Fraser Adventures

Trip Start Aug 08, 2011
Trip End Jul 22, 2013

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Cool Dingo's Lodge

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Monday, February 6, 2012

Well we were lucky with the weather once again! We left Hervey Bay on a boat headed for Fraser in the rain and by the time we arrived at the island, blue skies were starting to appear!

We went on a guided tour with 'Cool Dingos'. Our tour guide, Les, was just like Steve Irwin with his wild stories and total disregard for dangerous animals! When we spotted a deadly Eastern Brown snake on the beach, he just picked it up and started waving it around so we could get a better view! 

The 1st day we went on a walk through the rainforest. Les was very knowledgable about the island so it was an interesting walk. He then decided to find a snake for us and we got lucky and found a huge carpet python hiding amongst a pile of leaves. We then went to Lake McKenzie a world heritage sight. It was absolutely stunning but the weather was only just beginning to improve so he took us back 2 days later when we saw the lake again in beautiful sunshine. On our 1st visit however, we were lucky enough to spot a dingo in the wild. And 1 girl was unlucky enough to have her bag stolen by it! Fortunately we got the bag back albeit a little mangled. But bankcards and passport intact!

The 2nd day we explored the eastern beaches of Fraser. It was a long day and we covered a lot of miles - Fraser is the largest sand island in the world! We stopped at a few interesting sand formations for some piccies and the 3 of us decided to splurge and took a flight over the island which gave us an appreciation of the sheer size of the island. We then went to a place called Champagne Rocks. The sea is usually too dangerous to swim in because of dangerous waves and lots of tiger sharks. But Champagne Rocks is protected by rocks so we could get in the water! A bit of a relief as it was very hot that day! After that we took a walk to Indian Heads (more of a rock climb really..) but the views were totally worth it. Gorgeous views in every direction - desert, beach, ocean... We saw a shoal of manta rays but no sharks unfortunately. On our way back we stopped at a creek for more swimming and at Meheno ship wreck for more exploring and pictures!

Our final day was spent walking to another lake across a sand hole. The sand holes supply the whole island with sand during windy days. Without it the ecosystem could not thrive. The lake we swam in was full of catfish which swam right past us. The walk out was tough across sand in the heat and up a steep hill but the views were magnificent. Our efforts were rewarded with lunch at a resort before returning to Lake McKenzie for some more R&R.

All in all it was a fantastic trip. Fraser Island is such a beautiful place. And since its pretty close to Byron, maybe I'll go back again!   
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