After arriving back
from Fraser Island last night it was drivetime. Unfortunately one of the major downfalls of Eric (our van) is that
he is not well powered and also struggles with radio stations. Heather’s iPod is now dead, and ten hours of country
music is too much for even the most strong willed traveller. We have spent the past 24hrs stoked on iced coffee;
punctuated with cans of ‘V’ and energy foods. The drives have been pretty intensive; last night we clocked a good
700km before retiring in a petrol car park at 2am. We might have carried on if we hadn’t been so short on
After waking (cold) again this morning, we were straight back on the road, heading up the Gold Coast
over the Tropic of Capricorn and into barrier reef country. Fields and fields of sugar cane line the lone-laned
highway that hems the coast, and good weather made the next 700km of driving easy. We arrived in Airlie Beach at
around two this afternoon, and the over-helpful tourist office equipped us with an itinerary for the next two days.
Tomorrow is our crash course scuba trip over the reef, and the next day will be spent at Australia’s best beach
(winner this year). Finally some ‘chill with the still’ time.