Shipwrecks, dingoes and rainforest
Fraser Island is filled with adventure. From hiking through rainforests and sand dunes to blasting through mud in a 4x4 to keeping an eye out for dingoes to mysterious shipwrecks, this island will have your adrenaline level on high. Our two days on the island left us craving more.
How we Got there
Fraser Island is located in Queensland, Australia. The only way to get there is by ferry. We took the Manta Ray barge near Rainbow Beach. We picked up a ferry ticket and camping license at a service station. We followed the signs to the edge of the beach (above) and the water was absolutely stunning. Once the ferry was unloaded, we drove our 4x4 on and within 10 minutes we were on the island!
It is essential to drive a 4x4 on the island. Miles of sand create a "sand highway" along the ocean. However, at high tide entire sections of the "highway" become impassible. Likewise, parts of the beach are riddled with black rocks, so this is when the adrenaline first starts pumping! It took us about 2.5 hours to reach our campsite in the northeast part of Fraser Island. The way was quite treacherous at times, and I'm glad that I wasn't driving! (Thanks David.)
Fraser Island is home to unique rainforests that thrive atop its sand dunes. A network of 4x4 tracks run through them and connect with various lakes, springs and communities. These tracks are also full of bumpy tree roots, pools of muddy water and fallen trees. (PUMP PUMP PUMP adrenaline.)
SS MAHENO Shipwreck
One of Fraser Island's most visited sites is the SS Maheno Shipwreck. The ship was built in 1905 and met its end in 1935 due to a cyclone. The SS Maheno was used during WWI as a hospital ship and was en route to Japan when it washed up on the Fraser Island shore. David, David's mother Patricia and I visited the wreck twice: once under the warm sunshine and the second time as a foggy mist, churning sea and cloudy sky looked on. That second time added a very mysterious element to our visit!
OUt of africa
After an hour's hike through Fraser Island's rainforests, the trail opened up to THIS. Morocco? Egypt? Nope. Fraser Island. The sand dunes had us feeling like Moses (note that biblical looking sky). The dingo footprints that trailed off towards a pack relaxing in the distance had our adrenaline PUMPING once more.
Where we sPent the night
Although we set up a tent for a nice night in the dingo-proof fenced camping area, we all ended up in the car as the rain increased. The camp site was equipped with bathrooms, sinks, and fire pits. We gathered around the campfire for dinner under a starry sky. Camping on the island costs around $6AUD per person per night.
Dingo ate my baby
While we never saw a dingo during our two hikes (thank goodness) we did spot this one on our drive back to the ferry, along with a few more near the ferry landing site. It's clear that people give them food, even though they aren't supposed to, because they approached our car each time. Along with dingoes, Fraser Island is also home to crocodiles, sharks, deadly jellyfish, snakes and spiders. Hooray!
Are YOU brave enough to check out Fraser Island? Where have you traveled that kept you on edge? Leave a comment below!
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