12.06.2010 - 16.06.2010
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It's not worth reporting much on Rainbow Bay itself, there really wasn't much to do there. However, the hostel was really great and they do a really good job organizing the Frasier Island trip ( I think more so than the companies originating from Hervey Bay). I managed to meet a German kid about 10 minutes before the orientation started so we put our names together to be in the same group. Each jeep had 8 people in them, and ours had a nice mix of nationalities (irish, scottish, ductch, german, american, english, and israeli). Overall our group was awesome, we all got along really well and that definitely made the trip well worth it.
Unfortunately the weather over there wasn't perfect, but the group dynamic is definitely more important and not only was our car really good, but all the people who joined the trip that day were relatively cool which made the daily activites and especially nighttime a lot more fun.
The trip basically consisted of driving along the wide open sandy beach, trying not to get stuck along the way, which was almost impossible to avoid. Everyone started to get a bit tired towards the end of the first day's driving to the lookout point Indian head so we decided to have a crack at the goon we stocked up on. That ended up being a great idea and set the tone for the rest of that day. The lookout point was beautiful and we got to see a whale in the process. That night we all set up shop at one of the campsites, cooked our dinner, and started drinking until late in the night - a ton of fun.
Dingos tend to be a problem for a lot of groups, but we didn't have any issues with them. They were definitely around so it was good to be cautious, but none of them really entered our campsite.
The following day we all woke up and made breakfast before driving back down south the check out Mackenzie Lake, which is one of the major attractions on Frasier Island. It was a bit of a drive and basically took the whole day to get there and unfortunately the weather turned to shit right as we arrived, so the water was by no means as crystal clear as you see in the brochures. But most of us jumped in nonetheless to rinse off some of the sand (which was everywhere), and that was quite refreshing. Basically the same story for that night, lots of fun, drinking, and games.
On the third and final day, we actually ended up not doing anything. The day was really pretty and we were meant to swim around in one of the lakes, but never quite made it there due to lack of time. We underestimated the distance from our campsite to the lakes, and decided to walk there since the tides were still rather high. However, by the time we arrived to the starting point, we had run out of time and had to walk back. It was a bit dissapointing, but in the end didn't really make a difference.
The trip was really nice. Although, it wasn't anything breath-taking scenic wise, the whole experience was definitely unique and definitely memorable. Our group had a great time together and I was even a bit sad to say goodbye as we all split off the following morning. I should be running into at least one member of our group a little farther up north, which should be fun, but a majority of the kids were going back south down to Brisbane.
The following morning it was raining the whole day so I took the opportunity to wash my clothes since I was completely out at that point. Continued up north for a quick stop in Hervey Bay (not interesting at all), and am currently waiting for the night bus to take me to Airlie Beach. Hopping on the boat The British Defender tomorrow afternoon, and I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds up nicely. Until next time...