A Travellerspoint blog

Agnes Water and 1770

sunny 31 °C

Driving from rainbow beach it took longer than expected to get to Agnes Water and we arrived by late afternoon. We were not sure where we were going to stay so just had a look around the two tiny towns and as 1770 campground was full settled on a caravan park in Agnes Water as we were in need of some facilities, a shower mainly.

The park is right on the beach and the beach is a huge sandy bay which is the northernmost surf beach on East Coast Australia as anything above here is sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef and so there is no surf.
We spent our afternoons cooling off and played in the surf, the waves were really big and the current was super strong.

Our time here has been spent recharging and relaxing. We had a rare treat of sitting in a cafe right on the beachfront enjoying an iced coffee and we also explored 1770.

1770 is the landing site of Captain Cook and is an access point for the southern reef. It is a beautiful place and we had a walk along the sea front boardwalk and along the beach and mangroves. The sea is shallow, calm and clear and it is so warm to paddle in and lots of people are out of there stand up paddle boards. There is a pub with a a view over the ocean here and we sat and had a nice cold beer in the midday sun.
1770 is also one of the only places on the east coast where you can see the sunset over the water and one evening we came to watch the spectacular sunset, sat on the rocky outcrops.
These two towns only 5km apart are in a lovely area of Australia and we especially thought 1770 was a beautiful spot, especially at sunset.

Posted by Chelsandliam 19:28 Archived in Australia Tagged australia 1770 agnes_water Comments (0)

Bush camping at Rainbow Beach

A Solor shower needs to be purchased!


Since we arrived back from Fraser just before Easter weekend we thought it would be best to set up camp until it was quieter so decided to stay on rainbow beach, in the Great Sandy National Park.

We had already booked a spot for five nights and it's a good job because they have hundreds of spots and they were all full when we got off Fraser.

We set up our tent just a few steps from the beach and spent the rest of the time relaxing. We spent everyday at the beach, swimming and laying in the sun. The sea here is calm as the bottom of Fraser Island shelters the cove and it is sandy and clear. We had a little camp fire every night and cooked jacket potatoes on the fire. We watched the sunsets from the beach with a cold beer and enjoyed getting to grips with composting toilets.....not. We spent a day visiting the small town, getting supplies and having a look at the famous coloured cliffs. The only thing we have discovered is we need to buy a Solor shower, stop being tight and spend $15 as five days of swimming in the sea with no shower makes for hair almost the same texture as dreadlocks!




Posted by Chelsandliam 17:18 Archived in Australia Tagged australia rainbow_beach Comments (1)

Four wheel driving on Fraser Island

all seasons in one day

We set off from our lovely home in Brisbane on Sunday morning heading for the Fraser Coast. It took a around three hours to get to our destination, rainbow beach. Here we bought our camping permit from the parks office and set up camp along rainbow beach. It costs $5.50 each a night and it is basic (just a composting toilet) so you need your own water unless you want to fill up in town.

It is a beautiful spot, along the foreshore you pitch your tent and are just a few meters from the sand. We could hear the waves from our tent.

After a celebratory gin and tonic we went for a walk along the beach at late afternoon. Across the water you can see Fraser Island and the cars motoring down the beach, it filled us with fear and nerves at the prospect of having to navigate it ourselves.

We spent the rest of the day relaxing by our tent and worrying about our Fraser
Island adventures.

The next morning we were up bright and early, made breakfast and coffee next to our tent, packed up, deflated our tires to sand driving PSI and we're off. You can only drive along the beach two hours either side of low tide. We knew low tide was at 13.30 so we decided to set off around ten. That would put us on Fraser for around ten thirty.

We had already bought our driving permit and camping permit from Brisbane over the phone. Camping is $5.50 each per night and we bought a month long pass for Fraser and the Great Sandy National Park so we can enjoy rainbow beach more when we return. It cost us $70.

We headed towards the beach where you get the ferry and expected to find a hut or something to direct us but there was nothing, just a line of 4x4's stood waiting in a line on the sand road before the beach and a ferry coming towards the shore. We were immediately terrified as had no one to give us any guidance but after deflating our tyres a little bit more we decided to go for it. It was very deep soft sand and we had little traction but we managed to get on the ferry, totally anxious and excited. On the ferry a friendly man came round and we paid $120 for a return ticket.

The ferry only takes ten minutes and before you have had time to recover you have to drive off the other end directly onto the beach.

