Fraser Island - Day 225-226

Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Day 225 - 03/10/08

Caught the passenger ferry to Fraser island this morning after being picked up at the hostel. Fraser is the biggest sand island in the world at 123km long with a total area of 1840 square kilometres. It's one of the highlights on most travellers Australian itinerary. Over the next few days I'm hopefully going to discover what all the fuss is about.

After arriving on the island we were picked up at the jetty by a giant 4 wheel drive bus which will be driving the tour group around the island to see the rare delights of Fraser. The island is criss-crossed with deep sandy tracks and you are allowed to drive your own 4-wheel drive vehicle which would have been seriously cool, maybe next time.

The bus driver slash tour guide was a real character and a bit of comedian. He was so knowledgeable about the geology and life on the island and generally all things Australian. He didn't stop talking all day with stories, fascinating facts and entertained all day. Top guy! I talked to him over lunch about my mission around the continent. He seemed quite impressed by my big hobo adventure.

We did a 4km bush walk to Basin lake and Wanggoolba Creek. The water in the creek is completely transparent against the fine white sand, didn't think the creek contained any water until I got up close. Had a drink of the sweet water, it's suppose to be safe, I hope! The rare King fern lives in the wet gullies of the creek and they look almost pre-historic, this is one of only a few places in the world where they strive. Then we moved onto Lake McKenzie situated in the centre of the island for a swim in the crystal clear fresh water.

Staying at the Kingfisher bay resort tonight on the west coast. Had a great Mexican dinner of tacos and nachos. Spend the remainder of the evening in the bar with the guys from the tour having a few cheeky beers.

Day 226 - 04/10/08

Today we drove along "75 mile beach". An expanse of golden white sand which strengths the entire length of the east side of the island. Stopped at the Champagne Pools which is section of sand and rocks protected by a rocky outcrop just off the coastline. It's safe to swim here due to the protection provided by the rocky outcrop. It's recommended you don't swim in the sea around Fraser due to the strong currents and abundance of Tiger sharks which frequent the waters but the Champagne pools are safe apparently. We then passed the heavily corroded Maheno shipwreck which was beached due to a cyclone in the 1930's. Then Indian head on the north-east tip of the island for great views of Frasers unique and beautiful coastline.

I treated myself to a 15 minute scenic flight across the island. A great way to see the island from a completely different perspective. We took off and landed on "75 mile beach" which was a great experience, well worth the 75 bucks. The island is surprisingly very green, consisting mostly of thick rainforest, pockets of sand dunes and the fresh water lakes. The best way to appreciate Fraser is defiantly from the air.

In the late afternoon I left Fraser island on the ferry back to Hervey bay. Watched the sunset behind the island as we approached the docks. Picked up my car and hit the road once again. Heading south towards Rainbow beach. Parked up tonight somewhere south of Maryborough.
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