The next morning wake up fresh and ready for the day ahead, Chloe, Emil and I jump on a bus to rent a car from Nelly Bay. We end up using Road Runner Scooter Hire who are really helpful picking us up from the ferry port and giving us all the info we need. It costs $100 for 24hours and $100 security and then $2 for every 10km we go over our 50km allowance.
First place we stop is Geoffrey Bay where you can feed the rock wallabies who are super cute. Very friendly and must only eat certain foods like carrots and apples – no bread! I have an apple and start throwing chunks at them, but then one steals the whole thing which is cute and funny. There is a small baby one, but mainly are older looking ones. The rocks they live in are cool and magnectic island is full of huge boulders and rock. Could actually be called Boulder Island! We bump into Semara, Becky and Georga who have rented one of the cute little barbie topless cars, which are like golf buggies so great to nip about in, but no good for the 4×4 roads.
After the wallabies we head to Horseshoe Bay, where I see Frank and a bolton guy James from Airlie. We swim in the nets used to keep out the Box Jellyfish, but its warm and murky so don’t stay for too long as have more places to go. Horseshoe bay is cute little strip of shops and one bar, very tranquil.
The next visit is too to radical bay along the road you can only drive along if you have 4×4 as it has huge holes in it and craters. It’s great fun driving along it though and just like a Fraser island drive. We stop at only one of the bays on the first day, with more to do tomorrow.
We do a quick stop at Picnic Bay as another netted swimming area, but it’s very much like the horseshoe bay one so don’t bother going in as need to make way to the sunset point.
Another road you can only do in the 4×4 is westpoint and that is also a fun road to drive. We go there for the sunset, but it’s quite cloudy so not a perfect sunset. Still good to see and there are a few others with the same idea. It’s a funny place and not sure if the nearby house is meant to be private, as a few leave to go fishing on the beach. We don’t stay til the end as I don’t want to drive too much in the pitch black.
When we get back after the sunset we chill around the hostel then drive to base making use of the car and easier and cheaper than taxi. Chloe doesn’t mind not drinking and so takes us there and back, along with another swede from the room who is quite cool and a big Swedish House fan. On the way we pass about 30 wallabies on the arcadia green eating. We try to stop, but they all instantly run away when see the headlights. It’s not as good as all playing bingo so in groups, asvwe arrive later. I see Frank who tells me of a kangaroo accident they had on their scooter and it died. A baby one lucky for them as a adult could have really caused damage and injury. A few people go to the beach to party, but cab is just too expensive on your own at $25 so leave with Chloe despite being very tempted as 12 feels too early.
22nd February 2016