Hervey Bay, Australia

Ryan and I rode into Hervey Bay with expectations that the only thing we would do in town would be park our van and join a group to go camping on Fraser Island. Little did we know that we would stumble across the best camper park and best fish & chips joint. It’s not every day your accommodation is beach front for only $20. We set up at our campsite and took a moment to watch the sun set. Ryan and I had been eying this little shop as a possible place to grab a bite to eat. We had been cooking our meals from the back of our van, but figured we needed to get some good ole greasy food in our bellies. Ryan’s rule of thumb is that if a vendor’s sign looks at least 20 years old, the food has to be good! Birney’s not only had the 20 year old sign going for them, but when we walked in we were the only ones there under the age of 60. That sold it for me and Ryan. Let me tell you… that food was amazing. Ryan ordered the fish & chips special and I got a cheeseburger. Delicious. Before we were half way done with our meal we were already making plans to swing back by after our Fraser Island trip.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Beaches Backpackers and met up with our travel group. There were eight of us in our jeep. Two girls were Dutch, one girl from Norway, one Canadian, one guy from France, and one girl from Prague. We spent the next three days riding together, swimming together and camping together. My favorite part of Fraser Island was the Champagne Pools. I could have stayed hours and hours swimming in the sea. To be honest Ryan and I were hesitant at first to do the group camp. The success and enjoyment of the trip could really be affected by the group of people you are with. So far with all our summer travels we’ve been fortunate to meet some fantastic people. The Fraser Island trip was no exception. I truly believe the folks in our jeep were what made the trip so amazing! We even scheduled an after Fraser Island “reunion”. Since Ryan and I were returning to Birney’s for one last fish & chips we figured we might as well get the whole gang involved. It was a great way to end the trip and say goodbye to some wonderful friends we made.

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