Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island
Trip Start Jan 18, 2009
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We all met super early in the morning to get all our gear together, tents, sleeping bags, food, wine and beer and pack it all on top of the truck, who we named Kylie. Our instructor was so funny, he had a moto for everything, some of the best were "don't destroy what you came to enjoy" and "it only takes 1 dick to ruin a party" Everyone was really excited and there was a great atmosphere as we set off to the ferry to Fraser. Josh volunteered to drive first and we made it safely to the island without losing anyone in our 6 truck convoy (good start!)
The sun was shining and Fraser Island was stunningly beautiful, huge stretches of unspoilt beach with occasional small settlements of 20 people or so dotted along the island. We drove along the beach to our first stop - Lake Mackenzie, where we stopped for lunch before chilling out on the white sands and bathing in the crystal clear waters of the perch lake. It was amazing, it was so surreal, I don't think I've ever been somewhere so beautiful and untouched eventhough there were around 100 people there. From there we drove further up the beach to our camping ground for the evening. Once we were there it was a race against time to put up all the tents and begin cooking beofre the sunset around 6pm. Josh and Stu managed to cook steak and potatoes with salad for dinner on a small camping stove and a wonky table!! It was so good. We spent the night getting to know each other better, in the group there were 5 English, 2 Danish boys - Nic and Chris, a French couple and 2 Dutch girls. We played drinking games, we taught them fuzzy duck which was hilarious as they didn't reallly understand what they were supposed to be saying but we got there in the end!!
The next morning we woke up bright and early as the sun rose over the ocean. Josh and I had spent the night in the truck as there weren't enough tents, but we probably had a better sleep than everyone else! We got breakfast and then packed up the truck and began our drive to Indian Head and the champagne pools. However half way there we were told there had been a really bad accident a little further up and the beach had been closed. It really shook everyone up as it was a hire truck similar to ours. So we headed back down the beach to Eli Creek instead. There we swam/walked down the creek in cold waters back to the beach. Afterwards we drove to Lake Wabby, which was stunning. Imagine an emerald green lake, with a lush green forest on one side and a huge sand dune on the other. The boys took off up the sand dune to race back down it and launch themselves into the water. It was so funny to watch and i managed to film it a couple of times! Then we headed back to our camp site for more drinking and cooking.
Our final day on Fraser, we got up even earlier to drive up to Indian Head as the beach was now open. The views were fantasic, 2 stunning beaches on either side, we could see for miles down the beach (the photo's do not do it justice!) Then we had to drive all the way back down the beach to the ferry. It was quite emotional leaving everyone, we had had such a good time together.