We had originally thought about doing a day trip to Fraser Island on our own but after a bit more delving, we realised that this wouldn’t be possible unless we had our own 4×4. I don’t quite think our little Britz camper would cope with the sand island.
Sitting on the southern coast of Queensland, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only island which is home to tall rainforests growing from the sand dunes.
There are several tours available for Fraser Island including overnight stays where you will probably encounter dingos, though we’ve heard that these fox-like dingos can be quite vicious especially if you leave food out. With our tight schedule to get up to Cairns in a few days, we opted for the day trip.
We were picked up early in the morning from the meeting point at a garage by Rainbow Beach. This seemed to be the main picking up point for all the tours as coach after coach arrived. The tread on the tyres were massive but probably necessary. Finally, ours arrived.
To get to the island, the coach drove onto a mini ferry. It was only a short ferry ride away but we were free to roam around the platform until we arrived at the island. Once on the island, you could hear the power of the coach engine as it ragged it along the coast of the island. I’m so glad we didn’t attempt to drive onto the island with our campervan. We would have got stuck for sure!
We eventually got dropped off and were led to probably the most beautiful freshwater lake I’ve seen on this trip – Lake McKenzie. The water was so blue and the sun was out – it made for a very surreal experience. Felt like paradise! We were given a couple of hours to sunbathe, play in the water and take photos. It was amazing! The water was just so relaxing and a perfect temperature!
After working up a bit of an appetite from the swim at the lake, it was now time for lunch! We headed to the restaurant area where a buffet lunch was all ready for us and all the other hundreds of tour groups there.
In the afternoon, we were taken to the other side of the island where there was a rusty shipwreck to see which also doubled up as the landing site for a little airplane that was offering 10 minute trips for an aerial view of the island. There were no takers from our coach.
After taking a few photos, we were back on the coach and being taken to our last attraction – a little stream which we could walk along. It was nice and quiet and really quite relaxing though we did come across a little eel on the edge of the stream.
On the way back to the ferry to get back onto the mainland, we managed to see a dingo on the beach. Unfortunately, our snaps of the little fella were a little blurry.
We managed to arrive back to Rainbow Beach at 4.30pm and decided to continue up north for as long as possible. We managed a few more hours before stopping off and spending the night by a beach.