A day out on the beach
Trip Start Nov 18, 2009
234Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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Up at 5.45am as we are being collected outside our hostel at 6.25am for a day trip to Fraser Island. On time we were collected in a 4x4 Toyota with soft grey leather seats, and thought for a brief moment that this was our transport for the day. It wasn't but we had been collected by the boss as our coach held up for 10 minutes as some people were late.
We collected two others and then went to meet our driver for the day and our vehicle. Our transport for the day was a 17 seat 4x4 bus and it was a real bone shaker, especially on the back seat where we sat first. The driver was Rob, and despite being the youngest of the three drivers (there were three buses) he was exceedingly knowledgeable about the flora, fauna, wildlife, insects, geography and history of the area
Our route was an inland road to Rainbow Beach as the tides to high to travel on the sand. Then we travelled to the Fraser Island ferry from Inskip Point to Hook Point. When on Fraser Island and took another inland route on the sandy forest track, to Eurong. At this point the bus was bouncing all over the road as it literally was just compressed sand and ours was the third of our vehicles that had trundled over it. Huge ruts in the road, but one good thing was that we all got to change seats on each stop so we were heading for the front as soon as possible.
We hit 75 mile beach and stopped to have tea, coffee and biscuits. Great views up and down the beach. Fraser Island is the largest pure sand island in the world and according to Rob it has more sand than the Sahara Desert. For many years sand was mined from the island for its minerals and trees were harvested although new ones planted. There are two trees that only grow on this island and if I had been listening properly I would have been able to tell you which ones. After driving on the beach with the waves around the wheels, we cut inland to head to Lake McKenzie. This lake has fresh water that is so pure it has very little fish life in it, although it is crystal clear
After lunch we drove further inland to Central Station which is where the loggers used to live, until 1959 when all logging was banned. One of our drivers took us for a guided walk along a length of the Wanggoolba Creek. Interesting and helped to walk off a bit of lunch. We then drove back onto the 75 mile beach and were desperately searching for Dingos who often come onto the beach at low tide. We did not see any but about 6 months ago the Rangers started a fire to clear an area of land and the fire got out of control. It burnt 25% of the island and one area was where the Dingos would usually give birth to their pups. Many young and adults were thought to have perished. Also no Koalas on Fraser.
We went back to Barge ferry and then down the 45 mile beach from Rainbow Beach to Noosa. We stopped at Teewah Coloured Sands for tea and coffee with Lamingtons (the cakes we loved in New Zealand). The sands were interesting but people had carved names and dates into the cliffs which can only hasten their erosion.
We were dropped off at our hostel at about 7pm and had had a great day.
We were surprised to find that all of our house mates had left and we were in the house all alone. Nice relaxed evening.