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Hervey Bay – Ahead of my Fraser Island Tour
Tuesday 1st March – Hervey Bay, Australia
The majority of the hostel here in Noosa had gone out for a wild night on the town last night. I had expected to be the only person up and about this morning with everyone nursing their hang overs, and was surprised to find most people already up. I wondered if I had slept in. For whatever reason this was, I had my breakfast and got on with the morning. I got my things together and prepared to move on from Noosa.
It was a sad moment to be leaving here, as I have enjoyed it immensely, but in a way, it felt like it was time to move on. I think not having gone out last night has distanced me from the others. I now wasn’t part of the main group of people, so it’s just as well I am moving onwards. I was excited at the prospect of travelling to Hervey Bay where I would be taking a tour of Fraser Island. I have heard a lot of positive comments about the island.
I left with Kristina, also going to Fraser Island, but she was stopping at Rainbow beach. We waited over an hour for the delayed Greyhound bus, and finally got on our way. I was going to miss Kristina having spent a lot of time together in Noosa, yet on the bus there was no conversation whatsoever. The earphones went in and the IPOD switched on, and I was left to look out the window whilst Kristina relaxed to her favourite tunes. It didn’t really matter as I prefer just to sit and take in the sights while travelling from place to place.
At Rainbow beach I said farewell to Kristina and travelled onwards to Hervey Bay. Being very late, all the shuttles had gone, and I was left to find my way to the hostel using some very basic instructions from the hostel owner over the phone. It was a long walk in the blistering heat, but once at the hostel, I could relax. And a nice hostel it was, too.
The Woolshed Backpackers was exactly as I imagined it would be given the name. Several converted barns made up the rooms, and were all placed around a lovely garden. Seats were positioned amongst the plants and water feature, and shelter was offered by the canopy of tree branches above your head. It was the perfect place to find a quiet place and relax. At this moment in time the hostel was not very busy, and other than the people in my room and the odd person in the kitchen, I didn’t meet anybody else.
The kitchen and eating area was in the main building – the Woolshed – and was littered with old ornaments and memorabilia that kept me fascinated for quite some time. This place had real character, and I love hostels like this. The free WIFI also helped immensely. I spent a while talking to the hostel owner about the possible tours to take on Fraser Island, and settled on a 3 day 2 night tour with Cool Dingos. The rest of the day was mine to wander about Hervey Bay, visiting the beach and the screeching birds fussing about in the tall trees around the sea front.
The DVD player in the room helped to see out the rest of the evening with my roommates, whilst the comfy beds helped to encourage sleepy feelings for the night ahead.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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