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Published: September 8th 2016
Fraser Island has long been known as one of Australia’s biggest highlights
. I went there with friends who are new in Australia though I have been here for a while.
So when we finally made it to Hervey Bay, the jump-off point for Fraser Island, we were SUPER excited!
Fraser Island is 120km long and 15km wide and also known as the largest sand island in the world.
It's around 3.5 hrs drive from Brisbane as per visit Brisbane
. There are no sealed roads, and given it’s a sand island all the roads basically consist of loose sand. It’s like driving on the beach inside a rainforest
, how cool is that?! Even with a small 4X4 (which we were initially considering) it would be very hard not to get stuck
in some of the deeper trenches in the sand.
Luckily we didn’t have to worry about that – although it can be part of the fun – because as soon as we got off the ferry from Hervey Bay we saw a huge 4WD bus from Fraser Explorer Tours
waiting for us. Steve, our guide for the day, guaranteed that it was going to be one heck of a bumpy ride
so everyone had to buckle up.
Then we went for jet ski and boat ride. I enjoyed the boating so much that I'm almost thinking to get a licence so I can go for boating more often.
Then, we started our journey through the dense rainforest on the narrow sandy roads
and had to hold on tight as we were thrown from left to right and up and down. Steve wasn’t joking 😊
Half an hour later we arrived at our first stop, the gorgeous Lake McKenzie
. Crystal-clear freshwater,
surrounded by some of the finest and whitest sand
we’d ever seen! We immediately jumped out of our clothes and into the refreshing water. Because it so mineral-rich
, our skin and hair was softer than a baby’s when we came out!
After everyone was freshened up we got back in the bus and rocked our way to the next stop, Central Station
, located in the center of the island. Fraser Island’s timber used to be highly valued and at Central Station we could still see some of the remains that the loggers had left behind: a couple of saws, a shack here and there, a
beat-up old tractor…
We did a short hike through the rainforest to discover a bit more about the astonishing vegetation and wildlife. Along the way we had a good look at some awesome strangler figs, giant ferns, beautiful palm trees, crystalline creeks and dozens of birds.
Fraser Island is the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand
, and truth be told, the result is spectacular!
By now time had come for the most exciting part of our trip to Fraser Island: driving on the beach!
Fraser Island’sfamous Seventy-Five Mile Beach
is an actual highway (with road signs and everything). What a feeling it was to be driving on this beach, with the spectacular rainforest on our left and the marvelous South Pacific Ocean on our right!
till shaking from all the excitement during our plane ride we got back into the bus and hobbled our way back to the other side of the island
, where the ferry back to Hervey Bay
was awaiting us.
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