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Fraser Island Adventure

Attention travellers: Are you looking for a Fraser Island adventure?

IT’S NO secret that Fraser Island is one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, and as such the world’s largest sand island is well-advertised across the world for adventure.

But when 9-year-old Hayden gasped in awe of his Fraser Island adventure, you could be sure it came with a child-like honesty and conviction. 

Fraser Island adventure simply the best, says Hayden

“This is the best trip ever!” Hayden exclaimed after just one night at Eurolie on Fraser Island, a place also known as K’gari by the traditional owners.

Now, you might think Hayden’s experience with holidays might be limited since he’s nine years of age, but my second grandson has been around a ridge or three.

He’s slept under the stars at Charleville, Goondiwindi, Gympie, Noosa, Airlie Beach, plus a few other places, courtesy of his mum and dad’s “Taj Mahal” of camper trailers.

But sleeping in the games room of a two-story house next to his big brother and with a pool table, a stack of games and bathroom, all within easy reach, was simply the best.

After walking up the internal stairs that lead to a spacious lounge room with another television and more games, plus three bedrooms and another two bathrooms, we had one excited lad.

Then there was the breakfast table, dining table, huge open-plan kitchen with a walk-in pantry and fridge that we’d stocked with goodies, and a large island bench with four bar stools.

Looking through the wall-to-wall windows, we could see across a timber deck to a forest with trees that teased us with branches gently swaying enough to reveal glimpses of the ocean beyond.  

Kookaburra

Discovering wildlife so close

Kookaburras sat in the deck’s timber railings, so close we could almost pat them if we dared. Not us, though – we valued our fingers!

From the deck, we also spotted the occasional goanna foraging for food in the forest’s undergrowth and heard possums in the treetops at night.   

Eurolie on High is nestled amongst tall red gum and paperbark trees, towards the top of Kingfisher Heights, just a few kilometres behind Kingfisher Bay Resort

The home has an air-conditioner but with cool sea breezes and living areas that are cool in summer and warm in winter, there’s little need for its use.

Our accommodation, the holiday home of Kevin and Sandra Alexander, was our base for a week of adventure on Fraser Island. 

Hayden travelled there with his dad, mum and three siblings, who were just as excited as he but not as vocal. 

Adventure to remember

A barge carried their Toyota Prado from Inskip Point to the eastern side of the island where they drove along 75 Mile Beach to Eurong Beach Resort, and then across the island to Kingfisher Bay Resort.

A friend and I also came by a barge that took us from Riverheads to the jetty near Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Over the next few days, we visited iconic places including Lake McKenzie, which is famous pure white silica sand and crystal clear waters.

We also went to Eli Creek, where about four million litres of clear freshwater are pumped into the ocean every hour, and the famous Maheno Shipwreck just north of Happy Valley on 75 Mile Beach.

The kids were even lucky enough to spot some wild dingoes, from the safety of the Prado, wandering along 75 Mile Beach.

Our week was short but wonderfully eventful and one to be remembered for a long time to come.

  • Jocelyn and family were guests of Eurolie on High owners Kevin and Sandra Alexander.
Eurolie on High

Eurolie on High, Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia.

 

Globe Hotel, Bundaberg

Young couple re-open historic pub

By Jocelyn Watts

PICKING tomatoes all day under a hot Queensland sun is more bearable for backpackers when they know there’ll be cold beer on tap close to their bedroom door by night.

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, are providing just that for backpackers and locals alike in their new venture as publicans of the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, they initially wanted to run only the adjacent backpacker hostel but to do that, they also needed to be licensed publicans.

So now they are! They quickly learnt how to pour beer and opened for business on September 1, 2019.

“I always wanted a pub but never knew we’d do it so young,” Hayden said.

“If anyone had asked us three years ago where we thought we’d be now, we couldn’t have imagined this, Emma having been in retail and me a farmhand.

“The most nerve-wracking thing was being of a younger age and thinking people wouldn’t take us seriously for the venture we’ve undertaken.

“It was quite overwhelming at first but having the locals and new people coming in encouraging us made things easier.”

Great spot for backpackers

The Bundaberg-born couple said the Globe was an excellent spot for backpackers, many of whom come here for their required 88 days of regional work.

“We have just 16 beds; we know everyone by name and can have a yarn and a laugh with them. They can even meet our beautiful pub dog Bessie.”

Emma said backpackers could find jobs all year round, picking small crops and packing fruit sheds.

“Early each morning, Hayden drives the backpackers to the farms and greets them again at the end of the day,” she said.

“At the Globe, backpackers have access to facilities such as kitchen, bath, showers and washing machine as well as a common room and big outdoor area.”

Old world charm in the city centre

Hayden said the Globe was one of only a few country pubs left in the centre of Bundaberg.

“There aren’t many places still around that have kept their heritage atmosphere.

“We want to spruce it up with some fresh paint but keep its old colouring and features such as the old timber-lined cold room; that’s what people like to see.”

What’s next?

Emma and Hayden are yet to decide what new services they’ll introduce at the Globe. 

“We already have a wedding and wake booked in but otherwise it’s about testing the water and seeing what people want,” Hayden said.

“There are no poker machines; no gambling. Please come in for a cold beer and a yarn!”

Young couple re-open the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, re-open the historic Globe Hotel in Bundaberg.

Making headlines in the Bundaberg Newsmail

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2018 Pre-World White Water Rafting Championship

Why hold world-class white water rafting championships at Tully?

Watching all the adrenalin pumping action on the first day of the 2018 Pre-World White Water Rafting Championship on 11 May was certainly a highlight of my five-week house-sitting stint in Tully.

Before visiting Tully, I knew the town of 2390 people and located 140 kilometres south of Cairns in North Queensland was reputed to be the wettest town in Australia.

It has an average annual rainfall of more than 4000 millimetres. The highest ever annual rainfall in a populated area of Australia, 7900 millimetres, was recorded in Tully in 1950.

The Golden Gumboot monument stands as a testament to these records.

At 7.9 metres tall, the boot represents the town’s record 1950 rainfall. An inside spiral staircase takes you to the top for a view of the town. Tully also holds an annual Golden Gumboot Festival.

Australia’s best white water rafting river?

What I didn’t know was the nearby Tully River is arguably the best rafting river in Australia.

It’s no wonder Tully was chosen to host this year’s national rafting championship in May, which was a build-up event to the International Rafting Federation’s (IRF) 2019 World Rafting Championship (WRC).

On 11 May I was lucky enough to find a terrific spectator viewing spot to watch the first day of action when some of the world’s best rafters competed in the sprint and head-to-head disciplines.

In just a few hours I learnt a lot about the sport and watched in awe as rafters navigated their way through the Tully River’s rapids, fringed by world heritage tropical rainforest.

However, you don’t have to be the best in the world to experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Tully River throughout the year. 

Thrill-seekers of all levels, even beginners, can book half or full-day tours through www.wildsideadventures.com.au or www.ragingthunder.com.au.

Below are some photos from the first day of the 2018 Pre-World White Water Rafting Championship at Tully.

AWW Rafting Championship 2018

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