The following day I took a bus and then a ferry across to Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and it is beautiful. I was on an organised 2 day tour, using a 4WD. It was very bumpy due to the sand and we were thrown about all over the place
! Our first stop was a green lake surrounded by white sand, which was beautiful. Next we headed into the rainforest, through some extremely tall trees, to a place called Central Station. I am not sure why it was called this because it consisted of a stream running through the forest. The stream was crystal clear, with sand on the bottom, so lit looked almost white. There were loads of tropical looking plants, all very strange! We got attacked by birds wanting our lunch, and then we headed for Lake MacKenzie. This is a giant blue lake surrounded by white sand so it looks like some kind of Caribbean beach but the lake is freshwater. We all went for a swim and the water was freezing! We then headed to our rooms for the night.
The following day our first stop was a giant sand dune, that is slowly (over 1000s of years)blowing over the island, and where we also saw a trail of giant ants. Then we headed along the beach to our next destination. The beach acts as the main highway for the island, and has cars going up and down it was if it was a motorway, but with an ocean down one side. It was very pretty, and we saw two dingoes walking along the beach. Next we headed to some sand formations made of different sand colours. Then on the spur of the moment I took a flight over the island to see it from above. We took off and landed on the beach and we saw dolphins in the sea, the Butterfly lakes, which look like a butterfly from above, and endless rainforest
. Back on the land we went to the Champagne pools, an outcrop of rocks that collect the seawater, forming pools. You cannot swim in the sea due to the sharks, but you can in the pools. They had a few tropical fish in them and some strange pink anemones. We then headed for Indian head, a high up piece of rock that you can see for miles from. The sea was many different shades of blue - it was gorgeous. We saw a pod of dolphins jumping in the waves, a giant turtle and lots and lots of sharks, swimming really close to the shore, chasing fish. It was very cool. Next up was a place called Eli creek, a crystal clear creek leading from the forest to the sea, with sand on the bottom, making it excellent for swimming and paddling. Swimming down it was fun, as I was taken by the current.
That evening we went for a swim in a resort on the island and there were loads of couples getting married on the island at sunset, very romantic, apart from all of us gawping at them! That night we caught the ferry back to Hervey Bay. I wish I had had time to see more, as Fraser Island was beautiful. I'll just have to come back!
I left Brisbane stupidly early in the morning and got the bus to Hervey Bay. However, we stopped off on the way to Hervey Bay in a place called Rainbow Beach. It is called this because there are many different colours of sand on the beach. We wandered along the beach and then had a lesson in how to play the digeridoo, and then learned how to throw a boomerang. I was rubbish at throwing the boomerang but managed to get a sound out of the didge. We passed through endless forests to Hervey Bay, just in time for sunset. At sunset hundreds of fruitbats flew out of the trees. They were really big - maybe 40cm across and came down quite low so you could tell they were bats and not birds.