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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Travel: Fraser Island - Australia

During our time in Australia, we went on a day tour to Fraser Island with Fraser Explorer Tours, the largest sand island in the world located just off the Queensland coast. Due to our time limits we could only squash in a day visit meaning we didn't get to see everything the island has to offer but this didn't stop this being an amazing trip.

We were picked up bright and early from the bus stop at Rainbow Beach which just across the road from our hostel. The bustank was literally a cross between the two, as there are no roads on fraser island this machine had to be sturdy! We made our way to the crossing point and got on the ferry to take us across to the island. 
Our first main stop after navigating old logging sand tracks (the term rollercoaster comes to mind!) and a quick stoop for some elevensies was Lake McKenzie. I kid you not readers, this was possibly the most beautiful, amazing place I have ever laid my eyes on. The lake contains only rain water and has no inflows or outflows. The azure water is so pure that not much lives in it. The sand is white silica, so fine and white and the whole lot is surrounded by lush green forest. Despite being an obvious tourist hotspot, we found a secluded bank where we were able to wallow in the warm water and 'ex-foliate' ourselves using the sand. If heaven could be an hour, that hour was it. 

One of the draws to Fraser Island is the wildlife. There are sadly no koalas but plenty else! Keep your eyes peeled on the rainforest walk, we were luck to see a giant lizard (I mean giant, it was bigger than my head!) as well as several Dingos - an icon of fraser! If you go on a longer trip  you have chances to see Whales, Sharks and Dugong at the north of the island. Jealous much!
As we drove further up the island in the Surf we were offered a trip in a small aeroplane over the Island for just $70. We had been going on about doing a scenic flight for weeks now but hadn't done one so this seemed like the perfect chance! The runway IS the beach, Fraser is one of only 2 places in the world with a beach runway. 

We soared above the blue sea keeping our eyes peeled for any wildlife, over lush green rainforests,numerous lakes, huge sandblows and KMs of beach. It was worth every cent of the price we paid!
Passing this stunning ship wreck we made it to the furthest point of our trip, The Pinnacles Coloured Sand. These rock formations contain scores of different colours of sand (in a similar fashion to those at Rainbow Beach, hence the name!) caused by oxidation.
I much prefer the aboriginal tale though: a young girl Wuru, promised to an older man called Wayner, fell in love with a Rainbow Serpent. She visited the beach daily to meet her lover, but the Wayner grew jealous and known for his killing ability sought revenge on Wuru. With his boomerang in hand he chased her, but upon hearing the young girls screams, the Rainbow Serpent lept in front to protect her. The Rainbow was shattered into small pieces by the deadly boomerang, and the pieces fell to form the coloured sands. Wuru escaped unharmed, and this area is now seen as a sacred site for women. 

Our final port of call before speeding back down the beach highway was Eli Creek. We walked along a long boardwalk further in land along the creek before climbing in. The crystal clear water gently pulling us back towards the beach. The perfect end to a perfect day :)

Shattered, we returned to our hostel and did what any good Aussie does... fired up the Barbie! Would I go back? Absolutely. Fraser Island is a MUST to anyone thinking of going to Queensland. 



5 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures, everything looks so amazing my jealousy levels are high
    Love Victoriajanex
    Xx

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  2. wow, what a lovely place. All that white sand and blue water, what a dream!


    Also, I like the change to layout too :)

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  3. Thank you! It definitely was amazing! I am jealous of my past self :(

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  4. Thank you!! I'm amazed I haven't yet destroyed the old blog! :)

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  5. Such an incredible place! I would love to go there one day, the scenery is absolutely beautiful! :) xx

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