DAY 2: Rolling Fraser Coast royal coverage
WELCOME to the second day of the Fraser Coast Chronicle's rolling coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's visit to Fraser Island. Our team of reporters and photographers will give you access to Prince Harry's movements and moments as they leave the World Heritage island today.
Check back for regular updates, photos and interviews.
THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex's final moment in Hervey Bay consisted of a crowd cheering them goodbye at the airport.
Their Royal Highnesses are now on their way to Fiji for the next leg of their tour.
Both gave a royal wave to those who came to see them on their departure.
About a hundred people great the Duke and Duchess at the Sandy Strait Marina when the couple arrived at 10 am.
As they passed the crowd from the Quick Cat II they accepted gifts including a bouquet of flowers from local school students, some teddy bears and whale watching merchandise.
Prince Harry and Meghan did not stop to speak to anyone but they did give everyone waiting a wave.
97-year-old Peggy Gilbert is among the crowd waiting for the Prince Harry and Meghan at the Hervey Bay airport. Mrs Gilbert told the Chronicle seeing a royal is something she always wanted to do.
MISSED out yesterday and still hoping to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess?
For the second day on the Fraser Coast people are gathering at the airport and around the Hervey Bay Marina in hope to spot the royals as they return from Fraser Island on their way to Fiji.
Travellers Sue and John Kleesh missed the arrival of the royals because they had another engagement - taking their beautiful golden retrievers to visit kids at a preschool.
So they are hoping to catch a glimpse of the royal couple as they are escorted to the Hervey Bay Airport on their way out.
And they took their dogs Kara and Sharni with them, hoping their cuteness will catch the attention of Prince Harry and Meghan.
"They both love dogs," Mrs Kleesh said.
"We will let our dogs wave to them."
The couple said they thought Harry's visit to Lake McKenzie was the highlight of the Fraser Island tour.
They just wish Meghan would have been there too to experience the magic, but also understand why she took a rest day.
St James Lutheran College student Abby Nunn with Mum Liz Nunn with a bouquet of flowers and a teddy kangaroo for the royal couple.
" I've grown up knowing about them like they were born when I wass 9 but never met them. Once in a life time experience," Mrs Nunn said.
Colleen Mills, Mary Wynn and Star of the Sea Primary School students Eden McQuaid and Charlotte McQuaid with their sign made for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The students are hoping to catch a quick glimpse of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan on the Urangan Marina before they fly out to Fiji later today.
Charlotte told the Chronicle she loves how friendly the pair are.
POLICE are combing the marina ahead of Prince Harry and Duchess Megan's return to Hervey Bay this morning.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have spent the night on Fraser Island, are due to depart for Fiji later today.
Initial crowds of royal watchers have dispersed but some are still hopeful to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds before they fly off.
Sniffer dogs have searched Quick Cat II, which has departed to Fraser Island.
Meghan Markle has made a surprise public appearance, meeting adoring royal fans with her husband Prince Harry on Monday afternoon in Queensland.
It was earlier revealed the pregnant Duchess' official duties would be scaled back after a so-far hectic tour, with Meghan not joining Harry at the unveiling of a plaque in the Pile Valley and Lake McKenzie.
About 3pm, Prince Harry travelled by boat to Kingfisher Bay, where he met his wife, who was driven to the end of the jetty, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joining the couple for a walk.
The couple met with several well-wishers gathered on the jetty, with Meghan wearing a white and black striped dress and brown sandals and looking relaxed and happy.
First to greet the couple was Jada Quinn, 9, who held a sign which read "Rangas Rule", her sister Ella Quinn, 12, and friends Grace Hoffman, 9, and Eliza Veitch, 10.
Prince Harry told the girls he liked their pineapple T-shirts.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are greeting the public along the Kingfisher Bay Jetty including Hervey Bay's homegrown hero paramedics Graeme Copper and Danielle Kellam.
The royal couple have received gifts including a handmade baby quilt from Hervey Bay royalist Julieanne Reid.
Meghan Markle accepted a paramedic teddy bear from Danielle Kellam.
PRINCE Harry has unveiled a plaque to dedicate Fraser Island's 206,970 acres of pristine rainforests to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project.
This followed a moving traditional Butchulla ceremony where the Duke spoke with indigenous elders and children.
