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Farewell Drinks

Posted by Leanne on October 31, 2006

After (another) early start we had one last snorkell before setting sail for Airlie Beach. That evening we all met up for farewell drinks. This is us towards the end of the night:

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Perfect Day

Posted by Leanne on October 30, 2006

Is it cheating to use a collage to represent a perfect day? Na- its still ‘one’ photo!

Collage of a Perfect Day

After sleeping on deck under the stars, we woke early and arrived on Whitehaven beach at 8am, before anyone else got there. Whitehaven beach has sand which is the texture of dark brown sugar, and the colour of… pale sand! While the others concentrated on sunbathing, I went for a walk up to the other end of the beach where I felt like I was the only person in the universe… or the only person in paradise.

After lunch, I snorkelled for the first time. Its an amazing feeling to swim amongst the fish, once I’d worked out how not to inhale salt water that is!

Back on the boat, sitting around in good company, having a drink while the sun set behind us and Mike (crew member) cooked dinner, I felt like I was in paradise and, for the first time since I’d arrived in Australia I felt like I was actually on holiday. Contrary to popular belief, travelling is hard work. There are early mornings; late nights; you have to cook for yourself; move on every few days. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have it any other way- I love to see the world in the traveller way and I’d get bored on a ‘proper’ holiday but it was nice, in this instance to relax and be looked after. Even if we were still getting up earlier than I have to when I go to work!

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Kings

Posted by Leanne on October 29, 2006

Today I set sail for the Whitsundays on a fine boat called Habibi. With nothing to do but sit back and be sailed around, the drinking started early and it wasn’t long before the drinking games commenced.

This is a game called ‘kings’ which I have played once before in New Zealand. What’s especially nice about this is that it is exactly one year ago today that I first played it. Last time I was dressed as a greenfly…!

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Airlie Beach

Posted by Leanne on October 28, 2006

Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, has about 300 days of sunshine a year so I was obviously very ‘lucky’ to arrive on one such sunny day!! By day, it’s a picturesque seaside town and by night, it’s pretty horrid unless you like an 18-30 holiday atmosphere, complete with jelly wrestling and wet T-shirt competitions!

Sailing boats

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Thongs

Posted by Leanne on October 27, 2006

This is a picture of my new thongs. By which I mean my new silver flip flops… it will never sound right to my English ears to call them thongs! 

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Lake Wabby

Posted by Leanne on October 26, 2006

The highlight of today was swimming in the stunning green Lake Wabby followed by a tough climb up to the massive sand dune where I took this picture, and where you can watch people nearly break their necks by running down it and jumping into the water!

Lake Wabby

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Stars and Shipwrecks

Posted by Leanne on October 25, 2006

There are a couple of photos I would have like to have taken on my second night on Fraser Island but couldn’t:

The first is a picture of the stars which wouldn’t work out because my camera isn’t good enough. Looking up at the night sky on Fraser Island is a totally different experience to what it is at home, or on the mainland. I had never seen so many stars, or stars which were so bright, or so beautiful. As far as I’m concerned, you haven’t seen stars until you’ve looked up at the night sky from Fraser Island.

The second picture I wanted to take was of the Dingos that came sniffing around our tents at dinner time…. my camera was in my tent at the time and we’d been warned to stay away from the dreaded dingo!

So here’s a pic of the barnacle-covered Maheno Shipwreck instead:

From the front

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Fraser Island

Posted by Leanne on October 24, 2006

So many pictures to choose from today, because today I started my 3 day, self drive safari to Fraser Island. For those who know me, don’t worry, I didn’t drive.

I could have chosen a photo of our buddy’s 4 wheel drive stuck in the sand, or one of me swimming in the beautiful clear blue Lake McKenzie. How about a stunning sunset over the ocean, or a picture of our camp, underneath some fluffy pink clouds on 75 mile beach?

I kind of like this action shot:

Open Beach

It was taken after a morining of extremely bumpy riding on the inland tracks. Getting out onto the open beach was not only amazing sight to behold, but also a much more comfortable ride… bliss!

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Hervey Bay

Posted by Leanne on October 23, 2006

Hervey Bay has them too! Must be a Queensland thing as opposed to just a Brisbane thing.

Road box

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A Few Observations

Posted by Leanne on October 22, 2006

After failing to get to Australia Zoo due to a full bus, I spent the day planning the next stages of my journey and wandering around aimlessly.

Today I observed that Australia has wild turkeys wandering around, Australian screaming children are just as annoying as all the others and Australian cash machines, sorry, ATMs are very friendly!

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