Fraser Island, tour of the biggest above water mound of sand

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Inside a giant tree stump the guide showed me to make up for not seeing the giant living tree

This morning we boarded the 4WD 40 seater bus for a day of touring around the island. Since the island is a giant mound of sand and it's a world heritage sight, there are no real "roads". There are pathways made of sand. We hadn't been driving for 5 minutes when we came across some tourists that got their rented 4WDs stuck in the sand. 20 minutes later we had pulled them out with our giant bus.

Our first stopover was at Lake Mackenzie, which is a giant lake made in a crater of, you guessed it, sand. It's supposed to be very rare since usually when water hits sand it sinks into it, but after lots and lots of time the bottom somehow changed so it could hold water. The water itself is super clear and the ph level is supposed to have youth reviving properties. They said something like you look 10 years younger and the thought of being 16 years old again was slightly unnerving haha.

Lake Mackenzie
Pretty much everyone wanted to spend the day at the lake, including myself, but after a 45 minute stopover we had to get back on the bus.

We then did a short walk in a rainforest and saw a ginormous fern with fern thingies about 8 metres long. It looked very jurassic park like. We were supposed to walk to a ginormous tree but we didn't have time because we had to stop earlier to get those dumbasses unstuck from the sand. I was disappointed because I really like giant trees, especially after he told us this one would take about 8 people holding hands with arms stretched out to fit around it.

After that we went to a resort for a fantabulous buffet lunch, then for a drive along the beach "highway". Since the beach is the only place where the sand is firm and flat, people drive pretty damn fast along it! We made a stop at the "pinnacles", weird looking rocks, then a shipwreck, and then a creek.

Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
The highlight of the day was definitely Lake Mackenzie and if I went back I'd spend the day just there lounging on the beach (super soft sand like at Whitehaven beach).

After the bumpy day tour, I went for a walk down to the beach and was pleasantly surprised to see one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. It definitely made my trip to Fraser Island and I took lots of pics although it's difficult to capture something like that on a point and shoot camera. I also bought a sweet beer bottle holder at the gift shop that I'm quite proud of haha

Horus380 says:
the sunset alone makes it worth visiting
Posted on: Jan 15, 2009
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Inside a giant tree stump the guid…
Inside a giant tree stump the gui…
Lake Mackenzie
Lake Mackenzie
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
laying in the water in Lake Macken…
laying in the water in Lake Macke…
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
Sunset at Fraser Island jetty
Spalshing around in the creek
Spalshing around in the creek
The ship wreck we werent supposed…
The ship wreck we weren't suppose…
The Pinnacles rock formation
The Pinnacles rock formation
Pretending to be a shark.
Pretending to be a shark.
giant furns
giant furns
My beer bottle holder
My beer bottle holder
Fraser Island
photo by: Ils1976