I am cheatin' a little bit with th' title o' this blog entry, as we will spend all day on th' island, and will go back t' th' main land aroun' 5pm. You will just have t' forgive me here. Yaaarrrrr! 😉
After sleepin' in, we found out that th' clouds had all moved away, and that all we could see were blue skies and sunshine! Yay! We quickly threw our stuff into th' small bag we packed and jumped into th' trusty Jimny. Back t' th' beach, and back t' th' shipwreck. It looks even more majestic and mysterious now than yesterday. The tides were still goin' out, and th' wreck were bein' half submerged this mornin'. I can understand why this is th' most visited place on th' entire island!
As th' high tide occurred today at 07:30, we were not allowed t' go out on th' beach until 09:30, which meant we could sleep in and relax a bit before headin' out. The beach is not wide enough, and in some places th' sand has not settled quite yet t' be hard enough t' be driven on. The sail t' th' shipwreck this mornin' were bein' great, and really a fun thin' t' do. We have outer selves gotten used t' th' wobbly nature o' both th' boat and th' surroundin's, and we settled in fer th' day much more relaxed than we were yesterday.
Right after visitin' th' Maheno, we drove a little further north, towards The Pinnacles where majestic cliffs o' coloured sands built up o'er th' period o' many thousands o' years were exposed and viewable. The sand on th' beach is very yellow, but th' sands in this cliff are all colours rangin' from white t' very dark brown. What a wonderful sight!
We then had t' sail about 40kms down south t' Eurong Beach Resort, as this were bein' also th' gateway t' th' inland tracks t' th' barge locations, and dinna spare the whip! We arrived at Kingfisher Bay, and th' other one is called Wanggoolba Creek, both will go t' River Heads. Unfortunately, durin' our beach sail we haven’t seen any more Dingoes, which means th' one we saw yesterday will probably be th' only one we’ve seen on Fraser Island. The rest o' th' island is covered in very dense forests, and wildlife is notoriously hard t' see o'er there. From th' resort, we drove t' Central Station, where we did a short walk through th' rainforest. This site were bein' th' main location fer all loggin' activities on th' island from th' 1860s up t' th' 1950s. The HQ were bein' moved back then, and all loggin' eventually only stopped in 1992, avast. They were mainly after tropical hardwoods, as th' tropical softwoods were long gone by then.
Lake Birrabeen were bein' th' next destination, but it were bein' kind o' a downer. The route t' it were bein' 15km o' th' most gruellin' sea we have had so far, with lots o' roots and huge bumps in th' sea. Yaaarrrrr, pass the grog! We even had t' go t' low gear fer a couple o' times, fer if we didn’t we wouldn’t make it through. Arrivin' at th' lookout on th' lake, we found out that th' lookout were bein' pretty much fully overgrown, which meant th' view o' lake itself were bein' almost complete obstructed by small trees in betwixt us and th' water. Oh well, off t' Lake McKenzie then.
lake McKenzie is th' most popular lake on th' island. And swab the deck! It is also th' biggest one, we'll keel-haul ye, I'll warrant ye! It had really clear fresh water, and even some sandy beaches. As it is not connected t' th' ocean, there are no crocodiles, and it is safe t' swim, pass the grog! Walk the plank! The temperature today wasn’t quite right, so we didn’t, but a few locals did and they seemed t' have a great time. 🙂
It were bein' by then time t' head fer our barge, and so we went t' Kingfisher bay, as instructed by th' lubber at Aussie Trax. But, we found out th' hard way that we weren’t supposed t' be at Kingfischer Bay, but at Wanggoolba Creek fer th' other barge. Both leave at 5pm, and findin' that out at 16:48 is too late t' do somethin' about it. Auch, and a bucket o' chum. Luckily, as we only have a very small boat, we could be fitted on th' boat as an extra, and we were finally headin' back fer th' mainland. Phew!
Tomorrow, we head back from Hervey Bay t' th' Glasshouse Mountains fer our next t' final leg o' our journey.