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Fraser Island


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I took the bus up the coast to the sleepy gateway to Fraser Island which is Hervey Bay. Curly arrived in the night so on sunday we just chilled out and prepared ourselves for the early morning and trip. For those of you that don't know. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world it is 120km long and 15km wide the only way to get around is in a four wheel drive vehicle. It is World Heritage listed due to the amazing diversity of ecology from fresh water lakes to tropical rainforests.

So we set off on our 3 day trip, 2 night camping with 8 strangers and crammed in a land rover and lots of food and beer to keep us going for three days! We catched the barge over and head to Cental Station which is the main rainforest in Fraser and end up getting lost and on a 2 hour hike! Bad Start. 10km on this island through tracks takes about 30 minutes being lucky to do 20km/hr so we were all pleased to get on the beach! Where it was my turn to drive for the afternoon and I only manged to get us stuck three times which I think was pretty good going, lets just say it was a good job there were plenty of boys in the group to push the land rover.DSCF0429.jpg

We head up to Eli Creek, Maheno ship wreck (japanese cruise ship which got beached in a cyclone), and the coloured sands before arriving at camp to put up the tents and settle down for BBQ dinner and get to know the other groups. We had three Chillean guys in our group who managed to polish off nearly 1.5 litre of Vodka between them, it was a drunken night.

Day 2 was meant getting up at 5.30am as Fraser is tidal there are only certain times you can drive on the beach. We set off north up seventy five mile beach to Indian Heads with the majority of people feeling slighty hungover. Indian Heads is a huge rock on the coast from there we managed to see huge turtles and manta rays swimming in the ocean. It was breathtaking and one of the highlights of my trip so far. We then walked over to the Champagne pools which were disappointing as the tide was so high they were not really pools. And another night of card and drinking games.

Day Three we got to see all the lakes Lake Mackenzie, Lake Boomanjin and Lake Birrabeen and the sun finally came out for us inbetween the showers. The lakes were crystal clear water and the whitest sand you have ever seen.DSCF0492.jpg

Posted by emmahannon 18:12 Archived in Australia Tagged backpacking

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Hi Emma - Have enjoyed reading your "blogs" and am glad you are having a good tme with some pretty amazing adventures! You have certainly made the most of your time and you must be exhausted at times with all the travelling. Enjoy yourself - keep well, and out of trouble - no more drinking where you shouldn't be!!! We are off to The Lion later - Jim (Coton) has his 50th birthday today so shall help him celebrate! Take care, Love from The Graingers

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