Emma and I bussed it down to Airlie Beach where we finally saw some sun! Us being British and sun deprived we obviously got sunburnt lying on the beach. No worries though a cold shower and some aloe vera sorted us out! We met up with my friend, Yaz, who I had travelled with in Japan and she was driving us down from Airlie Beach to Brisbane with some stop offs along the way. I'm not going to lie, this was a while ago and I'm struggling to remember the names of everywhere we stopped off at. The first place was between Airlie and Mackay. It was a waterfall that we swam in and jumped off rocks into the water. We saw lots of cookaburrys and lizards. Next stop was Mackay where we stayed at Yaz's house. We ate our weight in Mexican and Ice Cream and had an early night before heading down to Rockhampton. Not much happening in Roackhampton but stayed the night in a cheap motel and had an Indian.
Rising early to go and watch the sunrise at 5.24am. So beautiful and worth the early morning! We then droe down to Bundaberg where we had hoped to do a tour of the Rum Distillery but unfortunately it was closed so we moved on to Hervey Bay. Such a beautiful seaside town so obviously had to get a fish and chips. Haha we really did explore all cuisines on this road trip! We sat on the beach with a cider and watched to moon rise (a sunrise and moon rise all in one day!). We deliberated doing Fraser Island but it was a bit expensie and we were running out of time so headed on down to Noosa, an amazing surfing town! A splash in the sea and a quick sun bake (that's what the ozzys say) then we headed to Yaz's friends for the night. We were sat outside the house when the sky suddenly turned black with bats! It was so insane! Not small bats but big ones! Flying in sync for a good 10 minutes before they flew off somewhere else. No one knew why they did it apparently it never usually happens. There were thousands of them! We went out to a couple of bars to see what Noosa nightlife had to offer. It ended up being really good and we bumped into some people we hung out with in Cairns AND we bumped into someone Emma and I went to school with. What a coincidence!
A slightly hungover morning before heading to The Glass House Mountains. Now, I really can't remember the name of the mountain we climbed but Christ what we did was even more crazier than bungee jumping! Yaz had told us that the mountain got quite steep nd rocky in parts but that it was a fairly easy climb. Bearing in mind Yaz is the youngest in her family and has 4 big brothers so she's fairly crazy! Emma and I thought no bother sounds fine! So we started off on a forest pathway thinking this is easy we can do this. We ignored a sign that stated the climb was for experienced climbers only. As we got higher the path turned rocky and as we looked up even higher I could see people in the distance who looked the wear crawling down the mountain on there hands and knees, facing out. When I mentioned this to Yaz she brushed it off saying that it was just easier to do it that way. Then we hit the rocky steep part. Just before the rocky steep part there was a flat bit where a guy was playing the guitar and Emma decided to stay with him while Yaz and I continued. I have never been so scared in my life. It was so steep and we had to do the whole use finger and toe tips to climb up. The problem was we had planned climbing up after the hottest part of the day but that meant the sun had been on the rock all afternoon and it was roasting! The sun was on our backs the whole time and we had to stop and rest in every shadey bit we could find. Yaz was worried we were going to get heat stroke I was 100% more worried about falling off the rock to my death. It got to the point where we were resting behind large rocks and spiders and ants crawled all over me but I wasn't even bothered! I just wanted to get to the top. Going up was scary but I didn't even want to think about going down! We powered through all the way to the top which took just over an hour. The view was unreal. I felt like I was on top of the world. We took some photos and rested for about 20mins and then headed back down. My legs were like jelly which did not help the situation. We bumped into a couple just before the rocky bit who had harnesses and rock climbing shoes on. Yaz and I were wearing converse and vans. Oh well, what goes up must come down! We went down slowly and carefully, cing the view pretty much the whole time. Every now and then turning around to the rock. When Emma was in sight I breathed a sigh of relief. It suddenly hit us that we had left Emma there with no water, no phone, no car keys and a stranger playing the guitar. Luckily she was fine if not slightly dehydrated. She had been speaking to the man who was called Dj. DJ told Emma about a short cut on the way down so we headed that way. However it was not a path and we found ourselves deep inside the forest getting whipped by branches and slipping down grassy verges. The sun was starting to set and we were getting pretty nervous. Just before we were about to head back up we came across a path. Thank God we hadn't turned around! We had to come to a decision, left or right. We chose right. Wrong answer! We walked for about 15 minutes before realising we weren't getting anywhere so turned around and ran! Path or no path we did not want to be in that forest when it was dark! Eveything looked fuzzy to me, like almost smokey and I thought it was because I wasn't wearing my glasses but when I mentioned it to the others they had noticed it as well. Weird. We passed a couple of signs saying the forest was renowned for having forest fires. Just to add to our list of worries! It was too late on in the day for a forest fire to start though. Finally we came to a look out which we had passed on the way up. Never been so happy before in my life! Ten minutes later we were back in the car and on our way to Claundrawhere Yaz's brother lives. Another free night of accomodation! A thai takeaway and a good night sleep. We were all so grateful to be in a house with comfy beds and a good shower that night!
The next day it was time for Em and I to head to Brisbane while Yaz set off for Sydney. On our way to the train station Yaz recieved a text saying that the mountain we had climbed up yesterday had a huge forest fire and all the climbers had to be rescued by helicopter. Whaaaaat?! How lucky we were not to have been up there! That would have explained the smokey haze the previous day, I guess! The fact that we'd split up on the mountain as well. It would have been so scary. Luckily eveyone who had been up there was rescued safe and sound. That was the end of our road tripping with Yaz! A brilliant tour guide.