Fraser Island Fun

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Jun 11, 2009


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

This is probably going to be another long one because I just got back and it was definitely the best leg of the trip so far.  I'm kind of sad its over to be honest.

Anyways I got into Rainbow Beach in the evening after a bus ride from Kroombit. I was again with Dusko and we met the other 9 members of our group that were going in a self drive 4x4 on Fraser Island the next morning. It was a karaoke night at the hostels bar so we got to know each other and brought down the house at the end of the night with a fantastic rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.

As per usual it was another early morning and again I was the only North American. It was actually a really diverse group, a couple people from Germany, couple from Holland, couple from Denmark then Ireland and England. So the whole trip was to be self driven, they give you the camping equipment a full tank of gas and a map and you go off which was pretty cool.

Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island and it also is home to the largest population of pure dingos. The island is basically surrounded by a couple hundred kilometers of fantastic beach. The sand is so fine that is some areas it actually squeaks when you walk over it.  That also means that it gets everywhere, I still have sand in my hair and in my ears but I also got buried and made into a mermaid so that's a bit of my own fault.

Once again the forecast was for rain and for the first couple hours it didn't look promising. But it was still pretty fun driving on the beach. Although they did start playing really terrible German and dutch music for a bit there and I got really scared that that was going to go on for a while. So things cleared up and we drove down to Lake Wabby. After about a 30 minute walk we came out on to a nice little freshwater lake with a giant sand dune backing it. We had some good fun here played a big game of soccer on top of the sand dune. Basically the whole trip my truck traveled with the other truck from our hire company so there was a group of 22 and it was quite fun. Anyways, finished off our time at the lake with some swimming a little race down the dune and some beer.

The first night we scheduled things a little poorly so we were forced to find a camping spot along the beach and set up in the dark and it wad quit windy. So setting up was exciting, but in the end we had a really cool little set up. Somehow we managed to make a really nice meal there and had a nice evening.

Second morning I woke up to find that one of our rear tires was flat so that wasn't the most fun thing to wake up to.  Luckily there was a few of us that knew what were doing so we fixed that up with the other cars spare while the rest cleaned up and made some breakfast. This is were I got behind the wheel the first time, i was a little nervous as I have never driven a manual transmission with a right hand drive and well I haven't driven in standard for a year or two.  That day we were heading to Lake Mackenzie which is about 10 km inland so I got to drive on some really crazy track.  This is the kind of stuff that 4WD is made for, it was really a load of fun and I managed to only embarrass myself once when I was following someone and didn't have enough speed to make it up a hill.

Lake Mackenzie is a really amazing lake with a beautiful white beach. The white sand gave the water a really nice bright blue turquoise color. I'm sure many people would say that this was there idea of paradise so it was pretty cool. We had a bunch of fun here throwing around the football and a good amount of time trying to build a giant standing pyramid of people standing on each others shoulders.  I don't have any pictures on my camera but I think we got it nearly 4 people high so it was a little nerve racking being at the bottom. We finished up there and went to a campground which was a lot nicer to set up in since it was still light and there was no wind. We made a huge dinner which was really nice again and we had a little party to finish off all the goon that we had brought.

The third and final day we had to get up early to drive all the way up the island to Indian head which is a really rock formation that comes out from the beach. You could climb to the top and see the many kilometers of beach on either side of you, it was great stop. That say we stopped at a couple other attractions on the island like the colored sands and a shipwreck right on the beach from the 1930's. Then we had to make it back to the ferry before the tide came in.

So that was my little adventure, unfortunately when we returned there was a problem with the truck. One of the rear springs was broken, after reading the contract again I saw that we had insurance but it had a list of things that it didn't cover which started with the rear spring. In fact it was a bit of a long list so the whole event got people a little heated, but we decided not to to let it ruin the experience.

So now I'm in Brisbane, checking out the sight and not wanting my adventure to be over quite yet, but i have a few more days to have some fun.
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