Island of dingoes

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
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Trip End Dec 10, 2010


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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Our 4wd tour truck picked us up from the hostel and off we went on our Fraser Island adventure! It was a tour for 40 people but there were only 9 of us and soon enough we all got to know each other well. We had considered doing the self drive tour but the thoughts of being packed into a jeep with 11 other people almost half our age was enough to put us off, especially when we looked out from our balcony one morning when there were 3 jeeps being packed up and some of them were already fighting and some were sitting on their arses being lazy, thanks but no thanks!
The guided tour cost more but at least we knew we wouldn't get lost and we wouldn't have to set up camp in the lashing rain that night as we stayed in a great resort. The big tour truck takes precedence over all other vehicles on narrow tracks making them reverse back down hills etc. so it can pass. We were lucky too in that our guide was very experienced  and knowledgable about the Island and an all round nice guy called Mike.

Because our tour was so small, Mike decided to take us off the beaten track and onto little used tracks in the rainforest. He also took us to Lake Birrabeen which wasn't on the tour itinerary but was gorgeous.

After leaving Rainbow Beach, we drove to the ferry port and sailed across to the Island. We then drove up 70 mile beach to the resort and had a massive buffet breakfast. After that it was time to do the trek across a huge sand blow to the strange green Lake Wabby and a nice refreshing dip......From Lake Wabby we went 4 wheel driving down some serious tracks in the rainforest and up to the Champagne Pools. On the way we took a scenic flight over the island. It was a novelty taking off from the beach and the views of the island were great but it was a really short flight and the young pilot was more interested in doing flash manoeuvres and scaring the crap out of us than giving us time to take pictures! 

From the pools we could see a storm brewing out at sea so when it started to rain we legged it back to the truck and set off for Indian Head. It was lashing down when we got to Indian Head but we were all determined to climb to the top and see if we could spot any mantas or sharks. The sea around Fraser Island is famous for sharks and also for its turbulent waves so swimming in the sea is prohibited.

When we got to the top of Indian Head we were saturated, took some rainy snaps, didn't see any sharks but had a ball sliding down the muddy tracks back to the truck! After that the rain eased a bit and we were able to walk around the Maheno shipwreck without getting soaked again! The shipwreck was really spooky..... We ended the day by floating down Eli Creek and then a big dinner back at the resort while watching the dingoes outside the windows hoping for some scraps but that wasn't gonna happen unless you fancied a seriously hefty fine!

The next morning we were up extra early for an impromptu trip to beautiful Lake Birrabeen. We drove over unforgiving terrain being held into our seats by our seatbelts, thank god for seatbelts! We took it in turns to sit in the front with Mike and the front passenger seat was crazier than the back seats plus you got a great view of the roads. After taking in the views of the lake we made our way into the thick of the rainforest and did an hour long walk through the forest. The creek running through the forest was crystal clear and the place was teeming with wildlife including snakes, lizards and spiders so we were on our guard the whole walk in case we stumbled on something venemous!

Last but certainly not least we went for a nice cool dip in Lake MacKenzie, then for a stroll along the pristine white sand and even witnessed a cheeky dingo stealing someone's rucksack and legging back into the surrounding forest, doh! There are warning signs everywhere but people get complacent and leave their stuff lying around, hard lesson to learn! 

We were absolutely exhausted after the trip but it was one of the best tours we've done in Oz :-)
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