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Arlie Beach and Fraser Island

sunny 28 °C

We arrived at Airlie Beach and again stayed in the Koala's resort. We had some breakfast at a restaurant and a huge pot of coffee. The beach was quite nice, so we spend some time wandering around there and then for dinner Robert cooked a curry. It was yummy! We ate it with our new friend - a possum that lived on the roof of our hostel.

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The next day, we got divided into the groups of 10 (there were a lot of people doing the Fraser islands tour and it was groups of 10 in each LandRover). Our group was mixed : two couples and a group of 6 people that met up travelling in Australia. We called them 'the goonies' - due to the amount of cheap nasty wine they were able to down.

We put some money into a kitty and had to buy some food and drinks. We also decided to get a meat pack from the hostel that was cheap. It was a mistake as the meat wasn't that great. We should have bought it from the supermarket - live and learn.

The next day we got up early, were given all the equipment, packed up all our food, were told not to swim in the ocean and off we went to Fraser Island by 4X4. We took a ferry and soon we were driving in the forest, we stopped at a fresh water lagoon for a swin, the water was cold but crytal clear. Onto the beach was next - really wild and rugged, really long and straight. We saw some dingos from far away. At 4 o'clock we stopped in our camp ground and built our tents. Robert assumed the duties of cooking and I made some salad with the girls.

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We had to set off early the next morning because of the tide. So we packed everyting up and then we had to wait for an hour until the tide went out. Some people didn't want to wait and left early. They soon had to come back. As soon as we started driving we had to be very careful as not to get our car wet. We would lose our deposit if a trace of salt is found on car and since it was quite a large deposit we didn't want to risk it. Some people weren't too concerned about that and just kept driving through the waves.

We managed to get stuck and another 4x4 had to pull as out. We then continued until we reached a shipwreck. We wandered around it and the continued our journey to the look out point. The lookout point was a bit of a trek but pretty cool, we were hoping to see tiger sharks but there werent any - we did see some turtles though :-). From there we headed to champagne pools - you were supposed to walks there but we could be bothered so we took the 4x4 through the soft sand (we were told not to, but what's the point of a 4x4 if you can't have a bit of fun with it), the pools were a bit of a let down so we were gald we didnt walk all the way there.

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After that we stopped in a tiny town to buy some ice and then drove back to the same campsite. That day it was quite windy, but we had to build our tents again, which was quite an exercise. The guys then tried to place some covers on the trees to protect the cooker from the wind. We ended up digging it into the sand behind the car. Robert didn't poison anyone the day before, so everyone were happy for him to cook again. This time we had some steak. The sand under our cooker started to burn as it got so hot, so we had to pull it out from the sand. As soon as we were done cooking, the guy from another group asked if he could use it. He had a huge piece of steak and he was Argentenian so he really knew what he was doing. We also were celebrating one girl's birthday that day. So we had balloons in the trees and lots of goon :)

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The Argentinian guy cooked his steak and invited the other people from his group to join. But they just ignored him. I guess he wasn't a popular member. We kind of thought that we got lucky with our group and it was more meat for us.

Robert and I wandered on the beach for a while with our wine cups. It was really awesome. I didn't sleep too well that night. The camping in Lithuania seemed like sleeping in a 4 star hotel in comparison to sleeping on the sand. At night I got up 'to get some fresh air' and had the closest encounter with dingo dog in my life. It was huge.

Next day, we hanged out on the beach in the morning with some good coffee. Some guys from our group were swimming in the ocean and nothing happened. The whole group also took a short walk to see the sand dunes and we found another lagoon to go swimming. It was awesome!

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That afternoon we returned to the Koala resort and had to wash all the sand from the car and all the equipment. We then went to get our deposit. The Argentinian guy's group didn't get theres back, so everyone was in a bad mood. We were happy though, and we still had to finish our goon :)

Posted by Laima 04:06 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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