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ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 1, 2011
From journal Revisiting Queensland
April 20, 2003
In order to drive a vehicle onto the island it must have 4WD capability.
We saw a Dingo walk by the bus. We got to experiance a lake that was so clear and the sand very fine and white. Rubbing the sand on your skin made it so soft. We were told that the water would condition your hair like nothing else (didn't get to test that...time was short). We walked by a stream that was so quiet even though the water was flowing very fast. We saw an old ship wreck, many different birds, and drove on a sand highway.
From journal Bargara, QLD, Australia
May 16, 2001
Fraser is 80 miles long. You can spend DAYS exploring, if you like! Or you can hit the highlights in one day. If you want to see the whole island, rent a 4WD on the mainland for your trip. (Renting on the mainland is half the cost of renting on the island!)
Now you’re settled in your vehicle, let's see the sights! If you’re on a one-day trip, pick up your jeep as early as possible and start driving north to the Pacific beach. Drive directly as far north as you want to go because you MUST be off the beach by 2 hours before high tide. Otherwise you risk losing your vehicle.
You'll drive through the forest on the island. The road is only one car wide with frequent pullovers for passing. The foliage is lush and comes right up to the "road." It’s a BUMPY ride. Feels like 2 hours on a roller coaster!
The beach is a mini highway with 4WD's zipping around in imaginary lanes. Driving north, you’ll see beautiful formations like the "Colored Sands" and the "Pinnacles." In about 45 minutes, you come to the wreck of the Maheno, a Tasmanian ocean liner that ran aground in 1935. The hull of the ship is still tipped over in the sand. It looks very cool in the surf. Don't play in the surf, though, as my husband and son did. We found out there are sharks in the waters here!
In this area, small planes land on the beach. Watch out as you're driving – the planes have the right of way!
After the Maheno, head south again. If the weather's hot, stop for a while at Eli Creek. You can ride an inner tube on the creek, whose waters are always cool and refreshing.
There are more sights to see on the island’s interior. The most popular lake is Lake McKenzie. Its water is utterly crystal clear. The water is too alkaline for anything to LIVE in it. (Perfectly safe to swim around, though.) So nothing makes the water murky. It's surrounded by forest and a small beach.
There’s also a rainforest on Fraser Island at Wanggoolba Creek. No kidding. That's the name. You take a lovely walk along the creek. It looks just like pictures from National Geographic. Huge ferns. Trees with buttresses the size of a grown man. It's breathtaking.
On our trip we went to the Eurong resort on the Pacific side. Bad move – really reduced our time at Lake McKenzie. If you go on a one day adventure like we did, I'd recommend taking a lunch along with you. (There's a bakery at Kingfisher where you can buy lunch fixings.)
From journal Fraser Island, World Heritage Site