Amazing Fraser

Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 23, 2011

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hello from Fraser Island,

The second must-do for any traveller to Australia is a 3 day, 2 night camping experience on Fraser Island. Fraser Island is the largest sand-spit and island in the world. The island has been left virtually untouched and uninhabited meaning much the forestation is pre-historic (the documentary ‘Dinosaurs’ was filmed here). Our 3 day experience involved us (Hollie) driving around the island in a 4x4 safari, driving on the beach and difficult inland forest terrain. This was a lot of fun, whether you were driving or not. The experience is labelled ‘all-inclusive’, this entailed our food and camping equipment being supplied for us, but the rest was up to us. For safety precautions a tag-along guide accompanies the group, he guides us around the island and makes sure we are driving safely. Our tag-along guide was Monkey, he was an absolute legend but more about him later.

In the morning of Day 1 we had to pack the car with food, cooking equipment, tents, water, and our personal bags which included enough clothes for the 3 days, toiletries, a torch and anything else we would need (not much). In total there were 4 cars and 30+ people, with 8 people in each car. Only those over 21 and a license could drive on the island. After checking over the car as you would do with any car rental we made our way to the port to get the barge over to the island. Once we arrived on the island it was an hour drive along the beach to our campsite. Once there we set up the tents and had lunch in the sweltering heat. During lunch we realised one big annoyance, the huge biting flies!!! The flies were so big and nasty that they all deserved to die, and for the next 3 days this was everyone’s primary motive!!! On the final night Miller and Stuart (the 2 Canadian Boys) made a fly grave and stuck them all to sticks once pulling off their wings. I on the other hand killed about a hundred with my flip-flop, hitting them as soon as they landed on myself or a tyre of a car (which they seemed to love).

After lunch on the first day we made our way to Indian Head, here you can normally see sharks and manta rays searching for prey. We then went to Champagne Pools at Middle Rock to cool off in the safe water before heading to Lake Allom. Lake Allom is an inland lake which is full of Tea Tree water, this meant that the water was a golden brown colour and we come out feeling really smooth; especially the girls‘ hair. Monkey also showed us the tortoises that live in the lake. The drive to the lake was very difficult, so difficult that the car behind us hit a tree smashing in the their front bumper. On the drive back to camp Monkey got us all to walk along the beach to collect clams, that night he cooked them in a Thai green curry for the group as a treat… gorgeous!!! For our team group dinner, me and Hollie cooked dinner of steak with potato salad for our group of 8 and we settled down with a few drinks before heading to bed. We quickly found out that sleeping in a tent in this kind of heat and without camping mats was not fun at all, therefore we decided to go and sleep in the car. Shotgun!!!

In the morning we had breakfast of scrambled eggs on toast before heading off for a walk through the Eucalyptus Forest, then Lake McKenzie. Afterwards we drove to Eli Creek where the freshest water on the island spills out from underground. Here we had lunch and a big group photo. Once back at camp the boys played football. For our group meal Miller (one of the Canadian boys) volunteered to cook chicken stir-fry and did a very good job; except that the sauce that smothered the stir fry was so spicy half the group couldn‘t eat it. That night everyone was pretty tired and went to bed before 1am. We again “shotgunned” the car to get a good nights sleep. However, around 4.30am we were woken by a large pack of around 20 dingo’s who gathered to howl at the rising sun. We were lucky to see this as everyone as was stuck in their tent, but this didn’t stop us from just stirring and then going back to sleep. Silly dogs!!!

The next morning was a simple breakfast of just cereal and toast. After packing the tents up we headed for our last destination, Lake Wabby. Lake Wabby is located amongst some large sand dunes which are slowly subsiding into the side of the lake. It was well worth the 40 minute walk as we all needed the cool embrace of the lake. After spending about 2 hours at the lake we made our way back to the cars to get the barge back to the mainland L

To sum up the 4WD safari trip is amazing and definitely one of the best experiences we have done in Australia so far. Our guide Monkey made the trip so much better than we expected. Monkey can only be described as The Ultimate Bushman. He had muscles popping out of places that we weren’t sure ever existed and was super, super fit. Every time he joined the group everyone would just go silent and look at him in awe, waiting for him to speak or tell a story. We expected him to have some major gym routine but he said “I have never been to the gym, my gym was nature and organic!”. Monkey was great to talk to as he had some amazing life experiences. He used to be a mechanical engineer in the mines before he had an accident, and the doctors said he would never walk again. He was also a pro-surfer so after his accident he was unable to surf. But gradually he has been training again and on a practice surf trip he went to Sri Lanka after the tsunami and rebuilt a whole village with a few friends from home. A total legend and 100% cool dude!!!

Love from the giant fly killers x x x

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