Wonderful to have the Duke of Sussex’s heart in the heart of K’Gari to commemorate the inclusion of Fraser Island in the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. #DukeandDuchessofSussex #RoyalVisitAustralia @KensingtonRoyal pic.twitter.com/PEkAQf8iwv— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 22, 2018
PRINCE Harry has taken part in a traditional Butchulla ceremony, walked on Lake McKenzie's soft white sand and splashed the cool, clear waters on his face.
The Duke of Sussex even took a drink from the pristine lake during a walk with Butchulla people including Shawn Wondunna Foley.
He is now on his way to the old McKenzie's Jetty.
Meanwhile, celebrated Hervey Bay ambulance officers Advanced Care Paramedic Graeme Cooper and Patient Transport Officer Danielle Kellam have arrived on Fraser Island with high hopes of gifting the royals with a teddy bear.
The pair became famous worldwide after a photo of them granting a patient 'Joyce' one last look at the ocean as they were transporting her to hospital last year.
Mr Cooper said he was absolutely ecstatic.
"I am so excited, this is everything I could ever wish for, it's really surreal," he said.
"When this all started last year when we did the special thing for the lady down the beach, Joyce, I would never have seen in my wildest dreams it would come to this."
Ms Kellam echoed her colleagues sentiments.
"I'm a bit nervous mixed with excitement," she said.
"I'm looking forward to hopefully having a chat with Prince Harry and Meghan and congratulating them on their wedding and wishing them well with their royal baby.
"Hoping we get close enough to them and meet them so we can give them a little teddy."
The pair have also been invited to have lunch with the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
THE Duchess has arrived on Fraser Island where crowds are hoping to get a glimpse of her and her husband Prince.
Crowds are lining the Kingfisher Jetty.
Meghan travelled separately on the Tasman Venture whale watching boat while Harry is set to arrive on the Fraser Venture barge.
The pregnant Duchess is expected to rest up while Prince Harry undertakes a number of engagements on the island focused on environmental issues.
Their RAAF plane touched down at nearby Hervey Bay on the mainland around 10.30am local time.
Meghan and Harry walked down the steps hand-in-hand, before splitting up. Just over an hour later, the royal couple arrived separately on the island.
Meghan was dressed appropriately for Queensland in a maroon, white spotted dress by And Other Stories.
Harry's first engagement will be a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony from the Butchulla people and meeting Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk before exploring the rest of the island, also known as K'gari.
He'll also unveil a plaque to dedicate the popular holiday spot's 206,970 acres of pristine rainforests to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy project.
The itinerary includes a visit to Lake McKenzie before meeting national park rangers to learn about the iconic island's unique animal and plant life, along with its history of logging.
Fraser Island's hardwood trees were used to build the London docks in the 1930s due to their famed toughness.
Ms Palaszczuk will also present the couple with a hand-made teddy bear from Tambo, in the heart of Queensland's sheep country, for their first baby expected in the northern spring.
The tiny town of just 345 people rejuvenated their economy in the midst of crippling drought 25-years ago by crafting the unique teddy bears stuffed with local wool.
Later in the day, Hervey Bay paramedics Graeme Cooper and Danielle Kellam will meet attend an official reception.
They'll be recognised for their act kindness after a photo of them granting a dying woman's wish to see the ocean one last time went viral and captured hearts around the world.
HUNDREDS of royal fans are gathered on Fraser Island awaiting the imminent arrival of the Duke and Duchess.
Among them is is one of Hervey Bay's most loyal royal watchers Julieanne Reid.
She has been soaking up a once-in-a-lifetime experience this morning after appearing on the TODAY breakfast show.
Julieanne and her daughters were interviewed by popular weather presenter Natalia Cooper at the Urangan Marina before being personally escorted with the TV crew on board Quick Cat II to Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Ms Reid was again interviewed at on the Kingfisher jetty before heading down to the beach to meet popular presenter Karl Stefanovic.
"It has been very exciting so far," Ms Reid told the Chronicle.
"Everyone has been so kind and it's a wonderful atmosphere."
The only thing that could top the experience, Ms Reid said, would be to shake the hands of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are expected to arrive at Kingfisher Bay this morning.
Prince Harry is aboard the Fraser Venture barge while Megan is travelling to the island on the Tasman Venture.
Meghan is expected to relax while Prince Harry carries out official engagements but could still join him for a walk on the Kingfisher jetty this afternoon.
The couple is expected to stay on the island for some down time this evening.
THE Duke and Duchess are heading to Fraser Island via different means.
