After Sydney, our next stop was FRASER ISLAND!! We stayed 2 days on the largest sand island on earth – it was so much fun! As we both can’t drive yet, we went with an organised tour – which we would recommend anyway, as it’s very hard to drive on the soft sand!
Our guide had many interesting stories to tell us about the island and he really did give us enough time at each stop – nothing was rushed!!
Once we had gotten off the ferry and met our guide and group, we set off! I think we had only been driving for about 30 minutes when our bus broke down. It took them about an hour to get a replacement bus to pick us up, which was fine because we were able to get to know the other people in our group better.
The first place we went to was Lake Mckenzie. It was absolutely stunning! I had seen pictures before, but seeing it with your own eyes was incredible. The water was translucent and so refreshing when you went in! Did you know that there are no fish or any kind of seaweed/plants in this lake? This is because the water in Lake Mckenzie is very acidic.
Before lunch, we stopped by Central Station and went for a walk through the rain forest there. It’s crazy how all these huge and luscious plants are able to grow on a sand island!
We finished off our first day on Fraser Island at Lake Wabby! It was absolutely exhausting getting there – it’s a 2,5km hike in sand, not fun!! These huge horseflies kept attacking us too. No matter how much insect repellent we wore, they still came after us.
Once we made it, Lake Wabby felt like an oasis in a desert.
75-MILE BEACH & SCENIC FLIGHT
We started the next day nice and early and headed straight to the 75-mile beach for a scenic flight around the island. This activity was optional and since they were giving us a huge discount, Joren and I decided to do it! Joren got sick right at the end and the company offered to give it to us for free. I felt so bad for them as he ruined their interior, we insisted on paying something – it really was already a very good deal. We also saw a great white shark in the ocean from the air which was pretty cool to see.
Eli Creek is so much fun! Apparently, there are fish and eels in this creek but we never saw any – thankfully as eels freak me out!! It was very hot that day and just going from the one end of the creek to the other end really cooled us down.
Not all tours go here, but I really think it was worth it and enjoyed it a lot. It feels like you’re in a natural jacuzzi! As a bonus, we saw 2 huge sea turtles whilst we were standing on the side drying off. Our first time seeing wild sea turtles!!
Again, you will get amazing views of the island on one side and the ocean on the other. It was funny because our guide was telling us that there are 6 deadly snakes around the path, so if you see one, just let it pass by. Well, we got to the path and it was covered with long grass!! You weren’t even able to see your feet and I just kept thinking to myself, how on earth am I going to see a snake if I can’t see my own feet on the path?!?! Lucky for us, no one encountered one!
On our way to the Maheno Shipwreck we stopped at the Rainbow Pinnacles.
Story goes that a young woman named Wuru was promised to marry an older man, Winyer, but she fell in love with the rainbow serpent, Wibergian. The older man followed her one day to the beach and saw her with Wibergian. In jealous rage, he threw his boomerang at Wuru but Wibergian protected her and took the blow. He shattered into thousands of pieces which fell to earth colouring the cliffs.
I could try and explain it scientifically to you, but I didn’t really understand it myself. Instead of failing miserably, I prefer the story handed down over centuries.
Last but not least, the Maheno Shipwreck – much photographed! It’s been here since 1935. It’s amazing how well preserved it still is as it’s right next to the ocean and the Australian military used it as a target practice – that’s why it is now in 2 pieces.
At the end of our wonderful trip, we took the ferry back to Hervey Bay (River Heads). It is also possible to visit Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach.
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