Day three on our isolated island went by way too fast. We had some free time before we left for the mainland and we all chose to spend the day differently. Some of us woke up early to try to catch a glimpse of the famous dingos, and others woke up to the screams of our classmates finding a giant spider in their room.
Unfortunately, we did not see a single dingo during our stay. Though pictures were taken this morning of the tracks the dingos left on the beach.
Seeing the dingos that made these tracks will have to be for another time. I suppose this means we will just have to add Fraser island back to the bucket list!
Before 9.00am rolled around we were all up and ready for the day. Some chose to paddle board, some went fishing, and others chose to lay by the pool and work on our winter-time tans. I was definitely part of the group that worked on our tans! It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the sky was blue and life was good.
Olivia had the catch of the day, reeling in a nice-sized bream!
A lucky fisherman on the dock got to take the fish home for dinner that night. (We had a 4 hour drive back to Brisbane and a dead fish in the car would not have made a good impression).
After some fun and relaxation we had to catch the 2.00pm ferry and then 4-hour bus back to Brisbane. Most of us passed out on the bus ride back – swimming, tanning, and fishing is hard work, you know.
One of the things I found to be most interesting about Fraser Island (besides all the poisonous plants, snakes, and spiders) was the Butchulla Legend of how the island was created. The aboriginal legend begins with Beiral, the God in the sky, sending his messenger Yendingie down to create lands for people to live on. Yendingie had a beautiful white spirit named K’Gari help him. Both worked tirelessly to create these lands. One day Yendingie told K’Gari that she needed to rest, so she laid down on some rocks and went to sleep. When she woke, Yendingie had built up mountains, hills, shore lines, lakes and ponds. K’Gari was so in love with this beautiful place she begged and pleaded with Yendingie to let her stay. He eventually gave in but told her she was not allowed to stay as a beautiful white spirit. Yendingie told K’Gari to take another rest on the rocks and when she did he turned her into a beautiful island with trees and flowers and lakes that mirrored the sky. The people living on the island were given laws and told how to live and keep K’Gari company. K’Gari still rests in her little place on the sea to this day.
Today, the name of Fraser Island is being changed to its aboriginal name, K’Gari, because everything is better in “paradise”.
By: Megan Bolger