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Bunderberg/Elliot Heads/Fraser Island/ Hervey Bay

18th June -26th June 2013

sunny 22 °C

Champagne Pools Fraser Island

Bunderberg/Elliot Heads/Fraser Island/ Hervey Bay

The next stop was the Bunderberg factory, we pulled up at what looked like a run down industrial site which was pretty much right in the citys centre. Despite the factory being abit of an eyesore the tour was great. The tour guides showed us around the factory and explained all the different processes to make the Bundy. They sucked us in at the end by giving out taste tests , so of course we were obliged to buy a few different bottles.

We didn’t stay in Bunderberg but instead drove to a place called Elliott Heads, where we stayed for the night. Right on the beach with a nice coastal walk. Not much else to do but sample a little more of that bundy.

Hervey Bay was where our friends Kaye and Noel from Cape Palmerston lived, after spending a couple of nights at Pialba caravan park, we met up with new found friends and moved the van to their house. The plan was to go straight to Fraser Island with the van but after speaking to the barge operator, she told us that one of the main beach tracks was closed and that we shouldn’t take the van as we would most likely get stuck.

We took the car across on the barge from fraser and it turns out the tracks weren’t closed. The beach wasn’t as bad as what we had been told and we could have taken the van across, however it was still nice to be living it up and stay at the Kingfisher resort for 3 nights. The resort was really nice, however being off season, there were skeleton staff and it was such an effort to get someone to even serve you for a drink at the bar.

We really loved Fraser Island, it had it all, rainforests, lakes, fantastic beaches and clifftop views. We spent most of the time exploring the island but my main goal was to see a dingo. I actually thought there would be hundreds of them running wild, but we were very lucky to see one on the last day running along the beach.

A day trip from the resort up to Orchid beach was definitely a highlight. We came across the Maheno ship wreck which was truly huge and worth a photo stop. We arrived at Eli creek and although it wasn’t really swimming weather I couldn’t resist being pushed down the crystal clear water of the Creek alongside all the backpackers. A walk up to the lookout, we spotted champagne pools. Champagne Pools is a natural rock cut out in the reef which is filled with sea water. Cedar and Ben braved the cold this time and had a dip. A perfect protected pool to swim in.

We seen so much on this fantastic island and could have easily spent a week or two here if we had the van with us. Bens birthday fell on the day we were leaving so we celebrated it the day before with a huge feed at the resort.

Back in Hervey Bay we stayed with Noel and Kayes for 3 nights and were treated like Kings. We sampled a great deal of Noels “homebrew” and I finally got to visit my first Aldi store. Hervey Bay was a lot bigger than what we expected and we Thank Noel and Kaye for having us . It was really nice having some great company.

Bunderberg Factory
Bunderberg Factory
Elliott Heads
Ferry to Fraser
Ferry to Fraser
Fraser Island
KingFisher resort Fraser
Kingfisher resort
Champagne Pools Fraser Island
Champagne Pools Fraser ISland
Dingo on Fraser Beach
Eli Creek
Maheno Shipwreck
Our wonderful hosts Noel and Kaye

Posted by Jenaben 04:51 Archived in Australia Tagged fraser_island dingo hervey_bay eli_creek elliot_heads bunderberg kingfisher_resort

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