and some people travelling on their own. They were mostly English or Irish. Lisa and I were the only Americans. We took the ferry out to Frasier Island and it took about an hour to get there. From there we boarded our bus and started inland from the beach. Frasier Island is a world heritage site and it does not have paved roads. There are just some old logger tracks cut out of the forest and a lot of sand so 4 wheel drive is required to get around. For the next two days Steve showed us all the sites the island had to offer. We got to do a bush walk through a mixed wood forest, climb the only rock formation on the island to spot some sharks, travel through a mini desert to get to a beautiful secluded lake where we swam, and ended our tour swimming in water so clear you could see all the way to the bottom. It was like glass and the sand was so fine and white. Throughout the tour Steve told us all about the plants and animals that lived on the island and a bit about the history. I was really excited to learn about plants and animals I have never seen before. We camped in the nicest tents I have ever been in complete with beds and a wooden floor. I could have done without seeing the giant spiders everywhere but I guess you have to take the good with the scary. Everyone on our tour turned out to be so nice and friendly. We made a lot of new friends. It was such a great experience that I would definitely go again. The island looked like it could be the set for the TV show lost. I felt like a castaway.
So tonight we're back at the hostel on Hervey Bay for the night. Tomorrow night we head to Airlie beach and start another tour on Whitsundays for some snorkeling.