Our day at Fraser Island started off a bit gloomy. There had been a cyclone hit the area not that long before so when we were staying at Rainbow Beach it was quite rainy but we still went ahead with the tour and I’m glad we did.
We got picked up by a 4×4 bus/lorry. The biggest 4×4’s in the southern hemisphere actually and we got a ferry across to Fraser Island. We drove along the beach front where we saw 2 dingo’s just relax on the sand dunes! We stopped off at the Maheno Shipwreck. The ship was built in Scotland in 1904. The ship eventually got sold to a Sydney company and then was sold to the Japanese. The ship got stuck in the middle of a cyclone off Fraser Islands coastline. It then got washed up on Fraser where it still remains today. The tour then took us up and down the beach where we stopped off at the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles are colourful sand cliffs that have formed over hundreds and thousands of years. Up to 72 different colours can sometimes be seen on the cliffs, mostly reds and yellows. The Butchulla people are indigenous to Fraser Island and they have a day dream story about the Pinnacles. They believe it is a sacred womens place. There are many different stories but they believe the Rainbow Serpent was responsible for the many colours which can be seen on the cliffs.
Our next stop was Eli Creek. Eli Creek is the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island. It pours up to 4 million litres of clear fresh water in the ocean every hour. That’s a lot!! There’s a lovely board walk which you can walk along. At the end there are some steps for you to walk down and enter the creek. I didn’t because the water was very cold but there were some people walking down the creek, swimming down some even had a blow up ring which carried them down the creek.
Fraser Island has over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in and we went to one called Lake Mckenzie and holy fuck…I was actually amazed when I first got to the lake. White sand, different shades of blue and absolute silence. The sun came out the shine and it was breathtaking. I coulda stayed there all day.
Look at that!! Just beautiful!
Our last part of the tour was to Central Station. Central Station used to be the headquarters for the islands logging business from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. There are still cabins there and it’s quite a popular picnic area surrounded by many different trees from gum trees to pine tree which were planted over 95 years ago. We went down our rainforest walk and came to Wanggoolba Creek which was a very popular place amongst the Butchulla women. It’s hard to even notice there is a fresh water creek there as the water is so clear!
Fraser Island was the last part of the East Coast travelling and what a place to end! For such a popular tourist destination, the place is very native, clean and steaming with history.
Sending my love,