Exploring Fraser Island by 4 wheel drive


24-Sep-2022

Getting ready

Staying the night at Rainbow Beach before going on our trip was a good time to relax before our busy 3 days on Fraser Island. It was an early morning wake up to meet all the other backpackers. We were assigned what car we were going to in we were off on our adventures.  

Time to set off

First thing was first we had to sort out was who got the front seat and who got dibs on the AUX cord. With a team effort from all of us in car 4 we created the perfect playlist and we’re ready to begin our adventure. After a short drive down to the beach, we all drove our cars onto the ferry. We were able to step out of our 4WDs and stare out into the ocean as we made our way over to the island. 

Day one

We take off driving along the beach. Whenever we drove along the beach all four cars would always on be look out for dolphins and whales. There were a few times we saw them diving in the ocean. Spending time in the cars driving to the different places were good opportunities to get to know everyone in our car.  

Fraser car group shot

We made our way to our first stop to go swimming, the water was so beautiful and blue, I went in the only way I know how its run and jump in to get the cold shock over and done with. Nate our tour guide brought out a volleyball and we drew a line in the sand, it was game on. It was a fun activity to break the ice with the others on the tour and to enjoy the beautiful white sand. 

Once we got back to camp, we all picked our tents and set up our beds. We walked down with our dingo stick to the beach, where we could kick the football and watch the sunset. As we were waiting for dinner, we started playing drinking games. It was cool to play different drinking games from around the world some id never heard of. After 10pm you have to turn the music off at the campsite, but Nate showed us a little shack a short walk away where we could keep partying. We even turned into our private club and named it the Lagoon. 

Day two

The next morning, I was one of the first up and as I sat in the kitchen area feeling the alcohol from the night before I watched everyone slowly make there way out of bed all feeling a bit rough. After a nice big breakfast, we were ready for day two. 

We went to champagne rock pools which was real cool, as the waves crashed over the rocks creating champagne like bubbles all in the pools. After a refreshing swim in the champagne pools, we went driving along the beach to check out the shipwreck. The ship was being transported to Japan but after a cyclonic storm it washed up on Fraser Island. Nate was telling us a bit about the shipwreck and even said if the tide is high small sharks and fish can be seen swimming in the wreck. 

Fraser island Champagne rock pools

We went back to camp and was time to start prepping dinner, but the second night it was like we were one big family, everyone helping in some way and just mucking around having a good time. On this night it was one of the backpackers’ birthdays which only meant more drinking and partying. We all sang classics like bohemian rhapsody at the top of our lungs until about midnight then stumbled our way back up to our tents. 

Day three

On our final day we had one last breakfast as a little family. Went out and started driving and then had to do a little hike down to Kirrar sandblows, we had to walk down the sand hill to the water where there were thousands of catfish swimming around. If you stayed still enough, they would come up to you and eat the dead skin of your feet. I tried to stand still but got to scared for them to touch me when they came close. The water started quite shallow but dropped off quickly where you couldn’t stand after only a few steps in. 

Sand dunes at lake Wabby Fraser island

Our last stop on Fraser Island was to Eli creek. It was a beautiful run of water where we got to sit on floaties and pool noodles and just float down the creek. It was nice and relaxing, and we just got to chat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. While we were floating our tour guide Nate set up the volleyball net, and as people slowly got back from there float they joined in and we had a big game of volleyball. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. Almost everyone got involved and gave it a go and it wasn’t all about who was winning we were all supporting each other it was a really nice end to the trip. 

Lake Mackenzie Fraser island

Time to say goodbye

After all our fun it was time to head back to the ferry, and then back to rainbow beach. We all went and grabbed some dinner one last time before we all had to go our separate ways on our journeys. On my Fraser island trip I made some friends for life and cannot wait to see them again in the future.  

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