Australia: Fraser Island

Day 13

After breakfast we loaded back on Matlida and headed further south to catch the ferry at Airlie port. It was a good few hours’ drive so we made the most of our recovery time on the coach and napped as much as possible. When we finally arrived at Airlie, we boarded the ferry to head for our home for the next two nights, the beautiful Fraser Island.

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We arrived at Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island and a shuttle bus took us to our cabins (4 per room, 5 rooms per cabin) and once we were settled we headed back to the beach to watch the sunset. The jetty had a beach side bar so a cold one and a bright orange sunset on the horizon was a perfect way to chill out.

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Once the sun had set and the beers were finished we headed to the cabins to change before having our buffet dinner at the Dingo Bar. After eating our fill (and there was plenty!) we played a few games of pool to wind down before heading back to the cabins for an early night, ready for our 4×4 driving tour tomorrow.
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Day 14
Fraser Island

Up early and we headed to the Dingo Bar to meet our 4×4 driver Barry. We all loaded onto the bus and Barry took us around the island starting off at 75 mile beach. Parts of the road were pretty bumpy which made the drive all the more entertaining! It was almost like being I a rollercoaster!

We made our way up the beach to our first stop, The Maheno Shipwreck. The Maheno was an old boat that was sold for scrap metal, only while she was in transit a storm hit and she was stranded on the shore. With no way to move her, the Maheno has been left on the island to decay, but it makes a pretty good tourist attraction.

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We loaded back on the bus and Barry took us to Eli Creek. He explained that we could paddle in the creek or float downstream on rubber rings Barry kindly provided. No one went in the sea as it was great white shark territory. Eli creek was beautiful. It was almost like an island lagoon paradise only it was a creek on a beach!

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After our fill of sun, sand and splashing around we enjoyed cookies and drinks provided by Barry before he took us to the 75 mile beach landing strip. Here, passengers could pay to be taken around the island and get to check out the views from the air. After this, we headed to Kirrar Sandblow.

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Kirrar Sandblow is basically a large, valley which was once forest, but has now been almost completely submerged by sand that has been brought to this basin naturally by the wind. Over the many thousand years, the sand has built up its pretty much a sand valley that’s a short walk (10 mins through bush trail) from the beach. Barry explained to us that in the summer, we would not be permitted to spend more than 10mins in Kirrar Sandblow as that tempuratures can reach mid 40’s and it could be quite dangerous.

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After our allotted time and some pretty cool pictures, Barry drove us from the beach and we made our way to the rainforest. The rainforest was so peaceful. It’s strange to think how one island can have dry forest, rainforest and desert like areas all in one place. Barry took us on a short walk through the rainforest where we were shown the great oddity that is “The Strangler Vine”.

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Strangler Vines latch themselves onto other trees and steal their sunlight and nutrients from the soil. Eventually, the strangler vine becomes greedy and completely suffocates the host tree. When the host tree dies, they usually topple as the roots are no longer keeping them grounded, so when the host dies and falls, it takes the greedy strangler with it.

It was a cool refreshing walk through the rainforest, but it was time to head off for lunch at the Euronga Resort.

After an amazing buffet lunch and a beautiful resort, Barry drove us higher up the island to visit the beautiful Lake McKenzie which is a natural, spring water Lake. The water was so clear the blues almost looked like they were in high definition! What a great way to spend the afternoon chilling out and admiring the beauty of such an amazing place.

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When our time was up Barry took us back to our cabins so we could get ready and make our way to the Sand Bar for dinner. The Sand Bar was situated down the hill back towards the Jetty so we took the shuttle, which isn’t always on time. It’s not too far to walk, but the hill is very steep and I’m just not that fit.

For dinner I opted for Spaghetti Bolognese which was rather tasty, and after more pool and a few drinks we made our way back to the cabins to recover after another jam packed day. As I mentioned earlier, the bus wasn’t exactly running on schedule so after a 45 minute wait, 6 of is brave souls attempted a hike back to the cabins.

Luckily we’d brought touches (flashlights) with us which were a necessity when trying to navigate the dark, winding roads that lay before us. Not to mention a shuttle bus could come along at any minute and not see 6 lunatics in the road!

I’m not going to lie to you, there was a point on this hike where I thought I would keel over from exhaustion. Safe to say we slept soundly that night.

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