We went to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach as a family with our three year-old, William.
The tides were high due to all the rain, so our guide Cameron raced down to the barge for the transfer to the island. Once on the island the tide was coming in and the usual path across Fraser was flooded, so he had to make a detour across the beach over coffee rock and in the sea, avoiding the washed up tree branches. It was a really bumpy journey and William was in absolute hysterics every time a wave hit the windscreen, howling "this is fun Mummy isn't it?" . I was glad we had brought his carseat along! Once onto the island proper we had a fast run up 75 mile beach, which is in fact only about 90 km long. Cameron got up to speeds in excess of 80km p/hr and we raced along.
We had not long got to the forest when we spotted three dingo pups in a clearing. A young male came up close to the bus for a look at us. They really just look like skinny domestic dogs, but we were assured that they would go for children if they got a chance, so we kept William very close for the rest of the day!
We learnt about the history of the island and had a tour through the beautiful rainforest Wanggolooba Creek. My favourite part of the day was swimming in the pristine waters of Lake McKenzie. The beach was only a few metres wide due to the rainfall, but the sand was exceptionally fine and and incredible pale white colour. The freshwater lake has crystal clear waters and we swam and played for about an hour but I could've stayed all day! Some Japanese tourist were really taken with William and lined up to take pictures of him wearing his shark fin in the water!
After a hearty lunch we went to see a few more of the sights: the shipwrecked cruise ship Maheno, the Pinnacles rainbow sands and Eli Creek. The creek was a freshwater river which flowed for about 100 metres and was completely walkable. Richard played with William in the shallows while I went for an explore. I was persuaded by another tour guide that it wasn't THAT cold and it was only waist height, so I hitched up my dress and waded in. It was freezing! And it came up to my chest at points! Not sure how tall he thought I was... It was definitely worth it though as I saw some beautiful parts of the rainforest and amazing plants.
On the way back from to the ferry, Cameron stopped the bus suddenly as he had spotted two bottle nosed dolphins swimming right next to the beach. William, however missed it as he was fast asleep with his head lolling from side to side and snoring slightly!
As we boarded the barge to return to Rainbow Beach, a lone dingo skipped along the beach to watch us leave.
An absolutely perfect day!
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