Monday, January 23, 2006

Whitsunday's and Fraser Island

Hey there, the last week of our trip has been excellent, almost certainly the most expensive week of the trip but we've done some cool stuff. After checking out Bondi beach in Syndey we flew 3 hours north up to Airlie beach to do a 3 day sailing trip on a racing yacht 'freight train'.



We visited whitehaven beach which looked stunning from the lookout above it.



We also saw a great sunset here



We did some scuba diving here and also did a night dive which was pretty cool, we all piled into a little dingy with all our stuff on and backrolled out of the water with just a torch and a glowstick for light. I saw a squid which was cool but we had to abort the dive because the instructors torch failed but we got to finish our tanks the next morning so that worked out alright. We also did some great snorkelling on the reef and all our meals were cooked for us so it turned out to be a really fun three days.

From Airlie we hopped on an overnight bus to Hervey Bay which is the jumping off point for Fraser Island, the biggest sand island in the world. We had a good group of 8 lads and 2 girls in our 4.2L Toyota landcruiser and everyone that wanted to drive got a go. There's no tarmac roads, just sand tracks of varying quality, we got bogged a couple of times but did pretty well overall.

The first place of note we saw was Lake Wabby, possibly the most striking lake i've seen. The ocean around fraser is full of sharks and jellyfish so you can only swim in the lakes but there are about 6 and they're all beautiful.



We saw the 75 year old shipwreck of the Maheno



We had to cook our food in the evening at a base camp, the girls did more than their fair share.



Here's the jeep we used



The water in Lake Birabeen and Mackenzie was absolutely clear and great for swimming in, we spent the 3rd day swimming and attempting various flips.



So that was Fraser, we had a good laugh in the evenings as well and got back to Hervey Bay pretty tired. The next day we bused down to Noosa where we are now. We walked through the national park and saw Koalas, Parrots and Brush Turkeys.



Now we only have 2 days left in Australia, we fly to New Zealand on the 25th and we're hiring a car for about 25 days, we're both really looking forward to it!

(There are more photos on Flickr, click on any of the photos above to jump to the set page.)

22 Comments:

Blogger Ash said...

What's the point of me writing this blog if no one reads it :(

We're in New Zealand now and it's cold! Like 16 celsius freezing, i can wear my trainers again, woohoo.

Wednesday, 25 January, 2006  
Blogger minicookies said...

16 celcius! - How are you not dead yet Ash? If you've killed Suze and used her body as a human coat then you won't get away with it for long you know - someone will notice.....and it will start to smell.

Bad Ash.

K.

Thursday, 26 January, 2006  
Blogger tom said...

poor baby, 16C!
it's a wonder you're able to type your hands must be shivering so much...

cycling yesterday my feet got so cold that i lost feeling in my big toe, went all white.
still at least it didn't go black.

Thursday, 26 January, 2006  
Blogger McClade said...

Don't listen to them, it has barely dropped below zero. Pansies.

Still, looks nicer where you are. The photos are very cool, any chance of getting some higher resolution coppies of the sunset ones? I tried to use one as a desktop background and it turned out all blocky and shit.

Have fun,

Macca

Thursday, 26 January, 2006  
Anonymous Bendy said...

Don't you all bloody moan about the cold. It's been sodding snowing down in Frankfurt. Actually it's quite cool, it's been a while since I've been in a good snow. Few inches, just the right amount, shame I haven't anyone childish enough around me to have a snowball fight with.

This lab is very... quiet. There really is nothing to do except read me books - I'm stuck in a darned forest with no bugger for miles. Just spent the day wondering about Frankfurt though, quite a cool little city.

What? Oh, it's whose Blog?

Love the sunset!

Keep on trippin'

Saturday, 28 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ash my son, I was so impressed by your stunning pictures that I felt compelled to post a blog, I know what your thinking... It must be a blue moon or I must have had a blow to the head, but apart from supporting some good friends, the fact that it was Australia day just the other day, by the way those aussies are fucking awesome, I felt it was appropriate.
First off, let me just say I really wish I was there with you guys, not that I'm not enjoying here with Macca and the rest of the gang ,quite the contrary, but your adventure is simply inspiring.
Anyway take care, enjoy New Zealand and speak to you soon.

Tony 'Montana' Kittler

Sunday, 29 January, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Great, i knew you guys were still out there somewhere, even in Frankfurt, mmmm fun!

Kev, Suze is fine, we've hired a car and we both sit in it and run the heater all day so we don't get frostbite.

