What a wicked 3 days, driving a Toyota 4WD Landcruiser and camping on Fraser Island
, first off getting the Car all loaded up with food, drink and 11 people, yes it was a bit squashed....we caught the Ferry over to Fraser Island, the beach is the main road and first stop was Lake McKenzie, to get there we had to drive about an hour down a sand track, proper off road driving, lucky for us the guy that did the first stint of driving was doing okay. Lake McKenzie is inland, Huge Lake surrounded by a beach, so we spent a couple of hours swimming and chilling on the beach, next stop was the 1 1/2 hour drive back to the beach to find somewhere to set up home for the night, we were equiped with Tents, food, cooker, light and Ipods fitted into the Stereo in the Car so we had music too.
Boys loading up
...the one thing to be aware of on this island is the Wild Dingo's, there are loads of them and your warned to stay away from them and even given a Dingo Bat (ours was a black plastic Trungeon) to scare them off with, also told to shout "go home Dingo" which of course you'd feel a right prat shouting and if I had actually come face to face with one I am sure I would have just screamed! Once camp was set up behind a sand dune from the Beach so we were nice and sheltered we got on with cooking and drinking and not necessarily in that order, the only hard thing to remember was to put absolutely everything in the back of the car at the end of the night so as not to attract Dingo's...so far I had only seen 1 and that had been during the day while we were in the car.
Camped up for the evening
Day 2, was raining when we woke up, so no point getting up till it stopped so not an early start, once brekkie and packing up camp was done we got on the road at about 11, my turn to drive, now this really was the best bit, we headed towards the north of the island stopping at the ship wreck on the way (cant remember what its called) then headed to Indian Point which is the furthest north we are allowed to drive, climbed to the top for some great views and even saw some sharks in the water below us (forgot to mention we are not allowed to swim in the sea on Fraser Island due to really strong currents and sharks!) then took a 50 minute hike along the beach to the Champagne Pools, now we had been told it was amazing...they lied it really wasnt worth the walk.
Ship wreck...sorry cant remember what its called, but it was pretty impressive
..we headed back to the car as we were running out of time to find camp for the night, we headed back down to the Shipwreck to find somewhere near there to camp and met up with some fellow campers from our hostel, so once set up for the night we had another night of drinking, with drinking games involved, some of the young lads got completely stitched up, so crashed and burned......Day 3 a slow start as some of the guys were really not in good shape, today we headed for Lake Walby, we had about an hour walk there across the hugest sand dune the final destination was worth it, lovely lake at the end of it, which you could swim in and chuck yourself down the sand dune into the water, but due to the hangovers not too much activity coming from our group, after Lake Walby it was time to head back, we had to pass a certain point before the tide comes up otherwise we wouldnt make it to the Ferry, once back we got the pleasure of cleaning out the car, then a nice long wait for that much needed shower! Was a great few days and no attacks by Dingo's luckily we were dilligent enough to put everything away at the end of the night so all we got to see was footprints....