Week 5 of the great Aussie Adventure already! Time flies when you are in a new place every couple days. In the last two weeks we spend two nights in Brisbane, three days on Fraser Island, and the rest of the time in Noosa.
Our time in Brisbane was brief, so I did not get to take many pictures! The downtown was gorgeous and there are rivers through out the city, making it feel very open. We found a great rainforest boardwalk to explore and checked out the science museum (free entry!!). A lot of people stop in Brisbane to work, and while I would be happy to live there if I had a great job, I wouldn’t make it my first choice. The beach is too far to walk and a city is a city 🙂
Fraser Island, or K’gari, is the largest sand island in the world. It has crystal clear lakes and streams of water so well purified you can fill your water bottle in them. The aboriginals of K’gari (the Butchulla people) believe that K’gari was the princess daughter of their god, and that she loved earth so much she stayed. I see the logic- I have never been somewhere that felt more like heaven on earth!
The beach doubles as the highway, and the airplane runway! Pretty cool experience to be driving along the ocean for miles. Took some getting used to shifting gears with my left hand! Better to practice here than on busy roads 🙂
This ship was considered the sister ship to the titanic in its day for both speed and luxury. It ended up on the shores of Fraser in the 30’s when a tow line broke and here it stayed. It was in perfect condition until it was used for bombing practice by military forces!
Lake Boorangoora! This lake has a high pH, so nothing grows in it. It is absolutely crystal clear! It was a dream to spend a day swimming here. It is actually so clear you can see my reflection at the top of the picture from under water. The aboriginals considered these waters to be waters of wisdom.
Floating down Eli Creek. This creek was one you could drink from. The water comes from an aquifer under the pacific ocean that springs in two locations: Fraser Island and Fiji. This is the same water that you drink when buying Fiji water! Ps. Somehow looks murky in this pic but was totally clear to a sand bottom.
Hiking to the Champagne Pools. You can’t swim in the ocean around Fraser as it is patrolled by tiger sharks. But at low tide, these rock pools fill and are safe to swim in!
The fateful hike where I impaled my poor foot on a stick. Don’t worry mom I bought polysporin and yes, I promise to wear shoes next time.
Hiking to Lake Wabby. It is completely green from the tea tree bushes growing along the shoreline. It is supposedly great for your skin! Under normal circumstances I would be hesitant to jump in such green water but after a hot 40 minute hike, I dove in without a second thought. There are so many unique places on Fraser Island.
800 year old tree! This island was full of huge trees until the early 1900’s when it was logged by the British. Due to stereotypes perpetuated by a famous novel, The Fatal Shore, where Eliza Fraser exaggerates her interactions with the natives on the island after being shipwrecked, the loggers came heavily armed ready to take on a savage and and cannibal community of aboriginals. Though this was not at all the case, the 3,000 natives on the island were almost completely killed. The Butchulla people had a peaceful culture entered around three core values: what is good for the land comes first, do not take or touch what does not belong to you, and if you have plenty, you must share. If only the invading loggers and explorers came from a society with such morals. Devastating history for such a beautiful place.
On that note, 250 Butchulla men, women and children were pushed off of this cliff to the rocks below by loggers. Very dark but I feel like it would be disrespectful to share pictures without acknowledging what the traditional owners of this land went through.
A wild dingo! We were repeatedly warned about how aggressive dingos can be. They are actually so cute but apparently they will take anything and actually stole a baby before. Australia is no joke people. A group of us were at the beach at night and I saw something in the dark in my peripheral vision. Thankfully I had a flashlight, as it was a dingo circling us! It was probably just curious but it was definitely not afraid of us, so it was a bit intimidating.
Just for fun, here is a picture of a regular old moth. Every bug we see seems to be super-sized.
Another incredible look out on K’gari. We were so lucky to have a great guide, Paul, who really cared to take the time to educate us on the history of the island. Being disconnected from the mainland, with no cell service and no roads, was a perfect escape!
Noosa was where I dreamed of planning this trip in April. I wanted to live on the beach here and get a job, and as of today I am officially employed here! It is a perfect temporary position that more than covers living expenses with just 15 hours of work a week, so my funds won’t deplete and I still have time to enjoy this incredible area! Dream come true!
The main beach in Noosa at sunset. I haven’t had a chance to do the famous coastal hike or paddle board in the rivers yet, so that will be in my next update. Noosa is home for the next three weeks, as we check more items off of the bucket list.
Next up in Noosa: Eumundi Markets, Coastal Hike, Explore the Everglades, Faerie Pools, Secret Beach, Sunshine Beach, Mount Coolum, Glasshouse Mountains, and a day trip to the Australia Zoo!
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