The sand was quite firm and everyone set straight off. Everyone was a lot faster than us and went off into the distance but as it was our first time we were happy to take it slow. After ten minutes driving we turned a corner and in front of us was a lot of debris and fallen trees blocking the beach, we stopped and went to investigate. Luckily a family also did the same and they looked experienced so when they decided it was ok to drive around it we went with the them, trying to miss the tide and managed to stay more or less dry.

After that it was an easy straight drive straight down 75 mile beach to our campground. We stopped a few times, for supplies or where people had got stuck to offer help but everyone was ok and we called in at the main town Eurong where a friendly lady helped us with the tide times for the next couple of days.

The only other scary bit was a creek crossing half way up at Eli Creek. Here is a big washout, where a creek empties into the ocean so you can only cross at low tide. We had built this up in our minds and had seen a lot of photos of people half submerged in the creek so were terrified of it but we just followed a car through with no worries and after our minds were at rest that nothing else scary was going to happen.

Once your on wet sand it is actually a really beautiful drive, all you see is a huge white sand beach, dunes on one side and the open ocean on the other and you can start to relax (if you ignore Liam stressing and shouting at you not to take photos of him driving while he's stressed).
We stopped off at the Maheno Wreck for a look around. Here a huge ship was washed on the beach after a cyclone in 1935 and has been there ever since. It is an amazing sight and the waves wash right up to it. It is half submerged in the sand and you can walk around and right up to it.
A little further on we also stopped to look at The Pinnacles, coloured sand cliffs that have eroded into beautiful pinnacles.
By late afternoon we reached our camp site at Dundubara and set up our camp for a few days camping in the bush. It is a really nice shady site, not far from the beach with hot showers (take $1 coins), flushing toilets and dish washing facilities. It is also inside a Dingo Proof fence.

The rest of our days here have been spent relaxing and sightseeing.

We went on a bush walk from our camp to the Wungul Sandblow. Fraser Island is the biggest sand Island in the world and so has a few sandblows. This is a huge sand dune where sand has gradually made its way inland to form a huge sand hill. We walked through the bush and the to the top of the sandblow always being vigilant for Dingoes. All over our camp are warning posters about Dingoes and what to do if you see them as there have been some reporting of aggressive behaviour towards humans.
The walk was actually quite difficult as walking up hill on sand was harder than in looked but the views from the top towards the ocean and over the sand was beautiful (obviously if you again ignore Liam telling you about his two favourite things, sand and wind).

We also spent a day touring the inside of the island on the inland tracks. We were pretty unsure what to expect from the road conditions as they are all four wheel drive roads but they were not too bad. Mainly sand winding through forest and scrub. The inside is very dense and you hardly come across any open spaces, it seems like you have been driving for a long time but you might have only gone five kilometres.

Around 14km from Eurong, the main town off the beach, is Lake McKenzie. This is a fresh water lake inland and as you approach you catch glimpses of bright blue through the trees. There is a car park here and you walk through the bush a few metres, past several terrifying signs about dingoes and at the end appears an absolutely stunning lake. It has bright white sandy shores at one end, a bright green forest at the other end and turquoise water that you just want to jump straight into. That is exactly what we did. We spent the afternoon in the lake, swimming and just admiring the beautiful surroundings. It is so clean and clear you feel wonderful after swimming and it's so refreshing after a hot drive.

On the way back we decided to see Lake Wabby. This is another freshwater lake surrounded by forest where a sandblow comes right up to its shore. It's around 13km from Lake McKenzie but when we got there the path down to the lake was closed due to aggressive dingo behaviour so we walked up to the lookout for a gorgeous view of the sandblow and lake. We were the only people here which made us, especially Liam feel a bit nervous about walking through the bush with dingoes around but it was only a short stroll.

We have loved every minute of Fraiser Island, although the driving was scary at times we are glad we pushed ourselves to do it as looking at all the tour groups we don't think we would have enjoyed it as much. We are leaving just before school holidays start and we are glad as the queue to get onto the island when we left was massive so the whole island will be crawling with cars and people all weekend.

We are heading back to Rainbow Beach for a few days of relaxation and beach time until the Easter Holiday weekend is over and holiday spots will hopefully have calmed down a little bit by then. Not that we mind camping next to the beach, swimming in the sea and sunbathing all day.

Posted by Chelsandliam 16:19 Archived in Australia Tagged fraser_island australia Comments (3)

Bye Bye Brisbane!

all seasons in one day

We have been settled and working around Brisbane for ten or eleven months now but it is time to move on and do some exploring.

We have made some beautiful friends here and had a lovely time but here are some of our favourites.....

