Woke up excited about starting the Fraser Island Cool Dingo Tour! Got picked up on time and spent the next hour picking up from different hotels and hostels. I just leaned back in my chair and shut my eyes! The morning seemed to go on for ever, the next thing we are stopped at the King Fisher check in area where we leave out luggage that will be taken to our rooms on the island. We were given a bit of free time to get breakfast or a snack. Then back on the bus to the transporter ferry that would take us to the King Fisher Resort Fraser Island. It was so nice, the journey was only 50 minute.s Met our tour guide Hayden. I have talked to quite a lot of different people about their trips to Fraser. They got to do 4x4 driving over the sand and camping. I thought this is what I had booked. Except it wasn't. My tour was included in the greyhound I booked. And even though the age range was meant to be 18-35 it was more like something my parents would do. (plus there was a lot of older people in our group) We boarded a 4x4 coach, that had massive wheels and that looked like it was built for all terains.
It was already about 10 o'clock and time to start exploring this massive island made from sand! We left the resort crossing the fence that keeps the dingos out, then drove up and down the sandy roads, the first part was called the roller coaster. It was up and down and very bumpy, not exactly like a roller coaster. Our first stop was the beautiful Lake Mackenzie. We had time to relax and enjoy the great view. It was a massive lake, the water so clear. I did go for a paddle but didn't swim. I just soaked up the rays laying on the beach talking to some of the people in our group. We have people from France, Germany, UK, Spain, and a Canadian. We had over an hour at this beautiful spot before having lunch in the picnic area. Lunch was a selection of salad, rolls, meets all fresh and really nice.
Then back on the 4x4 Bus! Hayden loved the sound of his own voice... He hardly stopped talking, except when he was getting to a rough bit of road! He had a habit of repeating himself.. Repeating himself... so the information would stick. I just had to battle with myself to stop me from falling asleep. He could of given us the facts that would have taken 5 minutes. Instead he must have talked for a couple of hours. Our next stop was Basin lake set high in the sand dunes. We walked about 10 minutes up to this lake that was a lot smaller, but just as pretty. With the bright sun shining off the water surface. Hayden said we could walk about 2.8km to our next stop at central station. I was well up for that, through the woodland. plus he wouldn't be able to talk to us, as he needs to drive the bus around there!
On route I was talking with the guys from the UK, asking the same old questions... How long you travelling? How long you in Australia? Etc. When I asked where people were from I wasn't expecting the answer I got.. "Crawley" No way, I have finally meet someone from back home, she lives in Maidenbower! Small world I guess, but it has taken 3 months. The walk only took about 40 minutes. A lot of the forest had been burnt for regeneration. At one point you could see lots of white trees, they looked really out if place, the shread their bark giving then the white colour. We then arrived at the bridge where Hayden said he would meet us. Time for afternoon snacks, black tea and cookie - Thank you very much! Saw loads of kookaburra's but sadly none laughed. From central station we walked the 30 minute trail through the rainforest trail along a small stream. At first when I looked at it, it looked dirty. However when looking at it more closely, I could see the water was perfectly clear, and you could see everything in the water including all the fallen branches and leaves. Getting back on the bus we returned back to the King Fisher resort. Stopped of the shops and got a few bits and a couple of beer. When at the accommodation I got my luggage back and we were shown our lodges where we would be sleep. They were good, I guess better than camping, plus it gets cold at night..! By now it was dark with all the stars showing in the sky. Had enough time for a shower before heading to the Dingo Bar for dinner and a few beers. We all watched the New South Wales vs Queensland Australian football game in the state of origin. This is a 3 game event where Queensland had won the last 3 years. After tonights result it's one all, and the last game will be played in a couple of weeks. (NSW won tonight!) After a few pitchers of beer, a pool game where I won of course and table football it was time for bed as got to be up at 7am tomorrow morning.