Wet Fraser Island

Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
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Trip End Apr 12, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, February 25, 2013

Today we woke at around 5:30am to a complete downpour of rain. Nothing could be more depressing. The rain was quite torrential and there was a complete overcast of cloud. Still, we had to get ourselves ready for our safety briefing at 6:30am for the Fraser Island tour and for free pancakes!

The safety briefing was pretty slow and not that relevant to us, more the drivers, but we still got told about things we could and couldn't do. The more important and anxious thing we were waiting to be told about was whether our tour was even able to go ahead. Because of the bad weather and reports of flooding etc they had to check with people on the island as to whether it was safe enough and accessible enough to run the tour. After waiting for quite a while we got told that we could go on the tour today if we wanted, or they would postpone it a day if the majority vote went for that. We both knew that if it was postponed a day, that would muck up the rest of our plans with everything we had booked so far. Thankfully most people went for the going today so that was definite. We then got our pancakes which were alright, and finished the safety briefing.

Following that, we had to check out, pack a small bag for the 3 day trip to carry everything we needed. It all just, just fitted in our small bags! Then we had to put our luggage in their luggage storage area and in the rain, help get everything ready in the 4x4s including our food boxes for the trip, the alcohol we had bought for it and also checking all the seatbelts worked and weren't clogged with sand.

After quite a long time of sorting all of this stuff out, we finally got into our car - the lead one with our group (D) and also the tour guide, Jimmy. Our journey got off to a very slow start as after about 15 minutes of driving to get to the ferry across to Fraser Island, one of the other cars just stopped working. So to be safe, they had to go and get another car and switch them over which took a good 25 minutes. Once they had finally swapped and we thought we were all good to go, our car wouldn't start up as the battery had been run down by the front lights and music playing. So frustrating! So they got one of the other cars to pull up in front of us and using some jump start cables, we eventually got the car going again and made our way to the beach where we would catch the ferry.

There we waited about 20 minutes before getting on it and travelling over to Fraser. The ferry wasn't a long journey and once we were on Fraser Island, we drove along the beach for around an hour before stopping at Euronga to have lunch under shelter. We had ham and beef salad sandwiches for lunch and then we were back in our cars and heading into the rainforest to Lake Mackenzie.

Our tour guide Jimmy did an excellent job getting us through the dirt tracks. It was quite an experience being thrown about in the back seats. To make it worse, the seats in the lead car go along the sides so everyone is facing each other, making it seem all the more bouncy. Jimmy also told us a few stories along the way to pass the time. For instance, we drove pass a load of interesting looking trees, I forget the name of them now, but he told us these trees are responsible for the kind of camouflage clothing worn in the army. Apparently an American general or sergeant stationed on the island for training had the design idea we now see after noticing the unusual markings on the trees.

After about an hours drive through the deep forest we arrived at Lake Mackenzie which we were also informed, is what's known as a Perch Lake because it only contains rain water. No creeks or streams run into it. There are only 80 perch lakes known on Earth and 40 of them are located on Fraser Island which is pretty cool. The lake itself was kinda cold but in a refreshing way. On a clear day, the water is a brilliant shade of blue however, today it was rather murky. This made is a little eerie to swim out into because the further you went, the darker the water got. It was like swimming into an abyss.

At one point Jimmy appeared at the waters edge after swimming back from the other side of the lake. On his travels he found a little turtle that he brought back in his pocket for us all to stare at.

We then gathered our stuff together and headed back up to the cars and headed off to our campsite. It was quite a drive and on the way we passed the famous shipwreck that's on the island except it had started pouring down again and so we didn't stop to photograph it. When we arrive in camp and unloaded our food, grabbed a small mattress thing and our sleeping bags and found ourselves a tent. I was a little worried that these would flood if there was too much rain but we would see. Once we were settled in, myself, Phil and Carl (two brothers in our group) went about starting to make dinner. On the menu was Asian Chicken with rice. As a team we worked together cutting up the veg, cooking the chicken and rice and then bringing the meal together. It was pretty good and we were quite proud of how nice it was.

Whilst the girls washed up, we just relaxed and watched some groups on their second night make a racket playing drinking games. We had a more chilled out evening but drank a few ciders and chatted to quite a few random people. We also played a drinking game with our group before calling it a night around midnight. It was really hot in our tent and not the most comfortable thing but we both slept pretty well although got bitten SO SO much by the Mosquitos. I have so many on my right ankle and foot.

That's all for now folks xx
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