Exploring Fraser Island

Trip Start Jul 30, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

We couldn't wait to get to Fraser Island, so many people told us hoe much fun they had they and how beautiful it is.  We were up at 5:45AM for our 6:25 AM pick up.  As we say this bus/truck thing turn the corner we new they were coming for us.  This bus had huge wheels, it was high up from the ground, but when you got inside it was like a bus.  I must say they could have really put some additional shocks in it, but oh well.  That's what made it an even more interesting trip for us..  We were the second couple to pick up and about 5 more along the way.  We ferry crossing was the Noosa river.  The bus driver said it was chain system that pulls the ferry from side to side.  Only at certain times are other boats allowed to pass or they will lose the bottom of their boat to the chain. 

Soon we were on the main high way "On the Beach", the beach of North Shore Noosa.  We pretty neat, you are not allowed to drive on the beaches back some, so it was cool.  The drive told us they have check points some time for alcohol, speed checks, and the speed limit is even posted along the beach, 80 km is the regular speed, but sometimes it goes down to 50 km. About an hour into our trip the drivers pulled over for some tea/coffee and cookies.  We had a chance to put our feet into the water before a 4 X 4 truck comes zooming past us.  Here we also experience the biggest flies we have ever seen in our life's.  They bite and will even put holes in your clothes, the driver told me they really like blue.  Not sure if he was saying that because I was wearing blue or if it was true.

Soon we were on the road again or should I say beach.  We were heading for the second ferry between North Shore Noosa and Rainbow beach.  By driving along the beach it cuts the trip down by 2 hours we were told.  After ferry crossing we were on rainbow beach.  The beach with packed with campers from the Australian Holiday Weekend and starting to pack up..  We couldn't believe it there was no room for any other campers, every little spot was taken. 

After a bathroom break another passenger asked us if we would switch so a group of 3 could sit by each other.  We did and made the biggest mistake, the road was so bumpy, the seats were terrible and the motion sickness pills I took were not working, Bart didn't even like the seats, so when that happens you know it's bad. 

Thank good after an hour we made it to Lake McKenzie, it was clear blue water!  We have never seen anything like it.  At first when you look at it you notice all of the blues, they change as the water gets deeper in the lake.  When you look at it another time for far away it looks like snow all along the beach.  This beach had the whitest sand we have even seen.  The water was amazing, fresh water, made your skin and hair so soft.  We wanted to stay in it forever, but only had an hour.  Bart got his goggles and went for a swim to see if he could see anything, but the lake drops off so soon, you can't see a thing.  After our swim, they set up a buffet for us at 12:15PM I had fish, Bart had steak and they made a bunch of other salad as well.  All of the soft drinks, beer and wine you cold want as well..

After that they took us on a rain forest walk, this was really nice.  We had a chance to see fern that were huge, crystal clear water streams.  They say they streams have rain water in them from 70 years ago, that is how long it takes the water to get out of the sand.  Beautiful, we even say an eel in the water.

Back on the bus and on our way back to Noosa, we say a few Kangaroos, had a chance to sit in the front seat for some great views and didn't get sick.  Good way to send a trip to Fraser Island.

Info about Fraser Island :


In 1836 a number of survivors of the shipwrecked Sterling Castle lived for about six weeks on the island before being rescued. During these six weeks, hostility and aggression developed between the Europeans and the Aborigines. One of the survivors was Eliza Fraser, the wife of the captain of the Sterling Castle, Captain James Fraser, after whom Europeans named the island.
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