From one adventure to another, my next port of call was Fraser Island via rainbow beach. From a boat to a tent, I was going to rough it up once more. I had 2 nights to recover at rainbow beach in dingos hostel. A nice place with great home cooked meals for $6. All recovered it was time to meet the rest of the group.
Fraser Island is a very frequented place and I chose to go with the Rainbow adventure company who were awesome. Well organised and really friendly. We had a great guide called Luke who told us loads about the history and wildlife of the island. Our group was small in comparison to others with only 33 in total. We were then split into 4 teams. I was in the D team. D for Dream of course!
After a long safety briefing with the weirdest 1980s-esque video we loaded up the four by fours with our supplies. The idea was that each group was given cool boxes full of rations which we would cook up together. It was a really nice way to bond with your group :). So before long we were off! I chose not to drive as I haven't driven in many a year but the rest of the dream team safely got us from the ferry along the beach, zigzagging through jellyfish and dingos to our first stop... Lake Mckenzie.
As you can see from the picture, lake Mckenzie was stunning! The way the colours changed from aquamarine to navy blue was mesmerising. Plus the water was so fresh and cool; it made a nice change from the salt water of the whitsundays. Lake Mckenzie is the largest of the rare lakes found on Fraser Island. A rare lake is one that has no running water supply it, i.e. it was formed from rain water rather than a river. A giant puddle if you will! We also found a little baby turtle! So obviously we all had a selfy with her! She did very well posing for us but we soon let her back on her way. Sadly we only had a couple of hours to admire the lake then it was back to camp to cook dinner and unwind after our first day.
After a very hard nights sleep on the solid ground we were up early for breakfast of scrambled egg on toast. All fuelled up we headed straight for the champagne pools to wash away any cobwebs. The champagne pools are so named because the waves of the ocean crash over and create tiny bubbles. It was a very beautiful place and the perfect way to start the day. Next stop was the Indian inlet lookout where we were lucky enough to spot dolphins, sharks, turtles and manta rays! Back in the jeeps we drove back into the forest and the bumpy roads to our third and final spot, lake wabby. Only snag was we had to hike 40mins to get to this hidden gem. In 30deg heat it's not the easiest thing. But we made it and the lake was wonderful. Filtered through the sand, the water had tea tree oils which gave it an orange tint. It also had little fish who ate the skin off your feet. So we girls all got a foot spa while the boys played ball :p. Back at camp it was the same as before, dinner drinks then bed.
On our last morning we visited Eli creek, and we had saved the best 'til last! This fast flowing freshwater river was like a huge lazy rapid. We walked to the top, jumped in then lay back and let the current take us down... Bliss! But before long it was time once again to say our goodbyes. So group photo done with the whole of Luke's Fraser family we had a quick lunch then headed back to the mainland.
The trip was an amazing experience and I met a lot of different people. Living off our own supplies and rations posed some problems which were overcome but it was a good way to bond and added to the adventure. As Luke liked to remind us "it's an adventure not a holiday so keep up your attitude of gratitude!" Oh Luke you big hippy ;)! But Fraser Island will be missed, dingos and all!!!