Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island located on the southern coast of Queensland, Australia and is recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is also the only place in there world where a tall rainforest has grown on sand.

 

The island is known for it’s gorgeous stretch of sandy beaches that you do not swim from due to the shark-invested waters. If you don’t believe me, take a trip to Indian Head Point on Fraser Island and look down. There are literally 50+ shadows of sharks, dolphins, turtles, and stingrays swimming about.

Looking down from Indian Head to see the shadows of sharks
Looking down from Indian Head to see the shadows of sharks

However, if you do fancy a swim, the island posts plenty of freshwater lakes and creeks, such as the famous Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.

Walking through Eli Creek
Walking through Eli Creek

And if you really want to see a dingo, hang out by the fishermen along the beach and you’re sure to see one begging for food. Note: DO NOT FEED the dingos.

Unless you’re tagging along with the locals for a weekend getaway to Fraser Island, it’s cheaper and much safer to go on a tour. Tour options range from a off-road bus to driving a 4WD with a guide. Reasons for this being the permits are sold by the month as a minimum, you would need a 4WD to travel the island, you have to pay for a barge to ferry you across the water (tours includes barge fees anyway), and if you’ve never experienced driving on sand before, you’re probably going to get yourself stuck.

My journey was the 3 days 2 nights 4WD experience with Rainbow Beach Adventures operating out of Rainbow Beach, Queensland. Eight of us were packed into one car and there were four cars total. We took turns driving each day or half day and visited the major areas of Lake Wabby, Wreck of the Maheno, Eli Creek, Indian Head, Champagne Pools, and Lake McKenzie. Campgrounds were already set up with tents and a full kitchen. Food was provided for us on our tour but the trick is that we as a group cooked and prepared our food. This was a great idea in that it gave us something to do together and forced us to interact as a group.

Wreck of the Maheno
Wreck of the Maheno
Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools
Sunrise on Fraser Island
Sunrise on Fraser Island
Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie

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