Rugged Fraser

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hervey Bay Day 35

We were up dressed & packed by 7.15am, heading off to Riverhead to catch the barge over to Fraser Island. We arrived at 7.30am hoping to get on the 8.30am barge, only to find out you have to book ahead. The 1st barge was full we had to wait till 10.15am. Bugger. We paid our $155 barge fee & our $47 permit then drove around for a bit looking around the area trying to fill in time. It was then decided to head for a cafe & have some breaky. It was a lovely Paris themed cafe overlooking the water. Breaky was delicious & filled in an hour. We headed back to the barge terminal.

While we waited, Jay deflated the tyres. I noticed some dolphins feeding & swimming in the bay beside us, so jumped out of the car for photos.

The barge arrived & all the vehicles reversed on. We even had a combustible liquid truck with us.

The trip across to Wanggoolba Creek took 30min we sat at the top of the barge taking in the calm waters & beautiful view.

Tyres locked 4wd engaged & we headed off the barge. The road was corrugated gravel at 1st then sand. We drove through beautiful lush green palm valleys with extremely tall trees towering above our heads. As it was now low tide we headed straight to 75 mile beach. At the end of the track the sand was soft & big ditches every where we were bounced from pillar to post. I held on for grim death.

We made it to the beach. This wasn't any smoother so many washouts with fresh water running through. Jay missed seeing one washout which sent us airborne. Braidens head hitting the ceiling. Well I held on even tighter. I'm such a nervous 4wder.

We made it across Eli Creek with no trouble getting bogged in front of all these people could be embarrassing. It's a fairly deep fresh water crossing with some large wash out sand hills either side. We headed straight to Maheno wreck. With a little stop off to see what was rattling so loudly which caused us to dig in a little. Low range 4wd & heaps of sand spray, we were on our way again. Breath Leasa Jay had it under control no probs.

The Maheno wreck is slowly falling to pieces so you can't go within 3m of it. Waves were splashing through the holes causing big splashes it looked awesome. After many photos back to Eli Creek for a loo break. A few photos of the fresh water flowing into the ocean. If it were a little warmer it would of been fun on surf mats being dragged along with the current.

It was now 1.30pm so we decided to head to Lake McKenzie & have a picnic lunch. This road was soft sand badly corrugated with deep ruts. Wow what a ride. We were bounced around like a ping pong balls. One part of this road had the most glorious thick covered green palms with huge towering trees overhead. Fallen trees covered in green moss. It took us till 2.30pm to arrive, we got our food out of the car relieved to stand on solid unmoving ground & had chicken sandwiches in the dingo free fenced picnic ground. After a quick bite we walked down to Lake McKenzie. What a gorgeous fresh water lake. White as white sandy bottom surrounded by lush rainforest. The water was so refreshing. Unfortunately we didn't want to miss our 5pm barge home so only got to spend 30mins paddling our feet in the cool water. Little fish were also swimming in the shallows.

Only a short way up the road we came across a Toyota Landcruiser bogged up to his diff. We quickly had him hooked up to our car & reversed him out. The other driver & us then reversed back a lot further & had a fast approach up the soft slippery sandy corrugated track. Boy was this track bad the worst we had been on so much huge ruts. Jay had a ball speeding as fast as he could through the rest of the tracks. We bounced shook wobbled from side to side up & down. I held on for dear life, my fingers not leaving my seat belt & door handle. Wow what an adventure.

Fraser Island is beautiful but so rugged. Sitting on the barge now at 5pm crossing the calm waters back to mainland. Packed in like sardines.

On the way back we did an under body car wash & gave the car a big scrub to get off all the salt, sand & red dirt at last a clean shiny car. Can't believe only a couple of days left of our trip.
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