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The wreck of the Maheno

We arrived into Hervey Bay on the greyhound, which was not too painful a journey and we managed to spot some wild kangaroos! Hervey bay was our stopping off point for Fraser Island the largest sand island in the world. The beaches hostel which came with our packages was not good, but we weren't there very long.

It was a 6.30 am assembly to get put into groups, get provisions and get packed into our 4by4 vehicles. We were in a group of 11 with 3 irish, and eight english including us, not exactly international but we all got on well.

It was a self drive option, but thankfully we had enough drivers that none of our group had to drive. It was proper four wheel drive country on Fraser island as it is so underdeveloped and you actually use the beach as the main highway.

Champagne pools
You have to watch out for planes landing and taking off on the beach and inland you ahev to make sure you don't get bogged down in the soft sand. It was all part of the adventure and at times you just had to go for it. In the back it was definitely a bumpy ride but you got very good at hanging on and leaning into the bends.

On the first day we made our way to Lake Wabby, a stunning mix of inland sand dunes and a clear lake at the bottom. It felt at times like you were walking through the sahara and the weather was perfect for it. After lunch of the bonnet of the car it was onto the beach driving which was very bazar, but alot smoother than inland. We saw the wreck of the Maheno which over the years has had a number of uses including bombing practice! Eli creek came next which was amazingly clear and we had a waddle through.

Eli Creek
The last stop was the pinnacles, mounds of coloured sand which have aboriginal significance.

It was an action packed day after a very early morning and we still had to make up camp. Thankfully with our package we did have a proper camp site with showers and toilets, even if beaches hadn't provided us with enough tent pegs! We set up our bbq and played card games under the stars.

Second day we woke up to sore necks after sleeping in the tent with hardly any mats or room. I assured myself this was part of the adventure and was character building, and jumped out of bed ( well sort of). Today the plan was to get to Indian Head to see the sharks. We got there in plently of time, but to avoid high tide you have to take an inland track onto the soft sand. This was causing a backlog of cars as people tried and failed to get up the track.

Waves crashing at the champagne pools
After much pushing, revving and praying the cars ahead managed it and we got up in one to lots of cheers. Indian head was one of two rocky outcrops that caused the formation of Fraser Island. From this headland you can see sharks, rays, dolphins and sometimes whales. We didn't see all of these, but managed our fair share of sharks and rays which moved so gracefully through the water.

Champagne pools was next on the itinerary and were only a short ride away. They were right next to the sea, but the rocks created shallow pools for a relaxing dip and a sunbathe as the waves crashed overhead. It was inland after a bite to eat and onto Lake Allom. We drove through the inland tracks throught the rainforest and it really did feel like we were driving through the amazon which was amazing.

The cutest turtles
Lake Allom was quite a small inland lake which didn't look too spectacular, but as you got closer you could see shapes in the water. These were turtles and there were so many of them close to the edge of the water. They were so cute and so tame, almost inquisitive. After a lot of photos and a lot of awes it was back to base camp for dinner, cards and another night cramped up on the floor.

The third day was our last day, but we still managed to fit in a lot, Lake Boomanjin, Lake Birrabean which had a strange combination of black and white sand and Lake Mackenzie which is one of the most famous spectacles on the island. All the lakes had beautifiul clear water and white sand, but the mix of colours at Lake Mackenzie was just magicial and we spent a goog chunk of the day there. On our way round these lakes we also stopped at Central Station, the old logging village and Pile Valley which had amazingly tall trees.

It was then time for the ferry home and back into 2 wheel drive and we were very sad to leave after an amazing three days.

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The wreck of the Maheno
The wreck of the Maheno
Champagne pools
Champagne pools
Eli Creek
Eli Creek
Waves crashing at the champagne po…
Waves crashing at the champagne p…
The cutest turtles
The cutest turtles
The tracks the 4X4 had to navigate
The tracks the 4X4 had to navigate
Our group
Our group
Lake Mackenzie beautiful contrasti…
Lake Mackenzie beautiful contrast…
Hervey Bay
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