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Published: February 3rd 2009
Of all the places and of all the things I have ever done while traveling...Fraser Island is in the top three if not number one...We arrived in Rainbow Beach which is the jump off point to arrive in Fraser Island...We got to our hostel called Dingos for our briefing the day before we headed over to the Island...They broke up 44 of us in to 4 groups of 11...And provided us with an order form for booze and a list of our camping supplies and food...The next morning we got up bright and early to pack our trucks...The cars were land cruisers kitted out to 4 wheel drive and had racks on the roof to pack up all of our gear...They gave us 4 tents, 2 coolers, cooking supplies and all our food and drinks...We packed it on the roof and then they drove us over to the ferry terminal to bid us farewell...For some reason...Everyone in my group thought that I knew what I was doing...So I got to drive first...Basically, I was stalling all the way to the terminal...We got on the boat and then were let loose to roam the island...Fraser is the largest sand island in the
world and considered a World Heritage site...It is almost completely untouched so there are NO roads...So you drive on the beach...I was shifting from L4 to H4 to L2 and cruising along the beach like a champ...From the ferry we drove over to Lake Mackenzie in the middle of the island...It has been named one of the top ten beaches in the world and we went swimming and had lunch next to the lake...After lunch we drove north on the island to our first camp site near an awesome ship wreck called the Maheno...For dinner we cooked steak and potatoes and sat around having beers and playing the guitar...The next day we woke up for breaky and then walked along the beach to a fresh water creek called Elid Creek...You walk to the top of the river and then float down to the ocean...After lunch we drove further north to Indian Head...The hike to the top was completely worth it...It was some of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen...After lunch we drove the car north a little further to the Champagne pools which are salt water baths replenished by the tides...Elizabeth contests that it is the most beautiful
beach she has ever been to...From here we drove south to a camp site called Cornwells and set-up camp for the night...Dinner was an excellent team effort of stir fry...Sadly, we broke camp the next morning to get ready to venture home...First we visited Lake Wabby which is another beautiful fresh water lake that is preceded by massive sand dunes...The contrast between forest and desert is bizarre....From here we drove south back to the ferry to get back to Rainbow Beach....We cleaned and unpacked the car which was bitter/sweet and reconvened for dinner and drinks at the hostel...Honestly, if I can reccommend anything to do in Australia, FRASER ISLAND would be the first and foremost on my list!
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