Going to Fraser Island
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The 4 wheel drive car arrived early morning and the bloke showed us how to pack all our food and possessions on the roof. We then drove to the drive shack and was taught how to drive the car. Nin and Mario were the only people with licenses so they did the briefing and then we drove off to Inskip Point to pick up the 10 minute barge to the island.
Once on the island we had an itinerary we'd been suggested that took us to the better places on the island and also took into account the tides. The island is long and thin and you can only drive on the east coast, so the beach acts as a long road from tip to tip and you drive inland to access the various lakes and sights. At first the going was good, zooming across the sand, apart from the brooding clouds but when we turned inland we realised that the 4WD was not just practical for carrying 8 people but also to cope with the thick, sandy roads with their dips and roots and holes.
We drove first to Central Station for the forest walks, but the rain was steady now and we sat waiting for it to abate while we got to know each other a little better. Eventually we decided just to brave it and walked around the forest walk to Lake Birabeen, a beautiful isolated lake about 4 km walk from the car park through rainforest. The green edges of the lake gave way to dark green depths and white sand surrounded it on all sides. We looked for turtles walking round the lake but soon the rain that had been threatening arrived and we ran for cover in the forest.
We then headed to our campsite to set up by which time the rain was pretty bad and the light fading fast. We lashed tarpaulins over some picnic benches and set up cooking stoves underneath. With the light gone, preparing salad and vegetables was almost impossible, and tempers frayed in the extreme circumstances. Not to mention us all being terrfied of the dingos we had been told to avoid and all having to walk around in pairs to the toilet block or even to the car! Eventually however we set everything up and enjoyed a hearty meal and stayed up drinking and talking late into the night.