Well unfortunately we had some issues with our laptop and with all our photos stored there, we were unable to update the blog. We're back in Sydney now but don't want to leave anyone hanging, so I will be updating the last part of our trip.
We left off in Hervey Bay in Queensland. We were keen to do a whale watching cruise and were very lucky to get on one as the season was just coming to a close and many tours were no longer operating. We managed to get aboard "Shayla", a smaller catamaran, for her last journey of the season.
Unfortunately it was a bit of a choppy day and in the smaller vessel it took us three hours to get out to the northern end of the bay where the whales had been spotted. Being the end of the season we only managed to spot one whale and her calf and spent a couple of hours following them around. We got reasonably close but they were obvously feeling pretty lazy and didn't feel like doing any exciting acrobatics for us. We were only able to get a few photos - nothing too great unfortunately:
After a mexican buffet lunch at the Eurong Resort, the next stop was Lake McKenzie. This is a real drawcard for the island - the photos all show this crystal clear, still lake surrounded by sand but it was rather windy and cloudy when we got there and there were SO MANY people that it really wasn't like the brochure at all! Seemed quite strange swimming in fresh water at a beach like area though!
We drove to Indian Head, which is the only rock to be found on the island. It gave us a great view of the surrounds:
Throughout our trips we came upon various vehicles stuck in the sand (mainly the hire vehicles filled with young backpackers!) Our bus driver was awesome and managed to drive some of the more tricky terrain to the Champagne Pools:
After morning tea we called briefly past the "coloured sands" and then on to the Maheno shipwreck. This ship was stranded on its way from Melbourne in 1935 and has remained on the beach ever since, slowly sinking lower and lower into the sand with almost 3 and a half stories buried below:
We checked out the beaches, jetties, shops and cafes. We rode right to the end and then returned slowly back. We had a little rain and stopped at the most AWESOME french bakery for some pastries and a milkshake. We stopped at the Vic Hislop Shark Show. This place looked like it was opened in the 80's and hasn't had a thing done to it since. Vic has hunted, captured and studied sharks for the last 30 years. There were walls covered with newspaper clippings of shark attacks throughout the world - rather confronting!
Noosa itself was absolutely packed out with people - with close to 10,000 competitors and many support people heading to the area.
After the race, we went back with Lee and his fellow mates from his triathlon club to their accomodation, before we headed out for some food: