On the 6th of March, (my 25th Birthday!) the coach picked us up early morning outside our Hervey Bay hostel and took us to the Urangan Boat Harbour where we would board the ferry and cross over to the largest sand island on earth. Fraser Island.
When we arrived the people doing the ‘cool dingoes tour’ were separated from the rest (which filtered out all the over 30′s!) and introduced us to our tour guide for the next three days, Hayden. He welcomed the group (all 28 of us) confirming out itinerary before showing us to his monster truck-bus that he would be throwing us around the sandy terrain of Fraser Island with for the next three days.
The bus seemed overkill whilst parked on this flat concrete road but it didn’t take long to find out what the rest of the Islands ‘roads’ had to offer!
We set off to stop número uno – Lake Mckenzie. With its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, it was as picturesque as it was on the postcards…
…then the clouds moved in, and after half an hour of swimming, the rain forced us out undercover for lunch.
Hayden threw a mean buffet spread, sharing our dining area with these camouflaged critters
The rain soon passed and after lunch we went on a few walks through some of Fraser’s amazing sub tropical rainforest. The walk along Wanggoolba Creek made us forget we were on a huge pile of sand…
After this we walked through the giant satinay trees of Pine Valley (some of which are no longer vertical)…
From here we bounced our way over the very bumpy sand tracks to the cool dingoes bar where the accommodation manager set about allocating our dorm rooms in the wilderness lodge resort.
After washing away most of the sand we enjoyed pre drinks including a few rounds of kings cup & “simisimi” in our lodge before heading to the bar for happy hour and the rest of the night to celebrate my birthday!
After a 7am breakfast and with slightly fuzzy heads, we were straight back on the bus headed for the east coast of the island to drive / fly up ’75 mile beach road’. This was exactly what it said on the tin, theres no secrets in Oz, they are very literal when naming things!
We drove up part way until we found a small aeroplane on the beach, you could jump in and enjoy seeing the island from above, this was fairly spectacular. Using 75 mile beach as a runway, we were elevated up over the island to take in just how big and vegetated this mountain of sand was!
We landed further north up the beach to meet back up with the bus and the guys who hadn’t done the flight to enjoy the champagne rock pools. Contrary to my earlier statement, these aren’t actually full of champers but gives the bubbly effect when the rocks break the incoming waves.
When our fingers were shrivelled up like old prunes, we dried off and set off back down the beach to see the Maheno Shipwreck. This washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935, its exactly how a shipwreck should look…
Next stop was Eli Creek. Wading up stream to then float back down this fast-flowing freshwater creek – which pours over four million litres of water from its mouth onto the beach and into the ocean every hour.
After this we headed back to wilderness lodge for a comparatively quiet night. After dinner we had a few beers and shot some pool.
Our last day on the island took us to a few more lakes, the first bring Lake Birrabeen. We had the chance to try some stand up paddle boarding. Once me and Darragh had inflated the damn things we had first shot, and were both as terrible at it. The girls seems to have a secret paddle boarding talent and had obviously done it before a few times!
After failing at paddle boarding, we were more successful at providing a solid base foundation for our human pyrammid!
We hit Eurong Beach Resort for lunch smashing their famous all-you-can-eat buffet.
The last of our Fraser attractions was Hammerstone Sandblow & Lake Wabby. We trekked over thiss vast desert-like sand blow to the beach of Lake Wabby
After a swim with the catfish, we walked back to the bus through the rainforest to make our way to the ferry port.
We said our goodbyes to the group as most were going back to Hervey bay while we exited the island to the south point of rainbow beach.
On arrival at our accommodation in Rainbow beach there had been a booking mix up so we ended up in a big private luxury bungalow to ourselves! We cooked steaks on the barbie and a good nights sleep before the morning bus down to surfers paradise!
More to follow…