Posted by: Mandy | October 7, 2009

Fraser Island

Claire and I arrived in Hervey Bay around 4:30 and checked into the Palace hostel.  The hostel was really nice, we were excited to have mattresses that you couldn’t feel the bed slats through after sleeping on the crappy mattresses at Workers and Divers for over 3 months.

We had to get up at 6:30am the next morning to go to a briefing about ourcamping trip.  After the briefing we were split up into 3 groups.

The 4x4 (don't worry I didn't drive, it's a manual)

The 4x4 (don't worry I didn't drive, it's a manual)

Our group consisted of Nick and Joe (two English guys who had met in Australia and traveling in a camper van), Gemma and Kerrie (two English girls traveling together), Liz (also English), and Amy (French Canadian) and of course, Claire and I.  We went to the work shop after the briefing and loaded up our 4x4s and made our way to the ferry which then took us to Fraser Island.

Gemma, Kerrie, Nick, and I in the back of the van...

Gemma, Kerrie, Nick, and I in the back of the van...

Day One-We had a bit of a bad start when one of our coolers came loose and fell on Liz’s head after soaking her in ice water.  While we were taking care of Liz we were separated from the other two groups.  After this we got a bit lost and didn’t really get to see what was on our itinerary.  We did manage to make it to our campsite for the night.  I went walking along the beach with some of the group and saw a whale spouting off the coastline.  It was really far out from the beach, but it was still really cool to see.

View from our campsite the first night

View from our campsite the first night

This was also the only night I saw any dingoes,  we saw one running along the ocean when the sun started to go down, otherwise they left us alone for the most part.

The A-Team in front of our tents :)

The A-Team in front of our tents 🙂

Day Two-The next morning our group decided to leave early and go to Lake Wabby which we were supposed to have visited the day before.  Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on Fraser Island and is situated right next to a really large sand dune.  We swam in the lake for a little while and then headed off to our next destination.

Massive Sand Dune next to Lake Wabby

Massive Sand Dune next to Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby

After Lake Wabby, we drove up the eastern beach of Fraser and stopped at the Maheno shipwreck.  I believe the ship was from WWI.

Our Group in front of the Shipwreck

Our Group in front of the Shipwreck

After Maheno, we caught up with the other two groups at the Champagne pools.  We hung out there for a bit and saw lots of cool fish in the tide pools.  There was even an eel hidden in some rocks in one of the pools.

The Champagne Pools

The Champagne Pools

Our group left the Champagne pools early so we could climb up Indian Head.

At the top of Indian Head

At the top of Indian Head

View from Indian Head

View from Indian Head

Then we headed back to camp so we could set up before the tide came in.  That night, the other two groups didn’t make it back to camp in time so it was just us at camp.  This would have been fine except that we had been given a faulty cook stove so we had been relying on the other groups to cook our meals.  We ended up borrowing a burner and fuel from a family camping nearby who were amazing and had a very highly anticipated dinner of pasta at 9pm that night.

Day 3-On our last day we packed up camp for the last time (rather quickly since there was a large storm cloud over the ocean making its way inland).  We had a very long and very bumpy ride through the rainforest to get to Lake McKenzie for the day.  I believe Lake McKenzie was voted one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and I understand why.

Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie

The water is perfectly clear and there is absolutely nothing in the lake.  The sand is silica sand so the beach is perfect.  We spent most of the day there before we had to leave to go back to Kingfisher Bay to get on the ferry back to the mainland.

Our Group at Lake McKenzie

Our Group at Lake McKenzie

It was an awesome trip and I’m so glad Claire and I went.  We definitely had some rough spots in the trip, but I think that made it a better experience, haha.

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Responses

  1. The picture is from sunrise the first morning, not sunset. That’s what Mandy gets for stealing all my pictures!!

  2. Now Claire, I don’t think you should get too upset with Mandy for using a few of your pictures since she is doing all the writing. After all, if we had to depend on your blog, none of us would know anything:) You know I’m just teasing you right?

    It looks awesome and I am very jealous. I love both of you and hope you’re having a great time!

    Be safe and continue to take care of each other.

  3. It looks like you are having so much fun! It is supposed to snow this weekend, so I am very jealous.

  4. We just got back from being at the lake all week.
    It was great to see all your pictures and to catch up on where you are at. The pictures are
    beautiful. I’m going to have to get me an
    Australian map! Love , Grandma


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