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  • Day14

    Fraser Island

    March 7 in Australia

    Da sind wir wieder:)
    Am gestrigen Tag waren wir auf der größten Sandinsel ( UNESCO Weltnaturerbe ) mit Regenwald auf Sand- Fraser Island! Die Strände sind wunderschön und dazu sehr leer:) auf unserer Wanderung sollten wir uns allerdings vor Dingos (wilde Hunde) , Schlangen und Krokodilen in acht nehmen :)

    Unsere Wanderung endete an einem herrlich abgelegenen Strand! Dort konnten wir entscheiden, ob wir den Weg zurücklaufen, oder über tausend umgefallene Bäume, kletternd, den Weg zurück auf uns nehmen! Wir nahmen die zweite Variante! Als ich mich (Susi) für ein Bild, auf einem im Wasser liegenden umgefallenen Baumstamm vortastete, kamen auf einmal zwei Rochen zu mir geschwommen! Die waren riiiiiesig! Ich hatte kurze panik! 😅😅 aber eigentlich konnten sie mir ja eh nichts! Dennoch ein super Erlebnis🙈🙈!
    Als wir dann zurück waren, nahmen wir ein Kajak und paddelten auf das Meer hinaus:) es war so wunderschön ruhig und einfach nur entspannt :)
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  • Day202

    Fraser Island

    October 18, 2017 in Australia

    From Sydney we started our travels up the coast. Our first stop was Byron Bay, the surf capital of Australia. None of us had surfed before so we decided to get a beginners lesson. It was great fun even though I spent most of the time falling off!
    Next stop was Brisbane - here we visited Australia zoo (Steve Irwins zoo) the highlight was definitely holding Koalas and feeding Kangaroos.
    We then headed to Rainbow beach where we started a three day tour of Fraser Island. Unfortunately this is where the rain started (more on this on my next blog post.... it has been never ending!). Despite the rain we had a great time. To get around the island you had to drive 4x4s along the beach (which acted as the main road for the island) so there was lots of getting stuck in the sand and splashing in the sea. We visited lots of pretty places and the famous ship wreck. On the way home it took an hour to drive back to the boat and we were driving as fast as possible as the tide was coming in. In the end we only had a couple of meters between the sea and the end of the beach - 10 more minutes and we wouldnt have made it! Safe to say our guide was getting a little nervous at this point and kept telling us to drive faster over the walky talkies!Read more

  • Day2

    Fraser Island

    September 20, 2016 in Australia

    Day 2:
    - The indian head ! We had an incredible sunny & hot day
    *we will never ever forget about this day - we both found our passion in theese beautiful creatures ! We have spotted: couple of WHALES, couple of TURTLES, DOLPHINS, little SHARKS & lots of RAYS !
    ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
    I don't have to explain 😀 did it already plenty of times.

    - we also visited the champagne pools
    - in the afternoon we had a little seatbelt problem which explains that we had only about 30km/h on our display..
    - after dismantleing the car we fixed it & were able to watch out for the next campground which was in the middle of the forest
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  • Day3

    The humpack whale

    June 11, 2016 in Australia

    🐳

    NAME
    • comes from the distinctive hump in front of their small dorsal fin

    LUNCH
    • often feed in large groups
    • humpbacks are baleen whales, which means they filter their food through baleen plates
    • they strain krill, anchovies, cod, sardines, mackerel, capelin, and other schooling fish from the waters
    • some humpbacks have been observed creating "bubble nets" to catch their prey
    • the whales dive deep then swim up in a spiral pattern, while releasing a steady stream of bubbles from their blow holes
    • as the bubbles rise they form a "net" that surrounds the whales' prey
    • the whales swim up through the centre of the bubble net and feed on the prey trapped inside

    COLOUR
    • mainly black or grey with white undersides to their flukes, flippers and bellies

    SIZE
    • 15m long

    NOTICEABLE CHARACTERISTICS
    • their long flippers & famous foe their singing ability
    • Humpback whales are extremely active, often slapping their flippers and flukes on the surface of the sea
    • they also breach more than any other baleen whales
    • male humpbacks produce a long series of calls that are normally heard during the winter breeding season, although songs have been recorded in the summer
    • the whales may repeat the same song for several hours

    HUMPBACK SONGS
    • appear to be shared by all singing members in the same area of the ocean
    • as the song changes, all members sing the new song
    • the same song is sung in spite of the great distance between groups in the population (up to 5000km)
    • this sharing of songs may occur when groups intermingle during migration or in shared summer feeding grounds

    🎶 "Researchers are not certain why humpback whales sing. They have hypothesised that the songs attract females or are used as territorial markers" 🎶

    HABITAT & ECOLOGY
    • humpback whales make extensive seasonal migrations between high latitude summer feeding grounds and low latitude wintering grounds
    • winters are spent mating and calving in warm sub-tropical waters, with an annual migration back to colder waters to feed

