Dingoes................what dingoes!!!

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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Trip End Nov 19, 2010


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010



Boarding the barge across the Great Sandy Strait we had no idea what lay ahead but we were looking for a change and hoped that Fraser Island would deliver what we wanted. It didn't take long before we realised that Fraser is very different to the mainland and was just the ticket to throw some adventure back into our trip. After driving across the island on the rough sandy tracks (there is hardly any made roads on the island) we arrived on the eastern side of the island at Eurong Beach Resort, our base for the next three days and our two hundredth night on the road. Having a couple of nights out of the van couldn't have come at a better time as the basic accommodation seemed like five star luxury, just some of the simple things like sitting on a couch, cooking in a full sized kitchen and sleeping in a proper bed with crispy white sheets are things we'd gone without for nearly seven months and we'd forgotten how much we had missed them.


Driving across the island we stopped in at the old logging village of Central Station and our lunch stop at Lake Mackenzie where we were alarmed to read the signs instructing us to only eat food inside the fenced enclosure due to the possibility of dingo attack. We had heard about the aggressive nature of Fraser Island's dingoes but to actually see the warning signs brought the message home and made sure we kept the kids close at all times. After lunch we walked down to the spectacular Lake Mackenzie where we all cooled off on a beach with the whitest sand we've seen since WA only this was an inland lake with fresh water. They say first impressions are lasting impressions and Fraser had made an immediate mark on us.


The following day we were up early for a big day exploring the treacherous east coast of the island. The best way to access all the good spots along 75 mile beach is via the beach itself. The ocean has claimed many cars over the years here so we needed to watch the tides and look out for any soft spots. With low tide around lunchtime this gave us most of the day driving to all the sights and giving us one of the most enjoyable days of the trip yet. Our strategy was to go to the furtherest point and make our way back. Driving along the beach is a heap of fun and gives you a real sense of freedom, it took an hour and a half to reach Waddy Point towards the northern end of the island where Summer took a dip in the inviting Champagne Pools and we were lucky enough to see some Humpback Whales breaching not too far off the coast. Back in the car our next stop was the Maheno ship wreck, which sits prominently on the beach and has done since 1935. The ship is slowly rusting away but the low tide gave us a great opportunity to have a good look. Departing the beach we then travelled about 10kms inland to Lake Allom where we got up nice and close with some freshwater turtles, we've seen a few turtles on this trip but the turtles at Lake Allom were really friendly and the latest animal on the kids pet wish list. Back to the beach we stopped off at Eli Creek which was a fantastic sand based shallow stream flowing gently down to the ocean in which the kids floated down several times. Walking back to the car as we were watching some small planes flying tourists in, a large splash caught our eye and we got to see our second pod of whales for the day. Driving back along the beach back to the resort we all talked about our great day seeing such a diverse place with each stop different to the next, we'll all remember this day for a long time.


Our last day on Fraser we treated the kids to a buffet breakfast before our checkout at 10am, once again the kids extracted maximum value out of the "all you can eat" deal. We had a few hours to kill before our barge at 3pm so we explored the southern end of the island, driving all the way down to Hook Point where we could look across the water to our next stop at Rainbow Beach before checking out a few other lakes and stopping once again at our favourite, Lake Mackenzie. Our kids never get carsick but today there were all sorts of rumblings coming from the back seat which I would say was brought on by their large morning feast. Arriving at the barge back to the mainland we were once again recharged and ready to for life back in the van after having a a great time on Fraser, one of the highlights of our trip and for the record we never saw one dingo.


SUMMERS RESORT REPORT:

Eurong Beach Resort:  10/10

It was fantastic to sleep in a real bed again and have a bit of my own space.
We went to a buffet breaky which was huge, we all felt a bit sick later on though.
The pool here was really nice to come back to at the end of each day.


COOPERS AMAZING FACT:

The Maheno was a ship that had been sold to a Japanese scrap metal company and was being towed back to Japan when a cyclone struck pushing it onto 75 mile beach where it has sat for 75 years. 75 mile beach is so named because that is its approximate length, as Fraser Island is the worlds biggest sand Island and the sand is constantly moving sometimes the beach is 76 or 74 miles long. Fraser Island has the highest number of dingoes per Sq km than anywhere in Australia but we didn't see any.


COHEN AND JUDES BIG THINGS:

We saw a BIG ship wreck and some BIG whales but no dingos.
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rippe
rippe on

where are u?

jessen
jessen on

In Noosa about to go for a swim. Had a bit of writers block lately, will update soon.

Darren and Linda Brown on

We like Fraser Island too. Just looked at your blog finally - Looks Great - wish we had done one! Hope all traveling well - we'll be on the road again Dec 20 - heading east on the Nullabor - but we will be MOTEL-ING it! As we have sold our van :-(. If you feel like a few more days out of the van and you loved Fraser - Moreton Island (off Brisbane) is definitely well worth a look-see. Can do snorkelling on wrecks as well as lots of other things inc dolphins.
Take Care
D & L

jessen
jessen on

Hi Darren and Linda, great to hear from you. We now understand how you guys were feeling toward the end of your trip and are ready to go home. Caught up with Steve and Nicole in Noosa who are still going well. Hope the family is well and the new house comes up well. Phil and Tania.

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