The biggest Sand Island in the world

Trip Start Apr 17, 2006
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Trip End Aug 05, 2006


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Sunday, July 2, 2006

We moved on towards Hervey Bay. Staying a few nights in yet another free campsite just south of Hervey bay called Petrie Park.
Hervey bay was the start of our package for Fraser Island as we were staying overnight in the Kookaburra Hostel.
Yet again we spent the afternoon on the beach playing kids games (and breaking the kids games that we had - Well, myself and Phil did by trying to kill each other with the tennis ball)
We then stayed in a 10 bed dorm (Would you believe - our first dorm since we started travelling) All 10 people who were going to Fraser Island stayed together. Ourselves and 6 Germans.
We all met up that evening to watch a safety video and sort out food and drink for the trip the next day.
7am the next morning, we left to go to the 4WD Centre, watched another video and then packed up the Jeep to head off. We all just brought a small ruck sack each and a Sleeping bag (We were lucky enough to both have picked up a proper camping sleeping bag each in a Salvation Army store for $4 each). Provided for the trip were Camping equipment, water and 4 big Eski's for food and Alcohol.

We had heard so much about the beauty of Fraser island and that it was the only place where you could see pure bred Dingo's. Plus if you saw one, you were not to approach or feed them as they could be dangerous.

We arrived at the barge by mid morning and took the 30 minute journey across. The only method of transport on the island is 4WD as it is completely sand. There were 10 of us in the jeep and we all were to share the driving. We also all had to pay for insurance for underbody damage and a $100 bond in case of damage. We were also told not to drive in salt water as this would immediately result in the loss of the bond.
The main driving would be on the beach and track driving (which was basically incredibly bumpy sand (all i can say is thank god for the underbody insurance as so much damage could have occured). Also we could only drive at certain times and had to follow a strict itinerary due to high tide. It was very easy to get stuck and caught by the Ocean.

Day 1 consisted of a lunch at Lake McKenzie. This was a freshwater lake and for both of us was the biggest highlight on the island. The water was completely clear with only sand below it. Not one rock to be seen.
From Lake McKenzie it was my turn to drive us to our camp site - about 25km away. What fun that was!! See video clip.
We set up camp just behind the Sand dunes on the beach and had dinner and a few drinks.
By 8.30 the 4 of us had retired to bed in our tents (Highly uncomfortable)

Day 2 was our only full day on Fraser Island.
We drove along the beach to Eli Creek (Where we could see dolphins playing in the sea and we did plenty of whale watching) and then onto the "Maheno" ShipWreck and stopped off at the Pinnacles (Basically coloured sand)
We then went ti Indian Head where we Whale Watched, seeing Whales, Dolphins, Sharks and Sting rays amongst other sea life.
We finished the day off at the Champagne pools (Which are natural fish traps)
We then set up camp again on the beach.

Day 3, we went to Rainbow Gorge and walked along the sand dunes. This was then followed by a trip to Lake Wabby which again had Wonderous Sand dunes surrounding it.
We then went back to the barge and headed back to the mainland.
We did get to see our one and only dingo as we left on the barge. Plus on the way back, we saw dolphins - Ciara was happy!!
Ciara also got to see her first wild Kangaroo on the way back to the hostel.
In total we drove 285km on Fraser Island.
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pharesl
pharesl on

Amazing!
Thank you for posting your experience! It really made me feel more comfortable about traveling outside of the U.S. Looks amazing!

lowalker147
lowalker147 on

Fraser Island was the best! it was so fun. reading this makes me want to go back

Trine on

Who did you take this trip with? Which company?

Danny on

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I love Fraser Island, it’s so beautiful. The next annual leave I get I’m going there. The photo of you at Indian Head looks amazing; the water is so blue.

I saw Fraser island when I was backpacking the East Coast. Now living here I normally take annual leave NSW, however, next holiday leave I get I’m going to do some adventuring. I did the same thing as you with the 4wd and the Eski full of food and beer. I really liked the Dingos they are so cool. I went there for a few days and Lake McKenzie is so refreshing after a couple of days without a shower. Did you get the feeling that you didn’t want to leave Australia?

Bring on my Australian annual leave!

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