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Fraser Island, Hervey Bay

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... and a dingo

Everybody who goes to Fraser Island knows about the danger of dingos. You can’t escape the signs that warn you to always store your food well and the circulating stories about dingo attacks. As we are having dinner at out campsite in the dunes, one of these animals approaches us. It is a small creature, probably very young, and hard to believe it may be of any danger to us. It quickly disappears as it notices us looking. Now we have had the full Fraser experience. The bottom line is: do go to Fraser Island, the lakes are beautiful and the dunes amazing but bring a motorized vehicle! [more ]

Walking the "highway"

Finally we reach the coast. The beach on Fraser Island is a highway, on which not only cars pass frequently, but planes can land, as well. So once again, we feel a bit out of place here as walkers. But it is nice to take off the shoes and walk with the water tickling our toes. Several campsites are set into the dunes behind the beach, one on which we chose for camping that night. Most of them are shady and covered with soft, green grass. [more ]

Lakes and dunes: highlights of an unimpressive track

Until we reach the beach on the eastern coast of the island, the track we follow stays much the same. Forest, sandy grounds and the occasional 4WD track to cross. Quite frankly: it is boring as hell. Exceptions are lakes Boomanjin and Wabby, where we meet with the motorized crowd and relax. Lake Wabby, in contrast to the blue lakes McKenzie and Boomanjin on flat ground, is more of a dark green, set against the rolling hills of the dunes surrounding it. It’s a fun playground. [more ]

morning glory

The next morning we have the lake to ourselves. It is early, just after sunset, and the fog is starting to dissolve over the lake in the distance. The hordes haven’t arrived yet. It’s a magical moment. It would be nice to remain a little longer, but we have a long way ahead of us.
The trail is much the same as the day before. Already we can’t wait to get off the track and reach the next lake. [more ]

Sparkling blue

The track to Lake McKenzie leads through tall eucalyptus woodland and for quite some time continues along the 4WD track and you have to take care not to be hit by a tour bus, of which there are many. The terrain is hilly, which can soon become a drain combined with the soft sandy ground. The first views of Lake McKenzie are breathtaking. Dark blue water against the white sandy beach – it’s beautiful. And we come in from a different access route than all the tour-bus people, so we have a stretch of beach to ourselves. This is definitely one of the advantages of walking. [more ]

starting out at Kingfisher Bay

We take the passenger ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island in the morning, which is mostly filled with rich-looking day-trippers. We are the only walkers on board. As we have just started along the beach from Kingfisher Bay, we meet two exhausted-looking people who are just coming off the track. We start walking inland toward Lake McKenzie. We are planning to set up our first camp near there, at Central Station campground. I have been to Fraser Island before, with a 4WD tour, and I am looking forward to seeing more of it, now that we are on foot. [more ]

Walking on Fraser

This may not come as a surprise to anyone, but if planning to go to Fraser Island don’t attempt to do it on foot. There are several walking trails and one of them makes a full circle of all attractions and it seemed like a good idea to explore the island that way instead of doing one of the obligatory 4WD-tours. The trail, however, that leads through never-changing forests and, other than a stretch along the beach never offers any views, is pretty boring. And when you get off the trail at each point of interest, yeah, it’s great, but you might as well have gotten there comfortably like all the others. [more ]

Exploring Fraser by 4wheel drive

A good and relatively cheap way of exploring Fraser Island are self-drive tours which bring together a group of around 8 people to hire a 4x4 vehicle complete with equipment such as camping gear and tools. You will then be taking the vehicle to the island without a tour guide. The advantage here is that it is less expensive than a guided tour. On the other hand, you may not be lucky with the choice of people on your trip and there might be constant bickering where to go and how long to stay at each stop, something we had our fair share of, too. But I would recommend it anyway. [more ]

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