Roughing it with the Dingoes

Trip Start Nov 14, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

After another long drive we pulled up into Hervey Bay. We checked into the best campsite so far on the trip which worked out at only $6 each. It had everything you need in a campsite, pool, spa and ping pong however we only got to spend the night there and were unable to take advantage. If we had more time we probably would have liked to just spend the day chilling out in the campsite because we were definitely starting to get tired form the fast pace of our travel.
Then on the next day we intended to do what nearly everyone that has travelled  around Oz tells me you have to do, that is Fraser Island.

The island is a National Park and it is the biggest sand bar in the world, which means it is an island that has formed entirely from sand that has washed up the coast. Despite all the sand it is still home to a variety of landscapes from sand dunes to tropical rain forest. It is also home to many animals but the main ones to watch out for are the Dingos.

We hired a 9 man 4x4 Land Cruiser as there are no roads on the island and a normal car cannot handle it. The car was a beast and we couldn't wait to get it on the island. Fraser Island is a great place, we loved it. There is nothing better than thrashing a Land Cruiser around an island with no roads, driving up the beach, camping at beautiful, crystal clear lakes and drinking under the stars with your mates. We camped at Lake Boomajin which was out of this world. You weren't suppose to camp here but because it was too dark to keep driving we decided to chance it. There was nobody else around and by midnight Jose and I were getting paranoid that in the morning there will probably be about 1000 dingoes outside drinking from the the fresh water lake. Luckily there was no sign of Ferrel dogs and we awoke to a very special view. The second night we camped on the beach but while being a bit hypocritical, the beauty was ruined slightly by the amount of other 4x4s racing up and down the white sand. There is not all that much to do apart from off-road driving and going from sight to sight but some of them are incredible. The lakes were my favorite, particularly Lake Mackenzie and a couple of the smaller ones. Indian Rocks, which is the only bit of rock on the island and where all the sand formed around is astonishing and the champagne pools next to it a great place to catch the sun.

This experience was one not to be forgotten. Lee summed it up on a philosophical evening under  the stars when he announced that he felt "caramalised". God knows what he meant but it seemed quite fitting at the time.

We were a little bit nervous when we had to hand the car back because the 'point dexter' behind reception made a thing of telling us not to drive at night, not to speed and stay out of salt water. Well we were worried because we had done all three and when Stephen, I don;t know how to relax, take my time, got to get from here to there in the quickest time possible Shipley was behind the wheel we thought we would be kissing Acky's $4000 bond held down on his credit card goodbye.

It turned out to be alright in the end and after everyone getting a little tetchy with each other due to severe lack of sleep, we were back on the road and heading up to Airlee Beach.
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