Published: April 22nd 2012April 22nd 2012
Fraser Island was absolutely amazing. We went with Dingos (definitely book with them if you ever go.) On our first night in Rainbow Beach we were put into groups of 8 to go in a jeep with.. luckily Carol and I ended up with an awesome group of people. It was the 2 of us, an English couple called Hannah and Ian (both a great laugh, Hannah can talk for Britain!), a German couple (Nicole was a real sweetie and her boyfriend Lucas was also really nice,and one of the guys), a Dutch guy called Martin (who within 5 minutes of meeting him was talking about how wasted we were all going to get on the island!) and a girl from Switzerland called Rita (a bit quiet but really nice all the same.) We then gained a new member whilst on the island called Brad,a Brummie and one of the nicest guys I've ever met. He gets on with everyone he meets, and we had such banter all together. For the next 3 days we were like a little family!
On the first day in Fraser Island the tag along driver took us to 2 stunning lakes. The first one we had to walk through the forrest to get to but it was worth it and was so refreshing to jump into when we finally got there. It was surrounded by greenery and I thought I'd never see anything so beautiful again.. until we were taken to the 2nd lake! Lake Mckenzie is just off a little beach, clear turquoise water, completely picturesque.
Driving the jeeps along the beach was so surreal, we always had music blaring out of ours, One Direction at times on my request! They are massive over here by the way.. there are official One Direction shops and magazines so I feel quite at home haha. I got to drive the jeep at one point but only for 5 minutes, it's safe to say it was a terrifying experience for all! So much fun though!
That evening we got to our campsite.. I was pleasantly surprised because even though it was out in the wild we had a big wooden shack full of tables and stoves to cook on. Plus we had showers and toilets in a little hut 2 minutes walk away thank god! The one thing we had been warned about was the dingos, they are wild dogs that live out on Fraser Island and there had been a horror story about a girl whose legs had got ripped apart a few weeks before. Obviously after this everyone was a little terrified and so we were told to walk to the toilet in groups. Our first trip to the toilet that evening was adventurous to say the least! Us girls were being complete wimps (especially me) and freaking out a bit on the way. I then breathed a sigh of relief when we got to the light of the toilets until the power decided to cut out two minutes after we got there, typical! One of the boys howled like a dog to scare us, and I've never heard so many screams! I was in between crying with terror and laughing until the lights came back on. This was not to be the first toilet story of the trip... one evening a weird guy from the other camp drunkenly swung a toilet roll on a stick over Carols toilet singing a random song about it, we couldn't stop laughing especially when she emerged from another toilet. Being Irish she didn't hold back at all, and basically said to him how weird he was being (in the nicest way possible!)
After cooking dinner we all drank alcohol by the fire whilst music was blaring from one of the jeeps. A few girls got up to dance in the headlights of the jeep at one point. The camp guide took us down to the beach and told everyone to turn off their phones/torches/any lights and just stare at the sky. I've never seen a night sky like it..thousands of stars all clustered together, so beautiful that it takes your breath away. He shouted out 'Everyone turn the lights off for 5 minutes look at the stars, and then lets have a party!' We then continued drinking on the beach, and then back on the campsite, lets just say things got a little messy, the night was filled with banter and funny stories, some of which should definitely not be mentioned in this blog so I'll wait until I'm home!
The second day we started out by going to a look out high on one of the clifftops, with the best views on the island and all took a few snaps! We then went for a swim at the 'Champagne pools.' The pools are basically a swimming hole full of ocean water that has crashed over the rocks into the pool giving a bubbly champagne effect! We weren't allowed to swim in the actual ocean because of the strong currents off the island, as well as sharks! After lunch we then went 'tubing' down a creek on the island where the water just carries you a long on its natural current whilst you enjoy the gorgeous scenery around you. Loved doing this, even though I lost concentration and went into a tree at one point!
That evening.. more drinking as you can imagine, and roasting marshmallows on the fire was another highlight of the trip..! Hannah and I were so excited at the prospect of doing this and made sure we bought a fair few bags on the island shop (complete rip off as it's the only shop there but the marshmallows were definitely worth it!) We also had a couple of guys play the guitar round the fire which was a laugh as we could all sing along. It was so much fun. When would you ever camp out, have a laugh with so many different people from all around the world, and see so many beautiful sights at home? Never. It was so different, and I loved every minute.
The final day we went to another lake which was full of little turtles. The guide casually swiped one out of the water for us to hold and have photos with before placing it back. We then went on the famous Maheno shipwreck. The ship used to be a cruise liner and is absolutely massive, we got the standard photos that everyone gets on the island with the wreck in the background!
And then it came to an end.. and we headed back to Rainbow beach for one more night in the hostel together before everyone said goodbye. I'm sure we will always look back at Fraser Island with fond memories of our little adventure, and all the fun we had together :)