Brisbane city is really nice, situated on the Brisbane river, the bars and cafes are outside and its nice and warm for most of the year. we have loved exploring the city, Fortitude Valley, the west end and Southbank are our favourites.


There is lots to do around the area, we fed kangaroos at Australia zoo, watched an Australia Vs New Zealand test match, went up to Mount Cootha for views of the city, tried to get our head around the rules at an AFL match, wandered around daisy hill koala centre, had picnics in the botanical gardens and had fun at the museums.

North Stradbroke Island is a little slice of paradise, just a short ferry from Cleveland. We watched whales from the cliffs, saw wild kangaroos, ate chips on the beach and had an amazing sunset on the ferry home.

South of Brisbane, around an hour is the Gold Coast where days on the beach were easily spent and in land is the hinterland, where you can walk in the rain-forest and explore the quirky towns.

An hour the other way is the Sunshine Coast. This stretch is absolutely stunning and we enjoyed taking our tent and camping near the beach. Noosa has beautiful clear seas, white sand and palm trees and you can spot koalas in the national park. A little further down is Maloolaba where we had the thrill of watching and snorkeling with giant humpback whales.

We have now packed our car to the roof, tent and supplies ready for four months on the road. We are hoping to go all the way up the East coast, over to Darwin and then across and down to Western Australia.... It is a daunting and huge trip but we are super excited (and nervous) and will be off in the morning..... first stop.... Fraser Island.

Posted by Chelsandliam 22:49 Archived in Australia Tagged australia brisbane noosa gold_coast whale_watching maloolaba humpback_whales Comments (0)

Touring East Coast Tasmania

A last day of views

all seasons in one day 25 °C

Our last day in Tasmania we decided to drive the hire car up the east coast to see some iconic sights. As soon as you leave the city the country is very pastoral. There are lots of bright green fields full of sheep, wineries and farms. It is a beautiful drive with coastal views for most of the way. We stopped at a few points for a coffee and a snack and just to admire the view.
Our first spot was Freycinet National Park for a look at Wineglass Bay. By this point however the weather was rainy and foggy and we knew that if we climbed to the top we would not be able to see a thing so we decided to carry on.

The weather was hit and miss, sometimes glorious sunshine, sometimes raining but the views of the coastline were beautiful.

At one point we had to stop the car to usher a little echidna across the road.

We drove all the way up to The Bay of Fires. This is a string of bays on the North East coast with spectacular views and beautiful red rocks. The furthest north you can go in the car is Binalong Bay so we pulled up here for a look around.
There is a viewing platform of the view over the rocks down the beach. It is called the Bay of Fires as when settlers first found it along the shore was a string of small fires from aboriginal communities.
It is a stunning area and the big red rocks are a gorgeous sight next to the turquoise sea.
The beach here is pure white and we had a little stroll and some of our packed lunch. It is a long drive from Hobart but we are very glad we made it all the way up as it was one of the things we wanted to see on our trip.

After lunch we set off back down the coast and the weather was sunny and bright which made the views on the way down even better.
We arrived at Freycinet National Park by mid afternoon and it was very warm.
You have to pay an entrance fee to enter the park so we paid and collected our permit and parked up the car. Here there is a bush walk to the top for a lookout over Wineglass Bay.
This is the most photographed beach in Australia and there is no road to get there. You can either walk or get a boat. It was a steep climb up a hill to the lookout and it took us about 45 minutes walk.
There were people of every age walking up to the lookout and it was quite a busy path.

There are several viewpoints on the way up of the surrounding national park and the beaches below and from up there you can see why Tasmania is so special. All you can see is pure unspoilt wilderness. The view from the top however is just beautiful. You can see why it is the most photographed beach, it is spectacular.
We admired the view for a while and then headed back down. By this point it was late afternoon and we didn't arrive back in Hobart until dinner time.

For our last night we had a stroll around town and the harbour and enjoyed some nice cold beers watching the sea gulls.
Tasmania has been everything we expected and more. It is one of the most beautiful parts of Australia hands down, it has it all, amazing landscapes, beaches, mountains, stunning wildlife, history and some of the best food and drink in the whole of the country. The only problem is fitting it all in on a short trip but we gave it a good go and are now exhilarated and exhausted, ready for another holiday.

Posted by Chelsandliam 16:27 Archived in Australia Tagged australia tasmania hobart bay_of_fires wineglass_bay freycinet_national_park binalong_bay Comments (0)

(Entries 31 - 35 of 49) « Page .. 2 3 4 5 6 [7] 8 9 10 »