Oceania

Picture Perfect: Lake Mckenzie and Fraser Island

Fraser Island was quite a surprise. It is the largest sand island in the world, 123km from top to bottom, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.

Oz Vlog #6 :Contiki Beaches and Reefs,  Fraser Island, Australia

4X4 Adventures on Fraser Island

4X4 - Fraser Island, Australia

Now I didn’t know this at the time, but 4X4 is the only way to get around Fraser Island as all the roads are made of sand. However, certain buses sometimes like to think they are as good as 4WD vehicles and attempt to travel the same roads.

So about 20 minutes into our 4X4  tour we got stuck behind a bus whose wheels had gotten bogged in the sand. After 10 minutes of waiting the road was clear for us to press on; then as fate would have it, we also got stuck in the same spot.

So we spent the next 20 minutes trying to get ourselves out – thank goodness for tractors!  At one point our group even had to get out and push. Quite funny looking back on it.

4X4 - Fraser Island, Australia

After our mid-morning vehicle ordeal was finished, the rest of our day was filled with spectacular scenery and smooth cruising.

Lake Mckenzie

Lake Mckenzie is one of 40 perched dune lakes on Fraser Island.  I can honestly say that the photos do no lie, this place is picture perfect.

Lake McKenzie- Fraser Island, Australia

Lake McKenzie- Fraser Island, Australia

Lake McKenzie- Fraser Island, Australia

Next up on our tour was a rainforest walk where we learned about the variety of plants that make up the island, including hundreds and even thousands year-old living fossil ferns (Angiopteris evecta) nestled in the river.

Rainforest - Fraser Island, Australia

Rainforest - Fraser Island, Australia

Following our rainforest walk, was a speedy drive along 75 Mile Beach towards the Rainbow Coloured Sands.

75 Mile Beach-  Fraser Island, Australia

Rainbow Beach-  Fraser Island, Australia

Rainbow Beach-  Fraser Island, Australia

Then, to end the evening we finished up with a stunning sunset and a few drinks with friends.

Sunset-  Fraser Island, Australia

Sunset-  Fraser Island, Australia

 

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1 Comment

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    Alex Criswell
    March 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I wish i were there right now … i really need to get away somewhere or something to get my mind off of just life and everything going on. Summer cant come fast enough…blah!

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