Written by Tom
17/01/2009 - 21/01/2009 32 °C
We arrived in the very quiet & sleepy village of Rainbow Beach at lunchtime on Saturday. We checked into our cute little hostel called Pippies and grabbed our first real Aussie pies from the bakery for lunch. Then we sat down for our Fraser Island briefing (consisting of 2 very cheesey videos like you see during GCSE school geography lessons) and met our group for the 3 day self-drive 4x4 adventure. Fraser Island for those that don't know is the largest sand island in the world and has multiple fresh water lakes and a devleoped rainforest on it. There were 9 of us in total for the trip (including 2 English girls, a Canadian couple, a young German couple and an Irish guy from Kerry with a very hard to understand strong accent). We worked out what food (there's always one vegetarian) & alcohol we would need for the next 3 days of self sufficient camping and then split up to get the provisions. It turned out that we spent more on alcohol than we did on food. In the evening we packed a small bag each for the trip and watched Troy on dvd.
In the morning we all met up and checked our vehicle & tents for damage and then set off to the barge crossing. The short trip from Inskip Point on the mainland to Hook Point on the island took 10 minutes. Then it was time to engage the 4 wheel drive as we headed inland to find the main road "East Beach". There are no sealed roads on the island and the main road is the beach which is shared with cars, planes and walkers. Within half an hour we were stopped by the police for not wearing our belts. We tried to play innocent and even put the belts on before the policeman walked over to our car but it didn't work. Luckily he let me and Steve (Irish) off with a warning and didn't charge us the $300 fine each.
So we carried on up the beach and then inland for half an hour to the beautiful Lake McKenzie. It is hard to describe just how beautiful the place is. It is a large fresh water lake with water so clear it could be bottled drinking water.
It is surrounded by forest (and the occasional local dingo) and has the finest white sand you will ever see. You can even clean your glasses or watch face with the sand because it is so fine. We spent a couple of hours swimming in the warm water and relaxing.
After a quick sandwich we headed off to find a rainforest boardwalk that should of lasted 20 minutes. However we thought we would go a little further afield as it was very exotic but what we thought would be a 1.8km round trip walk turned out to be about 5 kms and we almost got lost.
When we got back to the car it was straight down to the beach to find somewhere to put up the tents and start the bbq. I cooked the burgers and Luke (Canadian) did the sausages.
Coralie & I then introduced everyone to the drinking game of 21's and we sat up laughing and playing this until we went to bed. We were all drinking beer apart from Luke who was drinking 'goon' which is very cheap wine ($10 for 5 litres) and so he was not a well man that night.
In the morning we drove up to Indian Head in the north for spectular views of the island and the dunes but the waves were so rough we couldn't see the tiger sharks, turtles, ray and dolphins from up high...how annoying.
Then it was down to the rusty Maheno shipwreck on the beach before again going inland to Lake Wabby. The weather was to die for and a short walk downhill took us to this warm fresh water green lake backed by huge fine sand dunes.
We chilled out there for a few hours and then went to an aboriginal camp for the night where we sat around the camp fire playing didgeridoo and chatting and having an identical meal to the night before.
On our last day we went to Ely Creek (shallow fresh water stream to float down) and Rainbow Gorge (coloured sand walk) before catching the barge back to the mainland. It had been a great 3 days with a fun group. Back at Pippies Beach House in Rainbow Beach it was nice to have a proper shower and do some laundary. That night we finished off the 'goon' and all got horrendously drunk and laughed and for some reason I danced in a tree and on a table.
Therefore in the morning Coralie & I felt terrible and so headed down to the beach for a bit before catching the overnight bus to Airlie Beach at 4pm.