Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
79Trip End Nov 19, 2010
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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 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
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.