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Final Day!

That's it!! This is our last day, and it felt like a long one.

A short shuttle from the hotel to the ferry, the ferry, another short shuttle to the resort's mainland office, a 2.5 hr mini-bus, then a switch to another 1 hr bus to the Brisbane airport, a 40 minute wait for another shuttle to take us to our hotel, that is after most of the other passengers were dropped at their various stops. Exhausting!

But we're here and preparing for our long flight tomorrow.

It's been an incredible 3 weeks in this beautiful and varied land. We will take home a wealth of wonderful memories and photos.

Hope you have enjoyed following along.

Cheers, mates.

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Fraser Island

A short ferry ride brought us from the mainland to beautiful Fraser Island. This is the largest sand island on the planet. The whole island is basically a national park. With several ecosystems it offers stunning scenery. Definitely very unique. Wild dingoes roam the island and the warnings of how to survive them are plentiful - similar to bears. Unfortunately we weren't actually able to see any. No matter - the natural photographic opportunities made up for it.

Wreck of the Maheno:

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75 Mile Beach:
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Forest walk at Pile Valley:
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June at Lake MacKenzie:
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Sunset at the ferry dock:
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Brisbane Stop Over

A bit of a delay in writing this as WiFi has become VERY dear at our current stop. Yesterday we flew to Brisbane. It was late arriving so just time for a picture of the city from our window ...

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Time for R & R

A nice relaxing day to do a little shopping on the Airlie Beach waterfront and an afternoon lazing around the pool.

Tomorrow we'll be on the road again with a flight to Brisbane, an overnight there, and then transferring to our next stop of Fraser Island.

Breakfast companion. They're all over the place. The cockatoo won!
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Hotel pool and grounds:
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Sunset from the room:
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On the Move Again

The last few days have been mostly transit days.

We left Fitzroy on Thursday afternoon and had another overnight in Cairns. On Friday we caught the early morning train heading south toward our next stop, Airlie Beach. It was a long day, but we made it.

Airlie Beach has been in the news lately, thanks to Cyclone Debbie that struck the area, the eye of the storm. It was quite devastating, though with only one death. They got off lucky, considering the intensity of this weather bomb. The environment, on the other hand, not so much; the most obvious evidence of course being the leafless palm trees everywhere.

Our transfer from the train station was with a driver who must have just consumed a six-pack of Red Bull! Our tired minds and bodies couldn't keep up with his fast talking; thankfully his driving didn't match. On arrival at the hotel the front desk clerk must have been sharing that six-pack with him - he was so chatty that by the time we rolled ourselves into the elevator, we just looked at each other and burst out laughing - wondering what they put in the water here 😃

This morning came early. We were picked up around 6:30 to be taken to the Marina for our boat trip out into the Whitsunday Islands and the bulk of the day at Whitehaven Beach. A rough ride out - there were moments I swear the approx. 200 passenger ferry was airborne. The weather all day was iffy. Heavy squalls at times, then periods of light cloud/sun, mostly the former. The best part was a hike up to a lookout of the entire area. The sand here is 97% silica, making it like icing sugar - beautiful! At the end of the day, the boat was delayed due to a couple of missing guests. Spent 45 minutes patrolling the bay, until it was determined that we had everyone after all.

Whitehaven Beach:
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Ah, paradise:
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View from the lookout:
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