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    • Day 30

      Fraser Island, ou le "Paradise" !

      November 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Cette fois, nous sommes complètement conquis par ce petit bout de paradis sur terre.
      Fraser Island est la plus grande île de sable du monde et comprend tellement de paysage différent, c'est à couper le souffle !

      Accessible uniquement avec des 4WD (véhicule à 4 roues motrices), avec des routes de sable très pentues & bien difficiles d'accès, il faut s'accrocher pour pouvoir visiter ses beaux paysages !
      Nous avons fais le choix d'une excursion en bus sur une journée (autant pour pouvoir tout faire sereinement que parce que conduire là dedans nous semblait pas vraiment une bonne idée !!!)

      Et donc en une journée, plein les yeux : Les coloured sand (ou Pinacles), l'épave du Maheno, la central Station, le Lake McKenzie et la rainforest Walk !
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    • Day 52

      Central Station board walk

      December 2, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Called Central Station - because that’s what it was. There is a creek in the valley below for freshwater.

      Along the boardwalk we were shown King Ferns that only grew in a very few places around Australia. That’s strange as Carnarvon Gorge said they only grew there!

      We were told that Satinay Trees have oils in them (also called turpentine tree) that protect the wood from rotting as fast as other woods when in water. They were used to rebuild a lot of London Docks after the war.

      While we didn’t get to this part of the Island, to give you some idea about the size and age of these trees ... “Valley of the Giants - Though this part of the island is incredibly secluded, it is also home to some of the oldest trees on Fraser Island. The satinay and brush box trees that soar skywards here are more than 1200 years old, and have grown to measure more than four metres across the trunk. Perhaps the most impressive part, though, is that the trees are all growing in sand.”
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    • Day 44

      Bushwalk on Fraser Island

      March 11, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Well, Lake McKenzie was actually not my highlight on Fraser Island. After lunch, we drove about half an hour to so called "Central Station". From there, we went on a 1.8 km bushwalk along a creek. That was so amazing in the rainforest - the different greens, the different trees - some of them very high -, the ferns, the creek. I could have stayed for hours😊 Being on our walk it in fact really rained. However, we did not get very wet because the leaves of the trees kept most of the rain away. Impressive! We saw two pretty big lizards, the rest of the group also saw a big spider which I did not. After the walk we had to drive back to the ferry, about 45 minutes mostly on the 75 mile beach which had not been possible in the morning because of high tide. At the beach we saw a dingo. It looks like a big dog, something in between dog and wolf. Unfortunately, I could not take a picture because I was sitting on the other side of the car, but I am happy to have seen one. Back on the mainland, we had to change the vehicle again und Cheeso drove us back to Noosa where we arrived shortly before 6:00 pm. This time I did not spot any animals except for cattle and horses, but I also fell asleep for some moments from time to time
      In Noosa, I went to the beach where I had not been yet. I made it just for twilight, so that I still could see a bit. It is a nice beach. There were some surfers in the water that I could watch. After dinner from an Asian takeaway, I "fell" into my bed. Lucky me, incl. me there were only two out of the five beds taken.
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    • Day 224

      Wir ziehen einen X-Trail aus dem Sand

      August 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

      Wir waren noch keine 5 Minuten auf der Insel, da begegneten wir direkt dem ersten Dingo, der seelenruhig neben der Fahrbahn vorbei lief.

      Nach einigen Kilometern blieb das Auto, was vor uns los gefahren war, an einer Kreuzung mitten im Sand stecken. Leider war der Wagen etwas zu schwer beladen, hatte kaum Bodenfreiheit und war zudem kein wirklich offroadfähiges Fahrzeug, sondern ein Nissan X-Trail. Allrad heißt halt nicht automatisch offroadfähig!

      Wir blieben kurzerhand vor ihnen stehen und zogen ihn mit einem langen Abschleppseil wieder heraus. Hier hilft man sich gegenseitig. Wer weiß, wann wir vielleicht mal Hilfe brauchen... bisher hat der Pajero die Sandtracks aber mit links gemeistert.
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    • Day 416

      Central Station Campground

      July 24, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

      The excitement never ends. Here's what happened in the last 24 hours:

      During our beach lunch we saw an osprey and a whistling kite dog fighting over the beach right above us. Wow! The osprey was so much larger, but the kite gave it his best before hightailing it out of there.

      After lunch we climbed Indian Head. We immediately saw several pilot whales, a pod of bottlenose dolphins resting on the surface, several eagle rays, and a large school of giant Spanish mackerel. Our gymnastic humpbacks were in even greater form this afternoon. At one point we saw six--SIX!--breach at the same time. We also spotted another turtle and what Troy believed was a massive tuna. Just as we were leaving Indian Head, one final look out to sea offered us a very rare glimpse of a female humpback with an hours old calf. We could see mom's big breath, then baby's tiny ones as it hugged her side near her hump. Troy said it was, in his four years, the "whaley-est" trip he's ever had.

      On our way back to camp, we stopped at the Maheno shipwreck that washed up in the island in 1935 after an illustrious life as a cruise ship and a medical ship during World War I. I'll let you read about her here:

      After dinner, Navo and Deb along with Uncle Joe put on a traditional dance and song in the beach for us and another Drop Bear group staying in town. There was a film crew taking footage of the event for their movie "Refugia."

      Day 3 began with another beautiful sunrise, then breakfast and packing. We jumped in the trucks, dropped off the baggage trailer, and headed inland. Our first stop was Pile Valley and its magnificent trees that have never been logged. They are even more incredible considering there is no soil here, just sand.

      Next we made our way to Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie). The lake is made solely from rain water. Aluminum in its sand filters out the tannins that leech from tea tree (paper bark) root systems, which typically turn water a red-brown color. We were the first ones there and were able to get some uncommon pictures of the almost perfectly still water.

      While everyone else went swimming, I took a walk around part of the lake where I spotted a pied cormorant. I also walked a bit of beach that hadn't had anyone disturb it yet and noticed several different footprints in the ankle-deep water. Troy believed they were goana and kangaroo rat tracks.

      Now we're at Central Station Campground. This is the only location in the world where a rainforest grows on sand!

      We've walked down to Wanggoora Creek, a sacred spot for the Butchulla women. At first glance the creek looks like it's just a sand bank. Then you notice the sunlight glinting off the water surface and realize its water is just that clear. Beautiful. We spotted a kookaburra, piccabeen palms, and giant ferns, one of the oldest plants on Earth.

      We're about to have lunch and we already have a couple of little stalkers, two gray butcher birds who will take food right out of your hand (but you're not allowed to feed them).

      I can't believe this trip is almost over.

      So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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