Friday, May 15, 2015

Beef 2015!!

We had nooooo idea that every three years the town of Rockhampton hosts a massive event called Beef Australia. It was very hard to find a room. Rockhampton was sold out, as were all the surrounding towns. We lucked out getting the last spot in this caravan park about 11km south of Rockhampton. Since we were there, we decided we should go!

Man, it WAS a big deal. HUGE! Massive barns of show and breeding cows. Buying and selling. Three stage with singers and bands etc. we only went in for the evening, so it was $10 instead of the daily $30 price. It was...interesting. :)

Monday, May 11, 2015


Like Fraser Island, I highly recommend the Whitsundays Islands! What we really wanted to do was go on a tall ship sailing trip through the islands, but by the time we were ready to book they were all full. But what we did was great! We went on a...well basically like a ferry out to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. It's the biggest of the islands, but it's uninhabited. The most famous attraction is Whitehaven Beach. Beautiful white sands, gorgeous beach. We were there just at the end of stinger jellyfish season, but the staff still recommended stinger suits. So, we wore lovely stinger suits! :) Basically Lycra bodysuits. :)

After 2 hours there we headed to Daydream Island for lunch and the rest of the afternoon. Daydream Island is one big resort, but it's pretty awesome. Had a great lunch while watching stone-curlews and seagulls fight over food they could steal. The stone-curlews do this odd hissing thing. They look scary, but they're not. 

Then we fed some fish in the ocean, took a lovely rainforest walk, mom went into a hot tub for a bit and we just hung out appreciating the beauty. There are two families of kangaroos on the island, one on the south end, on one the north end. Took pictures of them both. :) All in all, a great day.

Fraser Island

If you're ever of the east coast of Australia, don't miss Fraser Island! So beautiful! It's off the coast of Airlir Beach. The largest sand island I the world, yet it also has an amazing rainforest jungle on it! It also has possibly the purest dingos left, they haven't interbred with domestic dogs like many on the mainland.

We travelled along 75-Mile beach to these sand formations called the Pinacles, then stopped at the wreck of the SS Mareno, a early 1900s cruise ship. After lunch we headed inland to see Lake Mckenzie. The sand at this lake is almost pure silica so it's great for your skin and hair. The water too.

Well we're swimming along, we've exfoliated, and suddenly dad holds his hand up and says uh oh, Chandra I have a problem. His wedding ring slipped off! Luckily I did have goggles in the bus...which was almost half a mile away. So I chug up the hill, get the goggles, bring the, back and start looking. Without a snorkel, it's very hard! Then one of our fellow visitors appears with snorkel gear! :) He found it almost immediately!! I was amazed, I truly did not think we'd find it and that dad would be getting a new ring for their 50th anniversary. :)

I SOOOO wanted to see dingos there, but we saw nothing! Then about 100 feet from the jetty, there's a little guy curled up just off the road sleeping! :) we get off the bus and minutes later another one shows up skulking around. So awesome!!!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

I'm not kidding about the size of the storm!!!

It truly was a CRAZY storm yesterday. I grew up in Vancouver, I know rain. This was unbelieveably bad. I was driving, and as we came through Brisbane yesterday it was raining so hard I truly could not see the line dividers. It was a BAD storm. Not a normal storm for the area.

Check out the damage.

Sun came out

After the hellacious rain yesterday, today was beautiful. We went to see the Glass House Mountains then the Australia Zoo. Which was AWESOME! :) Unfortunately I was an idiot and scraped along a railing on the way out. Sigh. Oh well.

On our way up to the Glass House Mountains we saw our first wild marsupials! :) Two wallabies at the side of the road. So cute.

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