    BREEDING
    • humpback whales have complicated courtship behaviours
    • often, many males will surround a single female hitting each other in a competition to get close to her
    • females become pregnant about every two to four years, and are pregnant with each calf for about 11 to 12 months
    • the calves can grow 0.5 metres per month while nursing on their mother"s rich milk
    • females nurse their newborn calves in warm, shallow water
    • because of an absence of teeth (which can be used to estimate age in other mammals), it is difficult to tell the age of a humpback whale but they are believed to live to 80

    🐳 pictures & text from google
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  • Day4

    Fraser Animals

    June 12, 2016 in Australia

    • GOANNA Sand Monitor

    💡Fraser Island is home to 79 species of reptiles, including 19 kinds of snake. The most commonly seen reptiles are the Sand Monitor and the Lace Monitor. These large lizards are often seen around picnic areas. 💡

    Goanna, also known as a monitor lizard, is a close relative of Komodo dragon and one of the largest lizards in the world. There are 25 species of goanna that can be found in Northern and Eastern parts of Australia. Goanna prefers open woodlands and grasslands, but it can be also found near the water, in the swampy areas and in the deserts. Goannas are threatened with habitat loss, disturbance of their habitats (removal of the termite mounds, for example), road accidents and predation by domesticated species (cats and dogs). At the moment, number of goannas in the wild is stable and they are not listed as endangered animals. (Quelle: google)

    SIZE
    • depends on the species
    • on average, goanna can reach 4.6 feet in length and 13 pounds in weight

    BODY
    • is covered with scales that can be green, black or brown, depending on the habitat
    • desert species are usually brightly colored (yellow to red)
    • body coloration provides camouflage
    • besides the basic color of the body, goanna can be covered with stripes, dots, circles and blotches
    • just like in snakes, long, forked tongue in goanna is used for detection of potential prey
    • tongue flickering collects scent molecules from the air and helps in identification of the next victim

    LUNCH
    • goanna is a carnivore
    • it eats insects, other lizards, small mammals and birds, eggs
    • species of goanna that live near the water hunt and eat fish
    • all species of goanna eat remains of dead animals
    • they swallow the whole prey
    • because of that, size of the meal depends on the size of goanna (larger species eat larger prey and vice versa)

    • unlike other lizard species, goanna cannot regrow the missing tail

    • goanna is diurnal (active during the day) animal
    • depending on the species, it may be typical terrestrial (that lives on the ground), arboreal (that lives on the trees) or aquatic (that lives in the water)
    • when faced with danger, goanna will run and climb the nearest tree until it is safe again
    • although goanna walks on all four legs, it sprints using just hind legs
    • when threatened or cornered, goanna inflates the flaps of the skin on its throat and produces hissing sounds to chase away the predator

    DANGEROUS
    • goanna's bite produces strong body reaction, characterized by tissue swelling, blood clothing and intense pain
    • recently, scientists discovered that goanna's saliva contains venom responsible for negative effects of the bite

    • goannas are solitary creatures except during the mating season which takes place during the spring and summer
    • female deposits 3 to 11 eggs in the underground nest or in the termite mound, where temperature and humidity are optimal for the egg development
    • incubation time lasts from 169 to 265 days
    • young goannas fend for themselves from the moment of birth
    • goannas can survive up to 40 years in the wild

    🤔 WELL I TOLD EVERYBODY THAT GOANNAS ARE SUPER KIND & DEFINITLY NOT DANGEROUS 🤔

    • DINGO

    "Australia's dingo: Not a wolf, not a dog but a distinct species says studys"

    SIZE
    • Dingos are medium-size dogs — 3.5 to 4 feet (1.1 to 1.2 meters) long from head to tail. The tail adds another 12 to 13 inches (30 to 33 centimeters) to their length

    WEIGHT
    • 22 to 33 lbs. (10 to 15 kilograms), according to National Geographic, and males are usually larger than females

    COLOUR
    • most dingos are usually a reddish-orange color
    • some black and white or black and tan dingos do exist, though rare

    HABITAT
    • dingos live throughout western and central Australia in forests, plains, mountainous rural areas and desert regions
    • they make their dens in rabbit holes, caves or hollow logs

    HABITS
    • dingos are social creatures that live in groups called packs, though some dingos choose to live alone
    • a pack usually has around 10 members
    • they travel together and hunt together, but rank is highly contested
    • a dominant female and her mate lead the pack, with the dominant male as the ultimate pack leader
    • the dominant female kills the offspring of the other females in the pack
    • the members of the pack take care of the dominant female’s young
    • dingos are territorial, however they don’t usually fight over territory with other packs
    • though dingos typically stay around their birthplace, they can travel 6.0 to 12.4 miles (10 to 20 kilometers) per day looking for food within their territory

    DIET
    • dingos are the largest land predator in Australia and are considered apex predators ("top of the food chain")
    • for the most part, dingos are carnivores that eat meat, but they also eat fruit, grains and nuts at times
    • small to medium game is usually what’s on the menu
    • a typical meal for a dingo includes a rodent, rabbit, bird or lizard, according to National Geographic

    OFFSPRING
    • once a year females typically give birth to around five offspring after a gestation period of around 63 days
    • baby dingos are called pups
    • at 6 to 8 weeks, the pups are fully grown and ready to separate from their mother
    • at 3 years, they find a mate and often mate for life
    • dingos typically live around 13 years
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  • Day2

    Fraser Island

    June 10, 2016 in Australia

    The shipwreck ⚓️

    "What was the story about the shipwreck again ?"

