09.10.2009 - 12.10.2009
Less than 9 days before flight to Auckland, I did a little summary of the trip. I saw Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide - I am a city-dweller, so these places were a must-see to me. I have also been to Tasmania, which had attracted me with its image of wilderness, yet unspoilt by the human interference. I visited Uluru and Alice Springs - most advertised attractions of the Outback.
Being more than happy with the trip so far, there was one disadvantage, which i had not mentioned previously: the weather. It is AWFUL. Tasmania was like Antarctica. Rest of places was better with the temperature - around 20 C, however not something that you would wish for a holiday. And rain keeps following me: in wine regions of Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, in the Outback, on the Bondi beach in Sydney, not to mention Tasmania.
Now with a perspective of visiting the sunny Queensland for few days only, i decided to break with a "go slow" principle, and i prepared a tight schedule for the last week. It appeared to be not only tight with regard to available time, but first of all for my wallet. I gonna need to take some extra hours in January
First of the destinations for "real and sunny" holiday is Fraser Island. The Island itself is a big sand dune, 100km long and up to 200m high, rising from the ocean off the Australia coast.
The main attraction is driving through the island, being a big pile of sand. Only 4WD allowed. The eastern beach, 100km long, is not popular with swimmers, due of sharks and strong currents. What do Australians do then, in order not to waste a nice beach? They put a speed limit sign (80kph) and declare the beach to be a motorway. Heaps of fun driving it. In one section the beach/highway serves also as an airstrip for small tourist planes.
The tour was unforgettable thanks to the guide, Peter, who appeared to be a one-man-orchestra. He drives a 4WD bus through sand, keeps telling one story after another, watches out for dingo footprints and all this without losing the direct eye contact with tour participants, who seat - obviously - behind the driver seat. As he says: "Because I care".
Peter spent incomparably more time than me on the Fraser Island. Therefore, I think his pictures would tell you much more than mine: the Living Gallery.
Next stop is Airlie Beach in the north, a famous place for its sailing trips.