K'Gari (= aboriginal word for paradise)
Trip Start Jul 25, 2011
48Trip End Dec 12, 2011
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Fraser's on Rainbow
The island was 'discovered' by Captain Cook in 1770, but he mistakenly thought it was attached to the main land and named it the 'Great Sandy Pinnacle'. In 1836 Captain Fraser + his wife were shipwrecked on the reef, and then marooned on Fraser island in their lifeboat. He was killed by aboriginals but his wife, Eliza Fraser, survived, so the island was named after her by Europeans.
The island is also famous for it's Dingo population...a type of Asian wolf which was originally brought to Australia by Indonesian fishermen - it's got a nasty reputation for being vicious and killing children, but the ones we saw just seemed pretty chilled out
The most popular way to see the island is a self drive tag along tour in 4x4s...however for some reason I ended up booking a bus tour - so I was a little nervous that everyone else on board would be families or old people...but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself with a fun group of people, which makes such a difference when you are travelling alone! The tour started with a drive down 75 mile beach...although the beaches are idlyic, swimming is NOT a good idea as the waters are infested with tiger sharks and white sharks. However, there are plenty of other places on the island to take a dip.
Our first stop was at Lake Mckenzie...the most beautiful on the island, sparkling blue waters surrounded by white sandy beach and eucalypt forest. It was really beautiful, but unfortunately there were loads of tourists which did take away from it's beauty a bit. The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying the many sights of the island. Firstly we saw the Pinnacles of Coloured sand (72 colours - but pretty much all red/orange/yellow), and then the Maheno Shipwreck which was caught in a cyclone and washed ashore in 1935 (and then used for target pracise in WWII before the raind on Singapore harbour). Following this we climbed Indian Head, a 60m high rocky buff which offers spectacular views of the island and also marine life such as sharks, rays and whales in the water below - amazing
My second morning on the island began at 5am...I was really keen to see the beautiful sunrise as Fraser Island is the most easternly point in Australia- so we were the first people to see the sun :). The morning was spent visiting Lake Birrabean and then Central Station, a former logging camp. We walked along the pretty Wanggoolaba creek and I really felt like I was in Jurassic Park...infact Fraser Island was where the BBC filmed some of the series 'Walking with dinosaurs' as the rainforest is so similiar to how it would have been at that time. The afternoon was spent trekking up the Hammerstone Sandblow, a HUGE sandune which looked like a dessert, before cooling off in Lake Wabby, which was by far my favourite lake. A steep sand dune led down to the lake, so everyone was racing/rolling down it before diving into to the emerald green water - so fun.
To sum up, Fraser Island was bloody fantastic
Next destination = Noosa :)
lots of love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx