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Fraser Island

December 9, 2014
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Lake McKenzie

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Champagne Pools

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Australia just keeps getting more and more amazing the more I see. If you plan to visit Australia one day, you must visit Queensland. And you must visit Fraser Island, if you can pull it off. Visiting Fraser is a bit tricky in that only 4x4s are allowed on the island (you will see why when you get there) and there is only one resort (I think) that you can stay at. Mostly people go camping when they go to Fraser. And as we drove around, I wondered how people who don’t go with a tag along group find their way around. It’s not like there are road signs or anything. There are some national park signs that point you in general directions from time to time, but when you are bumping through the forest and come to a fork in the road, often there won’t be a sign telling you which way leads to what. I was so glad I was with Pippie’s Beachhouse tag along tour. A friend and I got a great deal on Groupon for a two day one night tour and drove the 3 hours up to Rainbow Beach last weekend to start the tour. You have to arrive a day early to have an orientation (mostly just watching videos on how dangerous it can be to drive a 4×4 on the sand. And indeed a girl died up there about a month ago when her 4×4 flipped. Several others were injured as well.) and then you leave the next morning on the tour.

We loaded up 3 4x4s and then set off on the 15 minute or so drive to the point where the ferry would get us. Again, there weren’t many signs, so I am not sure how people find the place to wait for the ferry. But, I guess that is typical Queensland (Australian?) fashion – not enough signs!

While crossing the river we saw a whole school (?) of blue jellyfish! It was so neat. We also saw a big sea turtle. Later on when we crossed back we saw several dolphins. =)

Fraser Island is very closely protected, and the whole thing is almost completely unspoiled. I highly recommend a visit if you get the chance!

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Waiting to board the ferry

 

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Looking across at Fraser

 

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We spent a lot of time driving along the beach

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The Maheno Shipwreck (A Scottish cruiseliner that was built for New Zealand – hence the Maori name – that was later used as a hospital ship in WWI before being sold to the Japanese as scrap. It washed up here while being transported to Japan.

 

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All along the beach there were runways for airplanes to land

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We did a lot of driving along the beach, so a lot of my pictures were just snapped out the window

 

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This is the only cactus I saw growing on the island and it just made me smile =)

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The sign we all walked past =)

 

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Can you tell I was a little obsessed with this shipwreck?

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I’m also slightly obsessed with lily pads =)

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Hiking to Wabby Lake while a thunderstorm is approaching. We hiked the 45 minutes back to the car in the thunderstorm and were completely soaked.

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You can’t really tell from this picture but it’s a steep walk down to the lake

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The first dingo that we saw

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The second one

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Best pic I could get of the dolphins from where I was sitting

 

 

 

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cat Smith permalink
    December 9, 2014 6:56 pm

    It looks stunning!
    http://alonewithacamera.com/

  2. December 10, 2014 1:54 pm

    LOVE the “safe in the harbor” one! And the lily pads!

  3. January 10, 2015 8:02 am

    That shipwreck was so cool!

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