Fraser Day 3- Lake Wabby and Billerbean

Last day of the trip and wake up early to sunshine and a clean camp as everyone actually washed up this time so Chris is much happier with us all, as he only gets $300 per trip he does twice a week. Also wake up to the horrible March Flies that plague the camp and constantly trying to sting us all. Had a much better sleep too through using the sleeping bag as a pillow instead of laying on it since it’s so thin it does nothing.

We need to leave camp on time to get to Lake Wabby and go via the Happy Valleys resort to get more ice and supplies. It’s straight along the beach to get there and then it’s a 45minute walk through the forest to get to the lake. It’s a super tough walk as so hot and on sand plus feeling tired from the camp drinks the night before, but totally worth it when get there. The sand dunes that surround it are so big and hide it, so at first when you get to them, you could think that the lake has dried up and been taken by them. In the lake the water is so refreshing after the walk and is full of the fish that eat the deadskin and so spend about an hour with the fish pecking at my skin. I thought it might tickle but you can’t feel anything really apart from the odd larger one that gives you a good bite. As the lake is so calm it’s also good to swim in and can do a good few lengths trying to build up my paddling strength for my last surfing in agnes. I bump into Orla and Ruby the young girls from Noosa as we head back. The walk back is even harder than arriving as have to walk up the sand dunes, so you just sink with every step and easiest way is to walk in the footprints already about.

Once arrive back at the cars, after what seemed like over an hour of walking not 45mins, there are about 4-5 dingoes checking out the cars for food. They are small ones and look just like dogs so seem harmless enough and definitely not scared of humans as even when confronted by our guide Chris they don’t really back off and look like they are posing for all the pics.

From here we head to Eurong for lunch and then go to the final spot, which is lake billerbean. The drive here is much longer and mostly inland driving through the forest and is super bumpy and off roading, which Chloe does.

Lake Billerbean is very much like Lake McKenzie but the sand here is so white and chalky, especially against tanned feet and legs. The weather isn’t great for here with big waves from the wind and a lot of clouds, so it’s actually so much warmer in the water than out. We all play volleyball in the water. At first with a small group then nearly the whole group, which is the first time everyone interacted together as it’s quite a seperate and at times shy group.

After Lake Billerbean we head to the Ferry and I do the final drive as not done the inland yet. It’s very different to the beach with more soft sand so the car pulls and slips much more, so when your on narrow roads it really takes a lot to make sure you don’t veer off into a tree. Great fun though and a contrast to the beach where you have the pedal to the floor.

We get to the ferry in good time and once on can just chill out on the deck while we leave Fraser behind. It takes about an hour and then it’s a 30min drive to the hostel which Sophie does. We then both need to help Chris switching the cars for the next tour tomorrow after they are emptied out, which is cool to have a chance to drive on the main roads rather than just Fraser’s which has no traffic so easy. A good end to the trip and ready for the after party later in Hervey Bay.

12th February 2016

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