    Caren: It was a warship
    Rahel: It was a exploration ship
    Sonni: People burned the ship & left it there
    Totte: It was to expencive to fetched it

    SS Maheno was an ocean liner belonging to the Union Company of New Zealand that operated in the Tasman Sea, crossing between New Zealand and Australia, from 1905 until 1935. She was also used as a HOSPITAL SHIP by the New Zealand Naval Forces during World War I. She was washed ashore on Fraser Island by a cyclone in 1935 where the disintegrating wreck remains as a popular tourist attraction. 🤔Read more

  • Day1

    Fraser Island

    September 19, 2016 in Australia

    19th to the 21st of september

    This time: We start the adenture -to one of the most beautifull spots of the east coast- on our own.

    You never know which ground you will have while driving on Fraser..
    Lots of things are to discover on this beuaty !

    Day 1:
    -Rodeo ride in really soft sand through the forest with lots of little wholes waiting for us
    - Dingo number one pokes along the beach right in front of us (we were safe 🤓)
    - No signal
    - Meheno ship wreck
    - Finding our campsite im the afternoon
    - Sand blow behind the campside
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  • Day55

    Fraser Island

    January 2, 2016 in Australia

    FRASER ISLAND

    We were 28 people and had 4 cars (Toyota 4WD)
    We were group 2 and had the car number:

    806•SYW Queensland Sunshine State

    Our group was mixed with 2 boys from Kanada, 1 boy from the Netherlands, 1 girl from Finnland, 2 girls from Germany, Lea & me - First we've done a stop at lake Makenzy.
    So beautiful !!! The water has an amazing colour & is so clear !
    After this stop we've made a lunch break in a rainforest. The walk should be 15 minutes but Lea & me haven't listen to the guide & took thw wrong way which wad an hour.
    Anyway we survive again.
    After a long drive through a forest without streets we had a broken car.. Car 3 was stopped..
    Our guide had called Pippies beachhouse & we had to wait from 14:33 to 16:55.
    In this time Peter (guide) had explained us the jelly fishes. He had tooked one of the death fisches at the beach & gave it to me.
    I was screaming - can't describe that feeling.. It wasn't that bad but i was shocked of the feeling ! - by the way: it was a bit burning & that jelly fish wasn't alive ! I don't want to know how it feels when they are !
    When we had another car for group three we went to our camp for dinner & went to bed early.
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  • Day56

    Fraser Island

    January 3, 2016 in Australia

    FRASER ISLAND

    We were getting up at 04:15 for the sunrise. I have tooked my sleeping bag & my camera & went into the car.
    We were driving for 5 minutes to a shipwrak and were waiting for the beautiful view.

    Back in the camp we had breakfast & I was scared again by a big lizzard which was jumping on the tree.

    When everybody was ready we went to the champagne pools (theese are little bowls at the beach arised by volksnic aktivities).
    It is prohibited to go swimming in the ocean because of the jelly fishes & tiger sharks.

    Next stop was the Indian head. The Indian head is the highest cliffe on Fraser. Actually you can see there dolphins, sharks and turtels.
    But nobody of our group had seen anything..
    Except me i saw big groups of fishes & I'm pretty sure that I saw the silhouette of a shark.
    After lunch in the camp we were by the colored stones at the beach where we had the second broken car of our group.
    The key was broken..
    Peter was droven to a tourist place where he founds a mechanic guy who was helping us.
    We were waiting for 2 hours..
    In the afternoon we were sand boarden which was amazing !!!!
    The sand dune where we had to go was so big ! It is unimaginable... We came out of the foreat after a 30 minutes walk & from 1 second to the other second was everything white because of the sand !!!!
    In the evening we've had pasta bolognese and played some drinking games.
    Awsome day !
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  • Day215

    Fraser Island

    June 10, 2016 in Australia

    The shipwreck

    "What was the story about the shipwreck again ?"

    Caren: It was a warship
    Rahel: It was a exploration ship
    Sonni: People burned the ship & left it there
    Totte: It was to expencive to fetched it

    SS Maheno was an ocean liner belonging to the Union Company of New Zealand that operated in the Tasman Sea, crossing between New Zealand and Australia, from 1905 until 1935. She was also used as a HOSPITAL SHIP by the New Zealand Naval Forces during World War I. She was washed ashore on Fraser Island by a cyclone in 1935 where the disintegrating wreck remains as a popular tourist attraction.Read more

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