10 Day Road Trip: Day 8

Day 8 was spent with our relatives and they took us to a lovely place for lunch and then on a beautiful scenic drive to Rosins Lookout.

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It was a quiet, relaxing day which is what we both needed before heading off again tomorrow and making our way back home – but not before still enjoying a few more stops along the way!

❤ MeLzY

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10 Day Road Trip: Day 7

After a relaxing weekend in Hervey Bay (I say relaxing because we didn’t do much driving), it was time for us to hit the road again and start heading back down South.

We were originally going to keep driving up North to Bundaberg but decided against it when we realised how much more driving we were going to have to do that day in order to be back at our relatives place to sleep that night.

So instead, we decided to drive the tourist drive that will eventually take us to where our relatives lived.

We drove to Tin Can Bay first, it sounds like a fun little town but in reality there isn’t much there at all. It’s a very small sleepy town where I think most people would know eachother.

So we continued on to the tourist drive, which started at Manly. Manly was a beautiful little place to stop and stretch your legs on the pier, which we were in desperate need of doing by then. This pier was different to other’s we’d seen because at the end of it were little huts you can picnic under and also the stairs at the end aswell, which you can use to go for a swim. It was nice and original to see because piers all normally look the same.

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We continued on through Wellington Point, where we drove to the beach to take a quick photo before driving on.

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And then stopped to see the Cleveland Point lighthouse.

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Whilst driving along the tourist drive, we came across some lovely beaches and Marina’s.

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And then we arrived at our relatives place to rest for the night.

So not a hectic jam packed day of adventure but a nice one still at that.

❤ MeLzY

 

10 Day Road Trip: Day 6

On day 6 we woke up bright and early for our day trip to Fraser Island.

The tour bus picked us up from the Beach Motel, which was nice and convenient for us and soon we were off on the ferry that took us on a half hour ride to Fraser Island.

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This particular tour bus is the only one that picks up all 16 passengers and then also boards the ferry with us ready to start the island tour direct off the ferry. All other tours meet their passengers on Fraser Island off the ferry but then this bus has very little suspension, so we found the ride to be very bumpy and rough, whereas all the other tour busses are better equipped for this kind of driving conditions.

Once we arrived on Fraser Island, we were off! The island is basically all sand and rainforest, with so many different types of trees, our driver never stopped talking. It was a quite informative day to say the least.

Our first stop was the beautiful Lake Mackenzie. With water so clear and sand like no other, it is the finest sand you will ever see and it’s also good for cleaning jewellery and exfoliating your skin. We could have stayed here all day.

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Because it’s a lake, the water was all natural rainwater and was nice enough to drink.

It was absolute heaven and we didn’t want to leave, but stop number two (and lunch) was calling us, which was Central Station.

Central Station was where the indigenous people used to live.
It has a small school and various boards that explain how the people lived back then. It was quite interesting and very informative.

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Also at Central Station is Wanggoolba Creek. Which is a ribbon of rainforest in a sheltered gully. It was a beautiful walk to have after a nice lunch. A lot of work was put into this boardwalk for tourists to enjoy.

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Once we had all finished our walk, it was back in the bus to drive on the sand along 75 mile beach. We didn’t stop here to swim and we were ok with that because there was a lot of algy in the water, so it wasn’t very inviting but still lovely to look at and also very relaxing because driving on the sand made it the smoothest ride we’d had all day!

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The beach seriously felt like it went on forever and we didn’t even drive the whole length of it. We drove to our next stop which was also on the beach. The ship wreck. This ship was transporting goods when it became ship wrecked. They had planned to get it out and take it back but one of the parts fell off it so they decided to just leave it there. It was originally in the water but over time it has ended up on the sand, which makes it easier for tourists to see and take photo’s of.

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Also whilst driving along 75 mile beach we stopped to look at The Pinnacles which are coloured sand formations.

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Our last stop for the day on Fraser Island was Eli Creek, also situated along 75 mile beach. It is a natural rain water flowing creek and people walk along the overhead boardwalk and then either choose to swim down it, walk it- because the water is only knee to waist high deep or sit on a rubber tube and let it take them along it. It was a nice fun way to end the day but it was too populated with tourists as well as locals.

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So after a whole day on Fraser Island, it was time to get back on the ferry to take us back to our hotel for another night in Hervey Bay.

It was a jam packed day with numerous stops but we weren’t rushed at any of them. We had enough time at each one. And the best part was, we had a day off from driving, which is always nice during a road trip.

❤ MeLzY

10 Day Road Trip: Day 5

After such an enjoyable evening spent walking the esplanade of Mooloolba on day 4, you wouldn’t expect to also have a fantastic morning at your next destination- but we did.

We arrived at Noosa around 7:30am, which is quite early, so we didn’t expect the place to be buzzing with people yet. But it was. There was a triathlon on that particular day we were there, so there were cyclists everywhere and people training and lots of other people just out to watch them.
The beach was already packed with people, either sun baking or already swimming because the weather was already hot. It was just crazy. It wasn’t what we had expected to find at Noosa at all, but we really enjoyed it.

For us, Noosa was only a stop before reaching our sleeping destination- Hervey Bay, so we thought we would just drive around the town, see what’s there and keep going. But we couldn’t. They have the most wonderful boardwalks along the beach and we just had to walk them.

So the next hour or so was spent walking along the boardwalks, while every single person there ran past us. It really seems like the kind of place that if you live there, you have to run on this boardwalk daily, because that’s all everyone was doing. But we were quite happy to walk it.

