With its lush rainforest, sand dunes for days and over 100 freshwater lakes, Fraser Island or as people call it, ‘K’gari’ (meaning paradise) is the place to be.
Stretching over 120km, this raw, rugged sand island – the world’s largest – off Queensland’s southeast coast feels utterly otherworldly.
After packing up from Brissy to spend NYE in Nossa, we decided to continue our all aussie adventure with a last minute trip. I’m glad we made that decision, as Fraser ended up being one of my favorite parts of the trip.
Fraser Island is estimated to be millions of years old, formed during the Earth’s Ice Age period. The formation of the island was completely due to the weather and waters of the region, with continuous years of wind, ocean currents, and waves pushing the deep siliceous sand from the far south-east coast of Australia to outer area of the ocean.
The sand slowly formed large dunes, forming the large island shape we see today.
Its amazing sand highway and 75 mile beach, as well as it’s soft inland tracks are not paved roads. Only 4WDs are permitted on the rest of the island.
Fraser Island has a dingo population of a couple hundred. They’re beautiful animals, native to Australia, and they’re a protected species. Seeing them in their natural habitat is certainly a privilege – and no, you shouldn’t be afraid of them (but you shouldn’t approach them either).
Fringed by soft, snow-white sand with water that’s turquoise from a distance and crystal clear once you hop in, Lake Mackenzie look like it belongs in a travel brochure.
With a water temperature of 24 degrees it’s still perfect swimming in during winter and it doesn’t just look good, either – thanks to the aquifer beneath the island and the fine sand that acts as a filter, the island’s lakes boast some of the purest water in the world.
The Maheno is Fraser Island’s resident shipwreck, and one of the highlights of any visit here. Its sits on the shore of 75 Mile Beach, where it has lived since 1935. The S.S Maheno suffered a disastrous fate that led her to the shores of Fraser.
In a previous life, the Maheno operated as a luxury passenger ship, beginning her care. Fer in 1905 and chartering guests across from Sydney to Auckland. For about 30 years the S.S Maheno sailed the world, accumulating interesting resume as passenger ship and also a hospital ship, additionally cruising the Mediterranean, and Red Sea before being put out of commission.
In her final journey from Melbourne to Japan where she was set to be scrapped, a cyclone hit, leaving the Maheno adrift in the ocean. She eventually breached on Fraser Island two days later, where she still remains today.
If was not because we got too excited taking the car for a swim before having to take it back to Brissy to repair, we’d have stayed here forever. 10/10 recommended and safe to say I will be back one day again.
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