I toured Fraser Island on a one day tour with Fraser Explorer Tours and with Driver Hayden. I toured on Saturday 14th January being picked up on time from Pialba, Hervey Bay. This driver was someone out of the ordinary. A driver who was so knowledgable, entertaining and most of all full of interesting information. I am sure he must have been exhausted, if not from his running commentary, then from our becoming bogged on the dry sandy roads of the Island on a number of occasions. I must ad, what a skilled driver. He is a definite asset to their organisation, making my first visit to Fraser most memorable and well worth the 58 year wait. I came away exhilarated by the experience, the vistas, the scenery, the faultless organisation and, with no disappointments.
My late father grew up in Maryborough, and did his apprenticeship at Hyne and Son and spoke often of the beauty and the amazing timber which came from Fraser Island. I was not disappointed and was so happy with the smooth organisation of the tour which gave me the opportunity to relive my fathers stories of the Great Sandy Island. I was delighted with the changing about of the itinerary so as we did not strike large groups of other travellers, worked around the low tide for access to everything and at the same time not missing any of the advertised sights. (I am certainly happy to see the island has been World Heritage Listed). My visit prompted me on my return home to Townsville to rummage through what few photos I had from Dad's early life (he was born in 1909). I did recollect a photo of the "Maheno" and his talking of seeing it washed up. What a thrill to locate the photos and have the added delight of comparing photos from the 1920's to 2012 including the 1935 snaps of the Maheno.
Thanks to the bogging and a sunset trip back to River Heads, I and other travellers had the amazing view of the sunset on the return barge journey from the Island to River Heads. My Great Great Grandparents, Richard and Salome Kendall, along with my three-year-old Great Grandfather were passengers on the "Ariadne" - the first sailing ship to Maryborough (first sailing ship into QLD to land anywhere other than Moreton Bay). They landed in October 1862. The sunset and vista on that return journey made me reflect on how my ancestors must have felt, what they must have thought 150 years ago this year.
It was a Fraser Explorer Tour Down Memory Lane.
(I have been unable to get photos to upload)
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8 February 2012
Dear Bruce M
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We were delighted when you made direct contact with us to tell us about our Guide Hayden, the fabulous time you'd had on tour with us and to share your family connection to Fraser Island. We also sincerely thank you for your five-star comments in this forum.
The photos you sent through were fantastic - we note you couldn't upload in this forum, but we've posted them on our Fraser Explorer Tours Facebook page, so our touring guests and fans can see what the island was like circa 1930s.
On behalf of Hayden and the touring team, we look forward to welcoming you back to Fraser in the not-too-distant future.
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