24th February - 27th February 2011
On Thursday, we drove to Hervey Bay where we picked up the 4WD we would use over the following days. Due to the sandy terrain on Fraser you are not permitted to drive on the island unless in a 4WD. Having taken the barge across to Fraser we drove to south Eurong where we would be staying. Despite the sand being quite firm from previous rain I literally felt like i had fractured every bone in my body by the time we arrived! The following day we drove to the iconic Lake McKenzie which was beautiful, the water was really clear and the sand white. Subsequently, we went to Lake Wabby which contrasted completly. It was a bit of a trek to the lake through forest and then up the side of a sand dune, which formed one side of the lake, but so worth it! The environment was stunning. The lake was more merky but still lovely to swim in. Later on in the afternoon we tried out some beach driving which was good fun and headed north to the Maheno shipwreck, we also saw our first wild dingo on the beach. We woke up early on the second day to try and beat the crowds of tourists at the champagne pools. The rocks in the northern part of the island have created several saltwater pools which are ideal for swimming. Subsequently, we drove the northern forest route and stopped off at Knife Blade Sand Blow and Lake Allom. We were hoping to go swimming, but when we got there must have counted at least twenty turtles, so thought it may not be advisable! On our last day, we climbed Indian Heads, a headland on the north east of the island. Here we spotted another snake in the grass and I then had a mini paddy trying to decided whether to go up or down! The views at the top however, were spectucular and you could see out over the ocean and sand dunes. Trev and I really enjoyed Fraser Island, the weather, wildlife and scenery were fantastic, and we were sad to leave on the Sunday.