On the ferry ride over, I realised I only knew two things about Fraser Island.
1) there are dingoes there
2) A Canadian woman who was disembarking the ferry I was boarding warned me that it was boring.
Neither of these things were true. I never saw a Dingo and there’s nothing boring about an island with it’s own naturally occuring waterslide!
I booked in for the Fraser Island Beauty Spots Tour with Gaz on my second day there and it was brilliant. Just watch the video and look at some of the things I got to see 8 hours.
The first thing you need to know (and which everybody except me alrerady seemed to know) is that Fraser Island is world heritage listed. It’s the world’s biggest sand island which means they don’t have bitumen roads. The bus trip was a bumpy ride. The roads are skinny and you slide around on the sand. Our driver Gaz was unfazed. He handled the tough conditions in much the same way as Alain Prost used to negotiate the wet in Grand Prix races. Fast and fearless. If you imagine you’re still on one of the rides at Movieworld, you won’t notice the bumps as much.
Pro tip: sit towards the front of the bus for minimal levels of spinal realignment.
The first couple of stops, The Moheno shipwreck and a rock formation were not overly exciting but Gaz provided a good combination of dad jokes and history to kept things interesting. The last stop before lunch, Eli Creek, was a cracker though. Fraser Island comes with it’s own built in naturally occuring waterslide!
In the middle of the beach, you find a little pool of icy cold water that’s connected to Eli creek- Australia’s earliest incarnation of ‘Wet ‘n’ Wild’. You wade up to the top of the creek and then float back down on the current. It puts Melbourne’s slip and slide to shame. What a great experience- floating down a natural ‘waterslide’. We had half an hour to ride up and down it which wasn’t enough. My poor video coverage of Eli Creek in the above video is testament to how much fun I was having.
Expert travellers tip: bring you’re own novelty inflatable toy.
Lunch was a buffet. Queenslanders love a buffet don’t they? It was pretty average but all of the food served up at Fraser Island looked like it had been prepared by year 12 hospitality students.
Next stop was a 30 minute rainforest walk along a ravine at Central Station. It was very tranquil and beautiful. The group was left to negotiate the 30 minute walk on their own with the bus waiting out the other side. I was vigilant, keeping an eye out for Death Adders, Funnel Web spiders and hungry dingoes.
Pro Tip: stay in the middle of the group to avoid being left behind to die.
They definitely saved the best till last on this Fraser Island Tour. Lake McKenzie is a beautiful lake, filled with pure natural rain water, perched inland, 100 metres above sea level. It sits on top of thousands of years of compacted plant matter, so while it’s floor is sandy, the water doesn’t simply drain away. It’s one of the cleanest freshwater lakes in the world.
Gaz, our bus driver, explained to everyone that the sand is almost pure silica (98 per cent) and the water is pH 5. ‘the water will take all of the oils and toxins out of your skin and you’ll come out looking 10 years younger.’
I drank a couple of mouthfuls while I was in there which Ange didn’t think was a great idea. She pointed out to me that all the people around us were using the silica sand to exfoliate themselves. Strangely, it still tasted good…
disclaimer: bring a straw.
You have to do a Fraser Island Tour if you go there. This must be where my Canadian counterpart went wrong. You need to get around and see all the natural wonders of the island. If you’re just there for a beach swimming holiday, the only one having a great time will be monsieur bullshark.
Have you done a Fraser Island Tour? What was your favorite stop? Leave a comment below…
Kate: Ah yes Dawn Fraser, what a legend!