Fraser Island 4WD Tours

Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
Trip End Sep 20, 2004

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Monday, February 9, 2004

Tuesday 3rd February

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and home to the purest strain of Australian dingoes.

Most of the backpackers do a self-drive option which actually means you hire a 4wd with 8 other people and camp out. Cheap but lots of hidden costs and crap equipment apparently. We did a ranger guided tour with Cool Dingoes and stayed in a lush resort at the south of the island for a bargain 288$ for three days including all food.
Jane won a beer for the most colourful name tag design.
The group was mostly German which was a novelty. Unfortunaltely it rained all day and got bitten by huge mozzies whilst utilising the jigger (guilty as this is a world heritage site). Despite the weather we swam in a couple of freshwater lakes, the rain slanting into our faces.
Back at the shared villa Jane destroyed Marie and Jana at german Yahtzee, 6 dice, she scored a few autobahns and 8 yahtzees. Went to the camp disco won a few shots in the quiz and had a laugh with the rest of the group.

Wednesday 4th February

Travelled up the east beach, 70 mile beach, named by Captain Cook. The waved barreled in, amazing surf but no dudes out there as it's a breeding ground for tiger sharks. Half was up the beach was the wreck of the 400ft cruiser Mareno which beached after slipping its tow rope on the way to being scrapped in Japan.
Weather remained poor at Indian Head and the Champagne Pools, normally a spot to soak in the cool water as the sun beats down. Due to the wind and rain we just about managed a paddle. On the way back down the beach the sun came out and the island was transformed. Floated down the cool Eli creek in the warm sun and ate afternoon tea on the beach prepared by our class ranger Kerry.
Dingo played in the surf trying to catch a fish or something.

Thursday 5th February

Last day on Fraser. Sandboarding at Wabby lake and made a big splash into the pea green water. Lots of eel tailed catfish and sucker fish that chew on your feet. Trekked across the sanddunes and getting a bit sweaty. It was pretty gorgeous though. The best was still to come though as we returned to Lake McKenzie in the sunshine. Azure water, white sands.

Friday 6th February

Yes it's turle laying and hatching season in Bundaberg. Didnt know too much about till we joined the queue at the conservation centre. Lots of real turtle lovers who stay till 2am to move eggs around and frighten the babies. We got to see 115 baby turtles break the surface as they erupted from their nest.
Made two lines to guide the babies down the sands to the sea. So, cute. One of the rangers then dug out the nest, gruesome. Some dead ones but discovered three more alive which we tossed, overarm, out to sea to rejoin their siblings.

Saturday 7th February

Stayed a day on the beach resort, played tennis and swam in the pool.

Sunday 8th February

Visited a cattle station in Dingo. Raucous night out, line dancing, tug of war, boat race, bed bugs.

Monday 9th February

Toured the cattle station with a real shirt tucked into jeans plus hat cowboy. They like to shoot all kinds of stuff.
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