Extra information and links
The week 4 blog with photos is at www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Lake Garawongera–Bogimbah historical walk—15.6 km return (5–7 hrs)
An example of the tracks on Fraser Islandrainton.com/fun/diary/php/showimage.php?di
Lake Garawongera to Happy Valley—6.6 km (2.5–3.5 hours)
After skirting Lake Garawongera's north-western shore, follow a steep ridge before arriving at the open forests of the east coast dunes. Continue along the track and complete your Great Walk adventure at the seaside village of Happy Valley.
Day at Happy Valley
For your interest – picture of The centre of Happy Valley www.derm.qld.gov.au/register/p01298aa.pdf
Transport up the Eastern Beach to Indian Heads – swim in Champagne pools
For your interest – picture from Indian Headswww.planetware.com/picture/fraser-island-a
And picture of the Champagne Pools
The Champagne Pools are below Indian Head which is one of only a very few rocks on the island, its jutting forehead is large and below are quiet bays with calm green seas.
The Champagne Pools are natural fish traps used by the Butchulla people but these days visitors love to watch or swim in the ‘champagne ‘ bubbles as the foamy waters crash over the rock wall. www.fraserislanddiscovery.com.au/fraserisl
Then back by Red Canyon, and the coloured sands and the Pinnacles to Cathederal beach for the night
The Pinnacles are often regarded as the most spectacular coloured sand formations in Australia. They are best seen in the morning when the vibrant gold sands look fantastic against a blue sky. The coloured sand formations continue along a long section of beach.
Beach sand appears yellow when nutrients are attached to te grains. As plant roots strip the grains of their nutrient coating the grains appear white. Yellow brown sand contains nutrients not yet leached by vegetation and water. Coloured sand formations occur when wind and rain erodes the more recent windblown mass exposing the underlying sands, then moulds these older harder sands into spectacular sculptures, highly coloured by iron oxides.
For your interest – a small section of the coloured sandswww.couriermail.com.au/news/sunday-mail/fr
and of Cathedral beachmembers.virtualtourist.com/m/72173/1ca112/
Transport by the Mahino and Eli Creek to Kingfisher Bay for the night
The Mahino Wreck – is the wreck of this trans-Tasman passenger liner which served as a hospital ship in WW1 – it was sold for scrap metal to Japan and was being towed North on July 9th 1935 when it lost rudder control and came ashore in cyclonic conditions. It gained a new job in WW2 – as a practice bombing target. After many decades of pounding winds and corroding salt it is now a crumbling sinking relic.
For your interest – photo of The Mahinowww.panoramio.com/photo/3937492
and the popular but beautiful Eli Creak – where vehicles are for ever getting stuck and lost!!www.trekearth.com/gallery/Oceania/Australi
Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern side of the island pouring millions of gallons of fresh water into the sea each hour. A popular swimming area and the boardwalk which follows the creek inland passes through banksia, and pandanus.
On the way to Kingfisher Bay Resort we will stop off at McKenzies Jetty – which was built in 1919 and from where logs and sawn timber from the Islands only sawmill (established in 1918) were shipped to the mainland.
And at the former Z Force Commandos training base – below North White Cliffs. The tunnels and fortresses are still there today.
And then on to Kingfisher Bay Resort – a world renown resort – the only one on the Western side of the Island – with everything, including a 5 star dining area.
It will be here as the sun sinks and the lights of the huge resort pool and landscaped gardens come on that we will have our farewell dinner..
Kingfisher Bay Resorten.academic.ru/dic.nsf/hotels/700056943
There will be Prawns (shrimp), Bugs and spanner crab on the barbeque, and a team of Aboriginal Dancers Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal dancers will perform and a didgidoo will be played – you might even get the chance to try it!! www.nunukulyuggera-aboriginaldancers.com/
Then there will be dancing round the pool and our special guest – Hugh Jackman will be there too and you never know – he might even dance with one or two of you!!
He has also bought a couple of good friends – Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – who enjoyed the singing and dancing.
The evening will finish with Hugh Jackman singing – “I Still Call Australia Home” – by request!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7VX2rPrKXs
And – Oprah’s finale at The Sydney Opera House – with great background pictures of Australia and many celebrities!! (and the “Me” in the heading isn’t me!! www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUIYN-6tO1Q&featur
Ferry to Hervey Bay – rest of day free in Hervey Bay
For your interest Picture of The ferryrkannesley.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/heritag
and of Hervey Bay – the Whale watching capital of Australia!!shortgetaways.com.au/hervey_bay_23.html
You are invited to an Aussie flavour BBQ at my place – at 5.00pm, to watch the sun sink on your final evening in Oz!! (for the Americans!!)
Paperbark Smoked oil with Wattleseed and Fresh Bread
Lemon aspen and ginger sauce with Atlantic salmon
Gumleaf salmon sushi
Cheesefruit cream on game wrapped figs
Fillet of Beef with Pepperberries
Bunya nut vegetarian pie
Beef with garlic and gumleaf
Balmain bugs and whiting
Whole Baby Barramundi and Munthari Butter Sauce
Austro-Asian style roast pork, chicken or beef
Lemon myrtle rum baba
Fruit spice ice cream
Recipes from www.cherikoff.net/cherikoff/index.php?s=re
Depart for Brisbane early diverting by Australia Zoo – to see some Aussie Wildlife , see the crocodiles being fed – and maybe get to cuddle a koala
Australia Zoo www.australiazoo.com.au/
I hope you enjoyed joining me in this little corner of Paradise!!