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Having a laugh after a mighty climb up a sand blast on...

Luke taking a jump off the top of the sand dune....

Our group in Fraser Island sharing a rare smile...

Luke managed to find some much needed male company in the form...

The Maheno ship wreck...

Lake McKenzie with it's crystal clear water.

The Champagne Pools


We spent 3 days and 2 nights on a self drive safari on Fraser Island. Fraser is the largest sand island in the world and you can drive along the beaches to get from one side to the other, the beach is also used as a runway for planes to take off and land from. This is something you have to be careful of when driving certain stretches of the beach. The 4x4 contract also stated that the vehicle should not be taken through salt water, everybody became very paranoid about this fact, as we would all have lost $60 if the company had found out it was taken through salt water. 2 wheel drive could be used along the beach, but tyres had to be locked and 4 wheel drive engaged when heading inland and through the forest.

It is full of fresh water lakes, one of them being Lake McKenzie (the shore being a sand beach containing 98.8% silica - pure enough to clean jewellry with) and rainforsets. The island also plays hosts to a large population of wild dingo's. Everybody was told to read the "Be Dingo Safe" leaflet before departing the mainland. The leaflet explained how to be safe whilst on the Island. This involved never travelling alone, not leaving food out, never running from them, and hitting them with a stick or your coat if ever attacked...........

I wasn't dingo safe during our first day on the island, and whilst walking down a track toward the beach on my todd, became entangled from my knees to my forehead in a huge spider web covering the entire width of the path. After frantically wiping the web of me, I saw a hairy fat black spider crawling up my board shorts towards my stomach. I hit the spider three times & proceeded to sprint back up the track like a "jessie" hoping that I had got it off me. Without doubt, the scariest moment of my life..........

We were grouped with 7 other people (4 from Canada, 2 from South Africa & 1 from England) who we just about managed to get along with. We quickly made friends with a British guy called Pete from Portsmouth, giving myself some rest bite from the girls. Ourselves & Pete pretty much stayed together as a group for the rest of the trip. Pete had been travelling South America for nearly a year, so gave us some advice on where to go & what to do. The Canadians made it very hard to become a cohesive group, complaining on a regular basis about the driving, food, or sleeping locations........

We visited a large proportion of the Island compared to other groups. Lake McKenzie, Lake Allom, Champagne Pools and the Maheno ship wreck. The first night was spent at a conservation camp site, with the second night on the beach just behind the dunes. Sand Fly's were a constant pain and we were only saved by the protection we got from the "Bush Man Insect Repellent".....

Fraiser Island was a great experience and provided me with my first real opportunity of some proper 4x4 off-roading.

Cheers

Luke

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