Once we finished our morning walk, we went to Laguna Lookout, which was just beautiful.

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Once finished with Noosa, we hit the road again to make our way to Hervey Bay.

We found there wasn’t a whole lot to see or do in Hervey Bay, so we just walked around the Marina and the longest pier we’d ever come across.

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One thing we learnt on day 5 was that you can’t always listen to other people. You have to try things yourself. People had told us Noosa was boring and Hervey Bay was great, but we found them to be the opposite.

Soon, another day was over and we couldn’t wait for the next one because a day trip adventure awaited!

❤ MeLzY

 

 

 

10 Day Road Trip: Day 4

Another day up bright and early – (it’s amazing how little sleep you get whilst on a road trip) to set off for more driving as well as adventures along the way.

After driving through a few more places along the way, we eventually arrived at the Sunshine Coast. Home of the Big Pineapple.

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Here, you can walk up through the big pineapple and learn all about the process- from how they are grown to how they end up in our supermarkets. It is quite educational and interesting.

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There is also a small organic pineapple farm on the grounds.

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For $5 each, you can take a train ride around the property, passing various varieties of fruit trees and it also takes you around the little zoo they also have on their grounds, where you can choose to get off and have a walk around, or continue on the train.

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From the Big Pineapple, we drove to our next motel for the night in Maroochydore.
We checked in first, then made our way a few minutes away to Mooloolaba to board our whale watching cruise, which we had organised at home.

It was supposed to be a 3 hour cruise (which we already thought was a little too long), but it ended up being a 3.5 hour cruise and not all that enjoyable.

The water was very choppy and a lot of people got sea sick. Because it was late in the season, there aren’t too many whales left around as they are making their way south for the summer, so it took the captain 1.5 hours to finally locate one whale and unfortunately it didn’t put on a show for us and kept hiding, making the captain work hard to keep finding it.
The times we did get to see it, we basically only saw it’s tale, so then it was another 1.5 hours to make our way back to shore.
It was a nice experience (for the little bit we did get to see), but something I would probably not do again.

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The evening in Mooloolaba was the highlight for the day. With their long beautiful esplanade and endless choice for food, it was a great way to end the day before moving on to our next destination in the morning.

❤ MeLzY

 

10 Day Road Trip: Day 3

Day 3 was spent at Tangalooma Island.

We parked our car at Holt Street Wharf in Brisbane and caught the ferry to Tangalooma from there.

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We had pre-purchased a day cruise which entitled us ferry transfers, 7 hours on Tangalooma island, access to 2 of their resort swimming pools and lunch vouchers.

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It was well worth the money.
7 hours on an island might sound like a lot of time, but it surprisingly went past very quickly.

By the time we walked around to see what’s actually there, walked along the beach and took a lot of photo’s, pretty soon it was lunch time. Lunch was yumo and so once we had finished lunch, we went for a dip in one of the resort pools but it was too cold. It was a beautiful looking pool but no heating, which we were very surprised at. Being a resort, you’d expect heated pools. But this is really the only criticism I had for the entire day.

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So we went and swam in the beach for the rest of the afternoon because that was actually a lot warmer and so nice to be in.

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As we walked along the beautiful beach, we came across so many starfish sitting along the sand. I had never seen them so up close before and they are just beautiful creatures!

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Tangalooma Island is known for dolphins. Every night dolphins come to the island and guests hand feed them. Our day cruise only let us stay on the island until 4pm, so we unfortunately missed out on this experience.

This day trip was a highlight for our us during our road trip, a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it to everyone!

❤ MeLzY

10 Day Road Trip: Day 2

Day 2 of our road trip consisted mostly of driving through a lot of places in order to get to our resting place for the evening, which was at a relatives place, with a few stop’s in between.

So from Tamworth, we drove through Armidale, but there wasn’t anything interesting enough for us to stop and see there, so we continued to Glenn Innes (known as the Celtic Country), where I had to find a particular shop and take a photo of it.

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The Big Book shop consists of second hand and antique books, with over 200,000 titles.
Unfortunately for me it wasn’t open when we got there but a peak through the front doors told me it would be very hard to maneuver around the shop anyway, with books piled from floor to ceiling! So a photo was just as good.

Also in Glenn Innes, we went to the Australian Standing Stones.
These stones apparently act as a clock and when aligned with the sun, will tell you what time it is as well as the date.
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From Glenn Innes, we drove on through Tenterfield where we tried to find the big bald rock. It is apparently the largest rock after Ayers Rock and you can climb it. Unfortunately for us, the lady at the information centre gave us the wrong directions, so we didn’t find it!
We did however find Boonoo Boonoo National Park which consisted of a short walk to a lovely waterfall and rock pool.

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Our next stop was Toowoomba. This was also our first stop in Queensland. Not only did we gain an extra hour because they don’t do daylight savings like we do but the weather also changed dramatically. It was beautiful and warm, as opposed to Sydney’s terrible cold windy weather that doesn’t seem to want to change.

At Toowoomba we stopped at Picnic Point Park. Not only did the lookout present us with a beautiful view, but there was also a man made waterfall there, which was stunning!

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People have also put padlocks with their names on it on ‘the hitching rail’, which was a nice touch to the park.

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The park was a lovely place to stop, refresh and stretch our legs a bit before driving on to our relatives place for the night.

Stay tuned for day 3!

❤ MeLzY