Fraser Island Cleanup Trip report
Well what a trip. It started Thursday arvo with Mark & Jen arriving at inskip followed by myself and Brad rocking up at about 9.30 and setting up our swags.
With the others going to bed I headed off to catch up with the boys from the Gold Coast Club.
Friday morning we were joined by Kev & Julie, Mick, Frank, Simone, Nicole and Chris, Stan & Jo, Rob & Deno, Frank, Bart, Jen and the 3 munchkins.
We joined the line up for the barge which by 5.30 was 2k long. It took a while but we all got across and headed around hook point and had a great run up the beach to Happy Valley where we had a quick stop and booked a table for Saturday night dinner.
A couple of ks up the beach we arrived at our Eli Creek camp. After setting up we had lunch and went for a drive to Lake Mackenzie and Central Station before heading back through Eurong to camp for dinner.
Friday night was a quiet affair with an 8amstart planned for Saturday most went to bed early.
Saturday morning after breakfast we headed up the beach to Indian Head and then on to Champagne Pools with the keen members having a swim in the bubbles.
After the swim we headed off towards Orchid Beach along the way decided to drop down onto Waddy Beach and head out to the point for morning tea.
A few members went for another walk while others set up to go fishing. It was such a great spot that we decided to spend a couple of hours there while we waited for the tide to turn and start going our drive to the cape and lighthouse.
A few members needed a coffee so we left the fishes on the beach and headed to the shop at Orchid. While there we found that for the girls to get the key for the toilet we needed to spend money at the bar. Well a sacrifice was made and after a few ales we headed back down the beach to catch up with others and make our way to the cape.
The trip north was quiet easy with the lower tide and with a bit of fun on the by-pass track around Ngkala and a little challenge with the rocks saw a couple of quick recoveries needed.
As we turned the corner at the cape the scenery was spectacular with the rough seas turning into a tranquil inviting lake and the sand dunes seem to go on forever.
A couple of ks further along the beach we came to the start of the 1km walking track up to the lighthouse. The track was easy for some and a challenge for others with the view from the lighthouse making it worthwhile.
By now it was 3.00 and with dinner at the pub booked for 6.00 it was time to head back down the beach to camp. On the way we had a bit more fun with the by-pass tracks and arrived back at camp at about 5.00.
After a quick cleanup we headed off to Happy Valley for dinner and arrived to find members of the North Coast Club having the same idea.
Dinner was ordered and we settled in for a very social evening with the old salts getting to know the new members .
After dinner we made our way back to camp and congregated under the club gazebo where we were entertained by Stan and young Nicole with their guitars and handy singing.
I’m sure everyone will agree we had a great night of singing and laughing with plenty of water being consumed.
Sunday morning we had a sleep in and after breakfast headed down the beach to our cleanup area at Gabala. We had about 3ks to do, so we stretched out along the beach and went to work filling many bags with all sorts of rubbish.
We had a couple of interesting finds, including a broken foxwing awning and an unused French item of the rubber kind.
After we finished cleaning our area we dropped off the rubbish and headed back to camp for lunch and an afternoon of fishing and relaxing with some heading up to Eli Creek and The Maheno.
At about 5.00 we headed down to Eurong for the thank you BBQ put on by 4wd Qld. With such a big group of clubs it took a while to get everyone fed and then they started drawing the winners of the sum $20,000 in prizes. Mark won a Karcher pressure washer which I’m sure will get plenty of use.
The Ocean Crusader crew who were doing the data collecting for the event let us know the amount of rubbish each club collected with our friends at the Gold Coast Club who had 12ks to clean picked up the most with just under 700kgs. As for Caloundra we can hold our heads high with just under 300kgs collected. Not bad for small club.
In total the clubs collected some 7,000kgs of rubbish, a fantastic effort.
After the BBQ we headed back to camp and with the temp dropping fast we had a quick night cap and retired to our warm beds.
Monday morning we worked together as a club and helped each other pack up camp then headed down to the barge and home, feeling good in the knowledge that we had been part of a great event and look forward to returning next year.
I would like to thank all members who were able to attend the event for your efforts over the weekend and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.