We set off bright and early from Noosa, to Rainbow Beach where we would be assigned our car for the 3 days on Fraser Island. We were on the Nomads tag along tour, with Paul as our guide, and we had the best three days I’ve had in a very long time. Paul was amazing, he packed our trip full of little adventures and he was so informative and passionate about the history of the island; Pauls story time became a highlight of each outing.
Ryan was first to drive the 4WD, which I was pretty nervous about. When you have been together as long as we have, you begin to feel responsible for each other’s actions. So basically I felt responsible if Ryan got us all stranded in the sand! But I didn’t really have anything to worry about, he got us there safe and sound.
Once we were on Fraser Island it was instantly obvious that the trip was going to be memorable. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and as we powered down the long stretch of beach in the 4WD with the ocean beside us, it was easy to see why it is world heritage listed. We headed straight for Eli Creek. The fresh water creek is one of the freshest sources of water you can drink. We walked down the creek, back to the beach, where the creek joins the ocean, then relaxed in the sun for a little while.
As the evening drew in we headed over to Maheno ship wreck. This is where we got the first session of story time with Paul. Apparently, the ship was the sister ship to the titanic as it was similar in luxury, with grand ballrooms and gorgeous timber work. The ship used to carry passengers between Australia and New Zealand, between helping out during the wars. Eventually it was brought by a Japanese company and was being towed away, where they ran into some bad weather and the ship ended up at Fraser. The wreck is a sight to be seen, even now.
The next day was another early start as we made tracks to Lake Garawongera. The lake is perched between the islands sand hills and rain is its only source of filtration. The lake was really (I mean seriously) cold! I had to go in though. It was such a gorgeous spot.
After the lake we drove to the champagne pools. I’m much more a salt water person, then fresh water, so I was straight in there. I love everything about the sea! The pools are created by rock formations and the tide crashing over them; they are the only safe places to swim in the sea due to the unpredictable rips. The pools are pretty deep and are home to lots of fish.
If you climbed up on the rocks you could watch the whales passing by in the ocean. While on Fraser I saw many dolphins and whales which was a huge highlight for me. Seeing whales out at sea was always something on my bucket list, and I thought I’d have to travel to Iceland or something to see them, but now I have!
The final stop of the day was at Indian Heads. After a hike up the cliff, it was time for another one of Paul’s stories. He told us how Indian Heads was an important place for the indigenous people that had lived there. It was were elders made decisions and informed the people, but it was also the sight of a massacre. The views from the cliff top were amazing, you could see the sandy beach stretch for miles.
On the way back to camp that night, we saw a dingo! This was a huge deal for me. The whole time we were there I was like “I just want to see a dingo”. The dingos on Fraser are some of Australia’s purest dingos. As a huge animal nut, I was very excited.
On our final day meant one last trip. We travelled to Lake Mckenzie, but on the way Paul took us to Pile Valley to see some of the islands oldest (and impressive!) trees. It was such a peaceful spot, where you could hear the wildlife buzzing around you. It was like something from the movies. He said he doesn’t take every group there but we were awesome so we got to go 😉
Lake Mckenzie was absolutely magical. The water was crystal clear, and the deep blue in the centre. Paul told us a story about a princess God that wanted to live on earth, and her wish was granted with a twist, she had to lay on the earth as the island forever. He told the story better. He said that the aboriginals believed that the lakes on the island, such as this one, were her eyes and that the creeks connecting to the ocean were her veins. It was easy to see why. The lake was gorgeous and had such a magical feel to it. Thankfully Paul got us there nice and early so we could enjoy it before the rush of tourists. The sand there was some of the purest silica sand, and we were told you could exfoliate, wash your hair, and even brush your teeth with it. I was a bit sceptical on the whole teeth brushing, but tried it in my hair and it did actually feel so soft after!
After the excitement of the lake it was time to head back to Noosa. We left the island, sadly, and got on the coach which took us back to the hostel in Noosa. We were all pretty beat, and everyone slept most of the way. It was strange being back around houses and paved roads, it left Fraser feeling like a distant dream.
I’d say it was back to reality, but this was just the start of our adventure!
Bye for now