Fraser Island Day Trip

A day trip to Fraser is a wonderful way to see a diverse range of scenery.

Start your day with a barge trip over , we went on a tour, so got picked up and dropped off.

Once on the barge it’s a a quick 30 minutes over to the Island.

Be prepared for a bumpy ride as the tracks are all sand and very well used, rollercoaster trip for all the tracks, we were in a comfortable 4×4 so not as bumpy as the big busses. Once you hit the beach the going is smooth and quite quick.

We stopped at Central Station which was once a logging camp, lots of very big trees in this rainforest area.

From there we headed up the eastern side beach to the Maheno wreck, which is gradually being swallowed by the sand. From here we headed north to Indian Head, 15 climb up gave us wonderful views, saw a VERY large shark, Manata Rays, large fish and  gorgeous Turtle , all this from the top of the head.

Back down the beach we stopped at Eli Waters, this is a fresh spring that runs down to the sea, crystal clear water , lovely to float down in or just walk down to cool off. Very popular spot for families.

Our last stop was at the magnificent Lake McKenzie, with it’s fresh water, great for a leisurely swim, the lake is around 30metre in depth and is quite spooky to swim in out further as it is covered in leaf litter which makes the water seem black, close to sure is clear of the leaves so you can see the very white sand.

Long day but it’s well worth the effort to go if you are in this area.

Maheno Wreck
Ladies area for the Aboriginal People
Looking north from Indian Head
Clear water at Indian Head
Eli Waters
Lake McKenzie
Kauri Tree in the forest
Ladies only area
Rain Forest
Trying to move the Maheno Wreck
Rusted out sides of the ship

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Toogoom a Hidden Gem

Serendipity Caravan Park
Beach Shack with the Outdoor Dunny(Toilet)

Whilst staying in Hervey Bay a visit to Toogoom is a must, just 16km north of the Bay you will find this small seaside enclave.

The protected Bay is a boaties paradise, with fishermen dotted along the jetty and rock wall, being watched by the patrons of Goody’s on the Beach, a  well appointed restaurant and gift shop.

Live music plays between 12- 3 pm for your enjoyment, and it seemed to be a very popular place to buy the childhood favourite a Spider, for those who have have not had the pleasure as a child of one of these, it consists of a glass of a soda of your choice( lemonade, coke etc) then a generous dollop of ice cream on top, small stir and drink with a straw.

There were so many of these served on our visit today that when we ordered something that came  in the same sized glass we were told there were no clean glasses at present.

After a lazy lunch enjoying the relaxing music, we meandered along the foreshore road, to our delight we came across a very old caravan park, Serendipity Caravan Park, who would like to buy it?

Old houses with an outhouse in the yard ( I.e your toilet) and very quaint and quirky homes, all set amongst pretty trees.

 

If you are visiting the Fraser Coast then Toogoom is a must stop!

New Years Eve and New Years Day in Newcastle

Nobbys Beach Surf Club. Newcastle

Happy New Year to you all.

Newcastle put on a nice day for the New Year festivities, with calm, cool weather and a light cloud cover.

The  Foreshore was full off families in the parks, eating and enjoying a few drinks.

Newcastle has a 9pm fireworks display so the whole area of the river foreshore was very busy, they have nice restaurants and food stalls for you to partake of, prior to the show.

We have been housesitting at the top , or east end of Newcastle so we could just walk across to the Fort Scratchley park area for a birds eye view, even took the dog  who was quite at home with the kids , fireworks didn’t phase him at all. With a nice glass of bubbles and a good crowd we enjoyed the 12 minute show.

The Foreshore Newcastle

Today, New Year’s Day was spent with a leisurely walk along the boardwalk, a couple of swims, then  around 4pm we went off to the Nobbys Beach surf club for a $4 Corona and a great hamburger for an early dinner.