The beauty of Fraser Island – Queensland Trip Day 13

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Posted by Libby Withnall | Posted in Travel, Travel - Australia | Posted on 23-09-2014

WARNING : Photo overload ahead.

Today we had a rather early start, having to be outside our apartment at 6.30am. Unfortunately Athena was really sick with a cold so we didn’t think it was wise for her to come on a such long and rough day of driving.

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First up was the stunning hour long drive along the beach.

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Before we arrived at the coloured sands.

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Just stunning. Really reminded me of the Outback and our trip to Uluru with the red sand against the blue skies.

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The last time I was here I was about 10.

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The beach was beautiful.

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Back on the bus and on the ferry over to Fraser Island. It was strange driving onto the beach to get to the ferry.

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We had made to Fraser Island.

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After some more beach driving it was time to stop for morning tea. Wish I could have a view like this for all my morning teas :-).

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The water here is stained with tannin from the trees.

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Kevin was impressed he could still get internet on most parts of the island.

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Finally we headed inland and for the more bumpy part of the trip.

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To get to Lake McKenzie.

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Unfortunately we didn’t see any dingoes.

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It was a short walk downhill to the lake.

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which was just magical.

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And incredibly clear.

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and icy cold.

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But we all went in, eventually getting used to the temperature.

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Such a special place to swim.

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The sand was amazingly fine.

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After our swim we got dressed again and went to the lunch area.

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Which thankfully was in the shade as it was very warm in the sun.

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While we waited we made a new friend.

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and took some selfies :-).

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Lunch was really delicious, even if they had forgotten to cook me a veggie patty.

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More bumpy roads (not so good after lunch), before we stopped at a rainforest for a walk around.

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More friends.

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And a strangler fig.

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A closeup by Kevin.

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And a gorgeous staghorn.

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More driving, then back on the ferry.

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Where we spotted some dolphins.

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Back on the mainland there was one last stop for afternoon tea and lamingtons.

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Kevin had a rest and Christy had a little play at the playground.

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Then was rather a lot more driving until we arrived back in Noosaville. Tired but very happy. And thankfully Athena was feeling better after her relax day. Dinner was soft TVP tacos.

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My oh my! Everything looks so pretty!

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Markets, Ada & a Boat – Queensland Trip Day 12

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Posted by Libby Withnall | Posted in Travel, Travel - Australia | Posted on 22-09-2014

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My little friend come to collect crumbs again. Breakfast was some scrambled eggs on toast, eaten outside on the verandah.

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Today Christy stayed behind and the rest of us headed to the Eumundi Markets.

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Absolutely loved these Frozen dresses. But alas I don’t know any little girls to buy one for.

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Wished we were having lunch as I’d love to have gotten a burger.

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Loved this tree. Just gorgeous.

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Apparently it was just 99 days to Christmas so I thought it was time to pick up the pace with the Christmas shopping.

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Snack time – love these little pancakes.

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Loved the colour of the scarves. Didn’t buy any though as I have quite enough.

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After a few hours we headed back home. We didn’t buy a lot but did get a few things, like a huge stuffed puppy I fell in love with :-).

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We headed back to the apartment, collected Christy and walked around the corner to meet with fellow YouTuber, Ada and her hubby Peter.

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It was so lovely to meet her and we had the best time chatting while enjoying lunch at Sirocco.

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I was a bit nervous about the gnocchi with blue cheese sauce. But it was SO AMAZING. Best gnocchi I’ve EVER had.

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Dessert was equally as good.

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Christy got a little bored with the adult conversion and ended up looking like this.

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I really appreciated that Ada and Peter travelled up from Brisbane to have lunch with us and all too soon it was time to say goodbye. Ada had been kind enough to bring gifts for us. She got some lovely earrings for the girls and I got some nail polish. So sweet of her.

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We walked back to our apartment, got changed and drove, stopping to get some snacks, around to collect our boat for a few hours on the water.

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This was a great boat. Super comfortable, super quiet slow, and easy to use.

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We motored around looking at birds and some of the luxury home on the waterways.

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Then found a little beach to stop. Christy was the only one to brave the cold water.

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It was rather murky looking, but apparently just last week it had been crystal clear!

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As we headed back the sun was starting to go down.

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These dogs out on a sandbar were having the best time.

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After 2 hours we returned our boat, having thoroughly enjoyed our peaceful and relaxing time on the water. We drove back to our apartment, where we actually went for a swim. The water was a little on the chilly side however, so it wasn’t too long before we went in the spa.

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Tonights dinner was a simple one of soup and bread roll, eaten out on the verandah.

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