Now this is an area everyone should be able to visit in their lifetime. Untouched paradise, barely any contact with other humans(yay during covid) an abundance of exploring to be done and animals, lots of animals. The Fraser coast can be travelled to from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. Rainbow beach being closest to Brisbane is where we have left from both times I have been to FI. This trip takes roughly three hours to drive to Rainbow and the barge that takes you across may take 15-20 minutes. The barge is $130 return for a vehicle and runs all day long with no need to pre book. We got so lucky with the quietness of the island being that it was during the school term and unfortunately borders being closed in Australia at the time. Fraser Island itself is the largest sand island in the world(AMAZING) and it is 123K’s long- it is huge! It’s hard to imagine its length and size before seeing it with your own eyes!
When we arrived we set up camp in Dundeburra, which I’d highly recommend. It was great, there was plenty of space, communal fire pits which were needed during a QLD winter(we are soft), the campground also had toilets and $2 per use hot showers, did someone say LUXURY?! Dundeburra is quite a central part of the island also. Campsites are pre booked online and from memory roughly $6 p/p per night. This drive took possibly 1.5 hours to get to after driving off the barge. Our first night we put a beef brisket in my partners car oven(bougee) and ate that with some coleslaw and crusty rolls. A crowd fave. And no dishes to be done, woowoo. We sat around the fire with a few other campers with beverages in hand. The stars couldn’t have been brighter. It was lovely. We were chatting about the topics of conversation a few days later and both mentioned how funny it is that occupations etc are never the first questions asked when you meet people camping and out in nature. Its almost like it doesn’t matter, when really it… doesn’t. Theres no hierarchy or ‘status’, we’re all just outside, being. And talking about more important, interesting and meaningful topics than your line of work. It’s pretty amazing really. I love meeting people like this.
This was our driving day. And it was semi cloudy so a perfect day to be in the car. We drove for roughly 7.5 hours. She was bumpy. We saw a whole lot of the island though and especially alot of the rainforests inland. Fun fact: Fraser Island is the only place on this planet that rainforests grow on sand dunes, up to 200metres high! This day we checked out Kingsisher Bay resort, had a fish off of the jetty, a brew at the pub, had a dip in Lake Mackenzie, it was cool to see it so quiet. And finshed with a short stroll to Lake Wabby. This day we also visited Happy Valley Pub and Orchard Beach Pub. There are supplies at both of these locations for essentials, ice, coffee, cold beer etc.
Day three was my favourite day. We drove up to Waddy Beach area and made a beautiful platter, drank cold drinks, whale watched along the cliff faces and listened to triple J while fishing. A highlight was discovering these amazing natural rock pools to take a dip in! It was the most perfect 25 degree sunny day.
We were planning to head home this day, but the weather and our surroundings were just too good. So we headed to the tip and most northerly part of the island, The Sandy Cape. I’d push for just about everyone to make it this far as it is jaw dropping and not so many cars get up here. There is a huge sand dune(there are too many to count on the island) that is an excellent platform for sunrise and set. We hiked the lighthouse walk which took roughly 1hour return and was totally worth it. The signs at the start suggest to take shoes, we didn’t listen to this very clear advice. Definitely take shoes. There are camping area’s at the cape so we decided to stay here for our last night. We were right on the beach. It was insane to wake up to. We actually caught fish this day so ended up making flathead, chips and salad for dinner- it was so tasty. We saw alot of dingoes this day, they are very intelligent and know exactly when you are making food, they’re just chilling, lurking. I don’t think there is a reason to be scared of them as such but rules need to be followed. Food needs to be in a secure place, and as all of the signs tell you; they’re never to be fed. They’re smart animals and they will find a way to hunt for their own meals. They can’t be relying on humans for food. I saw a fisherman catch something and a dingo just hung around, sat by his bait bucket. They’re switched on. I think just stand your ground and as long as food is kept out of their reach you have nothing to worry about.
This day it was time to cruise home. So we headed just before lunch after having a walk around the Pinnicles and Eli Creek. This meant a shower at home and sleep in our own bed though, yay. The little things. Do Fraser Island, and go for a minimum of 4 nights, its incredible!