Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fraser Island

I didn't take the time to write about Fraser Island until now because my phone wasn't working right away when I got back (because of sand) and I was busy hanging out with the people I had spent Fraser with because it was our "last night" together in the hostel. Fortunately since then, I've met some of them again in the latest places I've been in. I'll talk about that later.

Fraser is an island off the coast of Hervey Bay. It's about half covered in sand and has beaches all the way around. The east coast of it is apparently the best part, because it faces the open ocean. The days that we went there though, the weather was very rainy, cold, and windy, and so it was tough to get by for the first 2 days.

The entire trip was 3 days 2 nights, with the 2 nights supposed to be spent in tents with sleeping bags. On the first night, one of the tents got rained in before we event went to bed, so 4 of the girls went to sleep in the vehicle. Not the most comfortable of accomodations but better than sleeping in a small lake all night.

That reminds me, so for whatever reason there was a lack of men on Fraser this week. I was in a car with 8 girls, and another car that we met had 10 girls and a single guy. Seriously weird. So I know that initially that sounds like "woah congratulations Jim" right? but I was a little worried about drama. You know girls and their drama. Let's be realistic. :)

Fortunate thing was that nothing bad happened and we all got along. I think the harsh conditions helped us work together as a team. Seriously, on the first night it was like we were playing survivor. We didn't know how the tents worked and where to place the tarps. We just used our best judgement and eventually figured it out. Then we made dinner of hamburgers and sausages and had plenty of goon and everything worked itself out.

The 2nd day was another dark one. For breakfast, we were too lazy to go up to the upper storage of the vehicle and take out silverware properly, and so the girls dipped their bread into the peanut butter and nutella jars to eat them. That was very cool and funny.

The 2nd night we did a lot better. We found a campsite and set up everything in a much quicker fashion and got our veggie pasta cooking quickly. The pasta had a little bit of sand in it but we all gobbled it down hungrily anyway. haha. It still tasted really good.

We didn't get to see everything we wanted to see because of the messed up tide times. On the 2nd morning we needed to wake up at like 5am to get up north near the top of the island to see indian head and the champagne pools, and we were just not going to be able to do that. The last thing you want to do when it's blowing like a hurricane and raining cats and dogs is step outside before the sun is up and put all your gear away so you can go up north and see a crappy view because the weather is terrible anyway.

The tide times mattered a hell of a lot because you're driving up and down the beach most of the time on the island and the tides reach right to the breakers, so if you're driving at the wrong time you could get hit hard by the salt water (possible car damage) and possibly even flip over if you're really unlucky. If you don't know how the car might flip over, please let me know, I can explain it in another post.

The avocado sandwiches and glasses of Sprite cola we had on the 3rd day were heavenly. I've never felt Sprite taste so good before, or at least I can't remember it. There was something about the carbonation that really hit the spot.

The last day, we spent most of it at an area called Lake McKenzie. The beach had very nice sand there and the sun started to show up, so it was beautiful and we finally got a taste of the paradise that Fraser is supposed to be.

I didn't finish uploading all the pictures from Fraser yet because of (yet again) crappy computer systems in Australia. I'm on a hostel computer right now and will be walking into town in a bit and will see if I can find a better one there. I also didn't have my camera when we did the group shot, so I need to get those pictures off my friends.

Fraser was definitely an experience to remember and I won't forget it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was this trip organized?
Was it not guided?
Why didn't you feel like a King?

July 31, 2008 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

The trip is organized by everyone booking themselves through a company that organizes the car and the plan and then puts everyone together and then you start the trip yourself. It's not guided, it's self driven.

I did feel like a King, with no male servants though, so I had to do a lot of the work myself. :)

August 5, 2008 at 7:53 PM  

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