Last time we went to Fraser it was known as the driving holiday, this year (much to the horror of my current fitness) was all about walking
The crew this year was Jake (my little bro), Dad and Matty (middle bro).
The first step is to take the Mantra Ray barge on a ten minute journey from Rainbow Beach to access Fraser Island - the largest sand island in the World (I love saying that!) :)
We jammed in some lake visits on our trip too - you might remember Lake Boomanjin from last year with some crazy coloured water caused by the tea trees - it's very interesting to see the effect different rainfall has on the landscape with this time the water being much clearer *geeks out*.
We also visited out favourite lake, Birabeen. I think those who fear swimming in natural water would love Fraser, the lakes are so pure and clean that very little can actually live in them - plus you can see the bottom, so nothing scary! It's like swimming in a pool without horrible chlorine! Perfection!
And the sand is picturesque and white!
Can you believe above is a creek bed!
The first day we did a bush walk taking us through gorgeous Satinays, Picabeens and Hoop Pines (all trees that grow on Fraser)
And early next morning saw us take the walk to basin lake
We also ventured to Lake Mckenzie the most famous lake on the island and I was so shocked to see how packed it was!!!
Now lake wabby was the killer for me! last year we had taken the inland track and since it was pretty hard I really pushed for the beach access track, thinking it would be a walk in the park - oh boy was I wrong. They did have a warning sign before entering about the intensity of walking on sand dunes but yeah, still had the belief it would be a nice ten minute walk to the water - oops :P
The scenery was pretty spectacular though and even though I was cursing the track there, I think this made up for it :)
Looking at this pictures makes me gasp, I honestly didn't know if I could make it *cue dramatically music* I even made sure I set off before anyone else, Dad volunteered to join me on the 'slow/unfit people's walk' so I could get a super head start. This view is actually once you've climbed the super steep sand dune and then it's just a bunch of walking in the heat on hot sand.
I think I almost cried when I got to the top!
Swimming at the lake was definitely fun though!!
At the top - hurray! And some super embarrassing outfit post. I was actually wearing my bed socks, because I had some blisters but those socks ended up being a life saver on the hot sand, I also drenched my top at the lake so the coolness could help with the gruelling walk back and it did!!
The indigenous people of the land, the Butchulla people, call Fraser K'gari which means Paradise :)
I vote we change it back to that name!Goodbye Fraser thanks for being a beautiful paradise.