Today I’m really proud to introduce you to a very special debut guest blogger: Angus Ellerman. Angus just finished year three and is nine years old. He recently travelled to Fraser Island with his dad Anthony and took lots of photos and made a video about his trip.
Fraser Island by Angus Ellerman
A couple of weeks ago, Daddy and I went to Fraser Island. We left at 4:50am in the Subaru Brumby. Dad had already packed the previous night. We set off for our trip. We drove for a while until we got to where we could drive along the beach.
We drove along the beach, which was the first time I have ever driven along a beach. It was fun. I wasn’t used to looking out the window and seeing the sea beside us in the car. I usually stand still in front of the water. We saw the coloured rocks that looked amazing. They were red, orange, brown and yellow. We went into a bush track and eventually got to Rainbow Beach. At Rainbow Beach we had some breakfast; huge plates of fried egg and bacon and orange juice. I was pretty hungry by then.
After breakfast we drove up to the point, where we got onto the car ferry. The car ferry was green. We hopped out of the car onto the sand to have a quick stretch of our legs before the ferry arrived. The ferry trip was not very long. When we got to Fraser Island, we drove along the beach to get to the inland track , following some tour buses. The tour buses went past the inland track and kept going along the beach. We decided to go the inland track.
We stopped at some lakes – Eurong Lake. We had a quick splash in the water and then we started driving again, off to central station.
We would be camping at central station. After we had set up camp, we drove to get to Lake Mackenzie. It was an amazing time at Lake Mackenzie.
The lake was refreshing and the water was so clear and blue. We were lucky at the time we arrived because it wasn’t very crowded at all. There were only three other people there! We spent about two hours swimming and then we headed back to the camp site.
Before we started driving we had a few crackers- which were chilly flavoured. I didn’t like them one bit! We headed off back to Central Station. For dinner we had steak, packet pasta and cooked tomatoes. Before we went to beat, the marsh flies and mosquitoes started buzzing around. We were quick to get in the tent by 6pm.
We slept for a few hours when a storm woke us up! There was lots of lightning and thunder and I found it hard to go back to sleep. There was a lot of heavy rain and dad had to check that we weren’t getting wet. But the next morning, our tarp had completely collapsed! It was bent in the middle! We spent numerous hours in the morning trying to fix it! Eventually we had rip off the metal on the end, to roll it up.
We headed off to see some things. But first a stop at Lake Mackenzie! We spent less time this time as we needed to head off soon. When we went off, our first stop was Eurong beach. We had some lunch which was some meat pies. Next we went to Eli Creek, which wasn’t far. I got my boogie board out and kicked along the creek. It was pretty fun as it wasn’t too shallow until it got to the end, when it trailed out to the sea.
Then we went to see the ship wreck. It wasn’t in one piece. It was in three. We had a look around it and then we decided we needed to go. We drove along the beach to get to the ferry area. There was a big line and we got out for about ten minutes before the ferry arrived to pick us up. When we got on the other side, we decided to get back home via the highway instead of the beach. Dad had to pump up the tyres as we let the air out, to drive on the beach.
When we got home it was about six o’clock. We had pizza for dinner with Hamish and Natasha. It was great fun weekend and a cool adventure to have!
There are some books which are published after you need them. These are the books that speak to your heart because they seem to understand exactly what you have been going through. Joan Wilson-Jones has written a book called “Who Cares” which my mother and I wish was published before my father died. Her book is part memoir and part practical handbook, and is based on her experience caring for her partner, who died as a result of Prostate Cancer. She wrote the book because she could not find anything like it, when she was looking for something to guide her through the difficult job of being a carer.
Joan is having her book launch this Friday. I can’t attend as I will be setting up my photographic exhibition for the weekend, however, I strongly urge any who is caring for a seriously ill person to attend this book launch. This book is invaluable.
There’s something magical about the golden colours of autumn. The bright reds and greens which over time fade into rustic colours before they drop to the ground. Living in Brisbane we don’t experience the dramatic changes in season. There is a Maple Leaf tree in our street, but to experience the real colours of autumn, you need to travel somewhere colder. Stanthorpe is a perfect location for this.
I highly recommend that you call the Visitor Information Centre before going, to ensure that the leaves are still on the trees. A three hour trip is a long way to go if they have already fallen… http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au 1800 SO COOL is their phone number.
I do not need to be convinced that holidays are important for the mental health of my family. I only have to look back at our photographs to see the joy in the subtle movements of my children, and the expressions on their faces. Everything that seemed too hard, becomes ok with a bit of distance and perspective. Even kids who couldn’t drag themselves to school a minute longer suddenly get a zest for life that is contagious. Holidays are a precious investment into the health and well being of my family. They’re not sacred, they’re a staple.
These photos were taken at Seven Mile Beach at Lennox Heads, in New South Wales at Easter.