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
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.
After our mid-morning vehicle ordeal was finished, the rest of our day was filled with spectacular scenery and smooth cruising.
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.
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.
Following our rainforest walk, was a speedy drive along 75 Mile Beach towards the Rainbow Coloured Sands.
Then, to end the evening we finished up with a stunning sunset and a few drinks with friends.