Fraser Island Day 3
Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
95Trip End Apr 12, 2013
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We were up and about early again. After breakfast of toast and cereal we were back in our cars again and heading down the beach towards the Maheno shipwreck. Before getting there though we decided to stop at Eli Creek again for a quick swim as the weather was much warmer than it had been for our visit the day before. We didn't spend too much time at the creek and were soon arriving at the shipwreck.
The Maheno shipwreck has quite a convoluted story of how it managed to get there. It was built in Scotland and arrived in New Zealand to be used as a hospital boat in the First World War. Something like 90% of the injured soldiers on the boat, walked off at the other end. In the 1930s the ship was sold to a Japanese company to be used as scrap metal. From Sydney, the ship was towed up to Japan but they got caught in a cyclone and were separated. A few days later, the Maheno was found on the shores of Fraser Island. Jimmy mentioned that had the ship made it to Japan it quite possibly would have been used to make ammunition for World War Two against the Australians so its pretty lucky really that it never made it to its destination.
The tide was still quite high when we got there so we couldn't get too close to the shipwreck but we all took a lot of photos including a big group photo of everyone in the tour. Then it was back into the cars to drive to Lake Wabby. Once we got there we had to walk through the bush for about 35 minutes before we got to a clearing that looks out onto a massive sand dune. It was so strange to see. It was like stepping out of the forest and into a desert!
The top of the dune looks down onto the lake and we had to make our way down the extremely steep side so we could take a dip in the water. It was by far my favourite lake that we had visited. One side look is just surrounded by sand while the other side is lined with trees and the start of the forest. The water was lovely and warm as well but there were a couple of large catfish swimming about - they were a little unnerving! When I sat down in the water, I noticed a load of much smaller fish swarmed around me. Needless to say, I didn't stay say there for long!
We had to walk back through the bush to get to the cars again. It was another long walk and because of the bad weather that had hit the island some of the trees had fallen down, blocking the path somewhat. We had to climb through branches and roots to get to our destination. Once everyone had returned from the lake, we headed back to Euronga for lunch . Then we were heading over to the ferry point to cross back onto the mainland.
By about 5pm we had arrived back in Rainbow Beach and checking into our hostel once more. There was a lot of confusion and commotion at the hostel as news spread that no coaches were able to get into Rainbow Beach. Many of the people on our tour needed to leave as soon as possible in order to make their other trips and tours that they had booked. Everyone had to resign themselves to the fact they were stuck here at least for tonight and perhaps the foreseeable future.