The last two days of our road trip were spent on Fraser Island, the world's largest all sand island (approx. 120 km long and 22 km wide). It is an amazing and diverse place. Check it out with this link.
There are two options for exploring the island - go on a guided tour in a crazy 4WD bus or rent your own 4WD truck and take on the BUMPY sand 'roads' (I use that term loosely). Jason wanted to drive and plan our own day so we went for the second option. Before they even let you near the truck, we had to watch an 45 minute long video on all the ways we could kill and or injure ourselves or the vehicle. Apparently it is quite easy to get stuck in the sand, lose control driving along the beach, and roll the the truck on the interior routes. Clearly we survived. It was quite fun actually and Jason had a blast driving and the kids loved bouncing around in the back.
|Crazy sand roads of Fraser Island|
|Driving on the sea shore at Fraser Island|
|Lake Wabby, a 'sand blow', and the ocean beyond|
|Lake Wabby, Fraser Island|
|Serenna cools off in Lake Wabby|
After a swim and picnic we hiked back in the 4WD and drove to another part of the island to check out Lake McKenzie. This is an absolutely beautiful, pristine lake of turquoise blue and white sand of pure silica. It is purely a rain fed lake so the acid level in the lake is higher than others. It is fine to swim in, but not hospitable to fish or plant life. Absolutely stunning place. We learned later that some couples have even been married on the shore.
|Sunset at Lake McKenzie|
As we returned to the truck to head back to our accommodations, a wild dingo was sniffing around. He didn't seem to bothered by us, but we kept a respectable distance just the same as there are signs around the island reminding people not to leave children unattended. Apparently a few years ago a child was killed. To us it just looked like a skinny street dog.
|Dingo on Fraser Island|
And who can resist a beautiful butterfly.
Since Fraser Island is a World Heritage site it is wonderfully undeveloped. One of the few places to stay on the Island is King Fisher Bay Resort. It is actually quite a luxurious option with three restaurants, a pool and tennis courts.
|King Fisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island|
The next morning we swam in the pool and then walked along the see shore.
We were fascinated with the tiny crabs that lived along the shore. There were 1000s of them, and as we approached they would all scuttle away en mass like a flock of birds in the sky. If we got too close for comfort they would quickly bury themselves in the sand. With in seconds 1000s of crabs just seemed to disappear. They left the coolest evidence of their existence however...
|Tiny sand crabs on Fraser Island shores|
|The dark line is 1000s of tiny sand crabs running away|
In places where the shore was not too wet we could see the wee sand balls that the crabs left behind as they burrowed into the sand. I thought they made beautiful art. This photo shows just one crabs work, try to imagine a shore line full of 100s of them.
|Crab sand art|
By 6pm it was time to head back to the mainland, Hervey Bay for the night. The ferry ride to the mainland is about an hour. We drank some wine (from the bottle - no cups available) and had our picnic dinner while the sunset.
|Sunset over Fraser Island, Australia|