Prince Harry has arrived at River Heads where he will catch the Fraser Venture barge.
About 100 people have gathered at the ferry ramp to wave him off.
Meghan has arrived at the Urangan Marina and has boarded the Tasman Venture which will take her to the island.
THEY'RE HERE! The plane carrying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has arrived at Hervey Bay Airport.
THIS is the barge which will transport the Duke and Duchess from River Heads to Fraser Island this morning.
The Fraser Venture was refurbished just for the momentous occasion.
It's already been inspected by the police dog squad and is awaiting the arrival of the royal couple from Hervey Bay Airport where hundreds are lining the streets.
Crowds are also gathering at the River Heads ferry ramp.
QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Minister Kate Jones have arrived at the River Heads barge where they will travel to Fraser Island for the royal visit.
Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour told the Chronicle he has been speaking with the Premier and Minister and both were "really excited to be on the Fraser Coast to welcome the Duke and Duchess".
"There is a real buzz on the barge," Cr Seymour said
"Everyone is really excited. And the weather is perfect."
The barge carrying government officials and the media pack is booked out and headed to Fraser Island.
The Fraser Venture barge is still docked at River Heads and has been joined by a water police boat in anticipation of the royal couple's arrival.
Hundreds have gathered and are lining the road leading to the Hervey Bay airport.
SEVERAL plans have landed at Hervey Bay Airport where crowds are awaiting the arrival of Prince Harry and wife Meghan.
It's unclear whether the planes are carrying the Queensland Premier and other government officials or the Duke and Duchess themselves.
The airport is one of the few opportunities to see the Duchess who is scaling back her public appearances and is not expected to tour the island with Prince Harry.
Instead, she will catch up on rest on the island before hopefully taking part in a jetty walk this afternoon..
Helen Shugg, Sue and Lindsay Woodforde from Hervey Bay set up along Booral Rd at 8am in the hopes of catching a glimpse of the royals.
A SWARM of international media has descended on Hervey Bay as the royals prepare to touch down on the Fraser Coast.
Dozens of journalists, cameramen and photographers are aboard the dual buses bound for the River Heads Barge.
Some international media, including reporters from London, are part of the pool.
A large gathering of cars and officials are also on standby at the Hervey Bay Airport hoping to catch a glimpse of the royals.
There is a buzz of excitement aboard the media bus where several reporters are looking forward to seeing Fraser Island for the first time.
The driver is giving a bit of background on the island and the former shire of Bingham while taking us on the scenic route to the barge.
One seasoned London photographer told the Chronicle she was also excited to try and snap wild dingoes on the island.
ROYAL watchers have gathered at vantage points across the region in the hope of getting a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan,
At the Hervey Bay Airport, where the couple is expected to touch down this morning, locals have taken the day of work while students enjoying a pupil free day are also in on the action.
Urangan resident Kathleen Steele is eagerly awaiting the couple's arrival, waving the same souvenir flag she waved at Queen Elizabeth when she was 8.
For these youngsters, a well-timed pupil free day at school means an opportunity to see Prince Harry.
The Priest family is heading to Fraser Island for the historic occasion, taking advantage of the day.
The royal fans from Hervey Bay recently visited the Buckingham Palace, and their mother is from Manchester.
Barges to Kingfisher Bay may be booked out for the day, but that won't stop Prince Harry fan Neil Alexander from trying to catch a glimpse of his favourite royal.
The local told the Chronicle is going to be taking out his boat.
Though Mr Alexander knows his chances of actually seeing High Royal Highness was rather slim, he's going to give it a whirl anyway.
The River Heads man was one of the first royal fans who rocked up at the River Heads boat ramp this morning about 6am.
He plans to leave around lunch time with his sister and brother-in-law on deck also.
"It's a chance you'll probably never get again," Mr Alexander said.
"I've followed Prince Harry my whole life."
The first barge to the island, which left shore at 6.45am, was largely occupied by emergency services workers and employees working today on Fraser Island.
A fire truck and a variety of police cars took up a significant portion of the vehicle space.
SOME employees who are working on Fraser Island today have been forced to turn up early to River Heads this morning to secure a carpark.
Hundreds of fans of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will arrive shortly to make the much-anticipated cross over to the resort.
All barges to Kingfisher Bay for today are booked out today for the Royal visit, and the island will be closed to day trippers.
The first barge of the day, which carried the Today television crew, left at 4.30am.