On Jan 6 we flew from Sydney to Brisbane. In the afternoon we had a wonderful stroll along the river and visited the Botanical Garden.

The other day we rented a car and headed toward the Gold Coast. Wonderful broad beaches and lots of high-rise apartments. The next stop was in Byron Bay. We walked the Cape Byron Walking Track toward the lighthouse where we saw a wallaby. The other day we drove to Noosa where we walked through the Noosa National Park. It covers the headlands with a great coastal scenery and a string of bays with great surfing. The rangers in the National Park write every day on a blackboard at the entrance where are the coalas. After checking the table we have spotted koalas in the eucalyptus trees.

The next station was the world heritage area Fraser Island. This is the world’s largest sand island with giant dunes, ancient rainforests, lots of lakes and wildlife including the dingo. We had booked a tour that started in Rainbow Beach and brought us by ferry to Fraser Island where a 4WD waited for us. After a one hour drive through the forrest we walked to the blue water Lake Mackenzie. Unfortunately the roads were very bumpy and the driver drove very fast so my wife had problems with her hip.

We returned the same day back to Rainbow Beach instead of spending the night on Fraser Island as planned. The next day we attended the dolphin feeding in Tin Can Bay and then we flew to Mackay.