27.04.2012 - 30.04.2012
Early start to drive to Gympie to catch the Mary Valley Rattler. We boarded the train at the Old Gympie station for a 3 hr trip through the Mary River valley to Amamoor and return. The weather was wet and the cloud and mist was shrouding the valley so visibility was not good, however the trip was enjoyable. The train locomotive was a Class C17 number 967 built in 1950 by Walkers Ltd at Maryborough, the carriages were built at the Queensland Rail Ipswich Workshops in the 1920's.
On the drive back to Rainbow Beach we detoured to Tin Can Bay, as the sign at the pub were we had lunch said, 'Tin Can Bay is a drinking village with a fishing problem', with a boat in most yards this seems quite apt.
Sunday we were picked up at the caravan park for a tour of Fraser Island, after crossing to the island by barge, we drove along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to Eurong Beach Resort were we had morning tea, we then continued up the beach to see the wreck of the cruise ship Maheno and the coloured sands of the Pinnacles. At the Pinnacles we took a short joy flight over the island, quite an experience taking off and landing on the beach. We rejoined the bus at Eli Creek, the clear waters of the creek flows through the dunes out to sea.
Lunch back at Eurong Beach Resort then to Central Station, a former forestry camp with huge satinay, scribbly gum, brush box and kauri trees. We walked along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek which flows gently and silently through lush rainforest. Then onto the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie.
Before leaving Rainbow Beach we walked along the beach to the Coloured Sand, on the way we saw two 4WD's that had been caught in the rising tide the previous week, both were badly damaged, one half buried in sand.