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Published: March 24th 2010
Day 107: Sunday, March 14th, 2010.
Fraser Island, Australia.
Per the Contiki Brochure, "Experience a slice of paradise on Fraser Island this morning. This UNESCO World Heritage listed site is the largest sand island in the world and is 800,000 years old. Packed with around 40 fresh-water lakes, lush rainforests and diverse wildlife, Fraser Island lives up to its amazing reputation. There’s a regular shuttle from our accommodation down to the main resort area, so you can take off and explore at your own pace. Our Eco-Rangers will show you some of the island’s best spots and hidden treasures - make sure you keep your camera handy - this is one of Australia’s most beautiful regions. If you want to get a taste of the island action, there’s also the option of jumping on 4 wheels on a 4WD adventure through the island’s sandunes, rainforests & freshwater lakes. Once we’re back on the mainland, Noosa is up next. It’s a trendy beach resort town. You could go local and grab some fish’n’chips to take down to the beach for lunch then explore this little town. Later, if you want to take it up a level, head out into the town
& explore Noosa by night."
I'm not sure what this "Noosa" place is that the brochure is referring to. Oh well. So today I signed up for the full day Fraser Island excursion and that morning we hopped on a big ass, serious 4 wheel drive bus. The roads there are ridiculous since it is just a giant sand island- a lot of potholes that would swallow up a lesser car. Our first stop was a rainforest and then we headed to Lake McKenzie
and went for a swim. After that, we drove to a resort on the other side of the island, had a buffet lunch and then took off to 75 Mile Beach
. I'm still confused as to why it's 75 "Mile" Beach when they are on the metric system over here. There, I opted for an additional excursion and myself and 5 others took a quick plane ride over the beach and rainforest. That was quite cool. Then, back on the bus, we stopped at a clear water stream that was feeding into the ocean and did some more swimming. While there, we saw some dingo's- pretty cool. Unfortunately, we later saw some more wildlife in the form of
a dead baby dolphin that had washed up on shore. Some horrible tourist was actually sitting on the dolphin, smiling and holding up a peace sign while her friends took pictures of her. We could have slapped her. Also on the beach is the Maheno shipwreck
and that was pretty cool to see (though I wonder about the environmental damage it is doing by corroding there- from the air you can see the rust streaming away into the water.) We stopped at The Pinnacles
and then headed back to our hotel. I stayed down at the main hotel for about an hour then walked with Shaz and Youngi over to the pier to watch the sunset. Then, we all headed to the local restaurant (the Sand Bar
) and grabbed some dinner.
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