We were up at something like 7am for our pickup to Fraser Island (too early for me) It was so foggy outside, you could barely see across the street. Not good. We boarded our ferry around 9am, to go across to the island. It was the most eerie experience ever, standing on the front of this huge ferry, not being able to see more than 3 metres in front of the boat, no other sound apart from very calm waves lapping the boat. It was like something from 'The Mist'. Luckily it cleared when we arrived at Fraser Island.
The entire island is made completely of sand (the worlds largest natural sand island), so only 4 wheel drives are allowed on Fraser Island, as there are no roads, only sand trails. The plants and trees growing entirely from their own decomposing leaves and the rivers that run through the Island are made of pure mineral water (something to do with all the rainwater being pushed through the sand that purifies it). The island has the most varied landscape, consisting of rainforests, beaches, bushland and sand dunes and also has the only remaining pure strain of Dingoes left in the wild. Anyway, enough of the wikipedia stuff
Our first stop was Central Station, deep in the middle of the rainforest on the island, where we had a 3km walk through the middle of the forest. The river running through looked muddy yellow, but was completely clear and pure, the colour being the sand on the river bed (quite strange to look at). The trees were massive, it was like being in Jurassic Park or something!
After central station, we drove along the 75 mile beach, which is sort of classed as the Island's 'highway', literally metres from the waves, which was an amazing experience in itself. Ocassionally, we'd come across a wild Dingo, and stop to have a look. They look very similar to dogs, which is the real danger as they are becoming less intimidated by humans, the more tourists feed them, making them more likely to attack people. Its very sad, as there's such a small population of this pure breed left, and a few years ago, some hundred Dingoes had to be culled because they had become tame and started attacking people.
We stopped at the Pinnacles (coloured sand cliffs) and the Maheno shipwreck along the beach, and took some pictures. Its hard to believe the ship has 4 storeys buried under the sand! Also stopped at the 'Champagne pools' (natural rockpools near the shore) and Indian Head lookout point, which is one of the highest lookout points on the Island. On top, we could see whales over the horizon surfacing for air (we could just make out the water coming out of the blowholes. Aparently the females come to the east coast of Australia to give birth, and some of the wales we saw were in pairs, suggesting some of them had already given birth. It was a pretty amazing sight.
After we were done, we headed to a place called Eli Creek, a natural river that flows from the centre of the island out to the sea. The water was as pure as mineral water and drinkable (up stream recommended), and we stopped to have a wade through the creek (dont worry mum, there are no crocodiles at Fraser Island!)
We headed back to resort around 5.30, again stopping for a few Dingoes along the way (getting bored of them now!) Later that evening, we went to the local bar. We couldnt work out why the bar was playing so many Michael Jackson songs.... we met up with a couple we were sharing our room with, and played some cards. It wasnt until later that evening that we found out about MJ. No one mentioned it on the tour, so if we hadnt found out then, we might not have known until we watched the news next! So we had a few beers in his memory (one for every song, i reckon).
The next day we were up at 6am, to watch the sunrise. It was a bit cloudy over the horizon but mainly clear. Just as the sun was rising, the sky went red, and in the distance, we could see dark black clouds and a lightning storm somewhere out to sea, it was like another world! (i was impressed in my tired and slightly hungover state lol). Then back to the resort for a massive fry up, and all was good with the world again
That day, we headed off to Wabby lake first. There was a 45 minute bush walk to Wabby lake (all uphill), when we reached the top, the bush cleared and we were surrounded by sand dunes, stretching for miles, the beach and sea far in the distance. We carried on up the sand dunes, until we could see Wabby lake over the dunes. The lake is pure green from the leaves that fall to the bottom of the lake, and reflection of the forest, and filled with huge catfish. Absolutely stunning! The golden dune leading down to the lake is very steep, and me and Ryan raced down the dune into the lake (which was freezing!) People from our tour were all racing down the hill and screaming (the inevitability of freezing cold lake at the end of the hill and no way of stopping does that!) It was so funny. You could body board down the dune into the lake too if you had one, it was that steep (no crocs, dont worry mum ). The sand dunes are moving at 2m a year and slowly engulfing the lake. Apparently Wabby lake only has 50 years left before its entirely gone, so definitely a must see before it goes, kids!
After lake Wabby, we went to lake Mckenzie. A completely different looking lake altogether. The sand was pure white, so white, people had made sand snowmen and it looked convincing! The lake is clear, but pure blue from the reflection of the sky. This water is very acidic (not in a skin eroding way!) and exfoliates your skin when you rub sand into your skin under the water. You could wash your hair in the lake and it would come out feeling freshly washed and conditioned. IYou could also clean your jewellery in it when rubbing it in the sand under water. It was a weird experience, but a very beautiful lake. Its hard to believe both these lakes are part of the same island. After Mckenzie, was the trip home, a beautiful sunset on the boat journey home.
So glad we decided to do this trip, it was just an amazing experience and i would urge anyone to do it! This is a very long entry, but as you can see we did so much in the space of 2 days. By far the best experience we've had since we've been out here!
Lots of love xx