Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Stretching 122km, containing sand dunes, rain forest and over 100 freshwater lakes, this island is simply spectacular. Its also a great place to spot wild dingoes! Many backpackers to Australia’s East coast flock to the island for multi-day camping and 4 wheel drive adventure packages, which is exactly what we did. We went with a company called Cool Dingoes, which involved a 3 day, 2 night camping trip with a tag along 4 wheel drive tour- this meant I got to drive a 4WD along the beach and through the bush, which was an amazing experience. I cannot recommend this tour enough; they provided our food, tents and vehicles and our tour guide Jeff was hilarious and informative and knew the island like the back of his hand.
So what did we get up to on Fraser Island?
Our first stop on the tour was Lake Wabby, a green coloured fresh water lake. It was really quite beautiful but sadly, the lake is situated adjacent to the Hammerstone Sandblow, which is gradually moving into the lake and will eventually completely bury it. I found the Hammerstone Sandblow itself to be pretty spectacular as I’ve never seen anything like it before, and me and my friend Hanna went for a walk along it in the peace and quiet while everyone else was busy swimming in Lake Wabby. To access Lake Wabby requires a 45 minute walk through the bush, but it is totally worth it.
The Maheno Shipwreck
The SS Maheno was a 5000 tonne ocean liner that traversed Australia and New Zealand in the early 1900s. At the break of World War I, the Maheno was converted into a hospital ship and carried sick and wounded soldiers before being returned to her owners when the war ended. In July 1935, she was sold to a Japanese shipbreaker, but never made it to Japan due to a raging cyclone. The ship and crew were helplessly washed onto the shore of Fraser Island, where attempts to refloat her were unsuccessful. She was left abandoned here, and remains to this day.
Eli Creek contains water that has been filtered by sand for over 100 years and thus is pure enough to drink- which we did. Not only this, its the perfect place to grab a rubber ring and go tubing- which we also did! This was possibly my favourite activity we did on Fraser; tubing down a natural lazy river in the sun was incredible…
The ocean surrounding Fraser Island is pretty treacherous- rip tides, undercurrents, stingers and sharks make it too dangerous to swim. However, there are a cluster of rock pools formed by volcanic rock called Champagne Pools which you can visit to swim in the salt water. The pools are quite a popular swimming hole, where the ocean crashes over the rocks into the pools to provide a beautiful place to swim. We spent a couple of hours swimming here, and found the water to be pretty warm and peaceful.
Indian Head is a coastal headland and is the most easterly point of the island. We climbed to the top and were graced with a beautiful 360 view of the island. It was named Indian Head by Captain Cook in 1770, who saw aboriginal people assembled here when he passed it- aboriginal people were called “Indians” during this time.
On our final we day, we paid a visit to Lake McKenzie- saving the best for last. If you’ve heard of Fraser Island before, you’ve probably heard of Lake McKenzie. Situated in the centre of the island, this lake contains water so clear you can see your feet perfectly and sand so pristine white you’re almost blinded by it. The sand is almost pure silica, so our guide told us we can exfoliate with it, and even wash our hair and teeth with it. I gave this a go, and my hair felt so soft and silky afterwards… you certainly can’t find sand like this in many places around the world. We spent a good couple of hours swimming and hanging out on a tiny island in the middle of the lake and it was certainly the perfect way to finish off our trip to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island was easily one of my favourite parts of Australia’s east coast, and I would love to come back one day and explore more of the place.