Someone might call it paradise on earth; others call it the world largest sand island. The name is Fraser Island and I had the unique opportunity to experience it up on first hand.
Fraser Island is the world largest sand island and it spans 120 km from the furthest point to the other. There is nothing else but sand, which makes up for what cannot really be called solid ground, but makes ground for a marvellous rainforest with a tropical wildlife.
Life presents itself with a lot of opportunities and when I was presented with the opportunity to join a trip to Fraser Island I took it. I went with a group of 16 people and a tour guide that was showing us around the island.
The trip started an early Saturday morning and we headed up the sunshine coast for two hours until we reached the ferry that would take us to the uninhabited island. As we reached shore it was clear that this island was without infrastructure and a long bumpy ride took us all the way to Eurong, where we would have our lunch as well as we would camp here later the same day.
A magnificent first day
Our first day started for real after lunch where we headed to see the rainforest. We went for a hike for about an hour into the rainforest and as it being my first rainforest experience, it was a stunning moment in my life. However the most refreshing experience was still to come.
The greatest experience of the first day was the magnificent experience of fresh natural water, clear and ready to drink. However we were not going to drink the water, but to swim it. We were at Lake Birrabeen, which is a freshwater lake located in the middle of Fraser Island. Fraser Island hosts several freshwater lakes where the vegetation of the rainforest creates the waterproof shield that prevent the water to directly penetrate the beautiful white sand beaches covering the shores of the lake.
Second day started early
After a great first day and a good night sleep in Eurong, I woke up 05:30 in the morning to go see the sunrise at the incredible large beach covering the entire coast of Fraser Island. I got some nice shots that can be seen in the bottom of this page. After breakfast we were heading approximately 80 km up the beach to discover Indian Head, which is the only piece of originated rock on the entire island. Indian Head is best described by imagining being a part of one of these pirate movies where they discover an uninhabited island. From the top of Indian head was what I must describe as the world’s greatest view. Beautiful beaches as long as the eye can see and a tropical rainforest waiting in the inland with untouched white sand desserts appearing in-between the rainforest.
After Indian Head we headed back south the beach to stop at what is known as Eli Creek, the largest creek on the island. Here we stayed for lunch and for a walk in the clear freshwater streaming from the island into the ocean. What have made me call Fraser Island paradise on earth might have to do with the beauty of Eli Creek. Never in my life have I seen so clear natural water stream along trees and plants through a rainforest and directly into the oceans killing waves.
I rarely experience to be surprised, but I must say that I had a pleasant surprise at Fraser Island. After lunch at Eli Creek we headed further south the beach to reach the path for Lake Wabby. We were asked to bring our swimsuits and towels and then we as a group of 16 were send into to rainforest. After have been walking for 45 min in the heat we reach this beautiful sand desert, with the view of the ocean in the horizon. However there is no water to be seen and as smart university students we realize that we have been fooled. Australians has a tendency of naming things and places after what they are or what they look like. As the dessert could look like a great empty lake, we were very sure we had been fooled. However that was not the surprise. As our tour guide reached us we were told to go just a bit further and as we crossed the dessert we found this hidden oasis of water with the stunning rainforest protecting its back.
As the oasis and Lake Wabby was the last stop before the trip home, no one really felt like leaving this paradise on earth. However we had to, and four hours later we are all were dropped off where it all started a day earlier. On our way home we were lucky to see both a Dingo and Dolphins jumping out the water.
The key to success
So what made this trip to Fraser Island a success? Well the surrounding and the beauty of such an untouched paradise on earth certainly helped. However I believe the core aspect comes down to the people that participated. The people made the trip and coincidently we 16 youngsters managed to hit it off and have a great time in each other’s presents.
See pictures from Fraser Island
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