To all of our followers: sorry for the delay! We were unaware that we would have no wifi on Fraser Island (sorry mom and dad) so our blog posts are coming a little late!
Whale hello there!
Ever gone off roading on a tour bus? Well we hadn’t either…until Tuesday, July 11th! At about 8:00 AM on Tuesday morning, we took off on an 8 hour 4 wheel drive bus tour around Fraser Island. Fraser Island (or as the locals call is K’Gari Island) is the largest sand island in the world, its longest public highway is on a 75 mile beach! During the trip, our tour guide told us about the environment and history of the island, while driving over as many bumps as possible. We also got to see tons of humpback whales! The whales were migrating past Fraser Island while we were there and they were incredibly active. We had to have seen at least 20 breaches and tail smacks!
Our first stop on the tour was at one of the 22 shipwrecks on the island, the Maheno Shipwreck. The Maheno was a cruise ship that crashed on the shore of Fraser Island during a cyclone in 1935. The ship is deteriorating very quickly due to constant weathering from the ocean. We were not allowed to enter the ship, but it was a beautiful landmark on the island.
Our next stop was at the Pinnacles. These were coloured sand mountains created by wind blown sand from the ocean that has been building up for more than 700,000 years. These mountains are very fragile and they are sacred to the Butchulla People (the native people of Fraser Island), so we weren’t allowed to walk on them either.
Our third stop was at one of the most clear creeks I have ever seen. When you looked straight down it looked like a sand basin that had no water in it. We were allowed to swim or float in the creek and the water was no where near as cold as we were expecting. We spent about a half hour hanging out there. Johnny tried to swing on a branch into the creek and the branch snapped, so he fell in!
Central Station and Rain Forest Walk
After a quick lunch at the Eurong Resort, where our guide told us we would be eating Vegemite rolls (luckily he was kidding), we stopped at our next location. At Central Station we learned about the timber industry that was once prevalent on the island as well as facts about the trees on the island. We were then sent on a walk through Fraser Island’s sub-tropical rainforest. On the walk we admired the large trees, looked for wildlife and took many pictures. There is a creek that runs through the rainforest, but it doesn’t make any noise because the water table under the sand is so large that the sand in the creek is already saturated. We would have never noticed that the river was silent until our guide pointed it out for us!
Our last stop of the day was definitely one of the most beautiful. Lake McKenzie is one of over 100 fresh water lakes on the island. The water was pure blue and the sand was white. The sand in the lake was 98% quartz silica sand and was perfect for exfoliating (which we all did) and cleaning jewelry. The water was cold but we went for a swim anyway!
Here are a few fun facts we learned while on the tour:
- Fraser Island used to be a peninsula off the coast of Australia until 1770 when it became its own island.
- During low tide it is possible to walk almost half way to the island, instead of taking the ferry.
- There are 12 packs of dingoes currently on the island (even though there were warning signs everywhere, we did not see any) and they are the most pure strain of dingo in the world.
- There are 3 golden rules of the island that are part of its history
- Always take care of the land and the land will take care of you.
- If you have lots of food, share it.
- Take care of your elders.