Actually that first day of 16 was a bit of an anomaly, it's warmed up quite a bit and the sun has been out the whole time.

Tony, i can't believe you commented, craziness. We managed to leave australia the day before australia day, doh! We caught all the annoying public holidays in china, japan etc and then miss one that's actually worth being around for.

Macca, i'll see if i can sort you out a decent sunset, though the computer i'm currently on is a bit poo.

Monday, 30 January, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

If you too would like a sunset as a background there are full res photos here

ftp://mccalden@ftp.mccalden.f2s.com/www.mccalden.f2s.com/ash/IMG_7163.jpg

ftp://mccalden@ftp.mccalden.f2s.com/www.mccalden.f2s.com/ash/IMG_7166.jpg

Monday, 30 January, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

oops,screwed that up, try these. Macca may need to fix permissions first

http://www.mccalden.f2s.com/ash/Sunset1.jpg

http://www.mccalden.f2s.com/ash/Sunset2.jpg

Monday, 30 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ash, Just out of interest which company did you use to book your flights?
Thanks

Tony

Monday, 30 January, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

I used STA, i think there's a branch in Kingston.

I'm on the star alliance ticket with 30000 miles but there are others available like a BA/Quantas ticket which is worked out by continents, it depends what sort of trip you want to do. I think my sister used virgin but i don't know what sort of ticket it was.

Why, have i inspired you tony? And what's the Montana tag all about?

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Anonymous binxyboo said...

hey mofo
don't update it anytime soon will you...
where are you? trust i know how expensived nz net is. wow maybe new zealand is always cold. not much to report. hope your cold improves.

tony i used STA as well which was a virgin/singapore/air new zealand ticket

kisses

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Anonymous Bendy said...

I used STA Tony. Seems they've cornered the market on youngsters.

Hmmm,


Yesterday I put a Twix on expenses. Is that bad of me?



Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Morals? What morals?

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Haha, steve you'll bring the world to it's knees with such dastardly wickedness!

binx, don't worry there'll be a full NZ update very soon, the net is $3 an hour but most of the computers are balls.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Anonymous Suze said...

hahaha,
bendy, that is actually one of the cheapest and funniest things i have ever heard.

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright guys, thanks ash, binks and of course young master bendy, by the way that ranks pretty high in the cheapest acts ever chart and I pretty much established the top 20 places.
It obviously looks like I have to check out STA.
Yes ash, after following your adventures and speaking to lots of aussies I figured that if i don't do some travelling now I never will and thats seriously lame!
So its just a question of biting the bullet and going for it!!

Take care,

Laters guys, by the way ash the montana tag is a nick-name the guys at uni gave me in reference to scarface.

Tony

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006  
Anonymous Mighty Matt said...

Hey guys. Just to let you know that I'm still alive and have an excellent reason for not updating about my holiday yet. It is on its way but my typing speed is severly reduced at the mo...

Wednesday, 01 February, 2006  
Anonymous The Magnificient Duff said...

WOW, that last line was full of implied gossip, I'm giving 5 to 1 odds matt's damaged himself in some sick and twisted 'canal street' antics.

That or he fell and hurt his arm.

Actually, I'm gonna feel really bad if you lost both hands in an horrific revolving door incident and can now only type by holding a stick in your mouth and pressing buttons.....

Oh yeah, Bendy you are so fucking cheap words fail me... though I hope you forged the receipt and got 20 quid for it.

Nice blog btw ash.

Wednesday, 01 February, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Tony, that's great news mate, where are you going to go?

Dammit i was all set up to write a big NZ blog but i can't even get photos off my camera here so it'll have to wait another 2 days or so!

Thursday, 02 February, 2006  
Anonymous Mighty Matt said...

I've finally written up about my accident. Only took me about two hours to do it...

Sunday, 05 February, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alright Ash, hope you're well, I was just wondering if you bought one of these cards which gives you discounts on hostels and travel, you know what I'm talking about?

One more thing, for all that time you spent in OZ were you always staying in hostels or were you camping at any stage?

Cheers, take care

Tony

Sunday, 05 February, 2006  
Blogger Ash said...

Hey tony, we got VIP cards because they paid for themselves just by buying a bus ticket.

It depends how long you are staying in a country, if it's just a month most cards will only just pay for themselves.

I haven't done any camping, its only economical if you have your own tent and theres no way i'm lugging one of those around.

Monday, 06 February, 2006  

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