9th – 11th March 2017
Right ok, I know that I say everythingggg is my favourite but seriously… FRASER ISLAND. This is honestly going to be one of my favourite blog posts EVER. The time that we spent here was so incredible and so special that I really don’t know how I’m going to put it into words … but I will try!
So before I start I will just tell you a little bit about the Island – Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island and measures 120km by 15km. It is also the only known place in the world where rainforest grows on sand – pretty cool right. The island is formed by wind, sand and surf and is home to many freshwater lakes, creeks, dunes and rainforests. The local Butchulla people call it K’Gari (paradise) and I am about to show you why.
As I said in my last blog we arrived at River Heads around 6pm and had half an hour to wait until we could board the ferry. Whilst we were waiting a huge thunder storm began way off in the distance. We all got our phones out to try and capture some pictures of the lightening as it was pretty epic, but the photos just didn’t do it justice.
Once on the ferry we spent the next 50 minutes travelling across the Great Sandy Strait over to Fraser. On arrival we were picked up at the pier by a huge 4WD bus and ferried over to our accommodation at Kingfisher Bay Resort. We stayed in the wilderness lodges which were really cute – each lodge had a big communal area with a little kitchen and then the rooms were set just behind. Once we had dumped our bags we headed straight down to the Dingo Bar for dinner and a few drinks.
We woke up at crazy o’clock the next morning ready for our jam packed day on Fraser and oh my god was it worth it. After filling up on breakfast we met our guide Jarred and then hopped on the 4WD bus ready to go and explore. The bus was HUGE – nearly all the roads on Fraser are sand so the buses have been specially built to be able to navigate the island. Once leaving the nice smooth roads of the resort we hit the first 400m access track nicknamed ‘The Rollercoaster’, all I can say is that if we didn’t have our seat belts on we probably would of gone through the roof!
After a fairly short but bumpy ride we reached our first stop of the day Lake McKenzie, one of the many perched lakes on Fraser Island. The sand around the lake is made up of pure white silica and the water is so pure that hardly any species live in it. When we stepped off of the walkway and down onto the sand it literally took my breath away. I have never seen anything quite so beautiful. We had a few hours down at the lake to sunbath, swim and relax. We also had a few little spa treatments ha ha – because of how pure the sand is it is a really good exfoliant and also good for scrubbing your teeth and hair with! I felt like a new person after a few sand scrubs!!
From Lake McKenzie we got back on the bus and headed to our next stop where we all did a short 40 minute rainforest walk. For most part of the walk we followed a little freshwater creek up through the rainforest and met Jarred on the other side. The walk was really pretty and provided a nice break from the sun but other than a few lizards and spiders there wasn’t too much to see. From here we made our way to one of the resorts for lunch.
After lunch we headed over to the east side of the island to the famous 75 mile beach which is recognised as a national highway and is also a landing strip for light aircraft which I think is pretty cool. This side of this island is where you find the Maheno shipwreck, Eli Creek, Indian Head and the Champagne Pools. The water here is not safe to swim in due to the dangerous currents and high shark population – it is a breeding ground for some of the most dangerous aggressive sharks like the bull and tiger.
We cruised along the beach for a short while before pulling over at the most famous of Fraser’s wrecks – The Maheno. Built in 1905, the Maheno ran a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until being converted into a hospital ship during WW1. In 1935 she was sold to Japan for scrap and whilst being towed back they were hit by a cyclone causing the tow chain to snap leaving the Maheno to drift up onto the beach of Fraser Island where it has been ever since.
As a late birthday surprise for Sophie I had arranged for us to take a scenic flight over Fraser Island and it was here that we got in. 75 mile beach is one of two beaches in the world where you can take off and land in a plane on a beach – SO COOL. Wanting to get a different perspective of the island we wasted no time in jumping in and getting buckled up! The flight was spectacular, it gave us a chance to see just how big the island really was, see some more lakes and also sand dunes. I have never done anything similar before so it really was an incredible experience, one I would definitely do again!
After the flight it was time to head to our last stop of the day and one I was really excited about, Eli Creek. Eli Creek is the largest freshwater creek on the eastern beach of Fraser and pours over 4 million litres of freshwater onto the beach and into the ocean every hour. There is a broadwalk that follows the creek inland and a little access point where you can get into the creek and swim back out to the beach. We did this a few times which was really fun and very refreshing!!
Sadly our day on Fraser had come to an end and it was time to head back. It took around 45 minutes to reach the resort including a short stop that we had at a lookout across the dunes. From here it was straight back to the resort where we chilled down by the pool and then went to watch the sunset and have dinner. Later that evening we all got together in one of the cabins for a few drinks (maybe more than a few) to finish off our incredible time on Fraser Island.
The next morning was another early start as we had a 7.30am ferry to catch back over to the mainland. Whilst we were waiting at the pier we saw stingrays, turtles and loads of fish swimming in the water, it was amazing!
It was sad waving goodbye to Fraser as I literally had the time of my life and made some incredible memories but our dampened spirits didn’t last too long as we were back on the road and headed for our next stop out in the outback – Myella Farm.