When I was in Brisbane I had the pleasure of taking the trip to Fraser Island to see the sights.
I had been told that when I was in Australia I ABSOLUTELY HAD TO go, and I shortened the list of millions of things I had to do, cutting down Manly Beach and cropping some of the others, but kept Surfers Paradise and Fraser Island.
To say I was disappointed at Surfers Paradise would be an understatement. I imagined toned Australian surfer dudes in the waves. As a lover of surfing, it was all I wanted. I got Irish people. I don’t dislike Irish people, but I wasnt expecting them there, and to the detriment of my Aussie surfers. I didn’t hear a single Australian accent!
But I plodded on to Fraser.
I wasnt disappointed. My first love is that you pretty much have to have a 4×4 to get around, due to the vast plains of sand that meet you on the island. Fantastic! Felt like a safari!
I took a tour that was organised seeing as I made the trip by myself (my friend who I stayed with had a three-month old baby at the tine) which took us to Lake McKenzie where we swam and sun bathed, through Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek and to Seventy Five Mile Beach.
Seventy Five Mile Beach is famous for its coloured sands (stunning) and also the cruise ship wreck (above) Maheno. It provides a haunting yet beautiful view from the coastline, and you can snorkel around it to see the wildlife that has taken residence there. I’m glad I hadn’t risked not taking travel insurance though; I trod on an anemone and had to have some painful First Aid to remove all its little poky bits from my foot!
As you can see, Fraser Island is absolutely stunning. I was right not to cut it off my trip when I visited Brisbane, and I am so glad I went. If you ever get the chance then make sure you take the trip, its amazing!!
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