Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Enjoy Quality Family Time on Fraser; Far from Zone of A[euro][approximately]deadly Dangers' as a British Tabloid Suggested Last Week, Fraser Island Offers Plenty of Amusing Encounters for Shirley Sinclair and Her Family

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Enjoy Quality Family Time on Fraser; Far from Zone of A[euro][approximately]deadly Dangers' as a British Tabloid Suggested Last Week, Fraser Island Offers Plenty of Amusing Encounters for Shirley Sinclair and Her Family

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FAMILY time is so

precious. Before you know it,

the kids have grown up and moved on.

I can see I share this thought with a proud young mother as she and her newborn bond during playtime.

It doesn't matter that the maternal instincts I am observing belong to a southern humpback whale, weighing in at several tonnes, or that the calf staying closely by her side has a face only a mother could love.

My own motley crew is standing only a few metres away, onboard the Hervey Bay Whale Watch Quick Cat II, during our first whale-watching adventure.

And this is playtime for us, too.

The last time the family visited Fraser Island and Kingfisher Bay Resort our sons were aged four and one.

Where did those 16 years go?

Life was a lot simpler back then and family holidays were easy to plan.

Now, the akidsa are 20 and 17 with various work commitments, study, a girlfriend, and rock band gigs to factor into family time. We finally manage to find one weekend free to holiday together after almost a year of trying.

So the pressure is on to make it a good one.

Mind you, that's not hard on Fraser, given a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery a from ancient forests and barren sand blows to uninterrupted stretches of white-sand beaches as far as the eye can see, more than 100 freshwater lakes ranging from crystal clear to those stained with red tannin from the tea trees, wildflowers of the wallum coastal heaths and majestic coloured-sand cliffs.

The creature comforts of Kingfisher Bay's four-star eco resort and the glorious school holiday weather are a bonus.

Like an onion, my layers of stress start peeling away the moment our eldest son takes the wheel for the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Maroochydore this Friday afternoon.

At the River Heads Shopping Village, we take advantage of the resort's security parking and hop on the free coach to the nearby vehicular ferry for the 3.30pm trip across the Great Sandy Straits.

About 50 minutes later, after a leisurely crossing viewed from the top deck of the ferry, we are on the resort passenger atraina, snaking its way down the jetty to reception. …

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