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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Fraser Island: Day 4: Beer on the Beach

A strange beastie on the beach
A strange beastie on the beach

Walking on the beach was easier than I had anticipated. Luckily, when the tide's out, there's plenty of firm sand near the surf where you can walk at a regular, easy pace, something that isn't possible in dune walking (in comparison, dune walking is a complete nightmare). I'd made good time on the beach on the previous day, but as day 4 broke, my feet were still in a bad way.

Eli Creek
Eli Creek

1 Only in Australia could this happen. Castlemaine, brewers of XXXX, the main beer in Queensland, have just come up with the next marketing coup in beer consumerism. Aware that Australians plough through cans of beer like a steroid-fuelled bull in a Wedgwood store, they've come up with the ultimate drink-delivery system, the wide-mouthed can. Research obviously showed that conventional can technology didn't allow beer to be poured down the throat as quickly as desired, so XXXX cans now come with a double-sized hole in the top, so a can can be downed in half the time it used to take. Sceptical, I tried my first wide-mouthed can on Seventy-Five Mile Beach, and it worked; surely the fact that the beer disappeared quicker than ever before had nothing to do with the fact that I'd just walked 14.5km down a burning beach. It's another great Aussie invention, and I'm sure it will soon be everywhere.